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Where Can You Find Ammo Right Now?

The ammo shortage rages on. Over the weekend I went to the local big box sporting goods store just to see what could be found in terms of ammo, guns, and gear, with the goal of reporting back on my results.

In terms of guns and accessories, they had the usual stuff in stock. They had plenty of handguns of various types, both new and used, as well as several different types of long guns in stock.

In addition I was able to purchase a couple AR-15 mags and a few other accessories like a Maglula Uplula mag loader–which is something I've wanted for a while but never pulled the proverbial trigger on.

As far as ammo goes … ya know.

Zero change in that department.

I was able to walk away with a couple 357 magnum hard cast 180 grain boxes of ammo, but that was about it. The rest of the stuff they had were for odd ball rifle rounds.

In addition to the big box stores, it seems like finding ammunition online right now is also still hit or miss–with more misses. You can still get lucky if you time it right on one of the big manufacturer websites like I mention here, but it's now more about timing than anything.

So how do you find ammo right now?

I'm sure that none of what I've said up until this point helps you at all. Ammo is hard to find, but all is not lost.

For me, at least in my area, it seems like the couple of local stores who buy from the smaller, local manufacturers are the best bet for finding ammo. Just about every state has small ammunition manufacturers who are still producing.

They just don't produce the same amount that they used to.

Because they're small-time makers, they don't usually sell to the big box stores like the above mentioned Sportsman's Warehouse.

Instead, they sell to the local shops who are run by moms and pops.

This is great news for us because you can develop a relationship with these people and find out a lot easier when they get deliveries.

Of course, this is really only good for if you're shooting 9mm, 45ACP, .223/5.56 and maybe .40S&W, as these smaller manufacturers don't have the money to spend on tooling up for other calibers.

Some tips:

Make sure that, if you're on social media, that you follow these local stores everywhere they have a presence. If they're on Instagram, like one of our local stores (below) who still get deliveries, follow them.

Here is one of our local stores who also just happens to get ammo from a local manufacturer, and this was a post from just this past week as of this writing:


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Same with Facebook and the other social media.

Also, go into these stores and strike up conversations with the people. Be friendly. It'll get your further.

If you're not on social media, ask if they'd be willing to send you a text or call you when they get ammo in. It can't hurt and having like-minded friends will only help you out in the long run. I've yet to pop into the above local gun shop because time is always an issue, but I will be soon.

Have you had any luck finding ammo in your area lately? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Responses to Where Can You Find Ammo Right Now?

  1. N. Buford March 1, 2021 at 5:31 pm #

    Josh, the ammo shortage is real but I’ve recently found out in my area that the circumstances aren’t the only reason for lack of ammo on the shelves.
    A friend of mine went to the local big box store on a Sunday morning for fishing license. While there he noticed there was no ammo available so he inquired about shipments. After some questions it was told that a local couple hits stores in the area each morning early & they both buy their limit.
    They purchase a 20 rd box of 30-06 ammo for $18 & resale it online for $40-$60!
    If anyone knows some of the bottom feeders that are fattening their pockets on another man’s desperation, it would be very acceptable in my book to encourage them with a bit of gentle persuasion that this isn’t healthy business.
    Also, if we as buyers could possibly just stop buying for a month or two some of these people would begin to get desperate to just get their money back. 🤣

    • K. Rodriguez March 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm #

      Agree with N. Buford.

  2. Adam March 5, 2021 at 6:31 pm #

    In my area over the last several weeks, I haven’t had any problem finding 9mm, 38, or 357. It’s expensive, but it seems to always be available when I want some. If I had to say so right now, for me there isn’t currently any shortage.

    • Joshua Gillem March 8, 2021 at 7:25 am #

      That’s good to hear. Hopefully things will start to straighten out a bit now.

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