Like Your Relatively Inexpensive Wolf Or Silver Bear Or Tula Ammo?

David Codrea has an interesting column up this morning in the National Gun Rights Examiner. Given that it is fairly obvious by now that Putin has sent Russian troops into Crimea which is part of Ukraine, what sort of response will the Obama Administration come up with short of sending troops?

How about doing something to screw US gun owners that would also hit the Russians in the pocket book? In other words, a win-win in their minds.

“I had a fellow tell me this morning that he was completely unconcerned about the Ukraine situation, believing that Obama would take the ‘Chamberlain way out’ of confrontation,” Mike Vanderboegh related this morning on his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog.

“No he won’t,” Vanderboegh replied, “he’ll take the Clinton way out — do nothing about the larger issue but he’ll cut off our access to Russian ammunition just like Clinton cut off our access to inexpensive Chinese ammo in the 90s, to ‘punish them for human rights violations.’”

With foreign imports growing to accommodate the already stretched supply of ammunition that has domestic manufacturers running operations around the clock, such a move would not only send an easy and immediate signal that would meet with “progressive” political and media approval, it would also continue with a long-established tactic of the “gun control” movement: punishing peaceable gun owners for something they are not responsible for.

Sure you can get 7.62×39 ammo from other countries including the US. However, checking the prices at and elsewhere, US made ammo will cost you 3-5 times as much while most non-Russian, non-US made 7.62×39 will still cost 2-3 times as much. The only exception is the Romanian made, Century International imported “Red Army” brand of ammo.

I’m not trying to start a run on ammo but think we need to be aware and consider what the Obama Administration might do in the Ukranian situation. I think David and Mike are on to something here.

Expect Ammo Prices To Go Up Due To Commodity Prices

With rising commodity prices of base metals, it will come as no surprise to hear that ammo prices will rise. iAmmo e-news released this letter they received from ATK Ammo Manufacturing who makes the Federal and associated lines of ammunition.

The following is a letter from ATK Ammunition Manufacturing:

ATK Security and Sporting
900 Ehlen Drive Anoka, MN 55303

February 1, 2011

Dear ATK Ammunition Customer:

I would like to thank you for your continued support of the ATK Ammunition brands. We are now into 2011 and continue to see unprecedented cost increases for the raw materials that make up our products. I can assure you that we have invested significant capital to increase productivity and lower costs across all of our facilities. However, we are unable to absorb the rapid increase of these raw material costs.

Due to these historic increases we are forced to raise pricing as follows:

Centerfire Handgun and Rifle 7-15%
Promotional Rimfire 10-15%
Standard Rimfire 5-10%
Shotshell 5-10%
Primers 10%

This increase will apply to any orders shipped after May 1, 2011. The new pricing and programs will be sent to you in the next few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Anthony A. Acitelli
Vice President
Strategy and
Business Development