The guys at Recoil recently posted an article by Caleb Giddings on the reasons for all the bare ammo shelves we're seeing these days. You might want to check out the whole article at the link below. For now, here are the highlights...
Two Primary Causes for the Ammo Shortage:
1) Unexpected Buyer Behavior
The 2020 cocktail of COVID-19 lock downs, widespread violence in the streets, and the fact that it’s also an election year have all combined to drive unprecedented levels of ammo buying and ammo hoarding among existing gun owners.
Now, factor in that 40% of all gun sales this year have been to new gun owners. They’re all trying to buy and hoard ammo as well.
These unforeseen changes in culture and in gun buying behavior have placed a burden on the ammo industry that they are simply not prepared to handle.
That leads us to the second big cause for the ammo shortage.
2) Overwhelmed Manufacturers
The big companies are already at capacity—most of them operating 24/7. For them to expand their capacity is an expensive and difficult proposition.
While it’s easier for smaller companies to jump in and start producing ammunition, small companies can only produce 1000s of rounds each month, not millions. So, while they can certainly benefit from the current spike in ammo demand, they're unable to make a big difference in the overall shortage. Types of ammo being most affected are 9mm ammo, 223 ammo, 5.56 ammo, 380 ammo, buckshot, and 22 LR ammo.
Additionally, raw materials have become more difficult to acquire due to global supply line disruptions caused by the pandemic as well as the COVID-19 regulations on the trucking industry here in the United States.
The Bottom Line on Ammunition:
It’s estimated by some industry experts that even political turmoil ceases, COVID-19 blows over, and the riots stop, it could still be at least a year before ammo inventory levels return to the place where you can buy as much ammo as you want at gun stores or online.
In the meantime, Green Top pros are doing all they can to keep ammo inventory levels up. We also (at the time of this posting) have the reloading tools and supplies you need for making your own ammo at home.
Here's the entire article at Recoil.
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