However, if COVID-19 supply chain problems are reduced, retailers can start importing more ammunition to support domestically produced ammunition supplies. A report this week looks at a company that is working to alleviate shortages. According to Axios, Vista Outdoor CEO Chris Metz says his company has been competing with the United States Mint and other industries for copper. The mint increased its output following a shortage of coins last year.
West Virginia Metro News announced last month that Vista Outdoors was increasing production. Increased production is expected to help, but Oliva predicted that ammunition will remain “scarce for at least another year. Arkansas Business wrote this week that Vista Outdoor doubled the workforce at that state's Remington ammunition plant. Remington was bankrupt last year, disconnecting its capacity.
Different companies then purchased parts of the company, including Vista Outdoor's purchase of the Arkansas plant. Employment there has doubled since the acquisition, the report said. Dan Morton, who operates an ammunition service called Ammo Squared, theorizes that once gun owners had enough ammunition for small arms and self-defense, they began working on building stockpiles for their other firearms. I was lucky enough to stock up on ring ammo, pistol ammunition, AR ammunition, shotgun ammunition by buying something in bulk and some individual boxes until I had an adequate supply.
So why haven't manufacturers invested in the infrastructure needed to keep up with demand? It's a reasonable question, and the simplest answer is that demand for ammunition is often cyclical, making ammunition producers hesitant to invest in improving and expanding their manufacturing capacity.