America is facing numerous crises. Joe Biden’s border fiasco. Joe Biden in general. But another, less talked-about one is the current ammo shortage. And Smith and Wesson says that it, like Biden’s disastrous border scenario, isn’t going away anytime soon.
During the pandemic, Americans needed to protect themselves. So they made the natural decision to purchase firearms. And with those purchases came ammunition. Some stocked up to prepare for the Biden Administration, which has promised to be tough on gun owners. The nationwide BLM riots also spurred sales of guns and ammo. The demand is so high, in fact, that manufacturers can’t keep up.
“It’s widely known the ammunition shortages continue,” says Smith & Wesson CEO Mark Smith. “There is still a lot of interest in firearms.” The company shipped nearly 2.5 million units in 2020 — a 70 percent increase over the previous year.
The ammo shortage is not understated. A survey of 1,800 customers conducted by Southwick Associates found that 81 percent say they want more ammunition. But 75 percent say they ran into out of stock issues when trying to buy it. In 2020, it was nearly four in five. The shortage is hurting not just everyday Americans, but police. CIProud reports:
Assistant Police Chief Chad Wamsley said the department goes through a lot of ammunition yearly.
“We’ll go through on average for a department of our size probably 70-75,000 rounds of ammo and that’s for our range training, that’s for our SWAT team doing their trainings,” Wamsley said.
Wamsley said the department is still waiting on an order placed on 9mm ammo for the new guns approved for purchase at Monday night’s city council meeting.
“We had ordered roughly 110,000 rounds of ammo, the 9mm ammo, in January. Initially, we were told it was a six-month wait, now we’re being told it could be up to a year wait,” Wamsley said.
Wamsley said he hopes the ammunition arrives by the fall in order to have a smooth transition.
“At some point, demand will certainly soften,” says Southwick Associates president Rob Southwick. “However, frenzied purchasing and empty shelves often fuels further increases in demand. We do not see demand softening in the near future.”
If you need ammo and you have the chance to purchase it, do so. There may come a time when there’s none on the shelves.