Out of Stock? Maybe Not
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is scarce. As the gun debate heated up in December of last year
(that seems like such a long time ago), ammo began selling at unheard
of rates. It didn’t take long.
And it isn’t
just the recreational shooters who are running dry. Austin, Texas’s
7 News reports that local police precincts are looking at at
least a year’s delay in new firearm orders. And they’re
facing similar delays on amunition orders. Rollingwood Police Chief
Dayne Pryor says, “we have adequate supplies right now but
we’re limited to how often we can go to the firing range to
train because we want to be conservative right now.”
an undisclosed location, government employees swim in pools of
.223 like Scrooge McDuck does with his money.
Now, many are
asking when ammunition will be available again. And all we have
is speculation. But I’ve been watching stock levels very closely,
and I’m happy to report that the trend is easing a bit. There’s
ammo available. Even .223.
How to Find
stores and ammo suppliers doesn’t work too well these days.
There are so many people making legitimate inquiries that the phone
lines are busy. I have had great success with the Internet. Whenever
I’m online, I’ll open several browser tabs, log into
sites that specialize in ammunition sales, and hit the refresh button
every few minutes. It is tedious, but it works well.
The .223 pages
are telling. Most of these sites (this week and last) have occasional
options, but they’re oddball bullet weights, or high-end offerings
that are selling for close to $2 a round. And they come and go.
Take last night,
for instance. Lucky
Gunner, at 8:45, had Speer Gold Dot .223, 20 packs, for $1.75
a round. Not bad. If you have to have some .223, you won’t
9, I checked again, just to make sure I had the brand information
right, and there were 13 tins of Tula.
I bought one, typing like a mad man to get all of my information
entered, and by the time I was finished with the transaction, there
were eight left in stock. Then three. At 9:09, they were gone.
But they were
there. When I talk to someone who says, “There’s no
.223 for sale,” I know it’s an exaggeration.
The Tula sold
for 71 cents a round (500 rounds). Some discerning shooters will
not put steel cased Tula into their AR-15s. I’m not passing
judgement, myself. I bought a tin. I’ve had good luck with
Tula. It is my ammo of choice for the AK.
are other options
This past weekend,
I had my feelers out. My right-hand-tactical-man came through. Jacob
sounded like an auctioneer on the phone. Ijusttextedyoualinkbutyougottagettherequick.
I had the page up and the order placed in well under a minute.
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