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Record Ammo Imports
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:30:44 PM »
Coverage at Breitbart:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/16/americans-bought-17850-tons-of-ammo-in-last-12-months/

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Americans Bought ‘17,850 Tons’ of Imported Ammo in Last 12 Months

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by AWR HAWKINS16 Dec 2016

As gun sales have skyrocketed over the past 19 months, ammunition sales have also surged, with “17,850 tons” of imported ammunition being sold in the past 12 months.

That is nearly 18,000 tons of ammo in a year’s time and approximately “2,865 tons of bullets” that were imported in November alone.

CNN Money pointed to figures from research firm Panjiva, which show ammunition imports for last month were up 200% over where they were a year ago. Panjiva’s Chris Rogers said, “It’s very unusual in an import industry like this to see such a big move. It tells you that there’s a customer demand that’s not being met by U.S. manufacturers.”

Panjiva identifies the top foreign importer as “Poongsan Corp.” of South Korea. “Fiocchi Munizioni of Italy and Prvi Partizan of Serbia” are next in line, as far as foreign ammunition importers go.

Breitbart News previously reported that each of the past 19 consecutive months have been record-breaking months for background checks for firearm sales. The streak began with May 2015–when more background checks were conducted than in any previous May–and continued with more background checks performed in June 2015 than any previous June, more in July 2015 than any previous July, and more in August 2015 than any previous August. Month after month, a record has been broken through November 2016.

In fact, the number of background checks performed January 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016, was so high that by the end of November there had already been more background checks performed in 2016 than in any year in history.

According the FBI, there were 24,767,514 background checks performed between January 1 and November 30 of this year.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

I bought a bunch of of that Prvi Partizan .30-06 last year.  Shoots fine, no complaints.  BUT, here's hoping that under the Trump Administration:

-- Demand for both guns and ammo drops as panic buys diminish/disappear

-- American manufacturing rebounds, diminishing import demand

As always,

Sap
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Re: Record Ammo Imports
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 08:46:42 PM »
. . .Demand for both guns and ammo drops as panic buys diminish/disappear. . .

Under the Obama Administration it was an eight-year long almost constant "panic" environment for both ammunition and firearm procurement -- people who were afraid their 2A rights were on the edge were snapping up all the guns and ammo they could find, even at grossly inflated prices, creating artificial shortages and amazingly lucrative opportunities for gun and ammo manufacturers.  But under the Trump Administration, that's no longer the case.

Many predicted (see post above) that when a pro-2A administration was seated then gun and ammo manufacturers would face a tougher, less profitable, market.  Ironic, isn't it?  Well they were right, it's happening.  Here's an example:  http://www.recoilweb.com/daniel-defense-lays-off-large-percentage-of-its-workforce-130055.html

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Daniel Defense Lays Off Large Percentage of Its Workforce
Candice Horner
October 5, 2017

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Amid ongoing reports of deteriorating sales in the black rifle market, firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense laid off an undisclosed number of employees. According to conversations with those affected and social media posts, on Friday, Sept. 29 and Monday, Oct. 2., the firearms manufacturer eliminated approximately 100 full-time positions.

A former employee of Daniel Defense affected by the layoffs said, “This was very unexpected. All of us were handed a blanket packet that explained everything. The paperwork didn’t even have my name on it. All they said about my job was that my position was being eliminated. There was no severance package, we were just fired.”

The scope of the layoff is unknown, but firsthand sources including current and recently laid off employees speaking under the condition of anonymity said anywhere from a third to a half of the company’s workforce was affected.

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Speaking about the terms of employment at Daniel Defense and the layoff, one laid off employee said, “We all had to sign a non-compete. I think the non-compete I signed was for 2 years. The outgoing talk and paperwork didn’t specify the non-compete being lifted. It’s unfortunate for a lot of people who don’t have skills outside of the industry.” A post-termination non-compete agreement is used to prevent employees from working for a competing company for a certain amount of time, as stipulated in the language of the non-compete agreement.

When asked about the existence of the post-termination non-compete agreement, the terms, and whether it will be enforced, officials from Daniel Defense refused the opportunity to comment.

The layoff occurs as Daniel Defense is moving into a newly built 300,000 square-foot facility on the same road as its existing facility in Black Creek, GA. According to news reports, the company plans to combine its Black Creek, GA and Ridgeland, SC plants, consolidating production under one roof.
 
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Currently, Daniel Defense manufactures most firearms in their Ridgeland facility, while executive operations are run from the Black Creek location. Marty Daniel, president, CEO and founder of Daniel Defense, talks about the growth of the company in a recent video showing footage of the new facility.

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Daniel Defense is one the largest privately-owned firearms manufacturers in the United States. In a February 2017 interview with Marty Daniel, Forbes cited Daniel Defense as a company with “$73 million in 2016 sales, a gross profit of 35% and 279 employees.” Daniel Defense is most well-known for its AR platform rifles and its lightweight rails.

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This year, Daniel Defense ventured into NASCAR by partnering with Richard Childress Racing Series Team. Daniel himself has shown his support for the Second Amendment by contributing to the NRA and putting out a call to action before the 2016 Presidential Election.

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At press time, officials from Daniel Defense declined multiple opportunities to comment on this report.

As always,

Sap