It’s going to sound like a sob story to complain about how (a) no one has ammo for sale, (b) those who do have some are severely limiting quantities and raising prices, and (c) it’s putting a crimp on training. But I’m going to kvetch anyway, so pass the cheese to have with the whine.
With a(n Un)limited Supply
My local go-to for firearms and related supplies previously had rationed 9mm ammunition purchases to 100 rounds per week which I find to be reasonable.
$20 a box is definitely more than what I’d paid towards the start of the pandemic ($12.99 according to my shopping history), but again it’s understandable.
At the time I made this purchase, I went by the shop a few minutes before they opened on a lovely Saturday, and noticed that there were three lines set up to enter the store or to pick up an online order.
Turns out that I got to be in the fastest line - the online ammo pickup one.
The following week, the rationing ramped up to 50 rounds per week per customer, and prices also went up by 25%.
.223 (don’t even ask about 5.56mm) quantities went down from 100 per week to 60:
It looks like 5.56mm from Herters was available for very limited time from another online retailer. Not long enough for me to check out, however:
Get While the Getting’s Gettable
Well, I did get another box of 50 9mm:
And this time I went on a rainy Friday afternoon. No line to speak of.
We Did This Before and We’ll Do It Again
Ranges being open while ammunition becoming unobtainium is kind of the reverse of what we had previously when you could buy ammo in larger quantities, but all the ranges were shut due to lockdown.
What did we do then? A lot of dry fire practice with laser training cartridges and Mantis. Honestly that home training did a lot to improve my marksmanship, and it was definitely cheaper than burning up ammo and range fees.
In the meantime, it’s not helping anyone’s sense of anxiety that the scarcity situation seems to only deteriorate, but what’d they say, “Keep calm and keep dry firing”?