Buy, Adapt, Survive – Buying and Feeding a Gun during COVID-19

Austin R
by Austin R
Buy, Adapt, Survive – Buying and Feeding a Gun during COVID-19

COVID-19 turned 2020 around in a hurry, and gun sales increased drastically. In a matter of days, ammo went from being a plentiful resource to a treasured commodity. Shelves were cleared out, and new gun owners wanted to know what gun they should buy. With that said, there’s no clear choice anymore. In 2020 ammo has become king, and here’s your guide to buying a gun during a scare.

Buy, Adapt, Survive – Buying and Feeding a Gun during COVID-19

Gun Counter at Park City Gun Club

On Saturday I headed up to Park City Gun Club (PCGC) located just outside Park City, Utah. Like many gun stores in America, they were packed. Still, that’s no reason to panic, the gun counter isn’t where you should go first. No, you’re looking for ammo.

Park City Gun Club Ammo Selection

A gun is worthless without ammo, and luckily they still had a good supply in stock. Among the choices were 40 S&W, 38 Special, and some intermediate rifle calibers. So from this let us say you picked a 40 S&W. Caliber arguments aside, this is a great choice and you could pick up a case of ammo to support your new handgun.

Park City Gun Club Magazine Selection

Next, you need to check magazines. Here at PCGC they still had a great selection of Glock magazines in stock, so why not pick up a Glock 22. It’s a great handgun, and here’s why.

What To Do With a Glock 22?

Glock 22 Blow Apart View

A Glock 22 is a full-size double-stack handgun chambered in 40 Smith & Wesson. These are great guns as they were, and are carried by many law enforcement agencies to this day. With that said, the Glock 22 doesn’t limit you to just 40 S&W.

Glock 22 Caliber Choices

For years companies like EFK Fire Dragon and Lone Wolf have been making aftermarket caliber conversion kits for the Glock 22 and many other Glock variants. These come in a wide variety of calibers, so we’ll cover just a few of the basics.

Find Lone Wolf Glock Barrels

Glock 22 40 S&W and 357 SIG

Easiest to convert the Glock 22 into is 357 SIG. 357 SIG uses the same magazines as a factory Glock 22, so you only need to swap out the barrel, and now you have a gun that can support two different calibers.

Glock 22 9mm Magazine Fit

But what about 9mm? People have told you it’s great, and it is, but only when it’s in stock. Don’t worry you’ll only need two different parts to convert your Glock over to 9mm. First, you’ll need a full-size double-stack OEM 9mm Glock magazine(s). This will fit in your Glock 22 with no modifications required.

Glock 22 Barrels

Second is a 40-9 conversion barrel like the one found here. This can be shipped right to your door and installs with no modifications to the gun needed. Now you have three calibers that your Glock can shoot.

Note: I was skeptical about the reliability of a 40-9 Glock conversion. Turns out, Dead Air Silencers has been using one for years as a demo gun at range days. It works with the factory spring and no modifications.

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There’s No Right Answer

Glock 22 9mm Threaded

When purchasing a handgun during a panic there’s no right choice. The gun that may fit you best may not have ammo available. The key is to buy a gun that you can afford, with ammo that you can find. A Glock 22 is a great choice, but it’s not the only choice. Don’t be afraid to ask store owners what ammo they have for the guns their selling, and pick up some defensive ammo if you can.

With that said, if this is your first firearms purchase make sure you read all safety instructions and welcome to the community.

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Austin R
Austin R

The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at

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  • Dead Sirius Dead Sirius on Mar 25, 2020

    Austin, you'll see my .45 on UGE soon. I've been meaning to sell it, and given what our local stores have been like, someone's going to want it more than I do.

  • Y-man Y-man on Mar 26, 2020

    Hey! Long time no comment here. Please what is the Stock attachment for the Pistol above? Can One get something to use with a S&W M&P .40C? And Pistol in question has been converted to 9mm with 17-Round Mags...