Saturday, May 18, 2013
Easing of ammo shortage may come within next 90 days
Something of a quiet groundswell of opinion is building that suggests an easing in the ammunition shortage may arrive within the next 90 days.
Note, however, the talk is of "easing" and not an end.
A shortage of nearly all handgun calibers and many rifle calibers has plagued shooters for about six months now.
Though widely believed the shortage began in December following the tragedy in Sandy Hook, Mass., in actuality many ammunition manufacturers have watched increasing pressure on their product inventory for as long as 10 years.
Sandy Hook and the subsequent calls for increased gun control laws only aggravated an all ready stressed-out ammunition supply.
Of course, hording by firearms' owners only made a situation much worse.
The needless stock-piling of popular calibers by some gun enthusiasts simply contributed to the shortage, tipping the balance off the scale.
The net result was both a lack of product but also highly inflated prices for whatever was on dealer shelves.
Some sellers took - and continue to take - advantage of the shortage.
At gun shows many attendees encounter sticker shock at the cost of what is out there, too. And that surprise is best seen with .22-caliber rimfire ammunition.
A 500-round box of .22s are costing upwards of $100 to $150. Prior to the shortage a 500-round "brick" of .22s often sold for between $15 and $25.
However, the ammunition scalpers may soon find themselves stuck with over-valued product, much the way the real estate bubble burst a decade ago.
The chatter on many firearms-related chat sites is voicing a repetitive strain on how an easing in ammunition availability may begin by mid- to late July.
Such musings may be more than just wishful thinking as well.
Large-scale sellers of firearms and ammunition likewise say they are being told by distributors that a relaxing in the supply is on the horizon.
All of which should prove good news for shooters looking for quality range time and for sportsmen hoping to zero-in their deer-hunting rifles for this autumn's various seasons.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn