2020 Ammo Shortage Rumors Squashed by Ammo Company President


2020 Ammo Shortage Rumors Squashed by Ammo Company President

(Image: Screenshots from 2020 ammo shortage video)

When it comes to ammo shortages, the USA has seen several in recent years, but 2020’s plethora of panic points has spurred ammo-buyers to new heights of ammo purchasing. And from that comes ridiculous rumors about the 2020 ammo shortage, which can sometimes get out of hand. Some of those rumors include:

  • Ammo is all being stored in secret warehouses instead of being shipped to customers
  • Ammo production has been purposely curtailed in order to hose the public
  • Ammo makers are only selling to certain buyers

Thankfully, such rumors can be squashed by facts, and Vista Outdoors has seen fit to produce a video to address that. In it, we see Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal, CCI, Speer, and Remington ammunition walking through his manufacturing facilities and telling it like it is. He’s fed up with BS, and I have to say I can’t blame him a bit.

“Hi, I’m Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal, CCI, Speer, and Remington ammunition, and I gotta say, I am tired of all the hate mail, I’m tired of people showing up at our factories, I’m tired of reading the misinformation out on the internet right now about us not trying to service the demand that we’re experiencing.

“It gets really old when I hear and read constantly that our ammunition companies are not making ammunition, or having secret warehouses, we are selling to only specific customers; and after a year like right now where we have hired hundreds of employees to support American manufacturing jobs, all I hear is, ‘We’re not making ammunition.'”

Vanderbrink cites common sense: 7 million new shooters each buying two 50-round boxes of ammo means that 700 million rounds of ammo are being purchased and consumed by folks who were previously not ammo consumers.

Once you add panic buyers and the vile hoarders to that, you have a recipe for an ammo market that’s low on ammo. And increasing production isn’t like flipping a switch:

  • New people must be hired
  • Those employees must be trained
  • More raw materials must be obtained (lead, copper, brass, gunpowder, etc)
  • All while reconfiguring the factories to comply with new “safety” regulations due to the coronavirus

During the video we see the production lines building, sorting, packing, and shipping ammunition. They’re doing their best to get ammo into your hands and mine.

“I wanted to address those rumors because every day I hear something new — and it’s simply not true.

“We’re making all of the ammunition as fast as we can. We really really feel humble that the demand is high for our products, and I ask: Please squash the rumors. You don’t have to believe everything that’s out in the internet.

“We are doing our damnedest to meet this demand.”

Folks ask where all the 22 ammo has gone; he shows it being made by the hopperful. Ditto 30-06, 9mm Luger, and the list goes on.

Not only are they not slacking off; Vanderbrink says they’re making more ammo than they ever have before in company history.

I like this guy, and I liked him more when I heard his closing words in the video:

“On behalf of our thousands of American manufacturing jobs, thank you for your support, thank you for your patience — and please continue to fight for the Second Amendment that we all so love.”

Please share to squash those groundless rumors about the 2020 ammo shortage.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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