"Why haven't they been doing that for the last two^H^H^H TWENTY years?" FIFY The industry used the Middle East as their excuse for two full decades. The commercial ammo and component pipeline never did fill back up to pre-2001 levels. There was always a shortage of *something*, always blamed on "the military has us maxed out" or "hoarders." And in all the months since the military bugged out, somehow the shortages are even worse.