Federal Premium Sets Record Straight On Ammunition Shortage

posted on December 20, 2020
Jason Vanderbrink, the president of Federal, CCI, Speer and Remington, spoke out against some of the misinformation that has circulated amongst the shooting community in regards to the ammunition shortage and the role ammunition producers have had in it. In a video released yesterday, Vanderbrink dispelled the rumors that the ammunition producers are not producing ammunition, storing ammunition in secret warehouses or only selling new ammunition to specific customers. The spread of this information through various outlets has sparked undeserved criticism aimed at the ammunition producers.

Vanderbrink stated that this year alone, hundreds of new employees were brought on to increase production to try and meet the huge demand in the market for ammunition. He stated that this year, seven million new shooters have joined the community since March, on top of the millions more customers already in the market. If every new user bought two boxes of ammunition, a conservative estimate, it would mean a total of 700 million rounds of ammunition the three factories would have to produce. 

Producing that amount of ammunition just for the estimate for new users is a massive undertaking and not something that can be achieved in just nine months. Vanderbrink noted that it takes months to train new employees along with the logistics of acquiring the large amount of raw materials needed to meet current demand. On top of that, the effects of COVID-19 mean that the factories have to take into account the health and safety of its employees, which is paramount. Despite what some may think, the factories are indeed making and shipping ammunition and not doing what is suggested through the false rumors. To hear more, watch the video above.

Latest

magazine article image exerpt centerfold gun award bullseye NRA gold ammo black handgun
magazine article image exerpt centerfold gun award bullseye NRA gold ammo black handgun

2021 Handgun Of The Year: Ruger-57

American Rifleman is pleased to announce the 2021 Handgun of the Year Award goes to Sturm, Ruger & Co. for its Ruger-57.

687K NICS Checks On Black Friday Week

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed some 687,788 background checks during the week leading up to and including Black Friday.

Happy Trails Foundation Silver Screen Legend Fundraiser Closing Soon

The Happy Trails Children's Foundation is raffling off a beautifully engraved pair of classic firearms, along with a leather holster and belt inspired by the "Have Gun, Will Travel" TV show.

Pearl Harbor Survivors: M1903 Rifles Salvaged From U.S.S. California

When the battleship U.S.S. California was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, several M1903 rifles still in her hull were salvaged after the attack, as revealed thanks to the efforts of the Archival Research Group.

The Armed Citizen® Dec. 6, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

New For 2021: Bushmaster Bravo Zulu AR-15

Bushmaster Firearms expands its popular AR-15 lineup with five new models in its all-new collection of Bravo Zulu rifles.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.