Vending Machines: A New Way to Buy Ammo!

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This week, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, found itself at the center of a groundbreaking and slightly cheeky innovation in ammunition sales, reports ABC News.

While a local grocery store decided to remove its ammo vending machine, the concept itself is booming across the state.

Developed by American Rounds, this isn’t your average snack dispenser. It uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence and facial recognition to ensure that each shotgun shell or rifle round goes to the right hands, matching buyers with their IDs in a flash.

Here’s the kicker: this method isn’t just cool—it boosts safety and cuts down on theft. The company proudly states on its website that all transactions not only meet but exceed the legal standards for ammo sales.

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Despite the removal from one Tuscaloosa store due to sluggish sales, the city council has confirmed these vending machines are totally above board. That’s right, completely legal.

Meanwhile, the buzz is building, with six kiosks already up and running in Alabama and Oklahoma, and more on the way across the South. Texas, Louisiana, and more Oklahoma locations are on the drawing board.

Local enthusiasm is high, and while critics online might shoot sharp words like “deeply dystopian” or playfully ponder “what could go wrong,” per the ABC News report, the future looks promising for this novel way to obtain ammo.

After all, what’s more American than grabbing bullets with your bread and milk, all while ensuring a safe and legal transaction?

Lock and load, shoppers—the future of ammo buying is here! What do you think? Would you use one of these ammo vending machines?

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  • Blazed July 14, 2024, 2:02 pm

    I have owned a vending business and I think this is a good idea.
    However, based on my years in the business I can see problems.
    I have delt with theft, vandalism, and fire.
    I have bolted machines to walls and floors.
    Another problem is profit margins. Smart business owners know
    what their return on investment is per square foot. They want the highest
    return per sq ft they can get. How much do you have to market up your cost
    on a box of fifty 9 mm rounds to make it worth while for a retailer to allow floor space?
    Unless I’m in desperate need, I’ll buy online and save the premium price.

  • George July 14, 2024, 12:26 am

    No, I will not, because it’s a digital transaction that uses facial recognition and my ID. How can I trust the collector of the transaction data not to share it with anyone else, like the gubment for example?

    • Dave July 14, 2024, 5:27 pm

      Exactly right

  • jon carroll July 13, 2024, 11:44 am

    Too bad they don’t have full auto AR 15 lowers in their candy machine!!!.

  • jon carroll July 13, 2024, 11:37 am

    Its a great way to get your pic & address!. It just saves the enemy time!. So whatevers clever.

  • jon carroll July 13, 2024, 11:31 am

    OOOOOHHHH YEA I would but i live in the mountains in commiefornia i mean california!.

  • Ronny Delrin July 13, 2024, 4:42 am

    Why would you give your personal info away for a “hip thingy” of vending the ammo out of the snack machine? “Big Brother” is laughing all the way to its HQ.

  • Dale Bryan July 12, 2024, 4:50 pm

    I don’t know why you would want to use a machine that took all your information anyway ! It gets every part of your ID info that you don’t use at a gun store ever when you buy ammunition. DOB, address, Drivers License #, home address, and probably your phone too !!!

  • Ron Furst July 12, 2024, 4:06 pm

    Absolutely would to replenish assuming it has my caliber.

  • William Wilson July 12, 2024, 11:54 am

    no, simply because ammo in my caliber (7.62x25mm) does not have the demand to be stocked in a vending machine.

  • E Mark July 12, 2024, 10:14 am

    An acceptable idea. We’ve had then in Texas for some years, at the ranges at least. My only concern is they be anchored like an ATM machine.

  • Laddyboy July 12, 2024, 9:03 am


  • Bumper July 12, 2024, 8:39 am

    Because vending machine sales inserts a better than well-deserved thumb in the eye of anti-Second Amendment zealots, I sure would buy ammo from a machine. As a non-reloader, my preference is to buy lots of same code containing 500 “bullets” or more. I’d still buy a few boxes if only to contribute to the sales effort and would enjoy seeing the machine capable of coughing-up a box of 500 rounds.

  • Wabiker July 12, 2024, 7:51 am

    Cool concept. Has the anti-gun people in a dither.
    But, I already have my sources, and they don’t require facial recognition software, controlled or accessed by Who knows who.

  • Bscar July 12, 2024, 7:12 am

    With the facial recognition stuff, I’m surprised it didn’t hit in California first.
    I remain skeptical because of that, especially with the AFT being as power hungry as it is.

  • Charles Valenzuela July 10, 2024, 5:52 pm

    Looks great. My grocery store already sells ammunition (Aisle 14 – End Cap), but this vending machine idea works as well. Of course, presenting driver’s license and paying with a credit card is a bit more tracking information than is necessary here in Texas, but it should work okay in other places. As for me, I’ll continue to select my ammo off the shelf, and pay for it at the same checkout clerk who’s also adding up my groceries, and then paying in cash. No I.D. necessary as I look pretty much like the 76 years of age that I am. Thanks.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment July 9, 2024, 1:40 pm

    oh hell no!!!! with my luck the ammo would get stuck and while i’m trying to get someone it will drop for the next guy……

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