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The Great Ammo Shortage of 2022 Has Already Begun

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The Great Ammo Shortage of 2022 Is Here. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Throughout the last year, as ammo shortages were reported around the country, there were many predictions that the shortage would continue into 2022. Now that the new year is underway, it appears that it has.

The Great Ammo Shortage of 2022 Is Here

This week, Alaska Public Media did a segment about the continuing ammo shortage in that state. The Anchorage Daily News reporter who wrote about the shortage in that state late last year, Zachariah Hughes, appeared in the segment.

Hughes said in the segment that while ammunition stores in the state have boxes of ammo, but it’s of less popular types, which he compared to “sort of like the leftover Halloween candy of ammunition.” He noted that Alaska has a robust hunting culture, where citizens have a “much more intimate relationship with firearms than a lot of other places.” Also, many in Alaska, due to the remoteness, are worried about being cut off from supply lines, so they are used to readiness.

The reporter also listed some of the reasons often given for the ammo shortage: Pandemic-related supply crunches, a massive new influx of gun owners in the U.S. in the last two years, and Remington’s 2020 bankruptcy, which caused that major supplier’s supply chain to go offline for months that year. All of that has led to runs on ammunition stores.

He also noted that Alaska has switched of late from a “shooting culture” to an “owning culture,” in which “instead of people buying guns and ammunition to shoot and practice and as, you know, train as functional tools, there’s almost this fetishization and individualistic mentality” in which people want to hoard as much guns and ammunition as they can.

The Great Ammo Shortage of 2022 In Pennsylvania 

In another part of the country, Bill Ferris, the outdoors columnist for The Shippensburg News Chronicle newspaper in Pennsylvania, wrote this week about how the shortage has affected him. For one thing, he’s down to his last 200 primers.

“I borrowed a box of .243 rifle cartridges from Bobby because manufacturers are reluctant to build new capacity into their factories and other calibers such as .223 and 5.56 suitable for use in military-style rifles are selling like hotcakes,” the columnist wrote. “These same manufacturers would rather build their components into ready-to-shoot cartridges and neglect those of us who reload.”

He added that his friend is hoarding the last of his 20-gauge rounds in order to have enough for his traditional rabbit hunts, which has long used to fry a rabbit for his annual Super Bowl party.

Ferris also noted that many of the manufacturers have been moving their factories from the north to the south, often towards more “gun-friendly” states.

 Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Jim Hovater

    January 6, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Primers are priced 3-5X MSRP. Powders are becoming more readily available, but by the time Hazmat fees and shipping fees are factored in, a $32 pound of powder costs $60+. .22LR ammunition, while available, continues to rival center-fire ammunition in price.

  2. Edward Vmax

    January 6, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Yep, Law abiding citizens you can have your guns but no ammo for you !! WTH.

  3. Tim Curren

    January 6, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Driving across the US, Plenty of ammo at Sports Authority in Missouri, but at 3 or 4 times the ‘normal’ price.

  4. James Holczer

    January 6, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Really, less popular types of ammo can be found in stores? If that’s true then why the hell are 16 gauge shotgun shells so hard to find…😆

    • George Doby

      May 1, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      16s have always been hard to find

  5. Jeff

    January 6, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    You saw it coming. You have no one but your self to blame I’m glad I bought when I did. It’s available everywhere. You know it is. You are just to cheap to pony up.

  6. Randall

    January 6, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Where do you live that you feel there’s still a shortage like in 2021? Every store I go to has fully stocked shelves. Sure, I can’t find certain brands or a specific hollow point for my pistol. But there is still something available from other manufacturers. It’s the high prices that’s still a big problem. There’s no reason 20 JHP 9mm costs $33

  7. Troy C

    January 6, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    I partly blame the media too for creating this frenzy and fear mongering. People hoarding ammo a)because they think, again because of loose lipped media and half baked predictions, that the government is after their guns.
    B) capitalist jerks, sleazy opportunists wanting to turn a profit and buying more than they could ever use to in turn sell back to the merchant at an increased price that then gets passed on to the honest consumer.

  8. Hillbilly

    January 6, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    they suspended all russian imports, which accounts for 70% of the american market, its going to get much worse…..

  9. Tim Miller

    January 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    The great ammo shortage of 2012 has never fully recovered.

  10. Patrick N Sanders

    January 6, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    In Indiana we only have a shortage of most popular hunting ammo like .243 , .270,30-30 etc. But my local store has 9mm,40 S&W ,45 acp
    Some 38 spl. And 357 mag. 380 acp.. and it’s a little more than before but it’s no where near what places were charging for it during the first part of the shortage Cheaper than Dirt was charging almost $100 for a box of .380 acp. Manufacturers are building common ammo that they know everyone wants and is in high demand.
    I almost think the government had some hand in the shortage as well.

  11. George

    January 7, 2022 at 11:27 am

    I very rarely comment on things like this but I feel the real problem is a combination of all factors. Fear mongering, media falsehoods, hoarding, all the above. The most I believe is looking to who owns most of the companies that produce products in the shooting sports.That one company is geared towards profitability to their stockholders. More profit available in ammo manufacturing and the ability to control supplies not necessarily through monopolistic practices but through capitalism. That leaves less profit in component sales for us reloaders. I have vested many years of load development based on the robust availability of components there once was. It is back to the drawing board and redevelopment. Sure wish I could get primers from Winchester and others as we once could at “reasonable” prices. I feel those days are gone.

  12. Denise M. Wright

    January 7, 2022 at 11:55 am

    We are witnessing the end of the U.S.concept what will emerge after those of us who were born prior to wholesale indoctrination into Leninist thought conformity are gone. Will more resemble to some degree the movie “Logan’s Run”

  13. Rex T. Dog

    January 19, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    I looked today in a Wal-Mart that carries ammo, there were a couple boxes of very high priced .22lr and about a dozen boxes of 12 gauge birdshot…this is okay, some weeks the supply is better…the boxes were on the shelf, as opposed to this time last year when ammo was being grabbed as fast as it showed up…there are legitimate reasons for the high prices and lower availability, the bottom line as I see it supply will improve but prices will drop very slowly if at all…let’s hope for smooth waters for 6-8 months and review again…

  14. Jake

    January 22, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Unless and until people do something about the Communist Democratic Party things will not get better. But they will get worse. So if you feel like complaining about how things are remember, complaining will not make things better. You must DO something.

  15. Bob

    February 8, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Ammo is available if you’re willing to pay 10% or even 20% higher prices. Reloading components are another story. Bullets are difficult to find while other components- powder and especially primers- are practically unobtainable unless one is willing to put up with astronomical markups.

  16. Jack M.

    March 26, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Kind of interesting that no one has posted since January. Anyway, this same thing happened during the Obama administration. If you think the situation is just a coincidence then you are an idiot. I say Let’s Go Brandon which means Fuck Joe Biden! And by the way, if you voted for this douche then FUCK YOU TOO!

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