Over the weekend I got to talk with two close friends who work in the firearms industry. They have many years of experience and both have worked for different companies over the years. The US firearms industry is not that big a club. A lot of the professional people know each other. My friends are in contact with a lot of people.
I figured these would be the ones to talk to about ammo shortages. In short, they have no solid answers.
Here’s what I could get from them. A certain percentage of the shortage is real. Part of the shortage is a result of the same type of thinking that caused toilet paper shortages. When people see it on the shelves, they buy it all. However, my friends would not even guess the percentages.
There are a lot of rumors out there, but real hard numbers and solid answers are in short supply. Your guess is a good as mine.