I'm curious, how many of you guys that train on your own are looking to curtail or have already curtailed your shooting sessions/training classes due to the ammo panic? I had planned to attend a half dozen or more shooting courses on my own this year but at the current price of ammo (and inability to find it at a rational price) I don't see that happening. For a variety of reasons my department only provides minimal training and will not send me to the few shooting classes they are putting on because I attended them last year...
I have already had to cancel a rifle course because I cannot find .223/5.56 at a price point I can afford.
I stocked up last fall on handgun ammo with the intention of resupplying for the last 1/2 of this years training in spring, but I'm not sure that resupply is gonna happen at this rate. I even went as far as to buy a .22lr AR upper but STILL can't find that kind of ammunition (out of desperation today I finally broke down and bought .22lr ammo at the only price I could find it after two months of searching: 2 1/2x the price in November!!).
While I am all about capitalism and don't harbor ill will towards those buying ammo in front of me, I'll admit that I am starting to get extremely frustrated that the current shortage and price gouging is hampering my ability to train a critical skill set. I guess this post is mostly a chance to vent more than anything, but I am curious how many others are in the same boat I am. I know there are some who say I shoulda just bought more ammo ahead of time, but I can only spend so much of my own money ahead of time! I buy in bulk but cannot afford 3k AR rounds, 3-4k handgun, a few hundred shotgun, and then some .22lr on top of that all at once. Okay, *deep breathe,* I'm done venting.