Sportsman’s Warehouse in Fairbanks, Alaska says what used to be a three-week’s supply of ammunition for the store now sells out in mere days.
According to Anchorage’s CBS affiliate KTVA, Alaskan gun stores are feeling the same pinch as gun stores in other parts of the nation right now. In fact, popular calibers like .22 and .308 generally sell out just “minutes” after hitting the shelves in Fairbanks.
Many stores in Fairbanks can’t even get ammo, and this has driven prices up across the board, including ammo sold at gun shows.
Jason Kohfeld, hunting department manager at the Fairbanks’ Sportsman’s Warehouse, said this the not the first ammunition shortage to hit Alaska, but it is being driven to new levels by “insatiable demand.”
We’re doing everything we can to try to get the customers what they want. All the warehousers, the distributors nationwide, they’re allocators now [instead of] warehousers. They get a shipment [of ammo] and it gets split up and goes directly back out the door.
Different calibers are being sent to different places to try to meet demand, but with ammo disappearing just “minutes” after hitting the shelf, it appears there is no end in sight for demand at this level.