Ok, so we all know the government purchased 1.6 Billion rounds of ammunition.
What some of the more rabid bloggers on this subject have not added when ranting about this large purchase is that it represents 1 months supply from the manufacturers!
So, who is buying the other 11 months supply?
Well, as other firearms instructors will be able to attest to, we have had students buying ammunition before even buying a gun. This writer recently had a student that did not own a firearm, and yet had purchased 9mm, 38 Special, and 45 ACP ammunition, and was asking about 40 S&W.
Another situation that recently happened in Northern California, local police forces were having to resort to firearms training with airsoft pistols because the cost of ammunition had jumped from $200/case to $800. Interesting enough a local police officer personally interviewed had stockpiled 8000 rounds of ammunition.
Visiting gun stores in Nevada in January, all who were depleted of ammunition, and guns, then in February visiting gun stores in Florida with the same picture, and gun stores in California with the same scenario, it is obvious this is a national situation.
As to who is buying the ammunition, one thing is clear it is not the government nor the local law enforcement that is causing this continuing ammunition shortage!
It is however, the hundreds of people calling the gun stores and WalMarts asking when their ammunition delivery will be, then camping out at 7AM getting in a line to buy ammo. This is fact, store clerks at two WalMarts, and a Big Five store in Northern California attested to this, and have been getting the same story elsewhere.
One more interesting points to note is that the supply of .22 ammunition dried up first, and the government is not using any .22 ammunition, so cannot be blamed for that shortage. The price of .22 ammunition has jumped up from around $20 to $56 for 500 round box, this has to be entirely due to panic buying by the public, and then some entrepreneurs exploiting the situation by jacking the price up.
At the same time NRA instructors will attest to the fact that the demand for classes has risen, thus creating a further increase in demand for ammunition. A typical NRA “First Steps Pistol “class for 20 people will consume approximately 2000 rounds of .22 ammunition. When the number of classes double or triple due to the increased demand, it further strains the depleted ammunition chain.
One last debunk of the conspiracy theorists belief that the government is buying all the ammo is the fact that all the gun stores have also run dry of primers and smokeless powder, and again neither the government nor local police have taken to reloading their ammunition, so once again pointing to the panic buying of the general public.