Old gun owners and new gun owners alike looked on as ammo and gun prices increased dramatically in recent years, and millions of Americans swarmed sporting goods stores to stock up.
Due to the threat of new gun control measures such as bans on semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines, and a closing of the background check loophole, people weren’t just buying guns for themselves. They were buying guns for their children and grandchildren, too.
Pretty soon, .22 LR vanquished completely from the shelves, and other ammo, handguns, rifles and shotguns increased to the point where some people couldn’t afford them. In some cases, ammunition had tripled in price. AR-15s and AK-47s disappeared from gun racks.
But in recent months, people have been breathing a sigh of relief as the price of ammunition has fallen back to its normal levels. ARs and AKs are now in abundance at Walmarts and sporting goods stores alike. And .22s are still more expensive than they were, but at least they’re re-appearing on the shelves.
All in all, almost all ammunition has decreased in price by about 15 percent, and in some areas, it’s continuing to drop. This is certainly good news … at least for now.
There are two questions we need to examine: One, what has caused the price of ammo to rise and fall so drastically, and two, will the now low price of ammunition remain that way?
The reason why ammunition prices increased so much is because of the government’s actions. As we have discussed, people were scared that some guns would be banned and/or required to be registered and that other strict gun laws would be put in action. But that’s not all.
Federal agencies bought ammunition en masse: .22, 9mm, .40, .45 ACP, 5.56x45mm, and .308 were the primary calibers bought in bulk by the government. Ammunition manufacturers now had two problems: They had to cope with increasing demand from both the government and from the people.
Ammunition companies have never produced as much ammo as we saw during the ammunition bubble, but despite them turning out more rounds from the factories, ammo was still expensive and scarce. Previously, American ammo manufacturers had taken up the biggest market share among gun buyers, but now foreign manufacturers were pumping off rounds themselves.
Suddenly, ammo was a rare commodity. A bulk of 500 rounds of .22 LR that would have cost $10 to $15 previously now cost up to $100 in some states. Even so, more .22 LR was produced from 2012 to 2014 than another time in history.
Fortunately, people are now rejoicing that ammo prices have fallen back to where they should be. Will it stay that way? It looks like it will — at least for a while.
But when all is said and done, it’s likely that we could have yet another ammunition bubble. All it takes is a government threat of new strict gun control measures. Another ammunition bubble could be as far away as 50 years or as close as 50 days.
So what should you do? Some may criticize this suggestion, but … STOCK UP NOW.
Ammo prices have fallen to where they should be, and in the areas where they haven’t, they will soon. ARs and high-capacity magazines are once again commonplace. You need to buy your guns and ammo now, while they are affordable. If you wait too long, another ammo bubble will hit before you know it.
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