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    4-H urged to switch to air rifle/pistol due to ammunition shortage

    4-H urged to switch to air rifle/pistol due to ammunition shortage

    We have written before about the severe ammunition shortage ever since Democrats announced broadened gun control plans, with store shelves almost bare.

    Reader Danelle writes about a shortage of .22LR ammunition affecting youth shooting groups:

    As you know, one of my other jobs is teaching youth shooting sports disciplines. This morning I was included in the forward of this letter from Federal Ammunition sent out to our State Shooting Sports directors. For many years, Federal has provided good pricing and great service to help out our youth programs. My program was fortunate to have a small stockpile last fall, but we’re jealously guarding it. Fortunately, we already had an air rifle/air pistol program in place.

    The entire letter from Federal Premium Ammunition, a division of ATK in Minnesota, is embedded below. The key part is (emphasis added):

    There are a lot of programs that simply cannot get .22LR ammo in the market right now, and we are painfully aware that many of these programs will have to shut down as a result. We are looking at options to try to help, but every option is painful to someone. We are seeking concessions from some of our biggest customers to try to get more ammo to youth organizations, but I don’t know if that will be successful or not.

    Many of you have already taken action, but for those of you that have not yet I would strongly recommend that you encourage clubs to direct kids to shoot air rifle/pistol this season rather than .22LR. (Keep in mind that we don’t make or sell any air rifle products.) I have also heard from a few clubs that have created their own new disciplines- shooting 17 HMR at 50 and 100 yards for example- to take advantage of equipment and ammo that is readily available. Flexibility during these crazy times is a good thing.

    Federal Ammunition Letter to Youth Groups re Ammo Shortage

    Danelle included this photo of her daughter on the range:

    4-H Shooting Daughter


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    BannedbytheGuardian | March 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Actually , I ( hypothetical ) don’t really want those 47%. Either. so I should let these social divisions & the anger grow. I have already let out 2,200 criminal illegals like Castro . I would be happy for you to track them down & shoot them for us. Our hands will be clean.

    It will like Dr Zhivago out there without the trains.

    Henry Hawkins | March 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I already had a full stock of .22LR, .32, .35, and .38 before the shortages started, thank goodness, but it’s dragging on so long that I’ve put the range on temporary hiatus. A buddy is teaching me reloading.

      But, Henry, even reloading supplies are scarce, including presses and dies. And you still need brass, powder, primers and bullets.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Towson Lawyer. | March 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

        Think “capitalism”, wherein production follows the market of needs. My buddy is a master machinist. He can make presses, make dies, make every bit of it. This may seem extreme, but only by pre-shortage standards. Even if Homeland Security bought up all the steel, iron, and brass stock, we could still mine and forge our own. Where there’s a will…… Necessity is the mother….. Etc.

    no need to buy ammo to kill supply, just buy all the primer material.

    […] week Federal ammunition contacted youth groups and told them there was no .22 ammo to be had, and not to expect that to change for awhile.  In fact, Federal suggested they look to airguns as […]

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