When Will the Cost of Ammo Come Down?!?!

Ever wonder why ammo prices vary and when the cost of ammo will come down?

Let me break it down for you!

First, the virus gave birth to an era of lockdowns and supply chain disruptions which caused people not to be in plants doing their jobs, ports to be backed up with ships sitting and waiting for weeks at a time, truckers not allowed over borders due to punitive mandates, etc.

The impact of this is components

  • not being made
  • components not being shipped
  • raw materials becoming harder to get amidst lockdowns and shutdowns, and
  • demand to surge.

When demand surges, price surges. 

When supply is scarce for whatever reason, prices surge. 

Both happened.

Second, there is an aggressive effort by some powerful folks to kill the entire industry and disarm the public.  Biden has been abundantly clear about his goals.  What’s happening is a united effort woven through the three-letter agencies, through banking and finance, shipping, and more. 

Yep, it’s intentional, and it’s bad.

This stops a lot of commerce, movement, and trade. 

On purpose.

On top of that, I’ve heard more than one industry insider talk about how the industry has a limited shelf life by design.  Now, I’m not typically a pessimist and I’m certainly not a conspiracy theorist.  I’m onboarding this common gripe with skepticism, but keeping it in the back of my mind as something that *could* be true.

So, ammo costs what it does because of all the reasons stated, plus one final one that has nothing to do with fuckery.

The bigger the company, the more buying power they have.  

If they can buy 1 billion of something, and I can buy 1 million, the prices for their components are better.  When our prices are the same, we’re making a razor-thin margin, where I would posit that the larger folks are making buckets of profit. They can even make their own components, whereas we currently do not. 

In a way, them making a huge profit gives us little guys any chance at all, because if their margins were as thin, I couldn’t even enter the market. 

Capitalism is weird.

All that said, ammo costs what it does for a lot of reasons, and these are the major ones you’re affected by.

Finally, will prices come down soon? 

Nope.  See above.

For that reason, we choose to make THE VERY BEST ammunition possible, and fully stand behind our product. We may not be able to control the prices, but we can control the quality, the service, and your experience with us.

If you want 9mm, we have 115gr FMJ, 124gr FMJ and HP, and 147gr FMJ and HP.  Check out our current available inventory at www.sovereignammo.com.

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Grain Weights for Beginners

After spending a lot of time on the phone talking with new customers, I realized that there are a lot of people out there who are new to shooting! It’s a wonderful sport, and I am learning every day. 🙂

Let me share something useful for beginners!

Shown in this photo are two projectiles. On the left is a 124 grain hollow point. On the right is a 147 grain hollow point. Notice how the 147 is taller and therefore larger. These are our projectiles for our 9mm rounds, and also our top sellers!

Grains are a unit of mass measurement for extra small things. 1 pound is equal to 7000 grains. Grains were originally a measurement for the apothecary, and the term came from measurement of edible grains. Today, grains are still used in the apothecary, and also used in the ammunition field.

Why would someone want a 124 grain versus a 147 grain? I get this question on a full 50% of my sales calls!

The heavier the grain weight, the greater its penetration power and expansion power. Additionally, there is less likelihood for wind interference, and slower velocity which can bring the speed below the sound barrier, which creates a quieter shooting experience.

On the other hand, the lighter the grain weight, the greater its speed and accuracy. Additionally, there is greater ability for longer distance. Typically, lighter rounds are preferred for competitions because of the accuracy.

That said, the 147 grain hollow point shown here when loaded into our rounds produces a subsonic round.

What is subsonic? It is the term for anything that travels slower than the speed of sound. The speed of sound at sea level is approx. 1127 ft./s. The value of a subsonic cartridge is the noise reduction.

Supersonic ammunition, which is faster than the speed of sound will create a much larger bang, necessitating better ear protection. With every round fired that is supersonic, you are breaking the sound barrier, which is why there’s so much noise.

So is there a “right” grain weight?

Nope!

It comes down to preference and use. This is why I like to personally assist people over the phone to make the best choice for their purchase. My first questions are: what will you be using it for and what kind of experience do you want?

So that’s the lesson! I hope you enjoyed it. If you’re experienced, you probably knew all of this already. If you’re new, maybe you learned a lot. Let me know in the comments!

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