If you’re a shooter and probably even if you’re not, you’ve likely seen the lines of folks lined up outside sporting goods stores across the country. In many cases it’s crowds filled with folks frustrated about the lack of ammo supply after an intense national debate. There’s a chance that scarcity could hurt the shooting community over the long haul.
With good reason, Americans are buying ammo like never before – so what’s in their ammo cans at home?
Here’s a look at the top selling calibers at a top online ammunition retailer since the first of the year:
These results shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you. After all, the 9mm is among the most popular firearms in the United States and on the planet.
However, what may come as a surprise is the fact that .22 long rifle, a relatively tame caliber has become a white-hot commodity. A mainstay for plinking, the cheap and accurate round is easy to burn through hundreds of rounds in one trip to the range.
It’s hard to find a shooter who didn’t get their beginning firing the .22 long rifle round. Therein lies the biggest threat to our nation – Shooters just developing a passion for shooting sports don’t have a cheap and plentiful option to start getting into gun ownership.
While many competitive shooters have seen the shortage coming and typically keep a modest stockpile at home, beginners don’t have the luxury. If you shoot, think back to when you started. Odds are, you bought a few hundred rounds your first trip to the range or with your first firearm purchase. Now, most shooters don’t have that luxury.
My fear is that shooters starting to take an interest to firearm ownership will lose interest because ammo is so hard to find. As pro-freedom citizens, that’s a danger that makes the current ammo situation extremely relevant to all of us.