In the wake of increasing security concerns regarding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Americans are buying up guns and ammunition at a breakneck pace. After years of suffering from high prices related to overseas conflicts, raw material availability, and incidents in the U.S. that could push forward new firearm restrictions, we were just starting to get back to normal pricing levels. Just in time for a another bank run on lead, copper and brass. Ammo.com just sent over a very interesting data-driven report on the calibers, locations and price increases of ammunition sales in recent days.
Delaware leads the way in volume of ammunition sales with an increase of over 4,200% over normal levels. The current caliber king of the pistol world, 9x19mm, is in the lead for sales volume, while 5.56mm, .223 Remington, and 12 gauge round off the top of the list. And yes, even the ’90’s darling .40S&W is seeing an uptick in some places.
I’d like to ask our readers how well stocked they are in terms of round counts, but that would be an obvious PERSEC violation.
Be careful everyone. And wash those hands.
Update 3/25/2020 – Ammo.com
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the United States, its impact can be seen in every community. Businesses and schools are closed, the market is volatile, and store shelves are empty as the American public scrambles to prepare for the worldwide pandemic and social distancing prescribed by the WHO and CDC.
While people stockpile toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and pantry essentials, they’re also purchasing ammunition at an unprecedented rate. Here at Ammo.com, we’ve seen a significant growth in sales that directly correlates with the rise of COVID-19 and its spread across the country. As we mentioned in a press release on March 6, 2020, we first noticed a 54% sales increase on February 23, as the search term “coronavirus” started to gain traction, according to Google Trends.
On March 10, 2020 – the day confirmed cases in the US reached over 1,000, increasing ten-fold in a week – we noticed an unprecedented 276% sales surge that continued through the end of last week and the weekend, as the virus was declared a pandemic, travel bans were implemented, and the stock market experienced its biggest crash since 1987.
When comparing 22 days worth of sales from February 23, 2020, through March 15, with sales from February 1, 2020, through February 22, our data shows these staggering statistics:
See the data breakdown here (Ammo.com).
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