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Bullets are becoming increasingly hard to come by in the United States as demand overwhelms American manufactures’ production capacity.

Retail ammunition imports aren’t sufficient to remedy the situation because of pandemic-related disruptions to international supply chains.

Townhall’s Beth Baumann reports:

All across the country, millions of Americans are on the hunt for ammunition, either for self-defense, target practice, shooting sports or hunting. Sporting goods stores and small mom and pop businesses have had to severely limit how many rounds of ammo a person can buy at one time. Some have even went so far as to limit ammo solely to those who are purchasing a new firearm because of the shortage.

Rumors have swirled through the Second Amendment community, particularly online, about Vista Outdoors, the parent company of Federal, Remington, CCI, and Speer Ammunition. Some have said that Vista Outdoors has ceased manufacturing ammo all together while others have insisted the company is picking and choosing who to sell ammo to.

Vista Outdoors’ President of Ammunition, Jason Vanderbrink, decided to address – and squash – the rumors once and for all.

“I am tired of all the hate mail. I am tired of people showing up at our factories. I’m tired of reading the misinformation out on the Internet right now about us not trying to service the demand that we’re experiencing,” Vanderbrink explained. “… After a year like right now, when we’ve hired hundreds of employees to support American manufacturing jobs, all I hear is that we’re not making ammunition.”

Vanderbrink explained his problem from a logistical perspective, reiterating that at least seven million first-time gun owners joined the ranks of Second Amendment enthusiasts in 2020.

“Seven million new shooters since March, times two boxes [50 rounds per box], which is a conservative estimate, is 700 million new rounds of ammunition our factories have to help produce,” Vanderbrink clarified. “That is impossible to do in nine months,” he added.

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MikefromTexas
MikefromTexas
26 days ago

It does seem impossible to produce more ammo when so many people are buying guns and want ammo plus all the people with guns wants more ammo.

Jerri
Jerri
26 days ago

Gun sales are up even more with the prospect of Bedtime Biden being our president.

Lamar
Lamar
26 days ago

Most boxes of shells only contain 20 bullets, not 50 bullets. So this does not resolve the issue, but there is a crisis going on. Things will get better

Dan Winright
Dan Winright
26 days ago
Reply to  Lamar

Things will get better after we beat the dumbocraps back through the gates of mordor.

Stephen
Stephen
26 days ago
Reply to  Lamar

Most Rifle bullets come in 20 round boxes, most handgun calibers in 50 round boxes, and shotgun shells in 25 round boxes….the major shortages seem to be 9mm handgun, and .223 rifle rounds. Two VERY popular calibers.

Cmac
Cmac
25 days ago
Reply to  Stephen

And some rimfire in 100 or more round boxes.

Vincent Loving
Vincent Loving
25 days ago
Reply to  Stephen

Try to find 50, 40 or 30-06. The shelves at Cabella’s are empty.

Betty Shively
Betty Shively
1 minute ago
Reply to  Vincent Loving

So just shop somewhere else! Takes a little effort!

James Pierce
James Pierce
25 days ago
Reply to  Lamar

Not so. It depends on the caliber.

Robert Bagnell
Robert Bagnell
25 days ago
Reply to  Lamar

Actually the ‘range’ ammo for handguns are usually sold in 50 cartridge boxes. These cartridges are normally full metal jacketed
The 20 cartridge boxes you speak about are what is referred to as ‘duty ammunition’ some type of semi-jacketed cartridge that I will carry for self or home protection
The biggest difference full metal jacked ammunition does not or only slightly expands and will normally over penetrate where the duty ammunition will greatly expand (do more damage to tissue) and not over penetrate and continue down range

Scoolman
Scoolman
21 days ago
Reply to  Lamar

Small caliber comes 50 to a box