Gun Store Owners: Ammo Shipments Are Not Even Making It To Shelves

Gun Store Owners: Ammo Shipments Are Not Even Making It To Shelves 280313ammoPrison Planet – by Steve Watson

Gun store owners say they have never experienced anything like the demand for firearms and ammunition that they are currently witnessing in the wake of a renewed government push for gun control.

Owners at Blue Steel Guns & Ammunition in Raytown, Miami told The Miami Herald that customers were so hungry for ammo that they couldn’t even stack shelves with fresh supplies before they had all been bought.  

“They never even made it to the shelves,” said owner Steve Brackeen. “We just had enough time to slap a price on them and sell. And we ran out before everybody in line got some.”

Brackeen noted that customers knew shipments arrived on Fridays and that a crowd had formed in anticipation of the delivery truck arriving.

The shop sold 60 boxes of .22-caliber and 9 mm ammunition, totaling thousands of rounds, in just 18 minutes. Brackeen added that while customers are waiting for the ammo to arrive, “they are buying up everything” in his shop.

Other gun store owners quoted in the report noted that individual customers are calling up asking to buy all the ammunition that the stores can procure.

“We haven’t got any .22 calibers — we’re out,” one store owner told reporters. “I don’t know who has any. Anytime anyone gets some, customers buy ’em up within a day.” The store owner also noted that a brick of 500 .22s have increased in price from $18 to $70 in just three months.

The report states that one ammunition manufacturer representative with a plant in Ozark, Mo. noted that he has never seen such a spike in demand in his lifetime.

“…it has never happened to this degree,” said David Shaw of Fiocchi. “Industry-wide, we are not able to keep up.”

Shaw added that despite adding extra shifts to increase production, the plant is “sold out for 2013,” and cannot catch up with demand.

Larry Swickard, a spokesman for the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance told the Herald that he believes the mass ammo buys on behalf of the DHS are one factor in the shortages.

“My understanding is these are standing, not necessarily take-delivery, orders,” Swickard said. “But the fact that Homeland Security, and the government in general, has offered no reasonable explanation for such huge purchases would be more than enough to fuel the fears of those inclined to see conspiracies behind every change in a routine.”

“…it seems to be having a ripple effect in that when people see a significant number of people buying up all the ammo they can find, they follow suit for fear of being left out with none for themselves,” Swickard added.

Kevin Jamison, also of Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, said “Panic buying seems to account for some of the shortage, but I don’t believe it can be all of it.”

As we reported yesterday, gun stores across the nation are beginning to resort to bullet rationing in an attempt to satisfy as many customers as they can, while some police departments being forced to barter between themselves to meet demand.

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Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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10 thoughts on “Gun Store Owners: Ammo Shipments Are Not Even Making It To Shelves

    1. It sounds funny NC, but when I was a favoite place to buy firearm and ammoto and there were not even any pellet guns of any kind. They make some realy powerful pellet guns just for target practice – they are really cheap to shoot ya know, and in case of need say ya know for survival in the woods you can shoot things like squirrels and rabbits, etc.

  1. 95% will be asleep. But 5% of let’s say 170 million adults? That’s about 8 million? And even if just half that gets active, let’s say 4, 5 million….. Well, that’s not bad. Gotta organize with those around you. It’s essential.

  2. So, can we take this as a sign that pretty much everyone is fully stocked up by now?

    One can only hope.

    1. Wrong #1.
      I still don’t have any RPG’s, hand grenades, semtex, APC’s, etc!
      And I think I’m going to need about a thousand rounds more in each caliber I have. Not to mention that the last box of .45JHP I bought cost twice as much as the month before. I still would have bought more than one box but it was all that was left.

      1. Those will be supplied in the field by the blue hats, rhumstruck.

        And cheap, too.

        For the price of a few rounds, I’m thinkin’.

  3. I feel we need help from gun & ammunition manufacturers to stop selling to DHS & other departments with the exceptions of our true armed forces & the American people. When it comes down to it, their selling to the same entities that truly want to eliminate there very existence. The truth is they want all guns & manufacturers gone with them being the only one’s with weapons & ammo. We call that biting of your nose to spite your face! They won’t even give explanations to congress for purchases! What’s wrong with this picture?

  4. Hmmm

    So where oh where is that global economy when you need it? Worldwide production capcity in the 4 calibers 22 long 9mm .223.5.56 and 308/7.62 could easily have already ramped up to meet the additional demand. And yet the “global economy” is no where to be found. People given the massive profits now being made from this ammunition there should be dozens of foreign manufacturers importing hundreds of millions of rounds to make up the shortfall in US production (It should be noted that over the last 7 years the US government -despite still being at war all over the globe has cut it produciton facilities from 13 to 10 and additional reductions are planned – now why would they do that?)

    Clearly someone has to be blocking the importation of ammunition. Otherwise we would have seen an avalanche of ammunition from around the world flooding the US markets. It is terrifying to see the US media attempting to manipulate the citizens into thinking that there is simply no ammunition available because every plant is already operating at full capacity. What they don’t tell you of course is this is only US ammunition plants. Wake up people this is a systematic attack on our right to bear arms by cutting the supply of ammunition to a trickle and artificially jacking prices through the roof.

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