Question of the Day: Are You Shooting Less to Preserve Your Ammo Supplies?

The post-Newtown Great Ammunition and Firearms Sales Surge has stretched the country’s supply chain to breaking point. Actually, it’s broken. Shelves are bare. We’re hearing reports that shooters are conserving ammunition supplies by . . . not shooting. Or shooting guns for which they have more plentiful ammo (e.g., .22 caliber rifles and handguns). Is that true for you? One helpful hint: switch to 5.45 X 39. In stock! Another: shoot more slowly. A third: wait. This is America. If there’s money to be made, someone will make it. Ammo’s coming. Eventually.


  1. avatar Jay W. says:

    Unfortunately – Yes!

    1. avatar S.CROCK says:

      yes. 22 only

  2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    I’m only shooting laser beams (LaserLyte trainer), .177 and airsoft pellets right now. I’m definitely getting full value from they money I’ve spent on airsoft rifles and pistols for the kids.

    My plans to start IDPA/IPSC competition are on hold until we get past the AWB/mag-cap battles in Congress. If I do go to the range it’s going to be 20-gauge and 22LR rimfire only. Maybe it’s time to start loading some slug rounds…

    1. avatar Kommando98 says:

      How is that laserlyte trainer working for you? I’ve been looking at getting one for myself. How is the accuracy on it? Close enough for effective training?

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        Full-length reply stuck in moderation queue. Short version is that I like it enough to be thinking about getting a second target module.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          You should use less profanity.

        2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Fsck y0u, you fscking fscker, I say what I want! 🙂

          Dunno, maybe it’s TTAG’s way of telling me I comment too much on the weekends. A mini-review of the LaserLyte system certainly isn’t cause for much profanity, though I could try adding some next time.

        3. avatar Kommando98 says:

          I look forward to reading your mini review! I’m looking at the 9mm one but on hold because of the review here almost a year ago with bad experiences on the 9mm cartridge version. Hoping to throw it in my p226 mk25 when I pick it up in a couple weeks

          A second target module to practice with multiple targets? Or because your first one wore out?

        4. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          K98, if you get one you’ll see that there’s very little chance that a target unit will wear out. I’m looking at a second unit for multi-target practice. And because: fun.

    2. avatar Ropingdown says:

      It’s a great time of year to improve trigger control with one’s favorite pistol. Just equip it with a laser sight (CTLG or other). Have someone spot you as you dry fire your thrice-cleared gun. Have them set a target on the basement wall. Take aim at the center at moderate speed and dry-fire. Any sloppiness in your trigger control will be reflected by the last-minute dance of the laser point. Your spotter can tell you exactly which way you’re pulling the shot. Repeat at the range, with live fire. Helped me, at any rate. And yes, I’m conserving.

    3. avatar tjlarson2k says:

      I’m also using the Laserlyte trainer and the 9mm laser cartridge. Works like a charm. It allows me to train drawing from the holster, different postures, reloading, and shooting whilst moving.

      Seemed gimic-ky at the time, but now it’s worth it’s weight in training gold.

      1. avatar Kommando98 says:

        Good to hear! I’m about to pick one of those bad boys up. You haven’t had any issues with the 9mm cartridge like TTAGs review did about a year ago?

      2. avatar Jim says:

        Good to hear. I’m thinking of getting one of these myself. It’ll help me sharpen my skills while the weather’s foul.

        Honestly, I’m in the middle of the damn snow belt. WHY aren’t there more indoor facilities around here?!

    4. avatar Evan says:

      Lol I broke the bank on airsoft pellets. I have to keep my selector switch off of full fun. I actually shot one of my air soft guns (a Daniel Defense G4) so much my battery melted.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        Hope that was a NiMH battery — my oldest has an airsoft M4 clone with a two-cell (nunchuk) LiPo battery, and I’m far more concerned about him burning the house down charging that battery than I am about his actual use of the rifle. I was sufficiently concerned that I made him a sheet-metal charging station, as burning-carpet smell has a very low Wife Acceptance Factor.

    5. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Just for giggles, I checked the CTD website tonight to see if they had ammo to sell. (Don’t worry, compadres — I didn’t give them any of my money.)

      On one hand, they had American Eagle 40SW 155gr (my practice ammo of choice) in stock.

      On the other hand, they want an aneurysm-inducing $31.19 per 50-box. That is roughly twice the rate I paid for my last delivery of that exact ammo. Yowza. Gotta love demand-based pricing.

      Forget Wall Street — I could be getting a much better return on my investment account if I bought a half-unit (short) shipping container and filled it with ammo any time prices returned to “normal” levels. I’d be doing land-office business selling $15 boxes of ammo at a $10 markup right now and STILL undercutting CTD. A couple more GOP-DNC-GOP-DNC election cycles and I’d be sitting pretty.

      1. avatar Robert says:

        We can only Hope and Pray that we get another Pro-Gun Prez next time!
        Or a shot at a FAIR ELECTION! Too much fraud for me…
        I’ll be stacking Brass & Lead and reloading materials either way.

  3. avatar Concerned_Soldier says:


  4. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    even though I reload yes i’ve been leaning more on my 22 cal

  5. avatar BLAMMO says:

    I’m shooting less but there were the “Holler Days”* and it’s winter now, so the outdoor ranges aren’t as appealing. But I’m not close to my ‘low-water mark’ in any of my ammo, so that wouldn’t stop me. I loaded up, big time, last year.

    * Holler Days – When my relatives get together and yell at each other.

    1. avatar APBTFan says:

      “Holler Days” – I like that!

      1. avatar BLAMMO says:

        When I was a kid, I had a friend who actually thought holidays were “holler days” because of the reason stated above. True.

  6. I am shooting my AK ten times more the my AR.

    I have been shooting my Saiga 12 ten times what I shoot my AK.

    I am having a difficult time finding .22’s.

    1. avatar Tominator says:

      MY AK s are 5.56…..nuff said…however I have enough to last me…..ain’t my first tango over ammo ‘shortages.’

  7. avatar Sean says:

    Yes. I’ll be doing a lot more dry fire.

  8. avatar OHgunner says:

    I reload and have plenty of stock for the next few months. My free time, on the other hand, is much more scarce than the ammo. :/

  9. avatar Hooda Thunkett says:

    Vance’s in Columbus usually has pallets of .22LR bricks on the shop floor you had problems walking around, with more pallets in the back. The floors are now devoid of any .22LR. Only thing they got is 100-rd boxes of unjacketed .22LR for 5 times the cost of the bricks they had 2 months ago.

    1. avatar WK says:

      Heh. Vance’s is something else. I went there right after the recent unpleasantness and they were a mad house. I grabbed one of the last AKs they had

      Checking their website I see they still have stock at their Hebron location (Glocks, M1s etc). Might have to do a road trip in the near future. Or suck it up and go to Blackwing

  10. avatar Cory says:

    Yup. Last batch of .223 I got was 67 cents a round, and I count myself lucky. Didn’t have much of a choice if I wanted to break in my new AR… 22LR is impossible to find here in TN, unless you’re buying match grade ($10+ for 50), and even then, still not too much available.

  11. avatar Fyrewerx says:

    Unfortunately, yes. No more long gun practice. Running low on 9mm,but have ample .22LR at the moment. Unfortunately, the SR22 pistol is having issues with the the magazine not staying in place while firing.

    1. avatar mike says:

      You’re probably using the bigger grip sleeve. The bottom of it is slightly longer/thicker and prevents the mag from easily clicking in place. Either use the normal grip sleeve, or trim a little plastic off the bigger one.

      1. avatar Fyrewerx says:

        Thanks Mike. I am using the extended plates. I’ll try the standard plate first to see if it helps. I had already sent it to Ruger for repair once. It came back working OK, for one day. The mag can be easily pulled out with thumb and index finger without using the release button.

        1. avatar Fyrewerx says:

          I meant grip extension not plate.

  12. avatar Oddux says:

    I’ll go back to shooting .223 when it’s not $0.40 for steel cased and $0.65 for brass cased. Right now, I’m still shooting plenty, but slowing down, working on the essentials of accuracy, and using .22lr which I’m now glad I have 5k+ of.

  13. avatar jwm says:

    Ammo is available in my area. My family commitments are slowing my shooting right now. Yesterday I went to 5 different gun stores and found ammo at all of them. 1 even had 5.56 and 7.62×39. Handguns are what are coming up short. The selection is very small.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Meant to ask you when you posted previously — where did you see the best prices on 40SW?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        I didn’t check prices on .40. I don’t have a .40 cal. But it was available at Milpitas, Target Masters and both of the Big 5’s I was in. I don’t remember if it was at Irvington Arms. As I said I don’t shoot .40.

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          No worries, just wondering if you’d happened to note prices since you mentioned you’d seen it in stock. Guess I’ll have to actually (gasp) go there in person.

          If there’s anything you’d like me to look for at Reed’s, let me know. I’m planning to stop by there later this week.

        2. avatar jwm says:

          No, I’m good. I just found a deal on a mosin nagant that I know the history on and 160 rounds of fmj for 125 bucks. Couldn’t pass on that.

          I want another shotgun, but I’ll wait til the Big 5 flier comes out. Thanks for asking AG.

        3. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          If you happen across another decent Mosin for under $200 with some ammo included, I would absolutely dip into my petty-cash fund to acquire one.

        4. avatar jwm says:

          I’ll keep my eyes open AG. The part that surprises me is that ammo to go is out of surplus 54r and they’re out of fmj for 9 mak. I never thought I’d see that happen. Fortunately I have a stash of both.

        5. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          My prediction: The constrained supplies of eastern-bloc milsurp ammo will be somewhat addressed when the January deliveries arrive at the ports. My guess is that the February/March deliveries will be much larger once the ammo brokers in the former-USSR countries realize there’s suddenly actual demand for the stuff.

  14. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    I’m shooting more than before and I’ve brought along almost 10 new first shooters over the last month. I’ve had people I know ask me to teach them how to shoot and help them find a gun before there all banned. I told them they won’t be banned, but I’m more than happy to help them out. I’ve also been reading and hearing about how there’s an ammo shortage, but I’ve been able to buy all the 22′s, 9′s, 45′s and even 223′s that I’ve needed. I guess my local gunshop bought plenty of ammo because he still has plenty to sell and it’s still selling at his old prices.

    1. avatar Hooda Thunkett says:

      ROAD TRIP! Lat/Lon please? 😀

    2. avatar APBTFan says:

      Bringing new shooters on board is one of the best reasons ever for cutting into your stock of ammo.

  15. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    Well, I’ve always had plenty of odds against me when it comes to going shooting. I have to drive an hour and a half to a Pennsylvania range. Every private range in NJ is either indoors at under 50 yards, membership is full, costs an exorbitant amount of money annually to be a member, or is an hour + drive away from me. Sure, there’s the one public indoor range I could drive 35 minutes to in NJ, but they charge an arm and a leg by the hour because they know they’re the only one remotely in the area. The hour and a half drive is worth it to pay 15 bucks and shoot all day long in PA. I’m going to feel so spoiled when I live in a hopefully still gun friendly state after college.

    1. avatar Air Force TSgt says:

      Have you tried range 14 on Fort Dix?

      1. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

        Ft. Dix is the same hour and a half drive for me. All though I have heard great things about the range. I’ll give it a try this summer.

        1. avatar Air Force TSgt says:

          Yeah, it’s a very good range. Worth the drive, great for very long distance shooting. I almost wish I had a NJ legal long gun to go there.

        2. avatar Gunner442 says:

          I’m a Range 14’er too. I wish they were a 7 day a week operation. I think the numbers would support it.

  16. avatar SCS says:

    Yes, and the weather.

  17. avatar ctay says:

    Yep, will likely need to cancel or postpone an upcoming carbine course as I’m having quite the time finding the ammo. I’ve got enough for the course, but have no intention of using that up without a source to replenish. Might have to wait till Summer …

  18. avatar schizuki says:

    This is why everyone should have one flintlock.

  19. avatar Hasdrubal says:

    Not yet, but I had just picked up 13,000 pistol bullets for reloading before this all happened.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Why 13k? Because 12k wasn’t enough, and getting 14k would just be ridiculous… 🙂

      1. avatar Hasdrubal says:

        Because that was the amount of cash on hand after getting a spare AR receiver set. Would have been 100k bullets if I could afford it.

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          I keed, I keed. I figured it was 50/50 cash-on-hand vs. “that was the dealer’s entire remaining stock”.

  20. avatar Joe Grine says:

    A spam can (1080 rds) of mil sup 5.45 x 39 was $80 bucks five years ago, and was $164 a few months ago. Now its $300 for a tin ?!? That sucks.

    1. avatar Thomas Paine says:

      i know, i bought 5 tins for less than 500 maybe like a year and a half ago. Been shooting this, but man my gas piston is now quite a rusty sonafabitch.

      1. avatar Joe Grine says:

        You are supposed to clean that SOB!

    2. avatar ak74 says:

      I just bought two cans from sportsman guide. $140 a piece free shipping. Not sure when they will have it back on their site.

    3. avatar WLCE says:

      yeah i noticed that too. i bought a bunch of 1080 round cans back in the day when very few people even knew about 5.45x39mm AKs (they were quite rare and only really hardcore gun nuts knew about the AK74).

      I still have a few 1000 round cans of 7.62×39 from the late 90s that i bought for 60 bucks a piece.

      that nostalgia again…

  21. avatar Cellude says:

    Good thing for .22 conversions for AR and Glock. Trigger time on the same firearms just less recoil. This way one can just finished up with a couple of rounds of primary ammo so not to forget what the recoil is like. So yes, in ammo conservation mode.

  22. avatar In Memphis says:

    Im shooting less because Im broke. A new car will do that

  23. avatar Sammy says:

    Higher cal, defiantly. Slowing down on smaller cal. It’s not just availability but prices are kar-razy. I’m considering it a break. I’ll just love it more when I do shoot. When/if things go back towards normal I’ll pick up the pace a bit. In the mean time I’m making every shot count. Meaning I’m concentrating more and starting to get tighter groups. I’m trying to consider the silver lining.

  24. avatar Kaliope says:

    This is exactly why you shoot 9x18mm. I have yet to go somewhere where I cannot find it (geographical location, I mean. Some stores don’t carry it, but every town…)

    1. avatar Thomas Paine says:

      classicarms still has it for 9.99 a box if you get 30 boxes.

  25. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I’m shooting less, and improving my dry fire:live fire ratio.

  26. avatar hans mogensen says:

    Unfortunately yes!

  27. avatar Rob G says:

    Not to pat myself on the back, but I saw this coming well before the election and stocked up heavily on all calibers back in Oct.

    Thankfully, that put me in a good position to wait this out and not get raped by all the insane price gouging that’s going on, but even still, I’m not shooting much at all.

    1. avatar mike says:

      I’ll pat you on your back for you. If I had the money, I would have done the same thing.

  28. avatar Doc Kozlowski says:

    Yes and no. Instead of shooting 9mm, .40 S&W, .223, etc., I’m shooting .22LR. But I’m holding my quality .22LR in reserve.

  29. avatar Farmer bill says:

    Shooting a lot more 22lr thats for sure.

  30. avatar k4R-15 says:

    Sad to say YES! And panic buying has finally affected the reloading supplies in my area 🙁

  31. avatar Kevin IL says:

    Yes. No choice.

  32. avatar Mike in NC says:

    I had already slowed down since mid-summer as local and online supplies of what I considered to be reasonably-priced ammunition dried up. Now, even unreasonably-priced ammunition has dried up.

    As we slowly inch away from the precipice which could have led to a worst-case recreation of spring 1775, I am hopeful that these troubles will pass and we will all be able to resume the enjoyment of a right and hobby.

  33. avatar Ralph says:

    Yes, I’m shooting less. Which makes me sad.

    1. avatar Ropingdown says:

      Sad? Seasonal Affective Disorder. Not enough light in the winter. Specifically, not enough muzzle flash.

    2. avatar Aharon says:

      Buy a Happy Lamp.

      1. avatar Joe Grine says:

        Or happy smoke.

  34. avatar LTC F says:

    I’ve still got plenty of .45 ACP and .45 Long Colt, and plenty of 8mm for my Mausers and FN 49 and it will be awhile until I get down to my basic load on 5.56. What I have cut down on believe it or not is .22 (can’t find any and down to a few hundred rounds) and 7.62 x 39 and 7.62 x 54.

    I reload but there is a big shortage on rifle powders, large pistol primers and small rifle primers.

  35. avatar Nine says:

    What supplies?

  36. avatar dirk diggler says:

    Thankfully, I had some stockpiled and work is crazy right now so by accident, yes, shooting less

    1. avatar Jay Dunn says:

      No, I’m one of those OCD guys who always keeps a year’s supply on hand. Around here the 9mm, .22LR, and 7.62×39 is all gone but there is plenty of .38 special, .357 magnum, and lots of .45 ACP. What gives with that?

      1. avatar Mike in NC says:

        My guess is that revolvers and 7 or 8 round 45’s are less threatened in all the talk of a possible ban than all other semi-autos.

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Respectfully, you’re not really thinking through the likely outcomes.

          10-round mag cap limit: same guns, some with neutered mags, no effect on 1911s.

          Ban on all magazine-fed firearms: bye bye, 1911. Sorry, no exceptions regardless of heritage.

  37. avatar Chris says:

    Definitely shooting my rifles less to not at all. I am down to 150 rounds of .223 with none left at any shop in town. Even the tracers are gone. I have close to 1000 rounds of 5.45 and about half that in 7.62×39. Local stores are imposing limits like bulk, 1 per customer and no more than 3 boxes of any others.

  38. avatar Jason says:

    I quit the gun range and took up archery. Until there is common sense bow control I should be good for a while. I’ll still shoot but I find archery is filling the same niche and is a whole heck of a lot cheaper after the initial outlay.


  39. avatar SKFOX says:

    I’m shooting fewer rounds myself. However my range in PA was absolutely packed today.

  40. avatar Lars says:

    Ammo will be back in full force at pre-ban threat prices by spring or summer, reloading supplies will be back more sooner. This is normal for the biggest and most shameless gun grab in American history. Not enough votes in congress to pass and Obama is not stupid enough nor has the support to use executive power. Biden is barking loud, he has no bite. Now state by state is different, if you have a gun-hating gov and house expect many local bans to go through.

    1. avatar Rabbi says:

      I took nearly two years for ammo supplies to be back to “normal” after the first obamination election. The current run on guns and ammo is far worse. I predict that recovery will be as well.

      1. avatar WLCE says:

        before his re-election, prices started to normalize too 😀

        …then he got re-elected, demand increased, many online ammo retailers were out of stock, and then sandy hook happened, and a industry that never optimally recovered its stocks found itself hit with the holy wrath of god.

        folks can downplay it all you want but this shit is biblical.

  41. avatar APBTFan says:

    The only caliber I’ve shut down for the time being is 7.62×39 because I let myself get way too low and didn’t have the samolians to stock up before it became golden hen’s teeth. Fortunately I stocked way the hell up on .223 components months ago. Same with all my pistol calibers although I do have to get off my ass and melt down some of 200 pounds of wheel weights I’m sitting on.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Where do you get your lead wheel weights? I’ve heard any number of people make glib statements about doing so, but never any specific info on how/where they get theirs.

      1. avatar Ivy Mike says:

        Lead off eBay is often reasonable, because all the lead they can stuff in one of their “Flat Rate” boxes is the same shipping price as feathers.

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Good to know, thanks. Those USPS flat-rate boxes are like $5 Little Caesars pizzas — not sure how they make money at those prices but it’s a nice option to have.

        2. avatar Ivy Mike says:

          I doubt they make money (on the lead packages), and the mailmen hate them. LOL

      2. avatar APBTFan says:

        I’m a seriously lucky bastard when it comes to wheel weights. A lifelong buddy works at a tire/auto shop and I worked there for a while too so I’m in good with the management plus I do a lot of electrical work on their 60+ year old building for a good rate.

        The best part is they do tires on tractor trailers and those wheel weights are the best – big fat chunks of lead mean way less clips to scoop out of the pot. I’m cheap enough I’ll even melt 1/2 ouncers so the biggun’s are great.

        I use a cut up muffin pan to cast 2 pound slugs and sometimes sell them on backpage when I have too much. Are you in Arizona?

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Thanks for the insight. Kind of reinforces my perception that the easiest way to get them is through a good relationship with a wheel/tire shop. Second best seems to be knowing a scrap-metal recycler.

          If the question regarding locale was directed to me, I’m next door in CA.

        2. avatar APBTFan says:

          AG move to Arizona!

          If you go to a scrap dealer DO NOT use lead plates from car batteries. Bad stuff.

        3. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          It’s a pleasant thought, as I love the southwestern US, but unfortunately my career opportunities are in Silicon Valley. The “geek” part of my pseudonym wasn’t chosen randomly. 🙂

  42. avatar Angel says:

    Shooting much less. Not cause I’m low on ammo, but because I don’t know when the shelves will be refilled. Plus all the local ranges have been packed everytime I go.

  43. avatar Accur81 says:

    Shot 500 rounds in the last week, a combo of work ammo, an informal competition, and .22 LR. Will be slowing that down to almost exclusively .22 LR and 12 gauge bird shot. And maybe some .177. I’ve got a Umarex clone of an M&P that’ll shoot around 2″ at 7-10 yards. Hey, why not?

  44. avatar Blake says:

    I went to the range and put a few rounds through my brand new Ruger Gunsite Scout. I would like to have put more rounds downrange (that bolt gun can really chew through ammunition) but since I don’t know when I’ll be able to replace what I’ve shot, I kept the round count down.

  45. avatar tron says:

    Can’t shoot what I don’t have…

  46. avatar Jeff O. says:

    Only because it’s freakin’ cold out and it’s been actively raining or snowing the past few times I had time to go.

  47. avatar Jim says:

    I’m shooting less partially because ammo is so scarce, and partially because I don’t have access to an indoor range and the weather SUCKS.

  48. avatar Dracon1201 says:

    Shooting .22, 7.62×54, the stores around here have Tula in 7.62×39 for cheap (.35 per round) and… Wait for it… Paintball! At (.02) per round with a paintball pistol with 7rd mags, it is actually a pretty fun training aid, and I can have live fire practice against other people using battle rifle style rigs.

  49. avatar Jan says:

    Just got back from an idpa classifier. Not really less but personal stash is running low. Even 22lr is hard to find where I am.

  50. avatar Aharon says:

    I plan on learning how to reload and shoot more if possible. Otherwise, it’s time to break out my Trumark slingshot that I’ve never used. Steel and marble ball ammo is available with 672 white marbles (½”-size) selling for only $19.

    1. avatar Joe Grine says:

      I killed a water mocassin snake with a wrist-rocket and a marble when I was twelve. I was on a Sierra Club backpacking trip with my dad. Needless to say, some of the Sierra club hippies were not happy with me, and they really chewed out my dad when he was out of my earshot. I was completely baffled by the whole thing, because in my mind I had saved one of those hippies from getting bit. Later my dad told me that he thought it was a hell of a shot – as I had hit the snake right in the back of the head where it connects with the “neck.” (for lack of better words… Do snakes even have necks?). 20 some odd years later, I remember it as a good memory, and I have a healthy respect for wrist rockets as a viable survival weapon.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I’ve been making slingshots since I was a kid — good ones. Powerful and accurate. Unfortunately, under MA law, making a slingshot is a felony. Can you believe that sh!t?

  51. avatar DisThunder says:

    Yep- and I even have a ton of 5.45 stored up!
    I’m worried that might be one of their PR wins, actually; banning import ammo. So, I’m keeping my spam cans sealed until this sorts out.

  52. avatar Jeh says:

    Yep…still got 3 full mags on me. Been atleast a month.

  53. avatar mike says:

    Nope. Always maintained a good stash before the SHTF in 2012.

    Never rely on retail ammo stock being there when you need it. In good times or bad.

    When even the “lowly” 22LR have disappeared…. you know the game has changed.

    1. avatar Aharon says:

      Is this the ‘change’ Obama promised his supporters during 2008?

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        I figured his change would be unprecedented deficit spending.

      2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        It’s not the change I was hoping for, that’s for damn sure.

      3. avatar Joe Grine says:

        No, Obama promised to makethe U.S.A. a third world country. He is succeeding.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Hey, it’s change you can believe in.

  54. avatar Matt Berry says:

    Sitting on my small stash of .223 and .308

    Lots of dry fire practice with the rifles, a little bit of pistol live fire.

  55. avatar johnmackay70 says:

    Just bought a cheap Ruger Hawk air pellet gun (.17) today. Because of the cheap trigger and the way the firing mechanism works it seems to exaggerate any deficiency in my trigger pull, so I am now working on that, and best of all, I can legally fire this in my yard, so I am about to do a bunch more shooting. It is single shot, so it forces me to slow down, really think about what I am doing and make each shot count.

    Best of all – 750 pellets at wallmart for about $8

    1. avatar Aharon says:

      This is a good idea. An air rifle. TTAG needs to post article on air guns.

  56. avatar Mercutio says:

    No, I’m shooting less because the National Guard kicked the public off the only range on my little island. Going on two years now and their excuses for not letting us back on are on the level of the ‘dog ate my homework’.

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Time to find a new island.

  57. avatar TheAngryChimp says:

    Yep, all I’m doing now is sitting around shooting the sh!t…..

  58. avatar Justice06RR says:

    Shooting less sucks, but sometimes we gotta do it until ammo becomes more available again.

  59. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    I’m shooting less because it’s frikken cold out. But it does seem like good timing – hopefully the ammo shortage thaws out with the snow.

  60. avatar Paul W. says:

    No. I’m not shooting at all, but that’s because I’ve got a newborn and my wife’s at work while the range is open so I can’t go shooting 🙁

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Just get the kid some tiny earmuffs — NRR33 — and stash the baby in your range bag.

      1. avatar Paul W says:

        do they make actual ear protection in infant sized? All I’ve seen are crappy earmuffs that won’t really do much at an indoor range (too damn cold right now to want to shoot outdoors).

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          The first two links from Googling “infant sized ear protection.”

  61. avatar Jon R. says:

    Since guns and ammo are so freaking expensive and hard to find I just bought a SOG trident tanto folding knife, gonna spend the next few months cutting boxes and whittling wood to blow off steam, at least until my S&W M&P shield finally arrives and then I’ll have to try and find some ammo to break that in.

  62. I bought a .22 thinking it would make for inexpensive practice. Haven’t been able to shoot it yet because I can’t find ammo.

  63. avatar TacticalDad says:

    We are just now coming up on the first gun show in my area south of Seattle since Newtown. It’s going to be real interesting.

  64. avatar tdubb says:

    So, glad I invested in a reloading setup this Christmas. I mostly shoot .22, .38/.357 so no I really haven’t not slowed down. Still competing each week. As long as this doesn’t go longer than a year. I think I’ll stock up on more components when I can though.

  65. avatar JustAJ says:

    Short answer – Yes. Long answer – hell yes.

    When simple 9mm FMJ is running $.36 a round, you know there’s problems. But hell, the only 22LR I can find is upwards of $.15 per round and doesn’t have enough velocity to run my Sig mosquito.

  66. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:


  67. avatar bontai Joe says:

    Right now, I’m shooting .177 pellets only. Partly to save ammo inventory, but mostly because of a severe right thumb injury last summer that has not healled well. Recoil hurts! Thankfully it is slowly getting better.

  68. avatar EO GUY says:

    Shooting alot of trap loads out of my Semi Auto 930. I reload for trap and have a large supply of components so I am practicing with trap loads instead of 00 buck and slugs.

  69. avatar zeos386sx says:

    $300 a tin for 5.45 is BS!

  70. avatar Robert M says:

    I haven’t slowed down much yet but then again I had 6 months of 22 LR stocked pilled before things went crazy. I hope supplies start to improve in a few months but with the fact that wal-mart isn’t ordering ammo until the mess in DC is cleared up some. I might have to slow down or stop to save resources.


  71. avatar Bob says:

    Talked to the employee at the ammo case at Walmart (no 9mm at all, just a few small boxes of expensive .22) shelves 1/2 bare. Said he has a friend who is a manager at Academy and 2 days ago there were 40 men waiting at the front door for the 8:00 A.M. opening so they could grab whatever ammo came in.

    He remarked that he couldn’t believe what he saw: 40 men literally running to the gun counter for ammo. The staff spread the new supply on top of the gun counter, they didn’t bother putting it on the shelves because they knew most of it would be gone in a few minutes.

    Kind of crazy. Why such an ammo run, there hasn’t been a peep about restricting ammo except for New York and maybe a couple of other states, but not here in Central Texas.

  72. avatar Shaun L. says:

    I live in the country and I’ve started trying to use my crossbow to get the nasty opossum scourge under control….. Key word, TRYING…lol.

    Aside from that mostly just sticking to .22 or what I can snag off the shelves at the LGS without dipping into my supply. My rules for when my friends come up to shoot have changed as well. It used to be either bring cash or ammo if you want to shoot, now it HAS to be ammo. Cash won’t buy what isn’t on the shelves.

  73. avatar coulphil says:

    Yes I am shooting less.

    The calibers I shoot are 22LR, 9mm, and 308/7.62×51. All of them are at about 250% more than they should be selling.

    I opt for the, wait till supply catches up, approach. See no reason to encourage greed. It is the same philosophy I use when I vote. Bad enough I can do little about the politicians power grabs except vote them out.

    But that even depends on voter turn out. I figure when enough people get personally hurt they will take action and get up off of their collective butts and go vote. Just hope it isn’t too late by then.

    A concerned Chief,
    ADC USN/Ret

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