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Why Demand for Ammo Will Remain High.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by baz, May 6, 2013.

  1. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    People are going to need ammo, and lots of it, to feed all the MSR's they are buying:


    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.
  2. hovercat

    hovercat Well-Known Member

    AR is not an abbreviation for 'assault rifle'. :banghead:
  3. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. Risky

    Risky Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Midwest

    Midwest Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

    I wonder how many "mp5 platforms" they imported??
  7. slamfirev10

    slamfirev10 Well-Known Member

    interesting graphic

    and +1 to what hovercat said :banghead:
  8. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    AR=Armalite Rifle .

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

    jr_roosa Well-Known Member

    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?

  10. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    Yep, that sounds about right.
  13. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    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)
  15. BobTheTomato

    BobTheTomato Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. bowman1962

    bowman1962 Well-Known Member

  18. End Game

    End Game New Member

    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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