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Monday, April 27, 2009

Ammo Shortage Bubble

Ammunition, like all commodities, is subject to supply and demand. Currently demand is at preposterous levels, and ammo prices are ridiculously high.

Being a true redneck chicken-wing eating extremist, I was well stocked with ammo before any of this ‘fear buying” set in. Recently I just had to go and buy a pistol of a caliber for which I had no ammo in stock; not one of my brighter moments.

Three times I have waited for the .38 Super “in stock” flag to go up at Cheaper Than Dirt. Three times, I promptly put orders in for modest amounts of ammo, enough to break the gun in. On the fourth day after each order, I get the following email:

“We have been notified by the drop ship warehouse that the following item was unable to ship on your order due to depletion of inventory.

If payment was made by personal check, money order, or cashiers check, a refund check will follow by mail.

If payment was made by credit card, your credit card will be refunded.

ITEM # 34025 .38 Super Fiocchi Handgun Cart ridge, 129-Grain Full Metal Ja
Quantity Ordered: 5
Quantity Shipped: 0

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to serving you again in the future.


Cheaper Than Dirt!
Customer Service Department “

BAH! I give up. It looks like my new gun will be a “safe queen” until this ammo bubble bursts.


Michael said...

I hear you, brother! It's been heck finding ammunition to feed my .44 Magnum. That poor Model 29 hasn't gotten to come out and play for quite some time, and my little bit of squirreled-away .44 Mag and Spl has been dwindling as I have still shot a cylinder or two from time to time, even though I haven't been able to find ammunition. I've been saving brass, and I know I can get bullets... this is not the way I wanted to start reloading - because I have to. In fact, that just sucks.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Hey Michael, thanks again for stopping in. Yeah, I may just drop all of my practice down to .22 caliber. At these prices, I hate to burn any centerfire that I have on hand.

Jay G said...

They'll ship ammo to IL?

You've got one up on MA then...

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Hi Jay G!

They will ship anywhere in Illinois, EXCEPT Cook County (which has roughtly 1/2 of the population of Illinois)