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Ammunition Shortage of 2009

The Great Ammo Shortage of 2009

The Great Ammo Shortage of 2009

Anywhere USA - -(AmmoLand.com)- In every corner of the USA, at every gun show and at every gun club meeting we are hearing the same question.  Where is all the ammunition?

It seems we are in the dust bowl of all ammo shortages. Store shelves are bare and when new ammo does arrive it is over priced and still sells out in a flash.

We have been flooded with reports of retailers gouging shooters by hiking up the prices. A box of 45ACP on average now goes for $22.00 a box up from $15.50 just one year ago. That is if you can find it.

Even 22 LR ammunition of all things is hard to find.

The real reason is a combination of events.  Let look at a few.

The New Administration:
With the new election of President OBama and his appointments of one radical gun banner after another, combined with his lust for reinstating the assault weapons ban, has many normal everyday people who would never have had any concerns about their 2nd amendment rights lined up at gun stores and gun shows across the USA to make sure they have the guns they deserve before the new president can implement some form of new gun bans.  With every new gun purchase you now have new shooter who want to fire their new firearms and are each buying a 1000+ rounds of ammo.

Fear of Ammunition Bans:
Combine that with the existing shooters who under the same political outlook fear that restrictions on ammo would be the same as a gun ban and they too have been buying and stock piling ammunition at record levels.

Increased Military and Police Demands:
Another huge impact on the availability of ammunition and the US ammunition industry has been the war on terror. With our military in need of the most popular ammo for training and the war effort the DOD is modernizing its three government-owned ammo plants that were built in 1941 with an infusion of $93.3 million since 2001, but that isn’t enough to keep up with the demand. “Commercial producers within the national technology and industrial base have not had the capacity to meet these requirements,” says GAO. “As a result, DOD has had to rely at least in part on foreign commercial producers to meet its small caliber ammunition needs.**  Even with US Ammunition MFG’s working around the clock they are having trouble meeting the demand for the military’s ammo requirements and that means making ammo for retail sales is 2nd on MFG’s to-do lists.

International Influences:
With China’s booming economy, and the massive amounts of raw materials used to manufacture ammunition, especially lead, being purchased by the Chinese this has also contributed to the rise in ammo prices and the lack of raw materials for ammunition production has slowed down the delivery of ammo for ammunition stores.

Other influences include the Israel Military Industries, an Israeli ammunition manufacturer linked to the Israeli government, which produces the bulk of weapons and ordnance for the Israeli Defence Force. The Pentagon reportedly bought 313 million rounds of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and 50-calibre ammunition last year and paid $10m more than it would have cost for it to produce the ammunition at its own facilities or purchased from USA bulletsmiths.***

The End is Near:
The end of the Great Ammunition Shortage of 2009 that is.  All sources claim that this is just a temporary shortage and that with the increased production coming online at ammo manufactures in the private and government sectors that we should start to see increased availability in the next few months as the supply stream catches up to the demand.

Sources:
**www.manufacturingnews.com
***www.independent.co.uk

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  • 13 User comments to “The Great Ammunition Shortage of 2009”

    1. Bpjsurf on May 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM said:

      The economic situation is a major factor in the ammo shortage of 2009. Many commercial ammunition manufactures had adjusted their output production in late 2007 and early 2008 to deal with a slow economy and predicted down turn in consumer demand for products. As the manufactures reduced their output the Obama factor kicked in and caused a rush of orders for commercial ammunition. So it was sort of a perfect storm for ammunition. A reduction in production and a huge increase in demand.

      Many want to push politics with the ammo situation. I think the economic climate has changed the behavior and the thinking of many average American citizens. People are staying home more, becoming aware of their environment and keeping things simple. Suddenly personal responsibility is the norm. As big companies are asking for handouts the average American is horrified at the idea that the Government will control everything and its the citizen who is now demanding that they are able to deal with their own situation. Given the governments insane policies, a responsible citizen should own a firearm, keep it at the ready and be trained to use it when necessary.

      Its just a sign of the times.

    2. veryhighpower on May 27, 2009 at 5:21 PM said:

      You people should have thought of this years ago. Prices started going up 5 years ago. In 2004 a case of 7.62X39 was $95.00 at a gun show here in Phoenix. In 2005 it went to $115 to $125.

      That was the time to buy.

      Ammo has been more stable than any curency in most of the world for over 50 years. It had to eventually reach our shores.

    3. chrism on July 11, 2009 at 1:51 AM said:

      I am in the military and 7.62, 5.56, 50cal and 9mm are the types of ammo that the conventional forces use.

      With the rules of engagement the way they are I know that troops “ARE NOT” using as much ammo as most of the reports claim.

      If we want to blame something or someone then lets take a look at our highest echelon.

    4. I have been trying to get reloading supplies for over a year and still cannot get anything.

      I cannot find anything on the shelf anywhere but oddball cartridges. Now if they want to say that hunting calibers and US calibers are not caught up to demand after ramping down, that is almost plausible for a few months.

      When it is types internationally mass-produced and stockpiled, it is ludicrous to state the supply cannot keep up with demand. None of the explanations make any sense in a macro economy unless some new regulation or effort has gone into effect restricting importation.

      None of the explanations are nearly sufficient to explain why I cannot procure any 9mm or 308 for over 9 months. This is widely internationally produced in dozens of countries.

      They would be shipping it here from everywhere in the world within weeks if there was a surge in demand in the USA. None of the explanations are nearly sufficient to account for the near total lack of availability of such international standards.

      With prices surging they would be emptying warehouses across the world unless there is something artificially constricting or blocking the law of supply and demand.
      Something has changed besides a surge in demand in the USA.

      I am still looking for an answer.

    5. Mr. Powerful on October 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM said:

      I will take all your ammunition away including reloading supplies.

      It is the perfect loop-hole conclusion concerning the conflict with the Second Amendment. Ha, ha, ha, losers!

    6. Rafael Rodriguez on December 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM said:

      We don’t need to be very smart to understand the problem is Obama and his group of anti-Americans.

      They are in power and intelligent people know they are socialists and will do everything they can to destroy America.

    7. Let’s be fair, that was not the most intelligent comment in itself. Yes his policies are not in everyone’s favor, nor did some of us (most…all…something like that) vote for him, but that does not make him and his “group” anti-American. I would also stop short of calling him a socialist, though there is no doubt he leans more in that direction.

      Opposition to him and his policies is perfectly fair, I belong in that camp as well when it comes to domestic policy, but saying he is evil, anti-American, socialist (or worse, Communist – I’ve heard it) does not help your case in describing his actions as unintelligent, and in fact hurts our cause in the long run.

      I don’t mean to sound offensive to you, and I apologize for being blunt, but if more people understood that using logic and reason makes for better arguing than attacks we would have much less trouble getting our way!

    8. A unarmed America! Is easier to control then a armed AMERICA! No bullets,no gun!

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