How Long Will the Ammo Shortage Last?

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Any shooter who has visited a local gun shop in the past year likely knows how difficult it is to purchase gun ammo. Here’s what we think caused the current ammo shortage, how long it will last, and what shooters can do in the meantime.

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What Shooters Should Know About the 2021 Ammo Shortage

Why Is There an Ammo Shortage?

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The current shortage of ammunition brought forth several sociopolitical theories on how the government hoards all the ammunition in the country for their personal gains. Many let their political beliefs cloud their judgment on the issue—which is never a pretty sight.

So, where did all the ammo go? This is not the first time we saw a shortage of ammunition, but this might be the first major, long-running shortage of various ammo types and models.


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The shortage generally stemmed from the recent pandemic, which brought about riots and civil unrest. People wanted guns for protection. In fact, statistics show that the number of new gun owners in 2020 grew by more than five million.

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What Do Manufacturers Have To Say About the Shortage?

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Every gun and ammunition manufacturer will say that they are working overtime to address the current shortage. And the increased production numbers can attest to these statements.

We all want the shortage to end. However, the demand for these products has skyrocketed to the point that major manufacturers will have to double or triple their production over the span of several months to normalize the supply-demand ratio.

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When Will the Ammo Shortage End?

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Unfortunately, most gun experts do not see manufacturers catching up to the market’s demand for ammo. So you can expect the ammo shortage this 2021 to last a few more months—or even years. In the meantime, save whatever ammunition you have left and explore alternative weapons to use for self-defense.

Also, you might want to skip hunting trips until ammo supplies return to normal. Although, if you know how to go hunting with a knife and bow and arrow, then by all means, push through with that trip.

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Check out this video by Colion Noir wherein they feature the president of Nosler, a major ammunition manufacturer in the U.S., and ask about his thoughts on the current ammo shortage:

While several factors come into play, the most probable cause of the current ammo shortage is the increase in demand due to the recent pandemic. We can safely debunk any conspiracy theory revolving around the possibility of the government hoarding ammunition to build a secret army or cause civil unrest. Please avoid these types of fake information, especially on vital issues.

Also, bear in mind that hoarding ammunition for personal gain will only delay any chances that the industry has of recovering the shortage of ammunition. The market will not catch up with the public’s demand if you withhold even a minuscule portion of the supply. Do not disrupt the supply-demand chain if you want the shortage to end soon.

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33 Responses to :
How Long Will the Ammo Shortage Last?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I cant order anthing my card has been changed and I have a different No# and ccv

    1. Anonymous says:

      all the dum dums think the ammo shortage was caused by Pres Biden, when in fact it is from greed and profit…wise up dum dums

      1. Anonymous says:

        Hello?!!! The word is “dumb”, not “dum”. Make sure you are smarter than the people you are trying to offend.

      2. Anonymous says:

        For someone calling others “dum,” you sound like a low I.Q. mouth breather. The shortage is due to higher demand after months of violent liberal riots, a pandemic that caused fear and uncertainly, and Biden becoming President after threatening extreme gun-control measures. Greed and profit? You’re a complete moron.

    2. Nicky Lambeth says:

      What about government agencies like th post office buy guns and ammunition?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not only ammunition is in short supply, reloading components especially primers and powder are almost impossible to find or to afford. As a shooter and reloader I am almost out of much of my supplies. Some primers which in the past cost three cents ea. I have seen go for as much as fifty to eighty cents each, crazy!!!

  3. Jim keppel says:

    The shortage will last into next year. When it is readily available again the damn gun hating bastards like Joe Biden will tax the hell out of it. Never had an ammo shortage under President Trump.

    1. Terry Keller says:

      There has never been a federal sales tax.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Think excise taxes instead of sales tax.

    2. Fu says:

      Really? So in 2020 there was no ammo shortage? Good to know…

  4. Lawrence Deans says:

    The shortage will, likely, last as long as the Lefties are in power.

  5. Randy says:

    I found 380 and 9mm bullets on the Internet.

  6. tony herndon says:

    not only people to protect them selfs from animals and other danger the hunters need ammo to put food on the table you dont need to protect your self from the people but protect yourself from the goverment taking add vantage of the people that hunt / protect / other gun sports like shooting matchs / also the law that protects us but in that case some law men take add vantage of people to that those people ends up in jail / gun rights taken pardons never anwsered people saying they will help and dont one day the people will fight back for thier rights and freedom of speech

  7. JZ says:

    The ammo shortage will continue along the same path as long as these clowns in DC keep pushing communism.

    1. Terry Keller says:

      Communism would require a violent overthrow of the government. Do you think that can happen without guns?

      1. Anonymous says:

        No, it doesn’t require violence or guns. All it takes is people unwilling to fight for their freedoms. Freedom is always only a single generation away from extinction.

  8. Anonymous says:

    there is NO ammo shortage there never was you can buy all the ammo you want FROM THE GODAMN SCALPERS ON THE INTERNET THE GREEDY BASTARD’S

    1. Anonymous says:

      you can buy thousand’s and thounds of rounds of ammo the dirty basterds are charging 3 times what its worth but there is truck loads available

    2. don hargis says:

      I agree with everything you say, with exception of using the Lord’s name in vain. Anyway to hell with those greedy bastard scalpers and the piles of shit we have in Washington. A proud deplorable and Trumpster.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Amen

    3. Anonymous says:

      Price is determined by demand and supply. Why is this difficult to understand?

      Don’t buy if the price is too high for you. I am sure someone who needs/wants it more than you will purchase it instead. Or get that second job so you can afford your purchases.

      Btw, I am NOT a scalper and don’t use their services. I have some problems finding ammo too so I just buy less and am careful with using up what I have.

      1. Anonymous says:

        The supply was killed by government intervention in the job market. That’s why people are pissed off. As if the government gives a crap about saving lives. It is an inanimate organization that craves power.

  9. Tim Toroian says:

    This may sound perverse but to me, it is a good sign if it lasts a while, it would mean people are still buying ammo.

  10. 10 says:

    I’ve been trying to find an RCBS #10 shell holder (for .223) for over a year. WTF? I don’t reload shotgun shells, so last weekend I sold 2,000 Federal shotgun primers for $120. That’s more than the old retail, but there aren’t any around. I didn’t want to screw anyone, and three shooters at the state trap meet called me within two hours. I also gave away over 2,000 plastic wads to someone for free. I felt bad that I didn’t have more for the other two people. Anyway, I don’t know when, if ever, it will end. Maybe after the revolution…

  11. Edward F Pierson says:

    One thing you didnt discuss was price. I would like to know who is jacking up the price, the manufacter of the retailers.

  12. Howard Holder says:

    Sounds like some more liberal bs to me

  13. Robert Umino says:

    I have seen a bit of easing of shortages in some calibers, however $$$ higher as expected like the last shortage. I’m in CA so I haven’t seen any Remington ammo. Like the last shortage didn’t ease for 2 years, this shortage will last longer until LAW and ORDER is restored.

  14. Tagurit says:

    Even Muzzleloader and Muzzleloader ammo is very hard to find thanks to the left and the communists China

  15. Stevie says:

    Is it against the law to purchase ammo (9mm I need) from another country…Canada, China, Mexica, Russia..etc…if you can find a vendor willing to ship ? I guess inherent in that is – if you find one willing to ship is it a crime to receive it by mail from a foreign country ?

    Also, if I drove to Vancouver, BC and purchased, will customs let me drive over the border with it ?

    1. Anonymous says:

      You cannot legally bring ammo back. They (Canada) also have primers, but we cannot import them either.

  16. Reed says:

    Authoritarian Communism is the government takeover of the private, vital sectors of the economy and all the ills that entails. It is the opposite of fascism in that regard. However, they are similar because like fascism authoritarian communism ends democracy, along with the free press, freedom of speech, and the right to assembly.
    Fascism means the privatization of government by private concerns for the sole purpose of rupturing the lives of the less powerful. The American Republican Fascist Party represents Neoliberalism. The Neoliberal basic principle is that decisions must be taken out of the hands of government because government has a flaw, it’s partially influenced by populations, therefore decisions must be moved to totally unaccountable institutions, private power completely unaccountable to the public. That Neoliberal principle is purposed purely for the self-enrichment of those tyrants who have been robbing all public assets, public land, public natural reserves, while defunding or closing social programs, which are among too many other crimes to list here. It’s a very dangerous situation that enables demagogues to come along as backstabbing “saviors.”
    The American Republican Fascist Party is against democracy, and would end it, along with the free press, freedom of speech, and the right to assembly. Does that sound good to you? Fox adherents unwittingly support that American fascism – the end of democracy and the take over of the government by private, unscrupulous, criminal concerns.
    Neither ideology allows an open society. Both hate democracy. Our current American fight is against American fascism. Of course, the Democrat Party cannot be independent from the hegemony of the class of wealth. But, at least the Democrat Party is not patently treasonous and will prolong our open society by grace of which we are communicating.

  17. John M. Edie says:

    I believe the shortage will basically last until the abandonment of laws being enforced continues. People are distrustful of elected political officials and the surge of left-wing agitators. Until there is some reestablishment of basic law and order and judicial accountability we will not see an end anytime soon.

  18. Gregory Dearth says:

    Violent crime has been continually decreasing since the 90s… except for the recent sharp increase under Trump. Now the media wants to paint a picture of a deteriorating society on the brink of civil or race war. That motivates the gullible to hoard ammo and retailers to overcharge. Until we stop being paranoid every time a Democrat wins somewhere, and take a long sober look at where the crime stats really are (and were), boarding peppers will stockpile the stuff and retailers will keep overcharging. I miss sport shooting so much that seeing my guns dormant depresses me.

    But it takes a brain to be an independent these days and assign blame where it is due. Without a fascist like Trump would there have been a violent antifa movement? Without the over-militarization of police under Trump, would people be as worried about oppression? Without a deadly insurrection directed by Trump, would moderates and independents be worried about the radical right causing violence?

    Of course Biden is somewhat anti-gun, although nowhere near Obama. But has he done anything other than focus on moving us out of the pandemic (that Trump repeatedly lied about)? Now he had to impose mandates because dummies aren’t doing what is necessary voluntarily due to right wing misinformation and outright stupidity. But the right calls mask and vaccine mandates tyranny but won’t call Trump treasonous.

    Wake up America. Distortions from both sides of the political spectrum divide. Education unites.

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