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Unprecedented Shortages Of Ammo, Physical Gold And Physical Silver

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All over the United States we are witnessing unprecedented shortages of ammunition, physical gold and physical silver.  Recent events have helped fuel a “buying frenzy” that threatens to spiral out of control.  Gun shops all over the nation are reporting that they have never seen it this bad, and in many cases any ammo that they are able to get is being sold even before it hits the shelves.  The ammo shortage has already become so severe that police departments all over America are saying that they are being told that it is going to take six months to a year to get their orders.  In fact, many police departments have begun to trade and barter with one another to get the ammo that they need.  Meanwhile, the takedown of paper gold and paper silver has unleashed an avalanche of “panic buying” of physical gold and physical silver all over the planet.  In the United States, some dealers are charging premiums of more than 25 percent over the spot price for gold and silver and they are getting it.  People are paying these prices even though they are being told that delivery will not happen for a month or two in many cases.  Some dealers are feverishly taking as many orders as they can, and they are just hoping that they will be able to get the physical gold and silver to eventually fill those orders.  Personally, I have never seen anything like this.  If things are this tight now, what is going to happen when the next major financial crisis strikes and people really begin to panic?

The shortages and rationing of ammunition at gun shops all over America just seem to keep getting worse.  The following is from an article by a gun owner down in Texas named Brad Meyer

If you’d like to see a normally sullen sales clerk chortle with derisive pleasure, just walk into just about any gun range, sporting goods store or mass merchandiser and try and buy a couple boxes of .22 ammunition.

Gun enthusiasts are up in arms about a nationwide shortage of ammunition. Handgun ammo in general is particularly difficult to find – and when you do find it, there are restrictions on the amount you can buy and how much you’re going to be paying for it.

While the list of hard to find ammo is long, .22 long rifle and 9mm handgun ammunition are particularly difficult to find in quantity. And the few places that have it are charging a premium rate and usually limiting purchases to one box, per person, per day.

Many gun owners try to find ammunition by going on the Internet, but things have gotten so tight that now any ammo that becomes available online is often gone within seconds

There are websites where people across the country post links to where ammunition is available – and it sells out within seconds. Not minutes or hours – seconds.

Unfortunately, all of this demand is also driving up prices.  Just check out what Meyer says is happening to the price of standard .22 ammo…

The demand is driving up the cost of ammunition. Six months ago, standard .22 ammo – the most common type of bullet produced in the world – could be had in bulk for around five cents apiece. It is now going for 50 cents or more on some websites – and people are paying it.

But this shortage is not just affecting private citizens.  According to Newmax, police departments all over the nation are dealing with ammo shortages unlike anything that they have ever seen before…

Sheriff Anthony DeMeo of Nye County, Nev., was told his department’s regular order of 50,000 rounds could take up to a year to arrive.

“This is the first time ever I’ve heard that there’s a problem with a law-enforcement agency getting ammo for their agency,” DeMeo told The Las Vegas Sun.

These departments are not alone. Law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia are among many that are having to limit how much they give their officers due to the shortage.

Could you imagine waiting for “up to a year” to get more ammunition?

A recent article posted on had some more examples of police departments that are reporting that there is a massive wait to get more ammo…

Chief Pryor of Rollingwood, Texas says of the shortage:

“We started making phone calls and realized there is a waiting list up to a year.  We have to limit the amount of times we go and train because we want to keep an adequate stock.”

“Nobody can get us ammunition at this point,” says Sgt. Jason LaCross of the Bozeman, Montana police department.

LaCross says that manufacturers are so far behind that they won’t even give him a quote for an order.

“We have no estimated time on when it will even be available,” LaCross says.

This is insane.

What in the world could be causing such an ammo crunch?

Well, certainly the demand for guns and ammo has been trending up in recent years – especially since Barack Obama was elected.

But that doesn’t fully account for the shortages that we are witnessing at the moment.

So what is going on?

Well, some people believe that the federal government is responsible.  It has been reported that they have signed contracts to purchase “up to” 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.  According to Forbes, this amount of ammunition would be enough to fight a “hot war” in America for 20 years

The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice.  It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.  As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month.  Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years.  In America.

Could this be a way that the Obama administration is trying to restrict the amount of ammo that gets into the hands of private citizens?

That is what some people are suggesting.

According to talk radio show host Michael Savage, the ammo contracts that the federal government has signed give them priority over all other purchasers…

What Homeland Security is doing here is they’re issuing a contract to buy up to that amount of ammo if they want it…

It’s a way to control the amount of market that’s available on the commercial market at any time.

If they go to the ammo manufacturers and say give me 50 million rounds, give me another 30 million rounds… if they periodically do this in increments, they’re going to control how much ammo is available on the commercial market.

As part of their contract it stipulates in there that when the government calls and says give us another quantity, that everything they make has to go to the government priority one before any of it goes to the commercial market.

So, if  they get nervous, all they have to do is use that contract that they have in place… and they just say ‘give us some more.’

So whenever the government wants to tighten the supply of ammunition, all they have to do is invoke their contracts and order more for themselves.

Meanwhile, Obama appears to be doing other things to restrict the amount of ammo that gets into the hands of private gun owners.

For example, there are reports that the Obama administration plans to use executive orders to greatly restrict the importation of ammo from overseas.

So if anything, the shortage of ammunition is only going to get worse, not better.

Meanwhile, the “panic buying” of physical gold and physical silver that we have seen lately has really run down inventories.

According to Reuters, demand has become so intense that the U.S. Mint has suspended sales of gold coins for the first time since 2009…

The U.S. Mint said it has suspended sales of its one-tenth ounce American Eagle gold bullion coins as surging demand after bullion’s plunge to two-year lows depleted the government’s inventory. This marks the first time it has stopped selling gold product since November 2009, dealers said.

At the same time, precious metals dealers all over the country are scrambling to meet the voracious demand that they have been seeing this month.  The following is an excerpt from a letter that the CEO of Texas Precious Metals recently sent out to his customers…

The physical silver market is, in a word, ugly. There is no telling at this point when mint inventories will return to normal, but you can be sure it will not happen within the next 8 weeks. Most dealers, at this point, are selling their current customer demand forward, meaning they are selling product they do not presently have, expecting to pull from future mint allocations. Consequently, future allocations will face pressure from today’s demand. It is not my intent here to comment on the business practices of other companies, but I will say that no one can possibly predict future allocations at the time. The US mint, for example, releases its allocations weekly, and until then, dealers have no insight into allocation levels. Last week, we turned away business in excess of 100,000 ozs of silver because of stock depletion. However, we stand by the notion that it is better to lose a sale than lose a customer by delaying delivery two months (or more).

A similar thing is happening over in Asia.  According to the Financial Times, soaring demand has caused a shortage of gold at the Hong Kong Gold & Silver Exchange Society…

Haywood Cheung, president of the Hong Kong Gold & Silver Exchange Society, said the exchange had effectively run out of most of its holdings as members looked to meet a shortfall in supply amid rampant retail demand for gold products.

“In terms of volume, I haven’t seen this gold rush for over 20 years,” he told the Financial Times on Monday, adding that the exchange only had around twenty 1kg bars, and 100 five-tael bars left in its inventory. “Older members who have been in the business for 50 years haven’t seen such a thing.”

But most disturbing of all is what Jim Sinclair told King World News recently.  Apparently his friend went to get his gold out of a Swiss bank the other day and they refused to give it to him…

A person that I know with significant deposits in one of the primary Swiss banks, in allocated gold, wanted to take out his gold and was just refused on the basis of directives from the central bank….

They told him the amount was in excess of 200,000 Swiss francs and the central bank had instructed them not to do it because it has to do with anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering precautions.

I really wonder whether those are precautions or whether the gold simply isn’t there. Now you tell me that a London delivery has basically failed. It has to raise our suspicions that the lack of physical gold behind the paper gold is literally so severe that we are coming to understand that it is in fact not there.

The gold that people think is stored is not stored, and the inventory of the warehouses for exchanges may not be holding deliverable gold. There has always been speculation about whether or not the physical gold the US claims to store is in fact in those vaults.

The greatest train robbery in history might be all of the gold, and it would only be something like we have described above that would happen right before gold makes historic highs.

There simply is no gold behind the paper. One example is AMRO, a second is your example with Maguire, and a third is my dear friend who was refused his gold on the basis that its value was too high. Remember this friend of mine had his gold in an allocated account in storage at a major Swiss bank. I repeat, there is no gold.

So are we going to see more of this?

Will it soon become evident that there is simply not enough physical gold to cover all of the promises that the banks have made?

Jim Sinclair sure seems to think so.

In another interview, John Embry expressed similar sentiments to King World News…

This gets back to the tip of the iceberg when the Dutch Bank ABN AMRO came out and literally said that if you have allocated gold with us, you can’t have it.

That, to me, is a default, and it gets back to what Jim Sinclair related when one of his friends went to a Swiss bank and couldn’t get his allocated gold.  I mean that’s preposterous.  If it’s allocated it should be there, but it’s clearly not there.  I think this is the beginning of the end of the massive Ponzi scheme in paper gold.  I have been talking about this for some time, and it will have an enormous impact on future gold and silver prices.

When it becomes widely known that all of the people who think they own gold in fact don’t own gold, that it’s been hypothecated and re-hypothecated so many times that there are 100 claims for every single ounce of physical gold, that is when the prices of gold and silver will really go berserk to the upside, and at that point the shorts will have serious problems.”

If those that helped engineer the recent takedown of paper gold and silver were hoping to scare people away from physical gold and silver, then they failed miserably.  For even more on this, please see my recent article entitled “10 Signs The Takedown Of Paper Gold Has Unleashed An Unprecedented Global Run On Physical Gold And Silver“.

All of this is just another example why I encourage people to get prepared while times are still relatively good.

Once disaster strikes, it may be too late to get the things that you need.

Right now there are a whole lot of people out there wishing that they had stocked up on ammo when it was much cheaper and much more readily available.

We are moving into a time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken.  Use the stability provided by the false bubble of economic hope that we are experiencing right now as an opportunity to get prepared.  The next major wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching and time is running out.

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12 Comments on "Unprecedented Shortages Of Ammo, Physical Gold And Physical Silver"

  1. J-Gav on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 8:41 pm 

    25% over the spot price is still pretty good for anybody who has money to invest in such inedible things …

    As for ammo, well, I don’t have a gun so I guess that doesn’t concern me … yet.

    For true that the next major wave is approaching.

  2. Ed on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 10:49 pm 

    Gold and guns. Heaven on Earth. What more could you want from life?

  3. rollin on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 11:31 pm 

    1.6 billion bullets is about 5 bullets for every man woman and child in the US. That is about 6 bullets per gun, barely target practice. Doesn’t make sense to me, so the major source of purchase is the private gun owner. HS uses 15 million shells per month just for target practice.

    If gun owners shot 10 rounds from each of their guns per year that would be about 2.6 billion rounds per year.

  4. DC on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 11:39 pm 

    I can see why amerikan cops would be upset about not having enough ammo. Law enforcement in the US is shoot first, dont feel bad later.

    Civilized countries police forces barely discharge there weapons. If they are doing they jobs, they dont need to. Only in the US do its trigger happy cops go though mountains of ammo as a matter of routine.

  5. BillT on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 1:36 am 

    What better way to keep ammo out of the hands of the public than to buy it all up? They know what is coming and want to take away your means of protection before the SHTF.

    And with most solvent countries buying gold by the ton as fast as it can be mined, the supply is limited. These other countries know that the day of the dollar is ending and that gold will be the only accepted medium of exchange eventually. Or currencies backed by gold. The US likely does not have any as it has not been seen or inventoried since before 1970 when the gold standard was killed.

  6. Cloud9 on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 1:45 am 

    One of two things: either their is a street war coming and all that ammo will be shot up in a matter of months or there is going to be lot available at garage sales in the next five or ten years. Small arms ammunition has a shelf life of thirty year or more.

  7. pete on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 2:24 am 

    Bullion, Bullets and Beans.
    I bought most all of it back in 09 and 10, when it was real cheap.
    I listened to the Nobel and other people I found that had incredible prediction records.
    Course the MSM slams the lid down tight on them.
    You will know what I already know when you are sitting in the dark cold, hungry with the smell of shit heavy in the air.
    My little PREPPER company is expanding quickly now.

    IGNORANT: no knowledge of, unknowing, not a f-ing clue.

  8. GregT on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 5:32 am 


    I have surplus ammo from 1947, and it still goes bang, every single time. If it is stored in a dry cool place, I have been told that it could last for a century, or more.

    The way I look at it is, if things really get that bad, and gold and silver are worthless, then the only thing that will save my sorry ass will be bullets. Both silver and gold can be melted down to reload ammunition.

  9. Norm on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 5:50 am 

    Its kinda funny the american rednecks are buying so much ammo, gold and silver to make shortages. It makes perfect sense, when the oil runs out, then you can put the ammo into your automobile gas tank, and you can eat the gold and silver. Its very wise they stockpile these things.

    Of course, really its not so much a bunch of rednecks, its more like, millionaire jesus freaks who shine their guns in their 6000 sq ft house on Sunday afternoon after church. Secret vault room downstairs for all the ammunition. But they still can’t eat it or run their car on it. Maybe they can defend their particle-board castle with it, once everything goes cold & dark.

  10. GregT on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 6:38 am 


    The American rednecks might be buying ammo, but what they are buying pales in comparison to what their government is stockpiling. Why is that, do you think?

    Gold and silver are not being bought predominately by rednecks, they are being bought by central banks, sovereign nations, and the global elite.

    Throughout history those that have amassed gold have been the Kings and Queens, those that held all of the ‘Ammo’ have been the well paid protectors of the Kings and Queens, and the rest of us were more or less just slaves. Who do you really think, will have the greatest access to food in the future?

    Oh, and I wouldn’t bash ‘Jesus’ or the ‘church’ if I were you, unless I was absolutely certain that there isn’t life after death…………….

  11. Arthur on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 11:14 am 

    Gold is bouncing back more than I anticipated. Because of the weather here in Holland and my non-agrarian occupation I do not have a redneck, but I dumped a lot of my gold recently and I think that a many profit taking private parties like me all over the globe were responsible for the recent gold dip, but that big players like central banks are moving in now pushing gold up again.

    So what does this ammo buying frenzy mean? Preparing for Civil War 2.0? GOP/teaparty red state libertarians lead by Alex Jones against Dems/seaboard blue state commies + minorities lead by Dianne Feinstein? Just like when Russia in 1917 became split between reds and whites?

    I can’t stop being amazed by the power of the internet making fully illustrated arguments in a manner of minutes, pumping it into the infosphere with global reach:

    Here is the core of Euro-America: germanic racial background, aging, worries in his eyes, obviously a conservative, teaparty, has a job and a family, pays his taxes, probably goes to church, never had trouble with the law, in short a decent person, the sort of material you can build a liveable advanced society with. He was wrong that Boston was going to be blamed on conservatives, although jews like David Sirota were openly praying that Boston was done by them. The Feds blamed it on muslims after all, probably linked to preparations for a follow up on Libya: Syria.
    We can be sure that prosecutor Weinreb (yes you guessed it) will left no stone unturned to get the Boston truth

    It is extremely important that Europeans from Europe and North-America stick together to prevent the US from turning into the next USSR.

  12. Rod Thompson on Tue, 30th Apr 2013 3:15 pm 

    Strange happenings at this time..
    I really wonder if what we have been fearing since 9-11 is coming true. New World order, cetralized government, total loss of civil liberties, military style local police forces all in the name of preserving the “American Way of Life”

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