Ammo Manufacturers Producing ’24 Hours a Day’ to Match Demand

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Ammo Manufacturers Producing '24 Hours a Day' to Match Demand
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Washington DC – -( Amid the myriad questions and theories behind the ammunition shortage currently being experienced across the country, manufacturers have gone on the record to say they are producing as much as they can and are working to produce even more.

Hornady ammunition, makers of some of the most popular self-defense ammo for concealed carry applications, explained it this way:

“We are producing as much as we can, much more than last year, which was a lot more than the year before, etc. No one wants to ship more during this time than we do.”

The demand for Hornady's ammo is so great that they've “added presses, lathes, CNC equipment, [and] people and space.” They are producing many popular items “24 hours a day” and “several hundred employees work overtime every week” to make as much ammo as possible.

Black Hills Ammunition president Jeff Hoffman is seeing the same demand Hornady is experiencing. He says the only ammo that isn't absolutely flying out the door are some of the rarer, larger caliber hunting rounds.

Supplies of 9mm, 45 acp, 40 S&W, and .223 are scarce in the marketplace, and where they can be found, they are being snatched up by desperate consumers as they are unloaded off trucks at stores like Wal-Mart & Gander Mountain.

So why the shortage? Ammo producers like Hornady say the cause isn't government orders but a “politically-induced buying panic.” Although producers say they've seen buying panics in the past, nothing compares to what we're experiencing now.

During panics in the past, gun owners bought up all the ammo they could; during the current panic, even people who don't own guns have been buying ammo for the gun they might buy in the future. At the same time, first-time gun buyers have not only been buying guns but also every bullet for it they can find.

Add to this the fact that some producers can't expand their production as rapidly as Hornady and others have, and it's easier to understand why handgun and AR-15 calibers are scarce.

As Remington ammunition put it:

“Remington is at full capacity at this time in a majority of categories of ammunition. We are continuing to look at how to increase capacity and supply our ammunition products to the various channels of distribution/sales that we support.”

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  • 13 thoughts on “Ammo Manufacturers Producing ’24 Hours a Day’ to Match Demand

    1. Man,these are old posts! As of today ammo is available. Stop hoarding! Any more than say 1000 rounds per caliber needed is greedy and paranoid. I maintain a grand each of 45,380,38 spec. & 5.56. I replace as I consume. No problem staying ‘stocked’. Stay calm. There’s more of us then them. Peace,Bagpipe

    2. I have said this before but gun owners are cutting each others throats by buying as much as they can, which leads to shortages and then turn around and selling it for 600% or more profit. They did the same thing during the hi cap ban. Glock mags that today cost $ 20 cost $ 100 back then. The anti’s are sitting back and letting the pros mess each other up financially and politically. How can we fight off the anti’s when we are destroying ourselves. We say we stand together until there is a crisis then its everyone for themselves.

    3. It’s time the ammunition makers stop selling to the DHS and start replenishing the sports stores. We haven’t been able to buy ammunition in months. The government has it all and what for????

    4. I have had alot of info come to me in the last few days that should be known. The major ammo manufacturers are experiencing a brass shortage, meaning they cannot make enough brass for the market as a whole, local ammo brands have laid off help because of this situation with no light at the end of the tunnel. Also in the obama budget there is an ammo tax that will raise the price of ammo by 200%, so if you want it you best be buying! As for me im reloading as fast as i can. TIME IS GETTING SHORT!!!

    5. I think the ‘shortage’ is due to 2 main factors;

      1. There are millions of new gun owners, and they all gotta eat.

      2. New and previous gun owners are stockpiling much more that they would have normally. The lines you see at Academy, Bass-Pro are happening across the country (we are the problem). Even non gun owners are buying ammo to resell at higher prices to pawn shops and gun shows.

      I think, for some reason, it may have to do with the part of the country you live it. I’m in north Atlanta suburbs. I have had no problem finding any of the popular handgun calibers (38,40,45,9m). 22 and 5.56 are there, but not in bulk.

      Academy has not raised prices either. Wal-Mart…you just gotta get there when the ammo does. It comes in, then goes out quickly.

      No shortage at all on any shotgun or 30-06 ammo. Even 7.62×39 and 7.62×54 is available in spam cans.

      Just my recent observations. Well-stocked in Atlanta.

    6. If you can fight off the old retired men that stand in Walmart all day. You might be able to snatch a box os .22s.

      Otherwise my local Bass Pro or Gander has employees friends buying it before it touches the shelves. Then sold on armslist or the gun show for $100 a brick.

      I’m sick of this

    7. All right – if they’re producing so much ammo, WHERE IS IT?? I don’t know anybody who’s been able to lay a hand on a single box of 22, 45, 40, 9, or 223.

    8. I just went to a gun show near Dallas last weekend. There was no shortage of weapons or ammo, however, the prices of guns has gone up 25-50% and ammo has increased by 100-400%. Also, 30 round magazines have dramatically increased. I saw PMags selling for $39, or 3 for $100. Only one table was selling them for $19.95, which is still about 25% more than a couple of months ago. I’m just glad I saw this coming and bought what I needed months ago. All I needed to know about Obozo’s intent was revealled in the second debate.

    9. I traded my 7.62x39R for .223 with a friend of mine, he has an AK and I have an AR. I have heard, but no conformation, that the Obama regiem has limited imports of ammunition. Dems understand that if we don’t have ammunition then our firearms are paperweights.

    10. So riddle me this, how come we barely see any foreign ammo? Wolf, Pravi, Aquila, etc? Seems like they would ramp up given prices and sell on the market given demand but I do not see any off shore ammo either.

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