I am certain that all of you, me included have experienced the shortage of ammo and if we are able to find it we need a loan to acquire it. Additionally, we have all heard the stories of where it is going, from hoarders and opportunists to the government, specifically the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who has put out for open bid the acquisition of 1.6 billion rounds. This issue has raised so much debate and concern that even some of our elected officials are asking questions.
Well here at Azfirearms.com we are asked by our customers on a regular basis about what is fact and what is the rumor mill. Hopefully this blog can shed some light and this and from the horse’s mouth, ATK Sporting Group (ATK is Federal, CCI and Speer) on the current situation. In their memo to customers dated 04/11/13, they address this issue and dispell the misinformation that DHS is gobbling up all the ammo that would be going to civilian shooters. ATK explains that DHS makes up only a small part of their production with the majority of their ammunition going to the commercial market. They add that they are in round the clock production to meet the increased demand.
So where is the ammo? I suspect there are probably a number of factors affecting the current availability. I believe that due to the recent record numbers in sales of firearms combined with hoarders and those who have a general distrust in our federal elected officials, and of course opportunists trying to take advantage of the situation all have impacted the ammo supply.
Whom do we believe? Well for me I am choosing to look to the manufacturers themselves. I know that may not be the popular approach, but who has the most knowledge on the subject. My recommendations. This is probably not the time to stockpile now but buy a box or two and go have fun shooting, things will get better.
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