I got this story in a letter from someone who was once in the industry & who has friends who know he is still very interested. This was apparently in Twin Falls ID.
I went to Sportsman’s Warehouse this morning for 22’s and I must tell you the story. I arrived at about 8:15am for a 9:00am opening and was 15th in line. By the time the doors opened there was in excess of 60 people in line, and possibly up to 70 because the line went around the building out of sight so I couldn’t get an accurate head count. Everyone marched in line through the store to the gun counter which is about half way back on the left side of the building. No one broke file, and remained in line in their proper order so each one would be served in succession. The employees had two large shopping carts full of 22’s behind the counter. Choices included a 500 count bulk box of Remington black solids (like Blazer 22’s. I can’t think of what they call them), Winchester 22LR Plated Solids in the 100 count plastic box, and good old CCI 22LR Mini-Mag Hollow Points. Each person is allowed 3 each of the 100 count boxes, or one bulk box. I opted for the hollow points which cost $7.99/100. That price is getting up there, but what are you going to do about it? Apparently there was enough to supply all in line because I hung around until the line had ended and they still had some left. Donna and I returned after lunch before we went to a movie and they were all sold out.
Now some observations about the waiting line. Many of the folks brought folding chairs because they obviously knew it would be a long wait and have played the game before. One of the fellows said that Sportsman’s had done well the last two weekends and had plenty for all comers. The woman in front of me said she had gotten bulk boxes the last two weekends in a row. There were several conversations going on that were easy to hear, and it seemed to me that quite a few of these folks show up every weekend for their allotment. They all have gotten to know each other, and it has almost turned into some sort of a social gathering. I finally asked one guy toward the head of the line how early he had arrived and he said he was there at 7:40am and was number 6. I don’t know how early the first guy got there, but it must have been before 7:40am. Remember, all of this is just to get 300-500 rounds of 22’s. I really question whether it is worth it. This situation is directly related to the store’s policy of only putting out 22’s on Saturday mornings, and not any other time. The Sportsman’s Warehouse in Nampa just off the freeway puts theirs out whenever they arrive, so there isn’t any waiting line on Saturday’s, it’s just first come first served and good luck Charlie. One of the guys in line was named Robert who I worked with for a while at Solo Cup. He ended up with one of the bulk boxes of solids. He commented to me that he wasn’t sure why he was playing the game anymore because he already had 10,000 at home. (Hoarder). I wonder how many others are doing the same thing. I don’t think this scenario will change into the foreseeable future. Amazing, just amazing. Thought you would like to know.
On the powder front they had lots of IMR4895, 4227, LeverRevolution, and 50BMG. Bullets were sketchy, but you could find something useable, and there were lots of primers for $39/1000. The shelves are loaded with guns and accessories, and it looks like they are starting to get ammo and clothing in for big game and bird seasons. In general prices are sky high. Now you know.