It is no secret that there has been an ammo shortage in recent months, especially for those who shoot a .22 pistol or rifle.
A brick contains 500 rounds of ammunition and could be found last year for around $20. This year, prices are now up to $90-$100 and suppliers are charging premium rates due to the shortage.
Mike Hendrickson, the owner of Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports Shop, told the Sentinel News “The ammo is on back order. I keep ordering it every week and when I do get some, I don’t know if it was last week’s order or an order from October.”
Other gun store owners are in the same boat and when orders of ammo do come in, they set a limit on how much people can buy to keep people from hoarding it.
While the .22 remains one of the most difficult to find in stock, the 9mm and .44 caliber have been easier to pick up over the past few months.
What’s behind the shortage? It has all to do with demand says an instructor at the Grantsburg Rod and Gun Club. Demand has skyrocketed over the past 8 months which have led to higher prices.
It has also contributed to many gun owners hoarding ammo when they can find it due to a fear that supplies in the future will be harder to come by.
The cost of ammunition has led some gun clubs for students to think of dissolving their leagues due to costs. Some clubs have begun to seek donations so they can continue with their programs.
There is some hope on the horizon for gun owners. Prices for ammo have started to drop over the past few months which gives gun clubs like the Grantsburg Rod and Gun Club light at the end of the tunnel.
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