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Ammo supply drying up-- will sport shooting dry up , too?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by BrazosCoTX, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. BrazosCoTX


    Mar 10, 2008
    Bryan, TX
    I know some folks reload to support their sport shooting habit, but the greater percentage rely on retail store ammo. Frankly, if folks can't get ammo to shoot in GSSF, the number of entrants will decline sharply.

    And you have to wonder if someone as image conscious as Gaston Glock might just pull the plug on civilian sales.

    I have enjoyed GSSF for 10 years, but we are being painted as "crazies" by those who see our brand of pistol, and its sporting genre, as dangerous.

    Let's hope we can survive this onslaught of undeserved scorn.
  2. 1RoundEye


    Feb 21, 2010
    I don't know how things are in Texas, but ammo is still readily available here in California. Or at least, I have not experienced any issues.

  3. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    a lot more .22lr shooting will be going on.
  4. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    1. No ammo shortage in Virginia

    2. Sport shooting survived the 1994-2004 Brady Bill restrictions

    3. GSSF has grown every year since I started shooting GSSF in 1999.

    4. GSSF has survived past and present fuel price ripoff's.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012
  5. jack76590


    Aug 15, 2004
    There is a run on ammo right now. But it will hit the wall and supplies will come back up. Larger question is will a tax be put on ammo and if so how much.
  6. ...and if Congress puts their mind to it, reloaders won't be immune - unless we accidently end up with a reloaders' loophole.
  7. It is Christmas time. Yes, there are always the panic sales, but a lot of folks are buying gifts.
  8. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    Retail ammo got very scarce in 2009 also, right after Obama got elected. I was able to buy 9mm at Walmart up until about March, but after that it was almost impossible. One of the primary things that prompted me to start reloading.

    The scarcity right now has nothing to do with the recent school shooting, but Obama's re-election. It's possible that something will come out of the shooting (revival of the AWB ban), but don't see it affecting ammo supplies.
  9. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    It's been business as usual at Gander Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia where I work part time. No shortages or price increases.

    I have sold a lot of shotguns, youth long guns and rifle/scope combos for Christmas gifts.:wavey:

    Best sellers include the Remington 770 combo in .243 and the Ruger youth 10/22.
  10. jrd22


    Nov 16, 2012
    NW Washington
    It's been kind of a perfect storm not just for ammo, but guns as well. First the election results triggered fears that Obama in his second term would enact some form of gun restrictions, and post election the Democrats feeling empowered accelerated concern among gun owners. Now we've had a rash of shootings, with the last one being so unimaginably sick that new gun regulations are almost a given, so it's understandable that there is a run on ammo and guns. Ammo manufacturers should be gearing up and hopefully by spring supplies will be back to normal.
  11. Dave.1


    Dec 12, 2009
    Question for DannyR.

    During the Brady Ban period, did GSSF require the 10 round only magazines for full size pistols, like a G17, or could you just load pre-ban magazines with 10 rounds?

    Hard to second guess what may happen but I'm curious as to how things changed 1994-2004 when restrictions were in place.


  12. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia

    Pistols, including the G17, made after September 1994 came with 10 round magazines. I still have 1 or 2 10-round G17 mags. All competitions can be shot with 10-round magazines.

    GSSF allowed any magazine, pre-ban or ban. GSSF is a 10+1 sport. One just could not buy any new normal capacity magazines during that 10-year period. One could, and often did, purchase used pre-bans.
  13. Dave.1


    Dec 12, 2009
    Thanks, I appreciate the info.

  14. NCHeel


    Jan 20, 2006
    Charlotte N.C.
    There is plenty of pistol ammo available retail/online. The shortage is rifle ammo, specifically .223/5.56. Everyone is panicking and going out and buying AR's and ammo afraid they will no longer be available.
  15. NCHeel


    Jan 20, 2006
    Charlotte N.C.
    A perfect example, Lucky Gunner just received 10 cases of 500 round PMC .223. They sent out an email stating that they were receiving .223 ammo and were updating their online inventory levels as they get ammo in. I was on their site and I quickly went to the .223 page. Started at 10 and every time I hit refresh the count went down 1. Took 15 seconds for them to sell out at $230 a case.

    They have plenty of 9mm Blazer, Tul, Speer Lawman, Prvi Partizan, Fiocchi, and Federal bulk packs in stock though.
  16. Dreamliner787


    Jul 12, 2012
    Most retail stores in Houston are out of any 556/223 ammo. New AR buyers and folks stockpilling have depleated supply. It's going to be a while before "normalcy" ever comes back in regards to ammo prices and availability.
  17. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    That's not saying much. At least around here, Gander was one of the few places you could find ammo in stock during the last run on ammo...because it was like $40 for a box of 50 230gr FMJ.
  18. mike g35

    mike g35

    Jun 23, 2011
    Charleston W.V.
    Same at Cabelas in Charleston WV. But we have noticed a GIGANTIC increase in the sales of black rifles. Ammo here is plentiful with the exception of 5.56/.223.
  19. MajorD


    Aug 16, 2010
    My suggestion to every active shooter- now is the time to invest in a reloading set up and buy powder and primers. There will be attempts to ban or limit ammo at some level and reloading may be the only way to shoot regularly
  20. Melissa5


    Feb 4, 2010
    NE Georgia
    I've got a stash of ammo in all calibers and will continue to shoot GSSF and USPSA until I reach a certain limit. After that I will be saving my stash. If I can't find reloading material or factory ammo then I guess I will be done with competition until things change. I was planning to do another appleseed and a few carbine classes, but now I think I'll just keep my ammo and train with my .22 rifle.