I made an out-of-cycle visit to the local Academy Sports store this afternoon. My last visit was about a month ago. At that time, the shelves were sparsely stocked for most ammunition types, except for shotshells. Today, the shelves are nearly full of rifle ammunition. As opposed to my most recent visit, when about the only handgun ammunition in stock was .40 S&W, today there were a half-dozen to a dozen boxes each of 9mm, .380, .38, .357, .40, and .45 ACP, plus .223 and .308 (both the latter absent during my last visit). They are still rationing sales in these calibers to one box per caliber, per customer, three boxes total. .22 LR is still in short supply. The clerk told me that every morning there is a line of people wanting to buy .22 ammunition standing outside the door when they open. They are now getting a little .22 ammunition (CCI and Federal) but it is usually sold out within minutes. He said they had some CCI .22 LR this morning but it was sold immediately. His advice to me was that if I wanted any .22 (I don’t), I should get there about 6 AM and get in line (they are also rationing sales of .22).
The clerk made a comment something like “You wouldn’t have seen this (handgun) ammunition here two weeks ago.” I thought it was unusual that they were displaying the handgun, .22, .308, and .223 ammunition in a different area of the store near the front door, not back in the gun area where it usually was kept in the past.