I live in South Carolina and have visited several gun shops as well as stores that carry firearms and ammunition. All are pretty much the same – no semi-automatic firearms (centerfire or rimfire), no magazines, and several calibers of ammunition virtually absent.
With the threat of a new Assault Weapons Ban just over the horizon, there has been a massive rush on guns, magazines and ammunition – specifically AK’s, AR’s and the like. 7.62 x 39mm, .223/5.56mm, and 9mm ammunition have disappeared off the shelves along with .22LR. Any and all magazines holding over 10 rounds are gone or selling online for big bucks.
I felt pretty squared away with all of the above. I felt that way until I suddenly couldn’t buy any more. I have been lucky. Over the past two weeks I have almost doubled my ammunition inventory due to networking with others who let me know locations where shipments arrived.
Most online retailers are totally sold out and are not even taking back orders any more. I have several order in and have no idea when shipments will be made.
Magazines for AR’s, AK’s and pretty much anything else semi-automatic are gone. PMAG’s are selling upwards of $50 on Gunbroker. Crazy. Retailers that get them in sell out quickly.
I have a friend that managed to buy an AR a couple weeks ago and ordered some magazines online. Now he has a wonderful firearm, and magazines – with no ammunition.
Events like this are why we prepare. I sincerely hope that all this “panic buying” is all for not. If you find yourself not in the position you feel you need to be when its comes to guns, ammunition, and magazines – get to it and do the best you can.