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Where Has All The Ammo Gone?


Where Has All The Ammo Gone?

In case you hadn’t noticed, we are in the midst of an ammunition, primer and propellant shortage. Stories are making both local and national news, and rumors abound on the Internet. I understand there have been large Federal contracts, but those cannot come close to explaining the increased demand for ammunition and components. There is more than a billion—that’s billion with a “B”—rounds of .22 Long Rifle produced in this country every year. One estimate puts it at closer to a billion and a half. The DHS has not bought a billion and a half rounds of .22 LR, so it cannot be pinned on them. Also, it is unlikely to me that Janet Napolitano is trying to corner the world market on Hodgdon Varget, even though it is one of my favorite go-to powders.

I have some anecdotal evidence of what is going on here. A friend called me from the parking lot of a gun store in Southwest Virginia, “Mark, I just scored 5,000 rounds of Federal .22 Long Rifle!” I cut his euphoria short by saying, “Tim, you have never bought more than 500 rounds of anything before.” To which he replied, “Yeah, but I bought all they had.” I believe Tim’s “score” is being replicated all across the country every time the UPS truck arrives.



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  • Buckhuntr

    I agree!! I am on notice through Midway USA for notification of component arrival. From the time the notice of availability hit my inbox to my checking e-mail all inventory was gone, 4 hours!!

    • Millard Huff

      People know whats coming down the line and it’s not good

  • reggiec

    Sounds like the buying is being done for psychological reasons. Is that a bad thing? At least people are stocking up on important defense items.

    • Millard Huff

      I use 7.62X39 and thats even gone up in price 1500 rounds cost me $675.00.And the gun shop i deal with in Ohio wo’t sell no more then a 1000 rounds now so now i buy where i can get the most ammo and i buy in bulk for my firing range that i belong to.

      • Dave

        I remember 1996 when 1500 rounds of 7.62×39 could be purchased for about $100.00.

      • Dave

        Check out this website. It is not a fancy one, but it is updated in real time.

  • Sam Wicks Jr

    All I ever bought was a brick (500 rounds) of 22 long rifle bullets (10 boxes of 50). Was cheaper and easy to carry versus 10 boxes of 50 rounds.

  • 7papa7

    This is why many gun stores are rationing ammo. Because of that their is no panic buying. They want it to be available for everyone. When one person goes in and buys everything in the store then others are left empty handed for their protection and for sport.

  • MeMikeT

    I didn’t buy 5000 rounds or .22lr, but I did buy what they would let me buy. It was like ‘only a thousands rounds per customer’ thing. The last Gun show I went to a few weeks ago I got there late in the first day. I was only able to get one box of 50 JHP 9mm. It was all there was. The guy told me the first hour they wiped him our with about 90% of the ammo he come with.

  • ginger

    Guess the ammo manufacturers better step up the production of all calibers..they can only make money doing so….haven’t been able to get .22LR for months now so have to use the .357 at the range.

    • 7papa7

      They are basically running 24/7 now. They need to expand and get more lines and that takes some time. I do agree with you though, more ammo does need to be available, at least so that the private sector can equal the government.

      • ginger

        Lots of talk around that they will catch up in the next 18 months…don’t know why that figure comes up…we’ll see.

        • 7papa7

          I hope that 18 months is not to late.

          • ginger

            same here

        • liliq

          18 months means after Feinstein bans mail order ammo sales

    • Dlbnfla

      They would have to hire some new workers to accomplish the increased production. Obamacare rules make hiring people impractical and cost prohibitive. The alynsky principals that obama aspires to accomplish are working better than he could have imagined in 2008. He has no intention of allowing the economy to improve.

      • Herman

        You have that right

  • spyderdalton

    For every gun people are stockpiling ammo… of every caliber they own..

    • Dlbnfla

      I pray that you are right in this…..if they also have the capabilities and internal motivation to use it wisely.

  • Rockriver556

    I believe the government is not allowing full distribution. You can get high dollar rifle and shotgun ammo! No handgun or 22 lr.

  • Gary Ray

    Anybody know where i can pick up some 50 caliber rounds? Not much by me?

  • Cooleemee Edd

    I don’t need to hoard it. Just a couple of boxes of ammo for each of my favorites. They are popular calibers, and I will be able to find extra ammo at just the time I need it. Powder and primers…that I’ll need. I can easily load a box of rifle or pistol ammo while watching TV in an evening. It adds up quickly if you are not shooting it immediately. You can even shoot hand-cast hard lead in your .30 cal bolt-action rifle if you keep the velocity down to around 2000 fps. I know how to clean the lead out of a rifle barrel!
    Keep reloading, America!

    • Doc

      Boy, sure wish I could live in utopia where you live. I assume you live somewhere with lots of sand in which to keep your head?

      • Cooleemee Edd

        Hey, “unregistered,”  I lived in the former USSR for 8 1/2 years. It was not a pretty sight to come to a full understanding of just what Communism can do to people and their cultures. I just don’t jump up and down and shout about things too much, as it stirs up emotions unduly, when cooler heads are needed. There are some things that I don’t need to say.  You can read between the lines to know that I can take part in anything that comes up that will help to free our country, should that need arise. With 20 years in the US Army, I have trained and served in war zones. You don’t know me. I have NEVER had my “head in the sand!!”
        Have you ever heard of the “Liberator” pistol?  It is very crude, and was designed to be fired a very few times.  It isn’t particularly safe, but it is effective.  The idea was for a “Partisan” to shoot a Nazi soldier and take his weapon and ammunition to carry on the fight for liberation.  NOW do you get the picture?

  • Herman

    You all need to check Cerberus, the hedge fund that use to own Chrysler, and has Ex. Vice Pres. Dan Quayle on the pay roll. They also owned GMAC, a car loan company that just happened to get into the House Mortgage business at the right time. They have been buying up gun, gun parts manufacture’s and ammo manufactures for years. there was or is a lot of gun control under one “Company” Check and see what they own.

  • Eugene Lubben

    I have already got all the ammo. I need so let ODUMBA start his war on Americans ,,,,,,,,

    • bob novak

      Can you really ever have enough ammo? I’ve never heard anyone say after a gun fight, “gee wish I had less bullets to shoot”. How much is enough? The DHS seems to think its enough to have 6 rounds per citizen of the country, do you have that much? I would like to but lets face it storage would be a problem. I’m not putting you down in any way, just trying to make light of a bad situation. I’m hoping Owevomit starts his little war, he’ll find out in a bad way just how Americans react when their family’s and lively hood are threatened. It won’t be pretty for him.

    • Millard Huff

      Dude you never have all the ammo you need.When you run out then you would wish for more.I know i’m a combat vietnam vet and always wish i could have had more ammo in a fire fight.

  • Doc

    Crap. People of this country are arming themselves. Period. It doesn’t matter what they believe or why; it’s just that they KNOW something bad is coming. I know it too but I started buying the day Obama won five years ago. Don’t you wish you had?

  • Nadine

    This is an OUTRAGE! Sure…buy any gun you want…Obummer will make sure there is NO AMMO for it! This man is an OUTLAW!!!!

  • Rafflesdad

    I was told by a salesman in a Walmart that he had a very rude customer demanding to be sold a brick of .22 ammo that had be promised to another customer. As it turned out this guy was reselling the ammo at a huge markup at a local range.

    If I see a good deal on something I’m short on I’ll grab a box or two but I’m not going to clean off the shelf out of pure greed.

  • whisper

    Really? Can you actually be sure that the government is not storing all the ammo somewhere out of the public range?

  • DrZarkov99

    Ammunition will be a good medium of exchange if there’s an economic collapse (which I suspect will come before too long). I’ve spoken to a number of people who maintain ammo is still cheap compared to gold, and may be more valuable if things break down. I’ll bet many buyers are stockpiling as a form of investment.

  • buffalbob

    These ammo manufactures need to stop selling ammo to the government except the military for overseas troops. Any other goverment agencie needs to be told NO sale of ammo until the government changes it ways and tells the rest of the world to stay out of our internal politics ( U.N.).

    • elmcqueen3

      Exactly…Stop selling ammo to Government Agencies…The DEA…The FBI…the ATF…the SECRET SERVICE… And the major cities CHIEF’S OF POLICE…They are all anti-gun so don’t sell em any ammo period…However with due respect to the County Sheriff’s in this Country only they should get the ammo they need…These are people backrd law enforcement agencies and 95% of em will defend our constitution and our second amendment rights with out question…They also are America’s last line of defense from a tryrannical government…i.e…Support your local County Sheriff and his Deputy’s!

    • Mike8307

      Unfortunately the Feds would then pull their licenses to mfg and sell.

  • liliq

    “An innovation of the 1938 law was to ban .22 caliber rimfire cartridges with hollow point
    bullets, … .”

    Halbrook, P. (2000) “Nazi Firearms Law and the Disarming of the German Jews” 17 Arizona
    Journal of International and Comparative Law, No. 3, 483-535 at p. 513. Retrieved 2/13/13 from:

  • Guido FL

    The real question is WHY do Americas feel the need to stock up / hoard ammo and guns ? What are we expecting ??

    • kenstaff

      Where the hell have you been???

  • fliteking

    Perhaps the “shortage” is intentional. Perhaps there is trouble coming soon.

  • Adrian Vance

    Obama will leave no opportunity to cripple America unturned when he can do it with your money.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • KDS

    What about the rest of us, Assholes!!!!

  • liliq

    All it would take to clear the shelves of ammo until a final mail order ban would be the Rube Bloombergs of the world using their money and their access to tax dollars to redirect inventory to their private warehouses, and don’t forget Presidential privileges such as Bill Clinton’s sending Mexico 50 Billion out of his presidential slush fund when Congress refused to bail out Mexico, If Barack Obama sidelined a few billions of our tax dollars out of his Presidential slush fund, (like Bill Clinton did), and used it to divert supplies to warehouses, then it would all be simply the result of frantic buying wouldn’t it? Frantic government redirecting of shipments more like.

  • liliq

    Maybe when this Feinstein is overturned, the ammo version of the Hunt brothers will be tracked down and prosecuted for monopolizing and artificially inflating ammo prices to as Feinstein announced, ‘dry up the supply.’

  • mickey

    IMPEACH The ARROGANT/illegal/muslim/obama.

  • KDS

    Is it true there is a scheduled million + man march on Washington D.C. May 29th? If so it would be a blow for gun rights across the country. This needs to go viral if it is to happen. Low turn out would be equally devastating.

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