Why Demand for Ammo Will Remain High.


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baz
May 6, 2013, 05:26 PM
People are going to need ammo, and lots of it, to feed all the MSR's they are buying:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rw/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2013/05/04/Foreign/Graphics/w-gundeal0429.jpg

Of course, this "production" data (including imports), not sales, but I imagine it is in response to demand.

Makes me warm and tingly to see my fellow citizens arming up like this. Bodes well for the future of The Republic.

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hovercat
May 6, 2013, 06:52 PM
AR is not an abbreviation for 'assault rifle'. :banghead:

MAKster
May 6, 2013, 07:10 PM
I doubt that very many of the first time panic buyers have actually fired their new gun. The ammo shortage has nothing to do with new shooters.

Risky
May 6, 2013, 07:19 PM
This presumes the people purchasing these new rifles will actually take them out to shoot. My experience in seeing everyone from college urbanites to little old ladies walking out of the gun shops with MSR tells me that most of the rifles coming off the shelves are landing in the backs of closets with the Christmas decorations. They'll only see the light of day again when everything calms back down and their owners realize that said black rifle can be turned into a new hot water heater or transmission for their car by selling it back to the shop.

Midwest
May 6, 2013, 07:41 PM
I thought the demand for ammo remaining high was due to a number of factors.

Sandy Hook and then the fall out from that which included politicians, the media (and Hollywood) making a spectacle of themselves screaming for gun control and smaller soda containers.

And then the passage of draconian laws in NY, CT, CA, CO and MD. And politicians, the media and threatening to legislate and pass even more anti gun laws. And then recently Boston with politicians and the media blaming gun owners, black powder and pressure cookers and people who buy nails.

And the people are STILL in a panic because of all that.

NOLAEMT
May 6, 2013, 07:54 PM
I wonder how many "mp5 platforms" they imported??

slamfirev10
May 6, 2013, 09:07 PM
interesting graphic


and +1 to what hovercat said :banghead:

justice06rr
May 8, 2013, 02:00 AM
AR=Armalite Rifle .

Not to be confused with "Assault Rifle" which is not commonly available to a civilian.

jr_roosa
May 8, 2013, 04:15 AM
My experience in seeing everyone from college urbanites to little old ladies walking out of the gun shops with MSR tells me that most of the rifles coming off the shelves are landing in the backs of closets with the Christmas decorations.

Even the rifles being bought by the guys who shoot all the time won't affect ammo consumption. I don't know about you, but I only shoot one of mine at a time. Maybe if I got all buff, I could go Rambo and shoot two at once, but I'm pretty fat and lazy.

I'd guess maybe 1 in 20 of the people picking up their first rifle will stick with it as a hobby and shoot over 200 rounds in a year. Does that sound about right?

-J.

RetiredUSNChief
May 8, 2013, 04:43 AM
"Why Demand for Ammo Will Remain High."


Are you talking about "demand" in general, or with respect to production levels?

With respect to general ammunition availability, demand only means something to the consumer if it outstrips production.

With respect to caliber demand, this is dependent upon the demographics of firearm ownership and use. For example, the market demand for 9mm is greater than that for 10mm because there is a larger 9mm demographic to cater to.

The demand, though still high, evidently isn't as high as it was three months ago.


I think I understand what you're getting at, though...that, in general, citizens are taking it upon themselves to stock up.

OilyPablo
May 8, 2013, 07:20 AM
The ammo shortage has nothing to do with new shooters.

Nothing? Oh, new shooters do have an impact. I can say this every time I go to the gun show or any store that carries ammo.

HoosierQ
May 8, 2013, 07:28 AM
Even the rifles being bought by the guys who shoot all the time won't affect ammo consumption. I don't know about you, but I only shoot one of mine at a time. Maybe if I got all buff, I could go Rambo and shoot two at once, but I'm pretty fat and lazy.

I'd guess maybe 1 in 20 of the people picking up their first rifle will stick with it as a hobby and shoot over 200 rounds in a year. Does that sound about right?

-J.
Yep, that sounds about right.

ApacheCoTodd
May 8, 2013, 06:31 PM
If manufacturers get together in a realization that they can sell less product (lowered expenses and operating costs) for more or even equal money by simply colluding to limit supply we'll then be in a pickle.

Imagine an OPEC of sorts for ammunition. I heard recently about a generalized truism in petroleum that consumers in America show a unified restraint in purchasing gasoline around $4.00 per gallon and producers respond to the price dropping to around $2.00 per gallon with slowed production.

Potatohead
May 8, 2013, 06:53 PM
I doubt that very many of the first time panic buyers have actually fired their new gun. The ammo shortage has nothing to do with new shooters.
i bought my first ever guns in mid Feb...ive bought 6400 rds of 380,9, and 223 since then..it has everything to do with new shooters (thats 6400 rds between the 3)

BobTheTomato
May 8, 2013, 07:01 PM
If manufacturers get together in a realization that they can sell less product (lowered expenses and operating costs) for more or even equal money by simply colluding to limit supply we'll then be in a pickle.

Out of curiouosity how many companies make primers? OPEC works because no one could introduce large scale volumes of oil into the marketplace. If there is a large margin on ammo more people will start making it.

ApacheCoTodd
May 8, 2013, 07:14 PM
Out of curiouosity how many companies make primers? OPEC works because no one could introduce large scale volumes of oil into the marketplace. If there is a large margin on ammo more people will start making it.
Too true, start-ups and wild caters were the bane of early American petroleum giants. Just as with the petro-nalogy I would expect ammo makers to quietly usher legislation to quash competition.

In truth, I don't expect we'll see the days of national level surpluses in ammunition ever again unless at least one manufacturer says "hang it" and just starts pumping. I don't believe for a minute that this current ammo "shortage" has gone on this long as a result of panic buying.

bowman1962
May 8, 2013, 07:25 PM
Maybe if I got all buff, I could go Rambo and shoot two at once, but I'm pretty fat and lazy!

^^^
:p

End Game
May 9, 2013, 12:08 AM
Number one, our government and the "folks" that are running our govt will do everything in their power to keep us from getting the ammo we desire, including their "acquaintances" buying up the ammo manufacturers and shutting them down.

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