What the ammo makers are saying

2013-03-17T01:00:00Z What the ammo makers are sayingBY MARK FITTON, The Southern The Southern
March 17, 2013 1:00 am  • 

Hornady makes both loaded ammunition and reloading components. It has issued a statement that reads, in part:

“The current political climate has caused extremely high demand on all shooting industry products, including ours. Empty retail shelves, long backorders, and exaggerated price increases on online auction sites — all fueled by rumors and conjecture — have amplified concerns about the availability of ammunition and firearms-related items.

“If the information you hear doesn’t originate from Hornady Manufacturing, don’t believe it.”

Hornady goes on to say it is not only still producing, but has been ramping up production for five years; it is still making bullets and loaded ammunition and is not being monopolized by the military, which it says makes up less than 5 percent of its sales.

“We are producing as much as we can. … No one wants to ship more during this time than we do.”

Similarly, Winchester Ammunition said it is it doing all it can: “Like many manufacturers in the shooting sports industry, we are experiencing an extremely high demand for our products.

“We are working as hard as we can to produce an increased supply of quality ammunition to meet our customers’ needs.”

Federal Premium Ammunition posted several FAQs on its website. It said, “The current market and environment is causing stronger than usual demand for products in our industry.”

Federal also said it is committed to serving all of its customers, civilians included.

Further, Federal said, “Our facilities operate 24-hours a day. We are continually making process improvements to increase our efficiency and investing in capital and personnel where we have sustained demand. We are bringing additional capacity online again this year.”

Federal said its parent company, ATK, continues “to work seven days a week, making multiple daily shipments to meet the current demand and deliver quality products to our customers.

CCI, a related company which calls itself the leader in rimfire ammunition, also said its “facilities operate 24 hours a day.”

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