Greetings to all. My name is Mike and I’ve been actively collecting cartridges for about 15 years.
I began by always holding back 3-5 rounds from each brand/type of ammo I tried out. Most of it was very common, and wound up being expended in practice sessions. However after trying to find additional quantities of certain ammunition, I realized the price and difficulty involved.
Since then, I’ve tried to pay more careful attention to the history behind the manufacturer and type of ammunition. I’ve been lucky enough to correspond with Lew, DK, Geer (sp?), Findlay at GEA and some others prior to finding this forum. I maintain a small collection of specialty police and military ammunition for display and testing, mostly handgun calibers since the 1960s (I teach classes at a local academy and work in the LE profession).
When IAA member Richard Geer passed, I was fortunate enough to meet with his wife at a show and spent the better part of 2 days trading and talking with her. I’m looking forward to learning and interacting here at the IAA forum.