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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:30PM

So where is the ammo?

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9mm bullet ammunition. Ammunition supplies are low all across the country, including at ""The Firing Line"" gun shop and shooting range in Aurora, Colorado on April 29, 2009.

shooting straight • ryan ingle

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I want to address one of the biggest questions we have been getting here at the store: “Why is there no ammo available?” Well, in order to understand the answer to that question, we need to look at the last eight to 10 years.

Ammunition companies over-produced for many years, with exception to high-dollar ammo such as custom rifle and handgun loads. Many of those would be considered an odd caliber. Here’s a good example: Ten years ago, .380 ACP was in that basket. A couple years later, firearms companies started making small lightweight “pocket” guns. The guns were cheap and easy to conceal and became very popular, thus causing a huge spike in demand in .380 ammo. It took the ammunition manufacturers 12 or 18 months to get production up to an acceptable amount to feed the need for .380. Currently, .380 ammo is still in extremely high demand, and if it is not on a shelf at a retailer it is most likely not available. Expect to pay manufacturer’s suggested retail for .380.

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