Shell shock: Ammo shortage bites industry

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The U.S. shortage is a result of record-setting demand for firearms in 2020 combined with pandemic-related strains on manufacturing and shipping ammo to consumers.

While last year’s toilet paper panic during the sudden grip of the pandemic was a call for concern, at least it was brief. Meanwhile, in the U.S, an ammunition shortage continues to impact shooting facilities, hunting trips, personal protection and even law enforcement agencies – with no end in sight.

Shooting industry insiders say a combination of fear stemming from social unrest, COVID-related manufacturing restrictions and political shifts had greatly contributed to the ammunition shelves in sporting goods stores and ecommerce stores such as ammoband.com being mostly bare.

Dedicated shooters appear to be cause a ripple effect as they snap up and hoard nearly any handgun, rifle and shotgun ammo that becomes available.

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