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July 29, 2013 - 11:17 am

As recently as a month ago, it was very difficult to buy ammunition in many mainstream calibers including 9 mm, .22 LR and .223. When retailers were able to obtain supplies, they sold out almost immediately. Stores took to stocking supplies of these calibers up front rather than back in the gun section because it sold out so quickly it wasn’t even worth going to the trouble to put it on the shelves.

I’ve monitored the shortage by visiting two retailers near me, one a statewide chain of sporting goods stores, and the other, a mom-and-pop gunsmith and firearms store. During the height of the shortage, neither were able to stock AR-15s consistently. The shelves of the chain store never missed a beat on shotguns, but so-called “assault rifles” in all varieties became scarce. In January and February, pistols were occasionally in short supply too. At one point, the shelves at the chain store were more than half empty. Manufacturers and suppliers just could not keep up with the demand.

I visited both stores around lunchtime today, hours after the chain store received its Monday shipment of ammunition. The store opens at 8 am, and in months past, if you showed up after about 8:30 am to get in line on a shipment day, you would not be able to buy any ammunition in those mainstream calibers. The early birds would have bought it all up, even with the one box per caliber per person per day rationing in full force.

But about three weeks ago I happened by the chain store at about 9 pm and decided to see if they had any ammo in the impacted calibers in stock. They had plenty, and they had lifted the rationing from one box per caliber per person to two.

Today, the chain store had a wide variety of ammunition, all of the mainstream calibers and several brands and types of each. So I picked up some CCI Mini-Mag. They also had about half a dozen AR and other so-called “assault weapons” back in the racks, including one with a red dot sight that looked inviting. All rack spaces were filled. The weapons no longer seem to be flying off the shelves as they were just a few weeks ago. Prices have come back down as well. The gunsmith store was always packed during the height of the shortage, and buyers were often in the store literally waiting to see if someone would come in to sell the type of firearm they were in the market for. Today, that store was as quiet as could be.

Rationing is still in force, but the amount you can buy in one visit has doubled and the supply issues seem to be going away. So it’s becoming a good time to stock up on ammo if you need to.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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This was bound to happen; most people are limited by financial issues, and the lack of physical storage space, in how much ammo they can stockpile. Sooner or later, the market was going to become saturated, and it seems that point has been reached. The same applies to military-style rifles and shotguns.

The only thing that the Democrats push to disarm the public has accomplished is to widen the appeal, and ownership, of the very arms they sought to abolish, and to increase the stockpiles of ammo in civilian hands. I witnessed the same results after the 1994 Clinton "assault rifle ban", and I believe the pattern will repeat itself whenever the Dems attempt, in the future, to gut the Second Amendment.
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5.56mm brass is still as high as nut$ on a giraffe though...reloaders hope brass, bullets and powder come down soon.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Still can't find Ammo in my town. :(
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This was bound to happen; most people are limited by financial issues, and the lack of physical storage space, in how much ammo they can stockpile. Sooner or later, the market was going to become saturated, and it seems that point has been reached. The same applies to military-style rifles and shotguns.

The only thing that the Democrats push to disarm the public has accomplished is to widen the appeal, and ownership, of the very arms they sought to abolish, and to increase the stockpiles of ammo in civilian hands. I witnessed the same results after the 1994 Clinton "assault rifle ban", and I believe the pattern will repeat itself whenever the Dems attempt, in the future, to gut the Second Amendment.
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