Critical ammo shortages affect U.S. military stocks

The surging nationwide demand for popular rounds of ammunition has virtually eliminated the ability to purchase them in any quantity, thereby affecting firearms training and recreational shooting across the country, as well as the supply of ammunition to the U.S. military which relies on commercial manufacturers.

“The small-arms ammunition situation in this country is currently very bad,” said John Farnam, who runs Defense Training International.


DTI provides training in defensive weapons and tactics. As one of the top handgun instructors in the world, Farnam has trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police clients.

He pointed out that such popular rounds as 9mm and .223 calibers (same as NATO 5.56mm) “are virtually unavailable in any kind of quantity.” Both of these rounds are popular for training and are the backbone of what the U.S. military uses.

“The military relies on the retail level for their supply of ammunition and even the military has a problem getting it,” Farnam said.

There are indications that the U.S. military is looking abroad for the components that make up a round

via Critical ammo shortages affect U.S. military stocks.


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