Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 8, 2013

Bullets in short supply; producers swamped

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. —  

Guns are plentiful, it’s just that bullets are in short supply.

Sporting goods dealers and gun store owners say manufacturers are running out of ammunition and production can't keep up with demand.

“Everybody is hoarding,” lamented Dennis Salem, owner of Sporting Goods Discounters in Richland Township, Pa.

He said the government is hoarding ammo and now gun owners are hoarding bullets out of fear that there will be a shortage.

As a result, ammunition manufacturers are reporting a backlog in orders of up to four years.

“Every drop of ammo they can possibly make is sold for the next four years,” Salem said.

Gander Mountain, a large hunting, fishing and camping store, also is having trouble supplying ammo for its customers.

Customers who call for hunting supplies are greeted by a recorded message:

“Due to the high consumer demand for ammunition, in-stock levels of handgun, centerfire rifle and rimfire ammunition are below our typical in-stock levels.”

Fewer bullets means higher prices.

Instead of a brick of .22-caliber ammunition selling for $19.95, on the Internet a purchaser might pay more than $100, Salem said.

Salem said he’s forced to ration bullets, limiting customers to one box each.

That’s because manufacturers are shipping less.

“Instead of 500 boxes, we get 10 measly boxes,” he said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pa.

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