Where Can I Find Ammo During the Current Shortage?
If you’ve tried to find ammo in the past couple of months, you know firsthand that we’re in the clutches of an ammo shortage. If you can’t find the ammo you need to build your own personal stockpile or replenish your stores, it can throw a wrench in your self-defense plans. While you can wait and hope that ammo returns to a sporting goods store near you in the coming days, you may not feel comfortable with that decision. Fortunately, there are still a few ways you may be able to find ammo, despite the surge in demand.
Why Ammo Is Hard To Find Right Now
Anytime there’s a public crisis, ammo tends to fly off the shelves. This is partly because people want to be able to protect themselves, their families and their belongings during times of uncertainty. As you have probably noticed, the world can become a dangerous place very quickly in the face of a pandemic or other crisis. If you weren’t one of the first people in line to buy ammo when things first started going down, you’re probably having a difficult time finding what you need.
In addition to increased demand, there is also an ammo shortage because factories in the U.S. and elsewhere have been forced to shut down as a result of COVID-19. Massive shut-downs have led to limited production of ammunition. This, in turn, leads to decreased supply and increased prices.
You need to decide personally how much a box of ammo is worth to you. If you have some ammo already, you may not want to pay the current high prices some sellers are charging. On the other hand, if your ammo supply is depleted, it may be worth it for you to buy a few overpriced boxes for the sake of your protection. Regardless of which situation you’re in, here are some ways to stay in-the-know about ammo restocks.
Get on Restock Notification Lists
Many stores offer restock notifications when they get more inventory in. It’s worth your time to look for such notifications online and sign up for them whenever possible. That way you’ll know the moment more ammunition is available for purchase from various stores. Keep in mind that many other people are probably signed up for the same notifications, so you need to act quickly once you’re notified of a restock. Otherwise you might miss out once again.
Look for Online Retailers
You can sometimes find ammo in less-than-obvious places. While your local sporting goods store may be sold out of 9mm ammunition, you might be able to find some from an online retailer. Keep in mind that some retailers take advantage of the current shortage by jacking their prices up unreasonably. As mentioned earlier, it’s up to you to decide how much you’re willing to pay for a box of ammo.
It’s also important to do your research before buying from an online retailer. Make sure the company has been around for a while and didn’t just open last month. You should also check out reviews from previous customers to make sure you’re buying from a legitimate company.
Check Late at Night and Early in the Morning
Many online gun shops seem to restock their inventory very late at night or very early in the morning (think 4:00 am Eastern Time). If you’re motivated enough to check large online gun and ammo shops during these times, you could get lucky enough to buy a few boxes of ammo as soon as it’s restocked. Speed is of the essence, though, since most online shops are sold out of restocked ammo within hours or even minutes. Keep your eyes peeled, act quickly, and good luck.