Report: Manufacturers Say Ammo Shortage Could Last For Years


If you’ve tried to buy ammo over the last year, you’ve notice that a lot of shop are struggling to keep up with demand. Many places have impose limits.

Stephen Gutowski reports that these manufacturers are still working through “several years’ worth of orders that have already been placed.”

Gutowski report at

“On certain products, we are certainly seeing backlogs that stretch out two years and beyond,” Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester Ammunition, told The Reload. “For those who shoot 9mm and 5.56 ammunition, which are both in high demand, it’s very uncertain how long it will be before people will consistently have ammunition readily available.”
“I’m looking at two and a half years’ worth of demand already on order,” Jason Hornady, vice president of Hornady Manufacturing Company, told The Reload. “So, I’m not seeing a slowdown for two and a half years.”


Flaugher said the industry is simply struggling to keep up. He said three main factors have driven sales and continue to drive them beyond the industry’s ability to expand supply. The first was pandemic-induced safety concerns that drove millions of Americans to purchase guns for the first time. The second was the increased participation in recreational shooting and hunting during the lockdowns. The third was concern over new gun-control legislation after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election and Democrats who favor new restrictions took control of the Senate.
“We have certainly experienced unprecedented demand for all categories of ammunition over the past year—rimfire, centerfire rifle and pistol, as well as our shotshell products,” Flaugher said. “Over the past year, we’ve seen more than 21 million firearms sold, with over 9 million to first-time gun buyers. This is an incredible number. Overall, more than 52 million people in the U.S. participate in the shooting sports, which is actually 2.5 times higher than the number of people who golf.”


  1. I don’t think this article proves its basic premise. This article is focused on the demand coming from wholesalers and retailers towards the manufacturers. That’s obviously related to retail demand, but not the same thing. When I think of “shortages”, I think of empty shelves at the LGS and online inventory sold out before I can enter my credit card number.

    It’s entirely possible for wholesalers and retailers to be placing enormous demand on manufacturers—such as this article lays out—while at the same time there is something resembling sufficient supply at the retail level.

    Just in the last couple of weeks, I’ve started getting “Ammo in Stock!” emails from various online retailers, which to me indicates an easing of the pinch at the retail level.

    I don’t think this article proves that the retail-level shortages are going to last for another two years. I think we’re already seeing evidence that it won’t.

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