There are rumors all over that Russian-made ammunition may be banned from importation. The root cause of this rumor is an Executive Order signed by Obama in an attempt to punish Russia for their actions in Crimea. This is what the EO states:
Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in . . . (B) to operate in the arms or related materiel sector in the Russian Federation.”
With the sensitive nature of most shooting enthusiasts concerning government intrusions on our 2nd Amendment Rights – it does not take much to trigger panic buying. Well it has started already. Whether or not the Executive Order actually effects the ability to import ammunition from Russia doesn’t matter as just the hint of it has sent people on a buying panic. The facts are that the EO does NOT ban the importation of Russian ammunition. The EO targets the assets of specific individuals – not products.
Reading over a variety of websites it seems there are some scare tactics being used with statements suggesting that Wolf and Tula ammunition is sold out all over. From the research I have done I am seeing lots of inexpensive steel-cased ammunition available all over:
- The Sportsmans Guide has lots of Wolf and other steel-cased ammo in stock.
- Midway USA has several choices in stock.
- Cabela’s has several offerings in stock.
My local Academy Sports has tons of it as well.
In no way, shape, or form am I suggesting NOT to stock up. Man – buy as much as you can and then some. It is just interesting how unstable the ammunition market can be.