Big 5.56 Ammo Supply Crunch (Maybe)

One of the first calibers to bounce back after the Great Ammo Shortage of 2020 was 62-grain M855 “Green tip” 5.56 NATO. The reason for this is that literal truckloads of it come from the U.S. Army’s Ammo Plant in Lake City, Missouri, which is sold surplus on the commercial market by Winchester, who runs the plant as a contractor.

Well, rumors dropped from Larry Keane, one of the big bosses over at NSSF, that the White House was aiming to put the crimp on the practice, a move that could make like 30 percent of the 5.56 ammo on the consumer market evaporate.

Meanwhile, both officials with the Pentagon and Lake City have denied there are any plans to halt the current practice, as have unnamed sources at the White House.

Word is Republican Congressmen from Missouri, concerned about keeping good-paying jobs at Lake City– layoffs of up to 500 workers were mentioned if the ammo ax falls– are also leaning on the White House for answers.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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