Whether it's for recreation or protection, the most popular ammunition is in short supply these days - and what is around costs much more than it used to.
The ammunition that's scarce is the type that used to be most common - 9 mm and 22 lr.
There are gaping holes where ammunition should be on the shelves at Woodbrook Sports and Pro Shop in Albemarle County.
"It's just a big demand on ammunition and a short supply. The demand is far exceeding what manufactures can produce," said Vicki Hale, co-owner of Woodbrook Sports and Pro Shop.
Hale says it is a daily issue for her and her business.
"My first phone call in the morning is 'Did you get a shipment of 22 [lr] or 9 mm or 40 [cal] or 45 [acp]?," said Hale.
They are the most popular calibers and the hardest to find, and this isn't just a local problem in central Virginia – it's nationwide.
Woodbrook Sports and Pro Shop received a delivery Thursday, but not with any of the high-demand ammunition.
"We deliver a lot of ammunition," said Todd Rimel, a Southeastern Freight Lines truck driver. "We've noticed a big decline on it in the past six months or so."
Hale says it's affecting everyone - from gun buyers to public safety officers.
"I had a jail call me the other day from Northern Virginia looking for practice ammunition," said Hale.
Prices are skyrocketing on the ammunition that is available.
"There are people going in and buying it and reselling it for three times the amount that they are paying for it," said Hale.
Hale says shooters should slow down their purchases so manufacturers can catch up. She hopes shelves will be fully stocked by September.
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