Number 1 With a Bullet: Americans Keep Their Gun Grab Going, but Some Companies Are Shooting Blanks

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Chris Puehse, owner of Foothill Ammo displays a .45 caliber bullet for sell at his store in Shingle Springs, Calif. Californians will have to undergo criminal background checks every time they buy ammunition starting July 1 under a 2016 voter-approved ballot initiative. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


The nation’s run on guns amid a pandemic and criminal chaos is curious. I suspect more than conservatives are lining up for a handled hunk of heat to defeat whatever bad might come callin’.

Despite massive media messaging, masses of Americans have made up their minds: The best defense against a gun is the same, not laws inked by a Democrat’s pen.

Many on the side of gun control appear to present things thusly: There are pistols and rifles in the world, and they’re murderous tools; no current law dematerializes the threat. Pass the obvious law, Presto Change-O, all that crime disappears.

Oddly, there’s rarely an MSM mention of the fact that gun murders remain below a threshold because would-be victims have guns, too. And that gun laws will only disarm those innocents.

But some people clearly have run the numbers. Hence, in uber-Left Los Angeles, overwhelmed firearms stores have resorted to an appointment-only system.

And if you’ve looked online lately, bullets are hard to find.

In fact, as reported by, the purchasing punch packs such potency, an Arizona ammo manufacturer is “facing an $80.1 million backlog amid record demand…”

Ammo International CEO Fred Wagenhals told CBS5 they’re firing away:

“We’re working right now seven days a week, 24 hours a day in all the manufacturing plants.”


The company’s no small potato — it has facilities in AZ as well as Wisconsin.

AI’s recently made a major acquisition in an effort to catch up with all the brand spanking gun nuts:

“We just bought 2.8 million dollars worth of machinery and equipment last week to increase our production and increase our volume.”

If you’re wondering about the caliber of the surge, here’s a stunning stat from the National Shooting Sports Foundation: The first half of 2020 saw gun sales up 95% compared to the same time last year.

It’s no hollow point: In 2019, Democrats were selling gun confiscation. Now the country’s both-barreling in a Bullet Bonanza.

When people can get ’em, that is — per The Daily Wire, from last year to this, ammo purchases are up 139%.

Of course, all this talk of a surge is nothing new — as I covered in August, “July saw an estimated 1,795,602 firearms sold. That’s a new national record, a 133% increase compared to last year.”

It was the fifth consecutive month to make gun sales history.

In September, giant Smith & Wesson said it was going to “maximum capacity” to try and keep up.

And perhaps an explosion of demand isn’t merely due to the aforementioned mayhem.

CEO Fred reckons another component is triggering sales — one that’s squarely in citizens’ sights:


“[T]here was always that fear of the election. Of who’s going to be elected of the next President of the United States.”

I think he’s right on target. And then some:

“We’re a $200 million company in the next 18 – 24 months.”

And the way we’re going, it might take you that long acquire ammunition.

From the NRA’s own news organization:

The current ammunition shortage may continue at least until 2021.

2020, you’re a villainous vasectomy — you’ve taken the bullets out of the gun.



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