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Why "NATO Calibers"?

This is a discussion on Why "NATO Calibers"? within the SHTF/Survival&Disaster Preparedness forums, part of the Use and Training category; I see people all the time saying things about wanting/having guns in "NATO calibers". When we're fighting the NATO scum hordes, are they going to ...


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Old 02-01-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Why "NATO Calibers"?

I see people all the time saying things about wanting/having guns in "NATO calibers". When we're fighting the NATO scum hordes, are they going to give us ammo if we run out or what?
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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Take one down and then pick up their ammo is what is being implied I think.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:58 PM   #3
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Take one down and then pick up their ammo is what is being implied I think.


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Sounds morbid to say that, but yes. Interchangeability of ammo and parts in times of domestic conflict.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #5
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Take one down and then pick up their ammo is what is being implied I think.
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However, much can be said about having guns in semi-common but not NATO calibers.

How often is your local walmart or sporting goods store sold out of .30-30 or .44 mag?
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:48 PM   #6
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However, much can be said about having guns in semi-common but not NATO calibers.

How often is your local walmart or sporting goods store sold out of .30-30 or .44 mag?
lol, my walmart rarely has any ammo at all. Pistol calibers....ha!
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Nato are the abundant calibers, from here and other countrys. It also makes them some of the cheapest and easiest to get why wouldnt you want them.
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back in the 50s, when NATO was doing what it was created for and was a true fighting force of allied countries against possible Soviet attack, standardization was important. Standard aircraft marshaling signals were set so that any NATO aircraft could land at any NATO airstrip - those signals are still used today by all allied countries. Standard NATO Stock Numbers (NSN) were created so that partners could share parts for vehicles, aircraft and ships - all NATO countries still track parts using those 13 digit numbers. Caliber 7.62 was picked as a standard caliber so partner countries could share ammo - would have been especially important if the Soviets had ever tried to push the Wall further west.

So today there are many 7.62 stockpiles - thus we can get cheap ammo. Plus the good old FNs are fun to shoot. I wish I could find a nice sample of the FNC1 that I first trained on with the Canadian Reserve Army, and latter paraded with as an Officer Cadet before being Commissioned into the Air Force.
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'cause if the SHTF, your odds of running onto a stash of ammo in those calibers are MUCH higher than finding say, a cache of .243 WSSM. (or .357 Sig)

this is the 2-edged sword for me with my SHTF rifle (a 6.8 spc). terminal performance is way better with the 6.8, but the odds of me finding any ammo for it once my cache is gone are slim/none. this is precisely why I need a new 18" Larue Stealth upper.


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Well I'm not to worried about it then. If I kill one and can pick up his ammo, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that his rifle won't be to far away hopefully.
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