The increase in defense expenditure for military modernization programs in developing economies, high rate of participation in hunting &sport activities, growing number of female shooters and rise in demand from private end-users for home/personal security, are some of the key factors driving the global small caliber ammunition market. Heightened civil conflicts and rise in terrorist activities across the world are expected to further increase the business prospects for the ammunition industry.
The global small caliber ammunition industry is expected to see civilian (self-defense) market to gain momentum mainly on account of personal safety/security concerns amid rising civil conflicts. Hunting, shooting & sports market followed by military/armed forces sector is anticipated to be key business domains that will drive towards a high market share (by value) for ammo manufacturers over the forecasted period (2016-2022).I've been corresponding with Alan Davis, over at Widener's. For those of you who don't recognize the name, Wideners is an outfit that sells lots of stuff, including reloading components. We've both lived through ammo shortages and we know how hard it can be to enjoy our sport when we don't have the ammo to expend. There are only three or four large ammo manufacturers in the US (ATK, Remington and Winchester come to mind), and a host of smaller outfits. Some you've never heard of because they produce niche ammo for the military markets. And, of course, we import a lot of ammo.
The simple fact is that there are only two ways to get ammo. Buy it assembled, ready to go. Or, you can build it yourself. I've talked a lot about ammo and handloading in these pages. While I'm not an expert, I am certainly a practitioner.
You can accuse Warren Buffet of a lot of things, but one of the things that he does very well is keep his finger on the pulse of the economy. If he says ammunition is going to be a hot commodity over the next several years, it behooves us all to pay attention. Go read the link above. Buffet believes that ammo is going to be hot, that governments are going to be buying a lot of it. Production capacity is finite and wars are greedy, and supplies might be limited.
Now might be a good time to stock up on components. I'm not calling for a general scare or a fools rush on the local ammo store, but it might be a good time to check your stocks and build a reliable supply. If you haven't taken up handloading yet, now might be a good time to consider it.
I'm just saying.