Monday, January 28, 2013

UPDATE: Status of Gun Industry

Interesting status report from Valley Guns in West Virginia:

Status of gun industry

Attention F.B. fans: to follow will be several IMPORTANT Info updates about the status of the gun industry currently, followed by an INVENTORY UPDATE: We traveled to Texas for Industry meetings concerning the shortages, here's what we were told.

Smith & Wesson-is running at Full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols. They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages.

RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days.

FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1. Remington-Maxed out!

Armalite: Maxed out.

DPMS: Can't get enough parts to produce any more product.

COLT: Production runs increasing weekly...bottle necked by Bolt carrier's.

LWRC:Making only black guns, running at full capacity...can't get enough gun quality steel to make barrels.

Springfield Armory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind.

AMMO: Every caliber is now Allocated! We are looking at a nation wide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ of 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by L.E. and civilians are third in line.

MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon.

RELOADERS... ALL Remington, Winchester, CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extra's for reloading purposes... it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up. Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted...

Related commentary from Bob Owens:

They didn’t know when they’d be getting anything back in stock, from magazines to rifles to pistols. Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn’t come close to keeping up with market demand. It wasn’t just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants—of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20—were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone. This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war.

Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the Statists have done more to promote gun ownership than the NRA ever did. Well done, Democrats!

Hat tip: Wanda.


  1. I don't buy that this is just a civilian run on guns. This is the military and civilian sector government gun and ammunition buying. How many billions in "stimulus" has just gone up in smoke?

    You think gun makers care? Especially if they believe they are going to be taken over anyway? Get what they can get and sell out.

  2. Steve Adams11:22 PM

    So who gets priority - DHS or citizens?

  3. Anonymous11:27 PM

    "Everything is fine, everything is fine. Please sit down, we will be landing shortly."

    911 hijacker

  4. So the gun industry is pumping the
    Govt orders out way before citizens
    even get a chance at it?
    Matthew 10:36
    36 and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.

  5. Civilians third in line? Interesting concept. Time to switch gears and think outside the box. Never under estimate the crazy power of a person who has nothing to lose that is wielding a Stihl chainsaw in one hand and a SOG tomahawk in the other.
    In Liberty,

  6. Who are the bolt carriers that don't have enough capacity? I work for a steel company that was just up in Vegas trying to break in this industry. We have capacity to make bolts made with 4140 steel. Can anyone lead me in the right direction?

    1. A lot of the manufacturers our on linkedin. also the NRA show coming in a few month, it is more of a consumer show and I found it is easier there to talk bizz than at SHOT I also might know a few people to call

  7. gun runner12:31 AM

    Molon Labe

  8. coyote5851:37 PM

    25217 Government did not empty every ammo sale shelf in America. Government caused private citizens to empty the shelfs.

  9. Nooooooooo!!!!!! Need mar trree oh ate ammozzz!!

  10. Anonymous5:19 PM

    You guys really need to check and get the facts.

  11. AMMO: More likely a billion rounds a month (not weekly). Annual Output is about 14 billion rounds worldwide.

  12. TimeHasCome12:32 PM

    Being as old as dirt I never thought I would see a 22 rounds sell for 20 cents each like I see on the internet auctions.
    Only a tiny fraction of the population understand these implications . When more wake up ammo will be like Unobtainiam All the ammo you have now is part of your legacy. Gone are days of 1000 round shoot offs.

  13. Anonymous10:49 PM

    For the love of GOD, PLEASE stop using apostrophes to make words plural.

  14. Anonymous7:48 PM

    what is the source of your data?

  15. The Governments plan for gun control is to get all the guns off the shelfs and tap out all the resources by creating a scare thus causing a run on all things guns, and then pass a gun "take-up" law and collect all the guns owned by private citizens. They will be able to find all the gun owners via registration records and send them all notices to turn in their guns or have them confiscated and be prosecuted - Guns gone!

  16. The people did not spend billions on millions of guns and billions of rounds to keep government confiscation centers stocked

  17. Anonymous9:58 PM


  18. Anonymous2:49 PM

    I would like to spread the word but I need references to varify that this is true and so that the people I send it to can also varify for themselves.

  19. What was it that Charlton Heston said while holding a rifle above his head and pledging that he would never surrender it--they would have to pry it out of "my cold dead hands". Hear that assobama...............

  20. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Is this "report" valid? No one I know in the industry can confirm this "status of industry" summary.

  21. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Pretty basic stuff... Same applies to guns. Demand greatly exceeded supply. Going to take a while to catch up...

  22. From Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association

    Dear MSSA Friends,
    I want to inform you about what I think is the most serious threat to our right to Keep and Bear Arms in the U.S. today, MUCH more serious and real than anything Obama or Senator Diane Feinstein can hope to get through Congress.

    Without ammunition, ammunition components, and especially smokeless powder, our firearms are just awkward and expensive clubs – of no real use.

    You may not know that there are only two facilities in the U.S. today that manufacture smokeless powder. All the rest is imported, from Canada, from Australia, from Scandinavia, from Israel, and elsewhere.

    The sole two facilities in the U.S. are the General Dynamics plant in St. Marks, Florida, and the Alliant/ATK plant in Connecticut. Both General Dynamics and Alliant/AYK are giant government contractors. They make aircraft carriers, space vehicles and other VERY high-dollar stuff for the U.S. government.

    If Obama were to lean on the Secretary of Defense to float the concern to General Dynamics and Alliant that their next aircraft carrier, submarine or space vehicle contract might be disapproved as long as they are supplying smokeless powder for civilian consumption and use, those sources would dry up overnight.

    Tomorrow, the Secretary of State could sign a letter declaring a moratorium on the import of smokeless powder while the federal government studies the possible connections to “terrorism” or such. That supply would end immediately.

    These two strokes could be accomplished without any bill ever being introduced in or passed by Congress, and without even an Executive Order – just simple administrative action.

    Some people thought I was prescient when I wrote the Nation’s first shooting range protection act for Montana in 1990 (passed in 1991), and when I wrote the Firearms Freedom Act for Montana in 2004 (passed in 2009).

    I’m warning you now that our RKBA could be sunk administratively if we don’t do something about it, NOW. I’m sounding the alarm!


  23. Part Two of Gary Marbut's Letter:

    That’s why I’ve written HB 468, which will be up for public hearing before the Montana House Taxation Committee this coming Thursday. HB 468 is designed to encourage the production of smokeless powder, small arms primers, and cartridge brass in Montana.

    Why is this encouragement needed? There are serious scale issues with the production of powder (and primers and brass, but especially powder). That’s why there are only two powder manufacturers in the U.S. today. All of the small countries of Eastern Europe manufacture their own smokeless powder, but that manufacture is heavily subsidized by the state as a matter of state security, subsidized to overcome the scale issues.

    HB 468 is an attempt to mimic those subsidies. It includes liability protection for manufacturers, access to all existing economic development programs in Montana, and a 20-year tax amnesty for any such business that starts in Montana (not including local share of property tax – politically undoable). It is because of the tax amnesty that HB 468 will come before the House Taxation Committee.

    We will speak of HB 468 primarily as a jobs bill – that it will hopefully create jobs in Montana, jobs we don’t have now and we hope HB 468 will stimulate.

    HB 468 costs Montana NOTHING in terms of lost revenue, because there are no such businesses in Montana today (and I specifically did not include bullet or finished ammo manufacturers so I could pitch this to the Legislature as revenue-neutral).

    My dream is to create a model (like our Shooting Range Protection Act and Montana Firearms Freedom Act did) that other states can clone to generate regional manufacture of powder, primers and brass across the U.S.

    Does HB 468 actually sweeten the opportunity enough to stimulate the desired businesses here and overcome the scale issues? Honestly, I don’t know for sure. It’s my best first shot.

    I only know that we’d danged well better do something to interdict this catastrophic threat to our RKBA. If I can foresee this threat, the would-be tyrants can foresee it too and act on it.

    I REALLY hope those of you who share my concern will make the effort to show up in Helena on Thursday to speak for HB 468 before the House Taxation Committee. It will meet at 9 AM. If you simply cannot be there, send messages to committee members.

    The important points to hit, in testimony or messages, are: 1) the jobs HB 468 will hopefully create, 2) it costs the state nothing because the tax benefit will apply to no existing businesses, 3) independence for Montana and assist for the finished ammo manufacturers now existing in Montana, 4) the liability protection only extends that protection already in place in Montana law for finished ammunition manufacturers, and 5) the import to our RKBA (I recommend you not hit the RKBA as hard as I have stressed it to you here).

    Thanks loads for reading this through. I really believe HB 468 is IMPORTANT to our RKBA.

    Best wishes,

    Gary Marbut, President
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    Author, Gun Laws of Montana