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jon wayne taylor federal cci primers

Last month we ran a post about TTAG writer Jon Wayne Taylor as he recovered from surgery after donating a kidney to a fellow vet with end-stage renal failure. He knew he’d have to spend a lot of time taking it easy during the recovery process and was hoping to load a bunch of ammo. He only had one problem…no small pistol primers and no way to get any during the current craziness.

We have nothing but good news since then. The kidney recipient is reportedly doing very well with no signs of rejection. As for JWT, he says the recovery process is going slowly, but he’ll actually be spending this afternoon sitting in a blind at a charity hunt benefitting wounded vets. He can’t hunt yet himself, but he can sit there and shoot the breeze while keeping an eye peeled for whitetail.

On the primer front, a number of our readers were kind enough to send JWT a total of 3200 small pistol primers. Most of them didn’t want their names publicized so we’ll just thank them anonymously here for their thoughtfulness and consideration. We really appreciate it.

The folks at Federal Ammunition and CCI Ammunition also saw our post and generously sent JWT the 5000 Federal and 5000 CCI primers you see in the photo above. So JWT now is well stocked and will be able to keep himself plenty busy as he gets himself back into fighting shape.

Thanks very much to everyone who went out of their way to send primers to Jon at a time when they’re definitely at a premium. We always knew we had the best readers and this just confirms it.


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    • jwm,

      Now that there was funny!

      I laughed out loud — a good belly laugh at that — for almost 30 seconds.

      I tip my hat to you fine sir.

    • I had to take a look at the photo again to see what you’re talking about. That’s hilarious. Hey, the good news is now when I laugh it doesn’t feel like my guts are being ripped out. Progress!

      • I had surgery once in the stomach area. I was doing fine until my uncle came to visit me. He was always a funny guy and this was no exception. He made me laugh. Man, that hurt. Felt like I was spilling my guts.

        Get better soon.

        • I had major abdominal surgery in 8th grade. I had some friends come over to visit me and the jokes started up right away. I laughed so hard I started throwing up, then the stabbing pain from the incision. Its was horrible. I hate abdominal surgery!

          JWT, you did a great service to one of our brothers! I hope you both have a speedy recovery and you can get back to normal.

    • “JWT: You would be a good friend to have.”

      You’re not getting his Bud Lig,…er,… pistol primers… 🙂

  1. All the best to you and the recipient of your donation, JWT. I must admit, I’d do the same in a heartbeat for family, but it takes something much more to step up like that for a stranger outside the circle. You have my genuine respect.

    Glad you have the goods to have fun at your bench.

    • i sense a protocol violation there, although i don’t actually see a firearm in the frame.
      after all, they’re only primers, not inert, but not deadly in and of themselves.
      glad all involved are recoup’ratin’.

  2. I have no pistol reloading materials, but I am happy others could share. All the best on this Veterans Day JWT.

  3. I might well simply be an evil minded old man. I certainly am old. That said, the ongoing shortage of primers, 22 caliber rim fire ammunition too, leaves me suspicious.

    • I’ve gotten to talk to a lot of people in the industry now on the ammunition and components side, and it’s just a perfect storm to crunch supply. Everything they have is going into ammunition right now for retail sales. It’s like nothing they’ve ever seen. And then on top of that, CV19 has labor, transportation and supply lines diminished.
      Increasing additional capacity for this kind of work is extremely expensive and time-consuming and nobody wants to get hit like they did in 2016.

  4. Now all I want to know is, where does he live, and when is he not home?

    (Shamelessly stolen from TTAG’s “Master of Wisecracks”, Ralph…) 🙂

      • Man, I’d never make it to the entrance of his mile-long driveway.

        I’m willing to bet the folks that live out that way do the neighborly thing and keep an eye on each other’s property when someone is away…

    • I’ve posted my real address on here enough times that the powers that be have made it very clear I am to stop that.
      I travel often for work and I’m gone too long. But let me put it this way, people are always here, it’s a business, and I am the nicest, kindest, least armed person with the fewest aggravated assault arrests here.

  5. Thanks to all of you. Gun folks are just the nicest folks.

    So I sat in a blind hunting with a marine that had never shot anything on four legs. The landowner allowed any varmint, pigs and any whitetail doe to be taken. He also said there was one single bull elk on the property. They hadn’t seen it in a couple of years but if anybody saw it, shoot it. It is a 2,000 acre low fence property. But no whitetail bucks.
    So of course, what do we see all day? Nothing but great bucks, many of them over 150″.
    We hear that a couple of the other guys have shot three doe, so after sitting in the blind all day we’re both kind of ready to get up and go help them. But there’s about 45 minutes of light left so I tell him to just hunker down for a little while.
    And then walks out the elk.
    He made an absolutely perfect 96 yard shot with my FN SCAR 20S, sending a150gr Speer Hot Cor bullet through the elk’s aortic arch and both lungs. It made it 35 yards.
    When I called the landowner and told him he had shot the elk, he thought we were kidding. He didn’t believe me until I called him back and told him we needed to get a tractor to get this thing out of here.
    The marine didn’t show up with a truck. So we piled an elk and three whitetail deer in the back of a Toyota 4Runner. Had to keep the back window open with the rear hooves sticking out. Quite the scene. Today he learns to butcher.
    That was some of the craziest stuff I’ve seen.
    An elk!

  6. Vista Outdoor claims that they have a $1,000,000,000/ 1 year backlog on ammunition orders at present. Things ain’t getting any better anytime soon.

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