Skip to comments.Ammunition Manufacturers Producing '24 Hours a Day' to Match Demand
Posted on 04/08/2013 8:39:36 AM PDT by servo1969
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.
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Now all Obama’s EPA has to do is limit and restriction the raw materials needed for ammo production.
This has been pretty obvious for a while, not certain why people have such trouble accepting this simple explanation. It's self-stustaining with a positive feedback loop - panic buying causes shortages, the reports of which cause more panic buying.
Wait till there is a dollar melt down and the food disappears from the supermarket shelves in a buying panic. The ammo shortfall will look like child’s play when they get that one going.
Look, the shelves are empty.
I better buy all they have when they restock.
Yeah, what if this wasn’t ammo, but food... or gasoline...
Went into Academy last night looking for .22LR shells. Guy who worked there said the shelves were cleaned out that morning. They had just restocked.
“Yeah, what if this wasnt ammo, but food... or gasoline”
if it goes to food or gas thats when you’ll need your ammo
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The reason for the ammo shortage is the average US citizen is terrified of the United States feral government because the United States feral government has jettisoned the rule-of-law.
Now all Obamas EPA has to do is limit and restriction the raw materials needed for ammo production.
You've got that right, George from New England, and I believe it's only reasonable to expect the so-called "consumer protection" bureaucrats to launch new assaults against lead bullets.
You definition of ‘cheap’ may not be mine. (Just saying...)
Back to the prices of a year or two ago.
What I can't figure out is the panic on .22 LR ammo. It isn't as if anyone is threatening to make that stuff harder to get (yet). It's almost as if...naw, couldn't be...it's almost as if people are making a political statement by purchasing it...
The .22 rifle is the most “utility” of firearms.
I think it’s the “preppers” that are lining their basement walls with .22lr bricks in anticipation of the imminent crash.
Right now .308 is available, but I'll be darned if I'm going to pay $2+ per round. At that price they can keep it. I have enough of a stash to hold me until this craziness winds down.
My guess is that this starts to get straightened out in 2014 if Republicans advance on the House and maybe pick up the Senate. Then Obama is a total lame duck. (But truth be told, I don't trust Republicans either.)
Most affordable ammo is the most likely to be bought up on a scare that ammo may be difficult or more expensive to get in the future.
I'll buy thousands of rounds of 22 while only buying hundreds of some of the others I use.
I hope the manufacturers are hedging their bets. This is a buying bubble. If the manufacturers go out on a limb and get loans to purchase additional equipment and materials, they are going to be in trouble once the excess demand craters.
I recall reading a case in school where Sears Roebuck ordered large quantities of tools from Craftsman and Craftsman went out and made commitments for space, equipment and personnel to fill the orders.
The following year Sears didn't buy any products, Craftsman went bankrupt, and Sears bought the company and the patents at a bargain price.