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 in 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 principles of supply and demand.
The demand is huge, considering millions of guns 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 for a great way to teach new shooters how to shoot and hunt. Those factors combine to make for a popular plinking round that a very broad population wants to consume.
Quite simply, the demand for .22LR exceeds the supply. Manufacturers are making rimfire ammo in massive quantities, but it's being bought up by eager buyers from all angles. Buyers are lining up at big box stores to purchase the ammo right when comes off the truck, while online buyers have automatic alerts set in their web browsers to notify them when a website updates the in-stock status on particular items so they can be the first to buy.
Unfortunately, those experiencing the most dramatic affects 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? Find out what NRA Members had to say: