Up until recently ammunition was relatively easy to find. Up until March 2020, ammo was abundantly found in stores across the nation and at online retailers. Then panic struck and ammunition is almost nearly impossible to find, and several of the retailers took advantage of the situation right away by gouging the prices before they even had reason to.
I won't name them, but they rhyme with deeper than Burt.
Anyway. Herein lies my industry secrets. Insider information about how I get ammo at the cheapest current prices possible. And it's really not that big of a secret if you've given any thought to how markets work.
Generally, there are a few parts of the supply chain. You've got the people who make the individual parts for something. Then you've got the people who put those parts together to make the end product. Then you've got third party people who buy those put together pieces, in our case called ammunition, who then resells that stuff to you and I for a higher markup.
Here's the secret: Cut out the middle man.
By cutting out the middle man on ammunition sales it helps you get that ammo at the price the manufacturer is going to sell it for, instead of the price the middle man needs in order to make profit.
Since the middle men (and ladies) have no ammo to sell right now anyway, we're not doing them any harm by going right to the manufacturer.
There are a couple of websites out there that are manufacturer websites who sell their own ammunition.
Since this whole cough and mask thing started, for example, I've bought off Federal Premium's website on several different occasions (that picture is one of those orders).
Their prices are going up but not at the industry rate. When everyone else is thrilled to have found 9mm ammo at 60+ cents per round with astronomical shipping costs, I'm still able to buy Federal's ammo in the 30-40 cent per round range with free shipping.
While it's not that impressive when compared to February's prices, right now that's a banging deal.
And, making it even better, when you spend $149 or more you get free shipping (at the time of this writing). This means that the price you see is the price you pay without any additional heart attacks in the cart.
An added bonus is that the people who own Federal also own Blazer and Speer. Blazer and Speer both have their own websites with different ammunition in stock as well.
I said above that I've bought several different times, and so far with my latest purchase being on 9-1, I've been able to buy 100 rounds of 380 ACP hollow points, 500 rounds of 9mm target ammo, 100 rounds of 9mm hollow points, several boxes of 223, a few boxes of 22lr, and some stuff I'm blanking on due to lack of sleep.
Another benefit that is great is that they don't limit you on how much you can buy. You can buy all of any specific product until they run out. At least, that's how it works to my knowledge. After all, I did buy that 500 round lot of 9mm without problem.
The way I suspect this works is that they release a product to be made, list the product for so many days or for a set number to be sold, and then after it's closed they make it to sell. I haven't spoken to anyone about this, but assume this is how they're doing it.
I could be wrong, though.
That way they're only making as much as they need and still have enough components, like powder and primers, for the other products.
The websites are as follows:
The thing with the above-listed websites, is that when you're looking for ammunition you've got to check on it regularly because as far as I can recall, they don't have a notify when in stock option.
They may be sold out of what you're looking for one day and have it in stock the next. They're making it as fast as they can.
The only downside to shopping for ammo like this is that it takes a while to get to you. I've only received one of my orders to date. I'd say that you should give it about a month. If you need your ammo quicker, like for a class or something, this won't be the best way.
Another Ammo Maker:
Another one that my buddy has recently used due to my recommendation, is a company owned by Armscor. If you didn't know, Armscor makes ammunition and guns. Something that not a lot of people know is that Armscor has their own website called Advanced Tactical, where they sell parts and their line of ammunition.
My buddy just bought 1,000 rounds of 45ACP from them, and they've got some other stuff in stock, too as of this writing like 357 mag, 40 S&W, 38 special, 38 super, and others (no 9mm or 380 currently).
I have not used them personally, and they don't advertise free shipping, though my buddy did say he got it shipped free likely because his order was so big.
You have to get creative if you want to keep buying ammo during this shortage. The best place I can find is direct from manufacturer to cut out the middle man. I've given your four different options to choose from in this article.
There are others, I'm sure. All you have to do is think about your favorite ammo manufacturer and see if they also sell their own ammo. The bigger ones might and it certainly cannot hurt to check.
And, the added benefit of cutting out the middle man and getting reduced prices sure can't hurt, either.
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