It’s funny how a few thousand rounds of a particular caliber sounds like a lot until you can’t get any more. Then it’s not nearly enough.
[This current ammo crunch is much worse than the last one. Maybe it just feels that way to me because I’m shooting more now, but honestly this one feels worse. The crunch from supply to bare shelves was much more rapid and caught many off guard, not to mention this one’s also happening next to a firearm and magazine crunch.
During the last crunch I could still find 22lr along with many other calibers, prices went up, but it was by no means a fully dry supply.
I bought a new gun in November and this was a new caliber to add to my pen. I planned on spending the next couple months stocking up a ready supply for matches and practice. Yeah that plan flew right out the window. Luckily I have a small deal with my local neighborhood dealer and am getting ammo to get me through the USPSA matches now. I would like to go back to shooting steel as well but honestly I don’t want to expend the ammo. I could shoot .22 but I don’t have nearly the surplus I would like. I had a few things on my list for restocking this year and honestly I think those plans are going to get pushed out.
Alan’s statement nails this one on the head. I felt I had enough until all the sudden my prospects for replenishment fell to 0. Even getting your hands on reloading components is down right difficult if not impossible. I’m afraid with the severity of this crunch, even if the bubble burst tomorrow, it’s going to be a while before ammo gets back on shelves.
When we finally get out of this, me thinks there will be a monthly ammo budget to continually grow a surplus of the most often used calibers. -B]
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.