Ammo shortages across the United States are intriguing. Personally, I was not surprised at the shortage, but am surprised at how long the shortage has been going on and how long it will likely continue. What intrigues me the most is not how long, but what is the cause. I have heard many theories from simple supply and demand to government conspiracies. Here are some examples:
[box type=”shadow” ]I haven’t seen anything that suggests foul play of any kind, to me, it’s strictly supply and demand, and it shows you what panic in a market looks like. Read More[/box]
[box type=”shadow” ]I took my crystal ball out, and most of the time it is working properly, and my prediction is that I honestly don’t know if things will ever go back to being normal in the ammo world if we don’t change our buying habits. Look, if you don’t absolutely need ammo, then don’t buy it right now. Read More[/box]
[box type=”shadow” ]Gun sales have been on the rise since Obama took office and surged following his re-election in November, triggering some to call him the best unintentional gun salesman in history. Then 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., renewing emotional calls for tighter gun control.
Obama lost in his fight to expand the system of background checks but has vowed to continue to seek gun-control measures. Fearing an inevitable crackdown, some gun owners who had already hit the panic button went into full stockpiling mode. Many accustomed to buying one box of ammunition at a time bought five or 10.
Also factoring into the shortage are plans by the Department of Homeland Security to buy a more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years, a huge amount even by government standards. About 750,000 rounds would be for its training centers, which offer firearms training to tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers. The rest would go to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the second-largest federal criminal investigative agency. Read More[/box]
[box type=”shadow” ]A guy at a local gun store told me that some Walmart employees are buying lots of ammo for themselves whenever they get a shipment and reselling it for a much higher price. As long as people are buying ammo at outrageous prices, then people are going to keep selling it for those prices…so don’t pay those stupid prices! Read More[/box]
[box type=”shadow” ]I know this for a fact from reliable sources. There are organized groups that go to the large retailers on the days they receive ammunition and buy it all up. Because these retailers sell at or below retail price these folks are then able to take that ammunition and sell it at flea markets, gun shows, or on the internet for ridiculous prices. Don’t believe me? Go to gunbroker.com and see what a carton of 500 rounds of .22 LR is selling for. The last I heard that $40- 50 carton of ammo was selling for $80 – 100. One customer told me he saw a $250 case of .22 LR target ammo sell for over $600 on the internet. Read More[/box]
[box type=”shadow” ]“There are elements in the United States government moving to obstruct commercial ammunition sales,” said Anthony Melé, an international firearms dealer and owner of AMI Global Security, LLC. Read More[/box]
[box type=”shadow” ]A definitive pattern is developing. Ammunition purchased opportunistically at larger retail outlets—which have not raised their prices to the gouge level—is going for three to five times the retail price. Again, supply, demand and scarcity. When a product is scarce, you can charge more for it. And those that have the product, often do so. Whether it results in an ammunition equivalent of the South Sea Company Bubble of 1720, remains to be seen. It is my belief as the political agitation slows, shelves will slowly start filling again. Read More[/box]
As you can see, a majority of the comments and articles base the ammo shortage on basic principles of supply and demand as a result of hoarding by the masses. I think this is absolutely true and that government is happy with the result. In my opinion, the government has stumbled on a way to keep us from having guns without violating the constitution. We still have the right to bear arms but they become nothing more than paper weights without ammunition. The current administration has incentive to keep fear of stricter gun laws high and purchase as much ammo as they can to keep supply low.
Anyway, I don’t know the true reason for the shortage, but here is how I can do my part to make it worse. I found this site http://www.gunbot.net/ which appears to be like a sort of Craigslist for ammo. I haven’t verified that the retailers listed actually have the inventory reported, but seems like a could be a useful tool for finding the caliber you are looking for.
What do you think?
Sidenote: If this site wasn’t already tagged by a NSA computer, the keywords in this post are sure to fix that. I just hope the NSA traffic will be kind enough to support the advertisers.