Ammo Shortages


I saw this piece from PPT shared on facebook this morning and have shared bits of it below. I knew ammo shortages had hit pretty hard and are only going to get worse. Handloading has always been a way to avoid this but if you wait till shortages to hit to start hand loading it’s already too late. Reloading is something you have to have stocks of components already stocked up on yourself.

Few could have predicted the volatile 2020 timeline that has resulted in ammunition supply shortages across the nation.

America is a country seemingly divided in the wake of COVID-19 fears, polarizing political partisanship, civil unrest, and concerns relating to mass unemployment and the potential loss of small businesses.

Consequentially, firearm retailers and manufacturers are reporting record surges in gun and ammunition sales.

Gun Purchase Chart
Gun sales from 2000 to March 2020. Image courtesy of The New York Times article, “About 2 Million Guns Were Sold in the U.S. as Virus Fears Spread.”

The people stocking up on tactical supplies are not just gun enthusiasts or survivalists, but also first-time customers who are making long trips for rifle- and handgun-caliber ammunition, only to discover that supply chains have run dry.

Public Relations Specialist and self-professed “gun guy” Roy Hill has never seen demand quite this high in his almost-9 years with Brownells, a leading supplier of firearm accessories and ammunition.

On the Brownells website, only 2% of their handgun models and roughly 3% of their rifle models are currently in stock.

“Lots of companies in the industry are slammed. For example, if Company X is inside a state with strict COVID-19 lockdowns, it’s hard for Company X to manufacture any products, much less keep up with this very high level of demand. And if Company X also supplies components or parts for Companies A, B, and C? Well, the challenges just multiply.”

Hill foresees that demand will remain high as Americans advance into one of the most contentious and pivotal election seasons in this country’s history.


The purchasing team and warehouse staff at Lucky Gunner are working long hours and weekends to meet this record-setting demand for ammunition. 

Shipments are delivered multiple times a week, but, as Welsch reports, items are sold out within an hour of being restocked on the company’s website.

Read the rest at the link below. I already gave you the NUTGRAF though.


  1. I’ve been loading my own ammo for at least 7 years. I have brass and primers and some powder on hand, but short on projectiles. I have 9 ammo boxes full of various calibers so not a problem.

    • Get a couple lee bullet molds at about 24 dollars each. Maybe not as good as jacketed bullets, but better than none.

      • Polymer coat them and you’ll have all the benefits of cast lead projectiles with none of the liabilities. I love polymer coated cast lead bullets, they shoot clean even at magnum velocities.


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