Dude, there is waaaay too much reality in this right now.
This may sound like BS, because I never would have believed it until I was here myself, but a lot of people are moving to flintlocks, crossbows, and high-powered air guns all of a sudden.
We have sold record numbers of flintlocks since the panic began. At first I just thought it was because people were stuck at home, and internet shopping passed the time. Pretty much every online seller of any product had a boost, so I figured that was all.
Then we started getting calls. People are actually planning to have to use these in an EOTW situation. Ammo is hard to get, primers for BP guns are running out everywhere - with no new production on the horizon until the ammo panic calms down, there is no background check or paper trail for these, the Democrats aren't likely to go after them, and people are buying them at record numbers.
Worst comes to worst they reckon they could make powder, and flint, agate, pyrite and a lot of other things can be used for a spark in a pinch. The Confederates had to use clay for round balls by the end, so lead isn't even a necessity.
Not that long ago people were giving me crap for planning around a Lee-Enfield, and now people are seriously planning to jump back even farther technologically.