Revolution (NBC) limited ammo


October 4, 2012, 06:02 PM
I know the other Revolution TV show thread was closed, but this point might have actual implications to real life.

Yes the show is somewhat pro 2nd amendment. They illustrate the detriment of a society giving up their guns. But did anyone notice in a couple episodes they show that modern guns and bullets are worth their weight in gold? The Militia uses older black powder guns because almost all the cartridged ammo is gone, so anyone with that firepower has actual real power.

I don't know about you, but since this show is on a major network and currently quite popular, it could trigger people to buy a lot of ammo if they follow that train of thought. That, plus the November election, could easily cause real life ammo shortages.

In other words, the show isn't doing us any favors if gullible people take it seriously.

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October 4, 2012, 09:34 PM
I doubt it. The kind of people that would make huge runs on ammo do not need a TV show to inspire them. End of the world thinking is not new. No one will watch this show and see anything that have not already thought of

October 4, 2012, 10:10 PM
It's always a good day to buy ammo.

My wife calls me a hoarder, I'm inclined to agree.... Social Security isn't looking out for my old age needs, but my ammo should fetch a nice price. :)

October 4, 2012, 10:54 PM
I always find the post-apocalyptic gun/ammo shortage a bit hard to believe. I mean we live in a nation of approx. 400 million people, with a conservative estimate of about the same number of guns IN CIVILIAN HANDS. Add to this the tens of millions more guns held by police and military. Then, pretty much every apocalyptic scenario has huge percentages of the population dying off, so you pretty much will end up with far more guns than people, even if individuals and groups hoard weapons.

Ammo is a little tougher. I have no idea the amount of ammo in civilian hands, but it is a lot. Certainly more than the military or LEO. And keeping in mind that pretty much every mid-size and larger department has a stockpile of 100,000 to millions of rounds for training purposes, just because it makes sense for them to buy in bulk. Then there are the 100s of millions of rounds stockpiled around the country for military purposes. Then there are the reloaders. Once the supply of components is exhausted, its not terribly hard to make black powder, cast lead bullets, and even make percussion caps using matchheads, or a basic chemistry set.

I know that Revolution is set 15 years after the lights go out, and there was supposedly some big conflict, but I have a hard time believing that the percentage of humanity that survived managed to go through the billions of rounds of ammo so quickly, and that in 15 years nobody developed a cottage industry of reloading.

This post-apocalyptic gun and ammo shortage seems to make its way into every form of media and discussion that deals with the topic, but I really don't see how it is based in fact.

As a side note, what a new world we live in when a show like this is playing in prime time on NBC. I couldn't even imagine such a thing without some extreme anti-2A messages in the 90s or early 2000s

October 4, 2012, 11:07 PM
Successful programs generate followers who then find insight and inspiration from them. It is not likely this one will motivate anyone to gobble up ammo since the absurd program isn't realistic enough to motivate anyone to take any aspect of it seriously and it is loosing viewership and probably won't have enough of a following to stay on the air very long.

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