The ongoing ammunition shortage is one that impacts all gun owners whether they are hunters, recreational shooters, competition shooters or they carry just for self defense. So, when will the current ammunition shortage end? John says it's a big question with a lot of answers, but the first thing people need to understand is the massive influx of new gun owners. There are an estimated 7.2 million new gun owners since last year, and that number doesn't include current gun owners. With that many new gun owners, there is already going to be more demand for ammunition. On top of that, COVID created some massive manufacturing bottlenecks as the availability of components like primers and raw materials like lead, copper and brass became harder to get and more expensive. John says he is confident that ammunition manufacturers are doing everything they can to turn out as much ammo as possible, but in the meantime this is a wave that firearm owners will have to ride until panic buying levels off and supplies can be completely replenished.
With the record number of new firearm owners, John also talks about the importance of being good stewards for the future of the shooting sports and mentoring these newcomers. He highlights the rise in popularity of youth shooting sports and talks about the inclusive nature that allows both males and females to compete on a level playing field. He emphasizes the need for good mentors to step up and teach new shooters and youth shooters. It's a task for everyone who is a steward of the future of shooting sports, he says, and that's every person who participates in any shooting discipline. John says as firearm owners we need to take that accountability piece and understand that we are ambassadors to that sport at all times and it's up to us to have a solid knowledge base so we can have real and effective conversations about our particular shooting disciplines, shooting sports and even the Second Amendment at any time.