Status of Arms and Ammo in the U.S.

by Heidi Hansing Thiess 

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This is a status report from Valley Guns in WV, and I could’ve written a very similar report after my visit to the Shot Show last week.  The story was the same at every manufacturer and distributor I stopped by to see – there is NOTHING available.  What is on the market now are holdovers from previously purchased inventory that dealers have held on to as prices escalate.  Good for them, they have stock.

As for ammo, I suggest if you’re in a big box store like Academy or your favorite gun shop like The Arms Room, and you spot a stray box of ammo, SNAP IT UP!  I know someone who found out when a supply truck was arriving at Academy and went over there to buy ammo, and it was already gone – sold to the people who’d found out the same thing and had been waiting in line since 5am!  The ammo shortage is the most alarming, especially in light of the federal government’s buy last year of 750 billion rounds.  That depleted the market beyond any expectation.  

I will have M4s arriving in late March, if you want one, message me and I’ll put you on the list.  I will start taking deposits this month through my website.  You’ll get an email and a link from me when that time comes.  The reason I’m waiting on taking deposits is to get factory updates from the manufacturer closer to delivery.  That’s how fast-changing and volatile the industry is right now.  

Also, I have a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, a Taurus Judge .45/.410, and a Kel-tec 9mm in stock. Message me if you you want any of them.

Lastly, if you want large quantities of ammo, message me your order.  I will add it to what I’m already on allocation for.  You can pay for it when it arrives – whenever that is.

So…read this status report all the way down to the chilling commentary from Bob Owen.   

From Valley Guns:

Smith & Wesson is running at full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols. They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages.

RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days.

FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1.

Remington: Maxed out!

Armalite: Maxed out.

DPMS: Can’t get enough parts to produce any more product.

COLT: Production runs increasing weekly…bottle necked by bolt carriers.

LWRC:  Making only black guns, running at full capacity… can’t get enough gun quality steel to make barrels. 

Springfield Armory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind.

AMMO: Every caliber is now allocated! We are looking at a nationwide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by law enfrocement and civilians are third in line.

MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon. 

RELOADERS… ALL Remington, Winchester, CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extras for reloading purposes… it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up.

Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted…

Related commentary from Bob Owens: 

They didn’t know when they’d be getting anything back in stock, from magazines to rifles to pistols. Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn’t come close to keeping up with  market demand. It wasn’t just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell.  Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants — of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20—weregone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone.  This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned.  This is a society preparing for war.

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