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Foreign Dependency, Ammo shortage and price increases of 2014

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Dec 5th, 2013
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With the start of 2014 as we ring in the New Year we will also be ushering an increase in ammo prices and a second shortage. For those who haven’t otherwise heard the last Lead Smelting plant in the united states will be closing it’s doors December 31, 2013. It has been around since the late 1800 and after tightened EPA regulations on lead emissions they have decided it is too risky to spend 100 million dollars to retool their factory to meet the now 10 times stricter standard set forth then previous increases. As a result they will liquidate their factory and the USA will no longer be able to produce ammo without foreign entities.

From a basic level this means the prices of domestic ammo such as lake city, Winchester, etc will rise to accommodate the cost of shipping. As a result the price we pay for ammo will increase. As well the changes will create more panic buying and ultimately lead to prolonged shortages. Already when you look at the ammo cases at Walmart it’s hit or miss and the price haven’t returned to pre-sandy hook ranges.

From a national security standpoint we are in a bad place. Current there is no steel smelting within the united states except recycled steel. We will lose the ability to make leads. We will of course farm these activities out to China. Should be go to war with China someday in the future our ability to produce weapons will be gone. One of the things that made America great in World War 2 was the ability to shift our manufacturing might from domestic products to tanks and firearms. That gave us an advantage. Now that advantage is in China’s hands. So with this change we are walking a dangerous tight rope with our national security.

Our Freedom and liberty is also being challenged. For a long time gun enthusiasts have believed the loophole to losing our 2nd amendment right was through ammo. Our firearms are protected but not the ammo. Having to import the lead from overseas quickly tariffs and other federal tools can be put in place to make ammo hard or impossible to obtain. With individuals who are supposed to protect our constitution and liberty, such as Attorney General Eric Holder who was recently arguing to the supreme court that international law trumps the constitution you know we are in for some shenanigans. This is the same guy who brought you fast and the furious when he was at the ATF.

As we make it closer to 2014 Americans are awakening to a renewed desperate fight for our life liberty and pursuit of happiness. It makes you wonder how many people with grit still exist like our founding fathers that can lay it all on the line for something as great as our constitution. It there was ever a need for our founding fathers it would be now. Until that time my advice is to stock up on ammo. Trouble is around the corner and it want’s you unarmed. Guns are nothing more then an awkward club without ammo.

1 Comment to “Foreign Dependency, Ammo shortage and price increases of 2014”

  1. Mister Final says:

    Did you contact those in the USA ammo industry to determine where they acquire the lead they use to make their ammo? Did you determine exactly when pressure was put on USA smeltering plants to upgrade pollution controls or shutter? Did you determine where the brass comes from for the production of casings? Did you find out where brass casings are made? Were you able to compute the greatly increased production of firearms that chambered for 22LR, the relatively low prices for 22LR, the greatly increased demand for 22LR and the lack of same on the shelves of retailers and gun shops? Beyond that, e-tailers seem to have more available supply of most ammo than do local stores. When USA ammo manufacturing is making more ammo than ever, and working more hours to do so, we also need to note that they may not at all be jumping production equipment or facilities. A business simply cannot afford to invest heavily when demand is cyclical, so doing a 24/7 is a lot cheaper, easier and flexible than are new buildings and equipment.

    Scan all the weapons being made to shoot 22LR, and sales numbers for these are also up significantly … as 22LR ammo costs so much less than do other calibers, so shifting to produce more 22LR, which in turn is bought immediately and completely by everyone looking for it, while manufacturers then sacrifice the production of other calibers in an effort to meet the demand for 22LR. It’s all kind of a catch-22 scenario. Today a person probably doesn’t want to shoot 250 rounds at the range in 40, 45 or 10mm … at 50cents to $1 per round … just too costly. I’m finding 9mm at 30 cents per rd to 48 cents for some JHP. So, if ammo sales fall because of prices, and they will, then stock will reach shelves, but the 22LR is going to remain problematic for quite a while … because it’s so inexpensive. Move it to $15/100 and sales will slow when shelves are restocked.

    I’ve been able to get locally all that I use … 9mm, 10mm, 38sp, 357, 40 and 45. I’m stocked on the heavier calibers, and very much so on the 9mm and 38s; the heavy stuff is very costly right now, so I just hold on to it. No need to shoot it right now; there’s plenty available right now, but it’s priced too high, as some vendors are doing what we do in the USA … asking for as much as they can get.

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