Skip to comments.Stores Running Out of Guns and Bullets
Posted on 04/05/2009 6:38:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A gun ban seems to be on the minds of many these days.
Many viewers have started to notice a shortage of guns and ammunition. And stores all over Kalamazoo say concealed weapons are flying off the shelves. Most blame the change in politics in Washington, D.C.
The FBI performed more than a million background checks in the three months after the election than it did the previous year. Stores in Kalamazoo say they're trying to keep up.
"These aren't the general style tactical weapons this one's a little different," said Gander Mountain employee, Matt Wing.
It's not surprising to Wing that customers come in looking for semiautomatic weapons.
"This is one of the main weapons people are concerned they're not going to be able to use. This style the black rifles," said Wing.
It's an assault weapon and so many who want to own one are concerned President Barack Obama's administration could impose a new ban on some semiautomatic weapons.
But Wing says it's not just the big weapons. The small Ruger pistol is flying off the shelves too. And ammunition for all guns is short at most stores around the country.
"With the elections a lot of people are coming in to buy ammo thinking it's going to disappear and that they're not going to have them anymore," said Wing.
In fact some who sell guns say they haven't seen a run on guns and ammo since in 40 years. Owners telling us it's awfully difficult to tell customers they have to wait days, perhaps weeks to get a bullet.
"Sometimes I can get it in a couple of days or maybe in a couple of weeks depending on the ammunition. It really depends," said Wing.
And experts say other concerns fueling gun and ammunition sales are the faltering economy and the side-effect of an increase in crime.
How do they find them?
Ha ha! I was thinking the same thing.
You know, I was wondering the same thing. If it’s out in the open, how is it a “concealed” weapon?
They must mean small weapons.
I’m so glad I FReep! 8)
I went to a local Dick’s sporting goods and they had no shortage of anything... are these hyped up stories to detract from an Obama gun grab?
How come I picture Janene Grafolo wrote that
Customer: "I'll take 10, please."
Whippersnapper Journalism Graduate behind the counter:"Bullets?"
If things go bad (or should I say worse?) with the economy, it’s going to be a LONG HOT SUMMER in the “Land of the Free”...
The cupboards are bare at Dick’s and Gander Mountain in NE Penna. Cabelas is backordered on 90% of all popular ammo grades.
It’s not surprising to Wing that customers come in looking for semiautomatic weapons.
“This is one of the main weapons people are concerned they’re not going to be able to use. This style the black rifles,” said Wing.
It’s an assault weapon and so many who want to own one are concerned President Barack Obama’s administration could impose a new ban on some semiautomatic weapons.”
Another case of lazy reporting. If it is a BLACK rifle, then it must be an assault weapon. Could this possibly be just a wee bit racist? (sarc on/off)
Silly Kalamazoo presstitute skills aside .......Gotta say if I were CCI, Winchester, Black Hills etc .......I would have built a second or third production line by now and cashed in on this panic !
Even local LEO’s & FLEA’s have stopped quarterly qualification range days ............ammo is just not being made or what ??
I wonder how Obama feels knowing that he has been the cause of the greatest rush to buy guns and ammunition in the history of mankind. I wonder what the sneaky little bitch is going to try to do about it. His last attempt, the scrapping of .223 military brass, was pretty lame.
How long is it going to take to get the rest of the cartridge?
I must remember to wear a hard hat if I go into one of those talking gun stores.
For what its worth, just went to Barnes and Noble and bought “Atlas Shrugged” -— but they were back ordered on Levin's book and didn't expect to be “ahead of the waiting list” for a few weeks!
When they flap their wings as they take flight.
Break into my house and I will give you one at 1,150 fps.
Seems like a good time to easily let citizens have belt fed, machine guns, light mortars, ....you know...to...ah...um....relive the load on hard pressed handgun makers...er...for children carbon footprint polar bears.
Right? (just try’n to help out here).
There is absolutely no 7.62 x 39 anywhere within a 50 mile radius of where I live. I know, because I check In person on a regular basis.
.38 Special is completely gone off of most store shelves. I was at Gander Mountain yesterday and they had (1) box of .38 SPL 158 Gr. LRN. They wanted $49.99 for it! (I was buying 50 round boxes of .38 SPL for $17-$18 just two months ago. (Luckily, on the bottom shelf I found a “Mega Pack” of 250 rounds of Remington UMC 130 Gr. Metal Jacketed for $99.99)
The last few boxes of 7.62 x 39 that I found a few weeks ago cost me $10 per 20-round box for Bear Silver. This same ammo just 6-9 months ago would probably have sold for about $3 per box.
People are stocking up before a storm.
Today I was in WallyMart they are wiped out of anything pistol. Some 22 and ample game loads of shotgun in 12 and 20 ga, no 00 buck or even anything larger than #6 shot..
Yeah, well, if people think the shortage is bad now, just wait until the shooting starts.
Well aware of that.....thus my question.
Maybe they are running three shifts and everything is being scooped up...
Gotta be a bunch of marketing guys at the manufacturers that are having heart attacks seeing such demand and slow production.
I bought what I need over a year ago based on my usage for the last twenty years. If it gets to something other than hunting, I'm going to be too old to crawl around and eat bugs unless it starts soon.
God Save the Republic!
Agree I have enough on the shelf to get my Elk and Mulie each year till I am to old to hunt... Gets real bad I will just use the compound bow’s etc ..... Just have to curtail my range time and competition till this POS administration is voted out and or jailed (pipe dream) !
Stay safe Harry !
Not everyone. There are some out there practicing.
A year ago I would hear some shooting every 2nd or 3rd weekend. Some were 10 to 15 shot strings of rapid fire.
This year every weekend firing going on in 3 directions. To the south it is too flat, too many houses for safe shooting.
No long strings of firing this year. Double tap or a double tap and a head shot is the norm.
I maybe wrong, but it sounds like some serious practice to me.
Think I’d put up surplus tents and hire guards to run 10 or 20 more lines right now !
Agree .......as I stated here on this thread my weekly range day is now quarterly range day till the situation and EBR BS games stop.
Ammo, reloading supplies are stored .......I won’t pay these prices they seek and get right now.
Going bow hunting this fall ..........:o)
Stores here in the Madistan area have plenty of guns and ammo on the shelves.
They will be soon enough is Zero gets his way.
We've had to cut our range time down from every-other week to about once a month now.
The only ammo I have a real strong desire to hoard right now is the imported military stuff. Imported military full metal jacket is definitely one of the types they will try to ban first. Fortunately, 7.62 x 54R surplus is still available and reasonably priced.
The writing in this article is sub high school.
In Oregon, 9mm are almost impossible to buy. You have to be at the store when the delivery truck arrives, or else all you see is empty shelves.
give gunbroker.com a try if you haven’t already. quite a bit of the most common calibers available. some listed with the ‘buy now’(this for buyers who have had at least 2 previous transactions)option. I have picked up quite a lot of brass along with loaded ammo their in the last 2 months. decent prices also. just type in what you are looking for in the search box and go from there.
There have been any number of reports that stores in Liberal areas are more likely to have ammo in stock.
I’ve lived here 31 years. I’ve *never* heard the gun range as busy as it was today.
At least they didn't say literally flying off the shelves.
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