It’s no secret that gun owners are having a hard time finding primers at ammunition stores.
The ammunition industry is going through extremely hard times.
The prices have soared as firearms are out of stock.
And this ‘out of stock’ situation holds equally the same for reloading components like bullets, gunpowder, and reloading primers.
Also, the shortage is so vast that the reloading components that are being sold at higher prices are often out of stock.
Whereas, finding primers at reasonable prices is next to impossible!
In this blog post, we will look at the reasons behind the shortage of reloading primers in the market.
The Problem of Hoarding
It’s very possible that primers will be missing right at the instance when they are displayed on store shelves.
The problem here is that reloading primers are often hoarded, keeping in view the supply and demand dynamic.
As a caution, gun owners must buy an extra amount of primers to avoid such a scenario of product shortage.
It’s recommended that you buy a single full case (1000 pieces of primer), or at least a couple of trays whenever visiting an ammunition store. Doing so will also lower the cost of buying primers. But, it’s prescribed in normal circumstances.
Whereas, the current situation is different, in which primers are short, and the prices have hiked.
The COVID-19 Lockdown
Another contributing factor to the shortage of large pistol reloading primers and the ones used for rifles is the recent pandemic.
The recent restrictions on local and international travel, followed by lockdowns and shutdowns across the globe have made a problem.
All that situation resulted in a lot of Americans finding downtime in which they sat free in their homes. This ultimately made a scary scenario and added a bit to the minor reasons why there had been a shortage of primers.
The Civil Unrest in Far-Flung Areas
In the wake of the civil unrest throughout 2020, both new and long-time gun owners ended up buying a lot of ammunition. They did so because of the violent acts on the streets.
In the last couple of months alone, there has been a vast increase in buyers of ammunition. This increase is estimated at more than 6 million new gun owners.
Another important factor in the shortage of primers is the gun owners’ fear of the legal side of the issue.
They do not want an anti-second amendment senate and president in the United States of America.
Tip on Finding Reloading Primers
It’s hard to find primers these days – at a low cost. Even higher-priced ones are not available sometimes.
One of the best ways is to look for them at gun shows. But again, it is an expensive undertaking.
Be regularly in touch and make friends with gun store owners, so you know when the new stock comes in.
Also, you can do a constant search into finding someone that has stopped reloading and is willing to give away.
Concluding the Discussion
The above-mentioned reasons are the most likely in the shortage of reloading primers. As far as the current scenario is concerned, primers will be hard to get this year as well.