Empty shelves of ammo have plagued every gun shop and big box retailer in the country for well over a year now. While most common centerfire calibers have become regularly available inÂ recent months, the illustrious .22 Long Rifle remains elusive.
Though .22LR is scarce these days, rumors about its availability have reached Hollywood tabloid proportions. It seems everyone has a theory about where the rimfire ammo is hiding, but it all comes down to the basic principlesÂ of supply and demand.
The demand is huge, considering millions of gunsÂ have been manufactured to chamber the .22LR, and many people own more than one rimfire pistol or rifle. Additionally, the .22LR is light recoiling, relatively quiet, inexpensive and makes forÂ a great way to teachÂ new shooters how to shoot and hunt. Those factors combine to make for a popular plinking round that a very broad populationÂ wants to consume.
Quite simply,Â theÂ demand for .22LR exceeds the supply. Manufacturers are making rimfire ammo in massive quantities, but it’s being bought up by eagerÂ buyers from all angles. BuyersÂ are lining up at big box storesÂ to purchaseÂ the ammo right whenÂ comes off the truck, while online buyers have automatic alertsÂ set in their web browsers toÂ notifyÂ them when a website updatesÂ the in-stock status on particular items so they can be the first to buy.
Unfortunately, those experiencing the most dramatic affectsÂ from this shortage are youth shooters who use .22LR to learn safe and fun shooting practices.
G&A wants to know just who has suffered from the .22LR ammo blues. Have your range sessions or hunting activities been affected by the empty shelves of .22LR?Â Find out what NRA Members had to say: