Louis L’Amour Would Be Ashamed Of Me

Shame on you Bookstooge, SHAME!

Louis L’Amour was a famous American author who mainly wrote in the Western Genre. He wrote of Cowboys and Indians, of the expansion westwards, of the men and women who made America what it came to be. I read his Sacketts series a couple of years ago, if you care to perambulate his works.

Last month I wrote about the Rifleman’s Creed and in the comments Mogsy was talking about the price of ammo and that brought to mind today’s subject.

In many of L’Amour’s books, the lone hero (for they are almost always A Lone Hero), near the end of the story, will walk into the Local Store and buy 10,000 rounds of ammunition. The shopkeeper always asks “You looking to start a war, mister?” to which the Lone Hero always replies “No sir, but I sure do aim to finish one”. I could always hear the drawl in the Lone Hero’s voice when he spoke those words. And it stuck in my head.

So when Mogsy began talking about the price of ammo (and it has doubled and tripled since November 2020 and become a scarce commodity) that little memory was jogged. It made me wonder how much 10,000 rounds actually is. That started me down this path and here we are today.

A few facts. Most of what was bought in the stories were heavier calibres than I use, which is 9mm. Hence the weight and space used would be greater. 10K rounds of 9mm ammo weighs approximately 300lbs (this is calculated from my order of 1K which UPS said weighed right around 30lbs). . Google tells me that 1000 rounds of 30-30 weighs in around 46lbs so 10,000 rounds would weigh in at at least 400-500lbs. A good mule can carry about 200lbs of dead weight. Same for a good horse. And a good cowboy always has spare horses on hand, because he knows he’s going to need them. So as long as Mr Ed can round up a couple of his relatives and talk Francis into the gig, our Lone Hero is all set. However, you won’t be throwing all that into a gunny sack and slinging it across your back. Unless you happen to be Batman on venom anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for what it looks like in terms of space, here’s a picture of 3300 rounds. Not exactly 10K (which is why L’Amour is ashamed of me). The paperback is there for size perspective.

Pricewise, I simply have zero idea what ammo cost then. Nowadays? Well, last year at this time it cost approximately 25-30cents a round. Today? I’m seeing 90cents to a buck fifty. A Round. Every time I pull the trigger at the range, it’s like I just shot a can of Rockstar energy drink down the lane ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Muh baybees!

And on that happy note, I think it’s time to end this post. Next month I hope to feature a couple of my walking sticks, which aren’t nearly as expensive ๐Ÿ˜‰

58 thoughts on “Louis L’Amour Would Be Ashamed Of Me

            1. don’t worry, I’m ashamed of me too.
              I just bought a full set of ginsu knives off the telly last night in preparation for my hari kari ceremony to erase this dreadful blot from my heritage. I plan on committing hari kari, seppuki all the while standing on a tight rope over Niagra Falls. Yes, I am that ashamed of myself.

              You can take pictures for $5….

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                1. A grieving and bereft Mrs B will be ever so grateful for any fans of mine that contribute. We certainly wouldn’t turn aside a million dollars either. Just sayin’…..

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                    1. Ummm, sure. I mean, yes, Provide your bank details and we’ll “credit” you for every loop. Get 10 other people to also loop it and you’ll earn a 1% commission.
                      Man, you’re going to make out like a bandit!

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                    2. Well, itโ€™s horrid having a wad of dirty banknotes. Why not lean into our laundering skills, and offer a service of washing and cleaning money. International Money Laundering would be our company name.

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  1. I actually wrote something about this I think in my review of Predator. There’s the scene where they stand around for a minute just blazing away on full auto at everything in the jungle and I was wondering not the usual question about reloading but the sheer weight of all the rounds they were firing off. I mean, they were supposed to be a fast-moving commando unit but they must have been lugging crates of ammo with them.

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    1. Yeah, those bullets for the chain gun? I think those were 50calibre. You use those to take out vehicles.
      I always figure in movies that things like ammo are stored in those magical bottomless bags you can pick up easily in a D&D game ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Well, have you factored in the weight factor? I mean, a 5lbs bag of potatoes is pretty big. Imagine trying to run around with a sack of potatoes on your back? And what if you get some rotten ones? Things could go bad fast.

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    1. Because if there had been even one other person in that store who had a gun that mass shooting could have been prevented or lessened greatly.
      I will never get my head around why you all want safety above everything, even freedom.

      If you want a serious answer to why, I’ll be more than glad to chat over email. bookstooge at gmail dotcom
      No pressure though.

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        1. Thanks for clarifying. I wrote and posted this 3 weeks ago so the timing is not ideal and I’m hyper aware at the moment. and hence easily jump to the worst conclusions.

          If you do email, I can promise you I won’t be telling you why YOU should have a gun, hahaha, but why I should. I have also found that in emailing I don’t react ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Interesting and informative post.
    So your contention is that we don’t need to suspend disbelief for this, as long as the Lone Hero had 2 or 3 mules with him?

    This reminds me of a meme I recently saw about The Book of Eli. Eli lugs an old book across the country with him, which turns out to be a Braille King James Bible. The meme pointed out that the entire Bible in Braille would actually take up an entire bookshelf, similar to a small encyclopedia set.

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    1. Exactly. Mules are our friends Of course, I cant remember if L’Amour ever talked about the Lone Hero having a passle of horses or mules. Probably not as that doesn’t paint a heroic picture, hahahahaa. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I scent a whiff of irony with the ammunition and the man in the lotus position. The people awake are buying ammunition. The “Woke” people are sitting in the Lotus position with their eyes closed chanting, “If I believe in world peace, it will happen…we just need to hold hands and sing Kum Ba Yah…”

    Are you something of an anomaly up there in that corner of the US?

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    1. The book WAS meant to be ironic, but because of the byline, not your reason. It reads “No weapon could defeat them, but there was a Way”. I agree with your reason though ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thankfully, no. I’d say half the people I know through various church related things all have guns and a good sized supply. One guy my brother knows reloads his ammo (re-uses the brass casings to make up new bullets). It also helps that there are a lot of hunters here too.

      Unfortunately, Massachusetts and their attitudes keep marching north and they’re as anti-gun as New York or California ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  4. I remember a scene, from one of the “Hot Shots” comedies probably… a hero shooting his machine gun for a looong time, until he realises he’s knee-deep in hot shells ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. It wasn’t just a Top Gun parody, but also of other 80-ties action movies, like Rambo… if I remember correctly? Or maybe part 2 was about Rambo?

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  5. Well, I knew the price of ammo had gone up, but I didn’t know by THIS much. My husband said certain types are still scarce, and with the talk of gun banning in the news, people are just going to keep sweeping out the gun stores and continue the trend.

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    1. I managed to find a place online that was selling for about 50cents a round and their inventory was something like 50K’s worth. They sold out in 16 minutes according to their facebook page. It was CRAZY.

      I was hoping things were going to settle down but with the recent shootings, well, not so much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      It really is going to make me think thrice about going to the range though. That’s just super expensive now :-/

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    1. Yep ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      The people who want authoritarian gun control here in the US have started to realize that instead of banning guns (which they’ll still work at), they can just control the industry by taxing the ammo, much like they did with cigarette companies.

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    1. Glad you got that reference ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Oh man, you have no idea. Now going to the range has to be “budgeted” instead of just doing it. Instead of just throwing a couple boxes of 50 in my bag and heading out, it’s toss in ONE box and then figure out how many I want to shoot through for each gun. Kind of takes the fun and spontaneity out of it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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