It’s like 2011 all over again with local and online ammo retailers and distributors. Seeing all of the same things happening, except they are happening faster this time since many more online buyers are using Ammoseek, and have text-alerts for stock status. Main problem is that many, MANY people are over-buying to either stock up for what they feel will be a shortage, or for what they feel will be price increases. Ironically, they are all doing this to themselves, but each individual thinks & buys with only their own needs in mind, hence it’s the same nonsense as the toilet-paper shortage. I am seeing MidwayUSA, TargetsportsUSA, Outdoorlimited, Graf & Sons, and now finally Sports South running out of anything worth shooting. SGammo had to shut down due to being so overwhelmed. Will be a few weeks for them to get anywhere near normal, and a few months to get most of their inventories back. Basically as long as this virus things takes, however long that is. The gray-market on Gunbroker is thriving again, despite their horrible search engine, and Bass Pro / Cabela’s has a HUGE order going with PPU, or Fiocchi, or whomever is doing their Herter’s ammo since they were taking infinite-inventory pre-orders at reasonable prices for 9mm and .223
Meanwhile, at my store - Downeast Ammo, I wont get into numbers, but let’s just say that in the past two weeks I have done as much business as I had done in the previous 12 weeks combined. And these are all local buyers - Bangor area, I have no online sales yet.