Everybody’s read by now the Orlando Sentinel article about Florida’s “bullet” (sic.) shortages. Is that just a Florida problem? Hell, no.
Since our local Wal-Mart stopped carrying ammo (not foo-foo enough for the Bay Area suburbanites) I’ve been deprived of a handy source for cheap bulk ammo, and have generally bought it over the ‘net instead. So when we went to Tulare this past weekend, I was excited because their Wal-Mart, being sufficiently rural, does stock ammunition.
I mentioned as much to the staff at the Tulare range, and got lots of comments like “if they have any.” WTF? Wal-Mart’s never out of stock of anything!
Sure enough, when I stopped by Wal-Mart the next morning, they had only three bulk bricks of Remington .223, and six each of 9mm and .45ACP, plus a smattering of other calibers. Most of what was on the shelf was 20-round boxes, not their bulk fare. And the fellow said what he had on the shelves he’d gotten in yesterday. That’s a pretty pathetic shipment of ammo if that’s all he got. I took 300 rounds each of those three above calibers and counted myself lucky. Total bill $240 for 900 rounds. Ouch!