We’ve been getting a lot of questions about ammunition supply, so I thought I’d give you an update on what’s happening with our ammo supply chain.
WHAT HAS BEEN CAUSING AN AMMO SHORTAGE?
Ammunition shortages are not new in the U.S. We went through several between 2008 and 2016, and those shortages were due to panic buying and new laws. The current bullet shortage is due to ripple effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors discussed below:
1) Panic buying: During the last major pandemic scare, there was a run on supplies like food and water that led to shortages of these items as well. People are now doing the same with ammunition, buying up any they can find before it’s gone.
2) New laws: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some states have passed laws making it harder for people to buy ammo. These laws include requiring background checks for all gun buyers and restrictions on who can buy bullets online or at gun shows.
3) Import restrictions: With less demand from consumers, there isn’t enough demand from manufacturers to keep factories running at full capacity—and so there isn’t enough ammo being produced by existing manufacturers right now.
REMINGTON BANKRUPTCY IN 2018
Recently, Vista Outdoors has acquired Remington and the company is working on restoring and boosting ammo production in Remington facilities across the U.S.
Remington has been one of the biggest gun and ammo manufacturers in the U.S since its founding in 1918. However, in 2018 and 2020, Remington filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The bankruptcy proceedings led to losing investors and revenue, and the company could not keep up ammo production.
Remington’s paused production led to customers getting their ammo from other brands. Other ammo manufacturers gladly took Remington’s customers, but they struggled to cope with the sudden demand increase, contributing to the ammunition shortage.
AMMO IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
In addition to the government-mandated ammo shortage, there are also some other factors affecting availability. One of these is that the U.S. government has implemented sanctions that restrict the importation of Russian ammunition. The U.S. has also banned the importation of ammo and firearms from China, Iraq, and several other countries.
We know you were waiting for an update on our ammo supply and we’re happy to say that things are looking up!
We’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes to get more ammo in stock, and while we still have a long way to go, we’re beginning to see some positive changes.
First off, we’ve heard your concerns about the lack of ammo import restrictions and we want you to know that we are working with state officials and the U.S. government to make sure this issue gets resolved as soon as possible. We have been successful in getting the government to lift sanctions on Russian ammunition, but there are still restrictions that affect Chinese, Iraqi, and other countries’ products. So while you should be able to find plenty of American-made ammo in stores near you, there may still be some shortages depending on where you live or what types of ammunition you need.
At the beginning of the pandemic we had a shortage of ammunition, probably due to panic buying.
The ammunition shortage was due to several factors. Firstly, there was a panic buying of ammunition by individuals who were concerned with the new flu outbreak. This caused many retailers to run out of stock and therefore not be able to restock their shelves.
Secondly, it is likely that this situation would have been exacerbated by a lack of supply chains being established quickly enough after the pandemic began.
Finally, there may have been some individuals who stocked up on ammunition too quickly and before they had an opportunity to establish new supply chains – this could have led to shortages in certain areas where these individuals lived or worked (i.e., they were buying all of the available products).
The situation is improving as new supply chains become established.
In the past, it was very difficult for new ammunition suppliers to make their way into the market because of the high barriers to entry. It was very expensive and time-consuming to get an FFL (Federal Firearms License). This is beginning to change as more FFLs are being granted and existing ones are becoming more efficient.
New supply chains are being established, which means that there will be competition among different manufacturers—and this is good news for consumers! Even though some stores may be out of stock on certain types of ammo, rest assured that if you look around long enough, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for somewhere else nearby.
Ammo that was in short supply six months ago is much more readily available now.
There’s a lot of ammo out there now that was in short supply six months ago.
Suppliers are coming online, increasing capacity, and increasing production. They’re expanding their product lines as well.
Some ammo is still hard to find but the situation is much better.
You might be wondering why you haven’t seen more news about ammunition shortages lately. The short answer is that there are still some problems, but they’re not as bad as they were.
- Ammo is still in short supply and can be hard to find, but it’s getting better. If you have an opportunity to stock up on ammo now, don’t hesitate! You’ll regret it later if it becomes even harder to find than before.
- Ammunition prices are rising again due to the high demand and low supply—but at least it’s not as bad as it was when we first started writing this article.
- It may seem like there has been little change since our last update, but the fact remains that there’s less of a chance for those who want to buy ammunition online or by mail order (as opposed to buying from someone local). There are also fewer reports of empty shelves at gun shops across America.”
We hope to have all the ammo back in stock soon.
Thank you for your patience. We know you’ve been waiting a long time, and we appreciate the support of our customers.
We are working hard to fill all the orders we have and get more ammo in stock every day. We get new shipments every day, but due to high demand and limited supply, they may not last long after they arrive at our warehouse. If an item is available now, it will say so on the product page and in-store display signs (if applicable).
As soon as we receive an order from a customer or see one go through checkout online or over the phone, that means it’s been packaged and shipped out by us!
Our ammo supply is returning to normal thanks to new suppliers coming online.
Good news! We are happy to announce that, thanks to new suppliers coming online, our ammunition supply is returning to normal. These new suppliers are working with us on a daily basis and ramping up production as they expand their operations. They’re also bringing in some new technologies that will help increase production even more.
We hope that you can take some comfort in the fact that we are working hard to get our supply chain back into shape and normal operation. We know that ammo is important to our customers and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it’s available again soon.