Back in January I wrote an article expressing just how hard it was for me to find ammunition for the brand new handgun my wife surprised me with.
Click here to see the original article Sorry.. We’re all out.
As much as I wish this were an April fools joke, it’s not.
It seems like the ammunition shortage has only gotten worse.
I snapped the image to the right from a local wal-mart (the same store that the image from the previous article came from).
There is even less ammunition on the shelf, in fact it seems that the only thing left in good supply are the 12 gauge shotgun shells.
The scary part is, it isn’t just private citizens that are having trouble getting ANY ammunition… Check out this article from a few days ago featured on FOX
Ammunition shortage affecting law enforcement
OSHKOSH – A national shortage on some types of gun ammunition is having a major impact.
Private citizens are paying premium prices for limited supplies.
And some law enforcement agencies are waiting months for shipments as manufacturers struggle to meet demand.
Forty caliber, nine millimeter, .223 and .308. All types of gun ammunition that is in short supply and costing buyers a premium.
“It’s borderline horrible,” said Jon Gafner, owner of Jon’s Sport Shop in Oshkosh. He says the shortage is hurting the average gun owner.
“They just want to go to the range on the weekend and shoot a box of shells and they can’t buy them.”
Gafner says talk of new gun and ammunition restrictions in Washington, D.C. are causing the shortage. Gafner says gun shops are selling out of ammunition as soon as they get it in stock. And private gun owners aren’t the only ones facing a shortage.
The Town of Menasha Police Department says it can’t get enough ammunition for the department’s AR-15 assault rifles. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says it has enough ammunition for now.
“We’re looking at a six to eight month backup on some of the ammunition,” said Lt. Darin Rice of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.
Lt. Rice says the department currently pays $12.20 for 50 rounds of 40 caliber handgun ammo and $10.06 for 20 rounds of AR-15 ammunition. But he expects when the state negotiates a new contract for participating law enforcement agencies this summer, that backup will also come with a higher price tag.
“Different vendors I have talked to told me they anticipate an increase in the cost of ammunition in the near future.”
Both Gafner and Lt. Rice say the increases could reach 10-15 percent.
This must be a major pain in the rear for police and vendors, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be a pain for you.
Check out this new report on ammunition reloading and learn how you can make sure you are never out of ammo, even when the police are.