Ammo Shortage?


April 23, 2012, 12:01 AM
Hey guys, I was in the sporting goods section at walmart today looking for ammo and the ammo shelf looked like it had been ransacked. All that was left was .380, .40, a box or two of 30-06 and lots of 12 gauge target load shells. No 9mm or .45 at all. So I went to another walmart and was met with pretty much the same thing. :banghead:

Then I decided to go to a proper gunshop. They wanted $35 for winchester white box 9mm , which was all they had. :fire: So needless to say I didn't get any ammo today.

Is anyone else experiencing this ammo shortage? Is there a reason all the 9mm and .45 is drying up?

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April 23, 2012, 12:04 AM
Election time.

April 23, 2012, 12:12 AM
They're starting a little early this time aren't they?

April 23, 2012, 01:16 AM
Yeah, the Wal-Mart I go to is now back to bare shelves constantly, the only thing left is Tula and even that's getting scarce.

Ignition Override
April 23, 2012, 01:23 AM
The attempt to create anxiety was started by by several ammo distributors- Over A Year Ago.
They claimed that their ammo costs would go up about 20-25% by May, 2011.

Apparently they are still broadcasting this same tiresome message to their buddies on the phone, but this time their attempt to inspire a buying panic Might Be Working.

It did Not work a year ago, though it was quite successful after the '08 election, was it not?

And they probably want O to be reelected, because they will earn more money. It would not surprise me.

April 23, 2012, 02:23 AM
Well thats just peachy. I might as well break out the old lee loader and get to work because at this rate, I won't be able to afford to shoot. :mad: I'm really getting sick of politicians.

April 23, 2012, 02:57 AM
I've seen the Walmart shelves bare in more than one Walmart one day and fully stocked the next......FWIW, I was looking for a particular ammo about a week ago and asked the sporting goods clerk when some would be in. She scanned the barcode with her pricing ray gun and was able to tell me it was in their warehouse and would be shipped in a couple of days.

single stack
April 23, 2012, 03:28 AM
There is no shortage of ammunition or guns near me in Texas.

Not at the range, big sporting goods stores or at Walmart.

Are these stories single incidents? Because it's
just not happening as far as I can see.


April 23, 2012, 07:07 AM
Plenty of ammo here too. I must say Walmart's ammo counter doesn't look very good. But everywhere else is well stocked.

April 23, 2012, 07:11 AM
Dealers, distributors, etc. are really working hard to create a shortage, it's not working around here. :neener:

April 23, 2012, 07:27 AM
I went to High School with the guy that heads up the Sporting Goods dept. at our local WM, he told me last week that they are starting to see an increase over normal ammo sales, but so far not to bad. Shelves are staying stocked.

April 23, 2012, 07:40 AM
No ammo shortage.

My retirement job is for an online ammo seller.

Orders are down.

I will say some manufacturers are playing games With threats of price increases but funny when we say no thanks we will pass the price comes down.

Lex Luthier
April 23, 2012, 07:44 AM
My local Walmart is always out of 9mm Luger. I must have caught them on delivery day last week, and got eight boxes. Went back two days later and they were out, and quite low on .40. They had plenty of other calibers. Urban area, so 9mm and .40 are very common.

April 23, 2012, 08:22 AM
I'm really getting sick of politicians.

What, are the politicians out buying up ammo at Wal Mart?

Taurus 617 CCW
April 23, 2012, 08:35 AM
Our Walmart is fully stocked, as is everyone else in town.

ol' scratch
April 23, 2012, 08:40 AM
No problem on my end of the country. Plenty of ammo, no problems. I still do have what could be considered a "hoard", but haven't noticed anything outside of the fact it is a little tough to find milsurp 7.62 x 51 for a decent price online.

April 23, 2012, 08:55 AM
I guess its just my area thats running low. People around here must be stocking up or something.

April 23, 2012, 08:59 AM
I buy ammo on the net. Prices are way up but I dont have trouble getting anything yet.

Ben Bernanke is responsible for the inflation.

April 23, 2012, 09:03 AM
Our WalMart never has much in the way of ammo, not many deals to be had there. The local sporting goods stores are generally out of the lower priced stuff, but I have been told that it's not really because sales are up, they just aren't able to get as much from their suppliers....

Hopefully we won't run out of everything this time around. I can reload enough for myself, but when the nephews, brother-in-laws, etc. start coming around I will be hard pressed to keep up. ;)

April 23, 2012, 09:12 AM
Here we go again.

Last time, it was when the fella in the oval office was elected, now its months before the election.

That man in the oval office happens to be the best gun, and ammo salesman in history. I wonder if he gets kick backs from the firearms industry?

Last time,everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Many corporations, and a few individuals stuffed their pockets with cash.

During the height of the last "crisis" a friend of mine who makes pistol rounds at ATK (Federal) Anoka plant, said pistol ammo in the warehouses was stacked up to the roof tops. They were running normal work shifts. Supply and demand dictates price.

I remember one guy who had a card table set up in a lot next to a busy McDonald's who was selling 9mm, and 40cal at outrageous prices.

I really don't care what happens. I have enough primers to last two lifetimes. BTW, none were bought during the so called ammo crisis.

April 23, 2012, 09:12 AM
There certainly is no shortage of these 'shortage threads' in 2012.

April 23, 2012, 07:41 PM
I think its overblown. I just received 500 7.62x54r Russian cartridges at a mild savings compared to my last order. On Saturday I was at a gunshow but saw no signs of panic. I would not be surprised if many people who panicked last time is still paying off the credit card debit from it or still has 12,000 rounds of 9mm.

April 23, 2012, 07:42 PM
I really hope it doesn't turn into a repeat of '08.

April 23, 2012, 07:47 PM
I keep reading this nonsense everyhwere, but every place I go has ammo and firearms out the wahzoo. Walmart at any given time may be low, or they may be loaded to the gills, just depends on the deliveries they have with the manufacturers. Just because one particular store does not have the ammo you want in stock on a particular day does not mean there is a shortage.

Just go across the street to Academy or Gander or your local gun store and they will have everything you need. Or heck, get online, there are some great ammo sales at Natchez and Midway.

April 23, 2012, 07:51 PM
Around here in NW Arkansas the supply is good, during the election the pawn shops were buying up ammo from the WM shelves creating a shortage.

April 23, 2012, 07:52 PM
The thing is it wasn't just one store. I checked two walmarts and a gunshop yesterday, and two more gunshops today. Both the walmarts were out of 9mm and .45 and the gunshops only had a box or two of the top shelf stuff and I wasn't about to spend $30 for 50 rounds of 9mm.

April 23, 2012, 07:53 PM
I have not seen this 2012 shortage yet. Whether Walmart has a particular ammo they stock is not indicative of an ammo shortage. Maybe the last customer just bought a bunch. I keep a good supply of ammo on hand and can weather most any temporary shortage lasting up to 6 months with zero impact to my shooting routines.

I go to Walmart one way or another just about every week. As of last week, there were no shortages except for the $1.47/box Federal Lightning 22 ammo which they were sold out of. But the other Walmart has lots at $1.97/box. It is all about the price.

Jim NE
April 23, 2012, 07:55 PM
Okay, here's what the sporting goods clerk at WalMart told me the other day (and if you can't trust a sporting goods clerk at WalMart, who CAN you trust??):

He said the Department of Homeland Security just placed an enormous ammo order from Federal, as in many millions of rounds for a variety of callibers from 9mm to .40 S&W to .223 to .308, etc. He said that this has backlogged Federal, so everyone's buying up other brands.

Hey, that's just what he told me. I went to the store on the other side of town and bought a couple boxes of Fed 9mm, so who knows.

April 23, 2012, 07:57 PM
Interesting. Why does Homeland Security need an enormous amount of ammo? I keep watching for black helicopters.

April 23, 2012, 08:21 PM
WalMarts near me in North end of the Peoples Republic of Illinois are all empty except for Shotshells, .22's and odd rifle calibers. Went to three this week before I ordered 1000 Reloaded .40's for $229.00 online.
As for Homeland they will be OBama's SS after the election....:-(

April 23, 2012, 08:24 PM

please read that before listening to the guy at wal-mart. All my local everything has whatever ammo I need when I get there, nothing at all like '08. As long as we don't panic we will be fine people.

"Keep calm and carry on"

Pietro Beretta
April 23, 2012, 10:22 PM
After going to Cabelas in Lacy, WA and Wally-Worlds in the Portland Metro Area -- There isn't a shortage, at least not anything that comes near '08.

Wally-World has UMC Mega Packs in all calibers, Value Packs in all calibers, Cabelas has all calibers in ammo cans, they were a wee bit short on defensive rounds in 9mm but not close to out.

April 23, 2012, 11:24 PM
Interesting. Why does Homeland Security need an enormous amount of ammo? I keep watching for black helicopters.

Arming the TSA?

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