It has been apparent for quite some time that it is difficult to buy ammunition. Many people think that it is regionalized or based on a store-by-store case. The ammunition shortage is very real and encompasses the entire country.
According to a friend in retail that I spoke with, retailers that have been paying their bills on time are receiving more orders and at a faster pace. I don’t have any documented proof of that, so take it as it is, but it does make sense.
According to the NSSF (National Shoot Sports Foundation)
NSSF has received numerous calls regarding shortages of ammunition. Many of these callers have expressed concern that the supply of ammunition is not able to keep up with the current demand.
In order to provide the best information possible on the issue of ammunition availability, NSSF interviewed ammunition manufacturers across the United States. Here’s what we have learned:
Is there truly a shortage of ammunition?
The shortage of ammunition is real and is caused by several factors including:
- A significant spike in consumer demand
- Law Enforcement demand for training and readiness
- Department of Defense demand for training and readiness
- Higher prices from commodities
What calibers are in the highest demand?
The high demand for ammunition extends across caliber lines. The increase can be seen in most handgun, rifle and rimfire ammunition and on certain shot shell products such as buckshot.
What are manufacturers doing to keep up with demand?
In order to help keep up with demand for ammunition, manufacturers are working at full capacity (24/7). It is believed that any ammunition shortage is likely a temporary issue; however, it will take time for supply to catch up with demand.
How long will it take for supply to catch up with demand?
While it is believed that supply will be increasing, the great unknown is what demand will be later in the year. Since there is no way for manufacturers to predict how long consumer demand will be sustained at its current, unprecedented level, it is impossible for manufacturers to forecast the timeline for when the current backlog will begin to improve.