Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Shortage of 7.62x39mm Ammo - I Think Not

I will readily admit there is a shortage of 5.56x45mm M855 ammunition right now because of the proposed BATFE changes that would eliminate that ammo from the commercial marketplace within the USA. (If you are unaware of that, you must have been in on Uranus for the last week.) Of course, there is also a shortage of reasonable priced 22LR and 22WMR but other ammunition is plentiful You would not believe what I just said though, about other ammo being plentiful, if you read some of the tings I have seen posted on gun forums lately. Some folks are gnashing their teeth and wailing about the so called shortage of, or out of stock status of, 7.62x39mm ammunition. I dare say, there is no such shortage, at least there was not within the last half our that I took to check with several online dealers to determine if 7.62x39mm ammunition was in short supply or not. I found out that it was not - that is not in short supply. There is plenty of it available and at reasonable prices considering the ammo market of the last year or so. Here is what I found:

Midway has TulAmmo 1K cases at about 27 cents per round, see:

Ammo Supply Warehouse has 1K cases of Wolf for about 24 cents per round, see:

Widner's has Red Army Standard, Romanian in cases of 1080 rounds at about 24 cents per round, see:

Classic Firearms has Wolf going for about 25 cents per round per 1K case, see:

Natchez Shooters' Supplies has 20 round boxes available at about 24 cents per round so 1K would cost $244.50, see:

J&G Sales has a wide variety of 7.62x39mm available on this page:, I clicked on the first 8 or 9 on the list and every one of them was available. The best price was for Wolf FMJ (and Wolf HP) at about 23 cents per round.

It seems those folks, whom some say are buying all of the 7.62x39mmm ammo until out of stock, have never heard of J&G Sales - one of the better known online ammo dealers nor does it seem that they shop at any of the other dealers (all well known, I think) listed because if they did so they would have seen that 7.62x39mm is abundant and readily available at decent prices.

Some of the above dealers also have other varieties of steel cased 7.62x39mm in stock, I simply listed a single example from each. Note, I only checked on steel cased ammo, many dealers have the more expensive brass cased ammo in stock as well. Some dealers also have steel cased ammo with astronomical prices, I did not bother showing results for them. A quick check of will show who has 7.62x39mm in stock. They have lots and lots more dealers listed at than the number of dealers I just checked. The bottom line though seems to be there is a plentiful supply of 7.62x39mm ammo available right now.

All the best,
Glenn B

1 comment:

Glenn B said...

I just placed and order for myself so at least I know I will not be running short any time soon just in case those doomsayers are right. Anyway, it pays to plan ahead and, with the crap going the way it is in Russia and the Ukraine, most 7.62x39mm may indeed dry up if Obummer places more sanctions on Putin.