Ammo Shortage May Last Till 2021

Ammo is hard to come by nowadays and at least one gun dealer believes it may not get better until 2021.

Z. Farhat at Green Acres Sporting Goods in Jacksonville, Florida, spoke to local media about what he has experienced firsthand.

“We’re selling at an all-time pace. We have never been this busy, and I think the gun business has never been this busy,” Farhat told FirstCoastNews.  

“We’re not getting any products, so the quantities are getting limited and there is a massive shortage on you know ammo and certain firearms,” he continued.

The surge in demand, he believes, is due to the obvious culprits: COVID-19, George Floyd protests, and the 2020 election.

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“We’ve already been told from the manufacturers mostly like, it’s looking like maybe late third quarter, maybe late fall, and it could be pushed into winter or 2021 until we get a lot of the product,” he explained.

Farhat has said that in order to fill demand locally he has had to purchase products on secondary channels.

“We’ve had to go out and purchase through outside distributors that are able to sell us limited quantities here and there, and we just have to make do with what we can get,” he explained.

Well, that’s the situation down in Jacksonville. I’m curious to know what you’re seeing in your neck of the woods. Is ammo hard to come by? Are you seeing a lot of price gouging? Do you believe you have an adequate stockpile?

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  • Willie-O August 5, 2020, 12:55 am

    Gold ? Silver ? Platinum ? Nope, lead. Sometimes wrapped in other “precious metals”. Invest and plan accordingly ladies and gentlemen.

  • Ken August 4, 2020, 10:29 pm

    I was in Academy Sports and Rural King the other day and the only handgun ammo in stock at either store was 40 S&W. I have a Glock 27 along with a LWD conversion barrel so that I can go with either 40 or 9mm depending on what’s available. Only difference is barrel and magazine.

  • Antonio August 3, 2020, 2:09 pm

    My large locally owned store does have stuff in stock, but mostly defensive ammo, not really any FMJ. I checked a local BassPro and there were virtually no handgun calibers, but lots of long range/hunting calibers and 12 gauge bird shot.

    The one less common caliber I own a rifle in is 6.5 Grendel, and I was relieved to snap up 500 rounds of Wolf steel cased ammo for the lowest I’ve seen it in a long time. While I was happy with my purchase, by the next day they had doubled the price for the same 500 round quantity!

    I feel like there’s some merit to having one less common (but no niche) caliber. Ones that have caught my eye include 44 Magnum/Special and 10mm.

  • Lorne Dey August 3, 2020, 1:14 pm

    I live in Pueblo CO and went into the local Sportsman’s Warehouse and was surprised at how little ammo they had. I went in for .44 mag and found some on an endcap because I don’t think a lot of people shoot 44 mags these days. I have lots of .40 auto and 223/556 that I bought during the Obama years so I don’t need any of that.

  • Frank Gaughan August 3, 2020, 9:26 am

    Local dealers are all out of the popular calibers e.g. 9mm, .45, .38 Special, .223, 12 gauge (all loads). Still plenty of guns available, although they’re flying off the shelves too. Mostly the high-end weapons remain. Oh, wait… Just about everything is a high-end weapon these days!

  • Dan C August 3, 2020, 9:22 am

    Knew this was going to happen although not to this extent due to the POTUS race in Nov. I started buying ammo early last year, set asside a certain amount each month, then looking where I could augment, and get it. RIght now even with my shooting every week, I’m good for a year or a little more. Reloading components are ready as well. I’ve reloaded since 1981. Not reloaded 9MM and 223 much, price was just so cheap it did’nt ‘pay’ in time, but now…… glad I had the stuff sitting back ready. y biggest fear right now is the indoor range shutting down and having to drive 35 miles to my club. At my age I’ve seen this cycle before. THe pivots and Trump and Covid. Once those issues are settled regardless it will take 3-5 years for things to steelt down, and prices will never go back to where they were but will land 20% I”d say on average higher. But, hope I’m wrong.

  • Leo August 3, 2020, 7:08 am

    This all scam, owners are hiding ammo and guns to sell at high price tag. It is a game…

    • Frank Gaughan August 3, 2020, 9:26 am

      I hope you’re wrong, but I wouldn’t doubt it…

    • Dave Emery August 3, 2020, 4:07 pm

      Not much worse than gun folks taking advantage of other gun folks due to national crisis. That goes beyond capitalism.

  • Russ August 3, 2020, 2:07 am

    Same shortages here but a bit worse because shipping to hawaii takes longer

  • DomG August 1, 2020, 9:09 am

    I have been in the “business” of securing the items I think are of value since Y2K; I have spent $thousands!

    Handloading was supposed to be a hobby; not since 2008, I still enjoy it, but it has become more than fun.

    I’m convinced that it’s a better driver of uncertanty-avoidance to have loaded (“pet load” or WROL) cartridges and needing components, than it is to have a bunch of unloaded components stacked on shelves.

    This time around, the 1st indication that we have a problem, was the absence of small pistol primers….

    My posterity will look at how I have been spending my money (on gut feelings) since Y2K; and smile.

    It’s everything; $60.00 markup on 10 OZ of silver, food, equipment, items that are made in USA.

    It wouldn’t suprise me to find out that some astute distributors are actually holding guns, ammo, & reloading components in warehouses; until prices tripple.

    So, my fellow Americans; it’s “game on” through 2021!

  • interventor July 31, 2020, 9:43 pm

    Most firearms dealers are short of most calibers of ammo in my area. Only Dick’s Field and Stream seems to have a good selection. Dealing with the devil, I guess.

  • Pat J July 31, 2020, 2:04 pm

    Things change quickly. Picked up thousands of once-fired LC brass at my club during early Trump after never seeing it after Obama, Clinton, Great Recession panics. It’s been cleaned, swaged, primed, and stored ready to load up or sell/barter. I would think anything 9mm will sell/barter easily. There are going to be some very desperate and unrestrained people roaming around soon. I’m 70 and saw America when it was the best the world had to offer in the 1950’s.
    Something else I learned from past panics and ex-buddies who did not prepare well, the fewer people who know you’re a hand loader the better. Many times people will assume that you like them a lot more than you really do, and an acquaintance of a resentful “buddy” makes an unwelcome visitor. keep the shed locked and monitored with tech.

    • DAVID MILLER August 3, 2020, 7:40 am

      I little older have same feelings never should have said how much ammo and food i put away

  • SteveB July 31, 2020, 1:45 pm

    How does the old saying go?…Better to have and not need, then to need and not have.

  • TomD July 31, 2020, 12:43 pm

    Interesting…millions upon millions of 9mm rounds being stockpiled by DHS, ammunition that almost certainly will never be expended in the defense of the American homeland or even used for adequate range training. A DHS/CBP “firearm usage” is rare and invariably leads to cries for more lax border control and more stringent restrictions on firearm use by Federal agents of any stripe, not to mention civil suits.

    Look at the NYPD’s $18 MM contract from 2018 for 9mm +P ammo…and look at the NYPD today. Any NYPD officer brave – or foolish – enough to discharge his or her weapon almost certainly faces a career-ending onslaught from “government” and civil suits. NYC and other cities are talking about disarming the police entirely…and even banning the use of non-lethal items, such as tear gas and pepper spray.

    My point here is primarily that the means for law-abiding private citizens to defend themselves by acquiring adequate amounts of ammunition for practice and training is being choked off by the very government forces that are calling for the disbanding of DHS, CBP, and police departments in now-lawless cities.

    I’m no prophet, but I believe dark days lie just ahead for America. Once the Marxist and anarchist “Democrats” figure out how to severely restrict or eliminate our ability to acquire guns and ammo at one end, and implement “lawful” confiscation at the other, we’re at the crossroads. It’s freedom or servitude…a terrible choice in the country we once thought free. Pray…and stay vigilant.

    • George J August 3, 2020, 4:20 am

      You are an idiot. Almost as big of an idiot as the muppet thinking distributors are hoarding guns and ammo until the prices triple. Distributors make money selling guns, ammo and accessories. No sales mean they go out of business. Duh.

      You have no idea how fast an agency can go through ammo with nothing more than required qualifications for all personnel. Every certified and armed law enforcement officer has to qualify at least once a year, often twice with a day and night qualification required. They also have to be provided with shoot/no shoot and low light target identification training or they face lawsuits that would be successful based on Popow v Margate and Zuchel v Denver which are the defining case precedents on law enforcement deadly force usage and failure to train cases.

      Border Patrol has over 19,000 agents. Figure 50 rounds for one qualification attempt and you’re at 1 million rounds right off the bat. Add in training, multiple qualification classes per year, re-shoots for failures and BP can run through 5 or 6 million rounds on their own. Its worth noting that the Feds don’t buy training ammo and duty ammo; they use the same ammo for training and duty. As you brought up NYPD, they are the largest police department in the USA with around 40,000 sworn officers. Do the math with that figure and training/qualifications will eat through their ammo in short order. In the academy, we can burn through 1,000 rounds per student with no problem. I take back what I said; you’re not stupid, just ignorant.

      • Tom DiSarlo August 3, 2020, 9:24 am

        Thanks for the thoughtful, courteous, gentlemanly reply, George.

        When NYC implements the $1,000,000,000 budget cut to the NYPD, I’m sure the complement of 40,000 officers and their firearms training budget will remain unaffected, not to mention the calls from NYC politicians – city and state officials – to replace armed officers with “social workers”, a move that is already happening on the West Coast. The political will in NYC and other major cities already exists to disarm the police. All you have to do is listen to their mayors and city councils. QED.

        As for DHS/CBD/ICE, bills are already making their way through the House to disarm or disband them entirely.

        As a patriot and shooter who practices weekly with local and Federal LEOs, I actually hope your rebuttal is, and continues to be, correct. Let’s check in with each other in, say, a year, if leftists take the government, and see how much of that ammo is being issued and expended.

        Have a great day!

        • Willie-O August 5, 2020, 12:49 am

          It’s really starting to get on my nerves just how quickly these self-professed “experts” jump on anyone and everyone that makes a comment that they take issue with. I’m not referring to the obvious libtards, I expect no less from them – the only surprise there is just how many of them are on here. No, I’m referring to those that are on the same “ideological team”. Civility, common courtesy and class are a thing of the past. I can get as mean and nasty as the situation requires, but that simply wasn’t the case here.

  • Pat J July 31, 2020, 12:02 pm

    Things change quickly. Picked up thousands of once-fired LC brass at my club during early Trump after never seeing it after Obama, Clinton, Great Recession panics. It’s been cleaned, swaged, primed, and stored ready to load up or sell/barter. I would think anything 9mm will sell/barter easily. There are going to be some very desperate and unrestrained people roaming around soon. I’m 70 and saw America when it was the best the world had to offer in the 50’s. How can humans fuck something up so bad? Save the good critters.

    • SteveB July 31, 2020, 1:48 pm

      “humans” or politicians?

      • Grady July 31, 2020, 9:33 pm

        Human’s that vote for the leftist politicians. I am 76 and know exactly what Pat is talking about. All this crap started in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958. I was a teenager then but I said at that time if this shit is not stopped America will fall. I hoped it would not be in my lifetime but unfortunately it has. I do not envy the young people who have been indoctrinated with all this liberal socialist education that is taught from the preschool on through college. They have no idea of history or what this country was. They should get the real history books about Nazi Germany, Argentina, Cuba, North Korea, China, Venezuela, or any one of a number of other countries that voted in liberal socialist politicians and see what their countries were and what they became.

    • Phil August 3, 2020, 3:08 pm

      I can only speculate.
      why don’t you ask yourself that question.

  • Daddio7 July 31, 2020, 11:38 am

    So who was it that bought thousands of pallets of .22 last time?

    • TomD August 3, 2020, 9:28 am

      Very good question. The ammunition manufacturers moved production to other calibers, mostly 9mm and .223/5.56, in response to huge government ammunition buys in the billions of rounds during the Obama administration.

  • Michael J July 31, 2020, 10:47 am

    What I have learned about the last shortage is when you see it, you better buy it, even if you don’t think you need it. Of course some people would accuse you of hoarding but having, negates anyone’s self-righteous criticism. The last time there was a run on ammunition was eye-opening. Then, like minded folks created the shortages of reloading components and so on. This time it’s worse. Like most Patriots, I probably have more ammunition than I’ll ever use, but when it comes to liberties and rights it’s principle. No one in government is going to restrict my second ammendment rights, but supply and demand will. We were warned by the Founding Fathers because they had the vision to see the tyranny of men in government. The Constitution is a work of art, but not if these elected vipers continue to trample upon it. Long live the Republic.

    • CJ July 31, 2020, 11:34 am

      Very well thought out and well written post! You are obviously a person who is well read.

      Thanks for this

  • Altoids July 31, 2020, 9:18 am

    Like Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – Bare shelves that formerly held ammo at the local Sportsman’s Warehouse.

    Was in there about a week ago. They had 3 or 4 boxes of .308 extremely high dollar premium hunting ammo and that was just about it.

    Typical of the ammo shortages of late, the lower, bulk and mid-priced ammo is flat out gone.

    Most of us have learned from previous “shortages” and have the situation under control.

  • TAW July 31, 2020, 8:57 am

    Most gun stores in Alabama have very little ammunition. Those that do have increased the prices to at least double the norm. Lots of first time buyers just wanting to be able to protect themselves and their family during a SHTF scenario. Best places to buy ammo are big box stores that get small shipments a few times a week. Academy and Gander still have good prices if you happen to be lucky enough to score a few boxes while in stock. Stock up when you can and buy whatever firearm you feel you will need to protect your family in case an angry mob comes to your neighborhood with ill intent. And by all means, get some type of training if possible. At the very least go to your local range and become familiar with you gun of choice. This is an epic battle for the future of this country and it won’t stop anytime soon. Just one old man’s opinion.

  • William Sweeney July 31, 2020, 7:46 am

    Reloads anyone!

    • D.J. July 31, 2020, 11:41 am

      I cannot recommend enough , that all whom my be concerned contact
      Dillon Precision .
      I , also , cannot recommend their products highly enough ! These folks
      really have their ” Sierra ” together . Once learned , the process is beyond
      easy , and quite enjoyable .

  • Kb31416 July 31, 2020, 7:25 am

    I would have thought that most current gun owners would have learned our lesson from last time: but when you can, not when you must.
    Thus, no ammo shortage for me, although I have not purchased anything recently.
    That leaves all of the legions of new gun owners who will end up paying a procrastination tax.

  • Mark N. July 31, 2020, 12:25 am

    I haven’t bought ammo for a while, just components, due to California’s new background check law on ammo purchases. I would pass, but it jacks up the price. I can no longer buy on the internet and have to pay local gun store prices. WalMart has completely stopped selling ammo. But what I do know is that a pound of H110 cannot be found. Not one gun store in town has it, not even the local Sportsman’s Warehouse.

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