Online Ammunition Sales Skyrocket As Americans Prep For Potential Quarantines
Harvey, LA - Americans are stocking up on bullets along with toilet paper and hand sanitizer in anticipation of coronavirus spreading into their communities, and one ammunition company announced Friday that it has seen an increase in sales of over 100 percent in multiple states.
Louisiana-based Ammo.com announced on March 6 that the company had seen 68 percent increase in transactions since Feb. 23, when the U.S. media began reporting extensively on the threat to people in the United States, FOX News reported.
"We know certain things impact ammo sales, mostly political events or economic instability when people feel their rights may end up infringed, but this is our first experience with a virus leading to such a boost in sales,” Ammo.com marketing manager Alex Horsman said in a statement.
"But it makes sense,” Horsman added. “A lot of our customers like to be prepared. And for many of them, it's not just facemasks and TheraFlu. It's knowing that no matter what happens, they can keep themselves and their families safe."
Ammo.com said that four states had seen ammunition sales spikes of greater than 100 percent, FOX News reported.
North Carolina has had the biggest jump in ammunition purchases at 179 percent.
Just two states south, Georgia citizens have also been stocking up at a rate 169 percent, according to FOX News.
Ammunition sales to Pennsylvania are up 140 percent and Texas ammunition sales are up 128 percent, according to Ammo.com.
Florida’s ammunition sales are up 76 percent, Illinois is up 67 percent, New York is up 48 percent, and Ohio is up 40 percent, FOX News reported.
Ammo.com also broke down the sales by ammunition type and brand.
The sale of 40-caliber Smith & Wesson bullets was up 410 percent and the sale of 9 mm bullets was up 101 percent, FOX News reported.
Ammo.com said their sales of .223 rounds, the ammunition mostly commonly used in AR-15 type rifles, were up 194 percent.
Sales of 7.62x39 ammunition, most commonly used in the AK-47 and its variations, were up 101 percent, FOX News reported.
Ammo.com said that MBI brand ammunition has been the most popular, with a jump in sales of 179 percent.
Federal brand ammunition was close behind with an increase of 176 percent in sales, FOX News reported.
Fiocchi, Remington, Winchester, and PMC ammunition all saw spikes over more than 100 percent, too, according to Ammo.com.