Bad news for firearm enthusiasts

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:45pm

Everyone thought the ammo shortage was easing up, but firearm enthusiasts are facing another uphill battle. Shooters are not the only ones hurt by the shortage in gun supplies. Businesses that sell the supplies have also been affected. George Hanna owns Buffalo Creek Trap Club in Ben Wheeler.

"Our big sells are powder, primers and reloader components. There just has not been any for about six months....just almost shut that part of it down," said Hanna.

This means trouble for his business. Hanna is losing about $1,500 a month. He said he's lost about thirty to forty thousand dollars since the shortage first started.

"Riffle powder has been real short for two years, but shotgun powder and pistol powder didn't go extinct until about six months a go," said Hanna.

This is a huge problem for reloaders.

"A lot of times you can't buy exactly what you want, but you can reload it just exactly like you want it," said Hanna.

It's costing both Hanna and the reloaders.

"You can reload for about 60% of what it costs you to buy new shells," said Hanna.

The problem started when people bought more supplies than they needed.

"If people would just start buying what they were shooting instead of several years of supply, we would catch up. Then everyone could shoot," said Hanna.

There are many empty spots on Hanna's shelves. They cannot be restocked because there isn't any gun powder available.

"There's just no powder left for reloaders," said Hanna.

Shell manufacturers told Hanna they are working on the problem, but don't get too excited.

"It will take a year or two for it to get completely caught back up," said Hanna.

That means Buffalo Creek Trap Club will continue to lose money.

"It's frustrating for everybody," said Hanna.

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