No, the lack of ammunition on your dealer’s shelf is not a government conspiracy.

Consider .22LR ammunition. The industry as a whole (all manufacturers combined) is currently setup to produce 4,200,000,000 (4.2 Billions) .22 LR annually. That is running all the machines, full capacity all the time, all manufacturers together.

Without taking the time and large financial risk of purchasing additional, expensive equipment, there is nothing they can do to produce more.

This adds up to 11.5 million rounds of .22LR per day, which is 23,000 bricks (500 rounds) .22LR per day.

There are 80 million gun owners in the States. If 0.03% of them decide to each buy one brick of .22 on any given day, that is a demand for 24,000 bricks, outstriping the entire maximum U.S. production of .22LR by 1,000 bricks that day.

If 0.5% of the American gun owning public simultaneously decides they each want to buy two bricks of .22LR, the entire maximum U.S. production of .22LR is immediately backlogged for five weeks.