According to the website The Truth About Guns, a source told the outlet that the Biden regime is taking steps to reduce the availability of .223/5.56 ammunition available to the average shooter.
One Twitter user posted additional ammunition-related news as a breaking story: "The U.S. Military is actively considering shutting down the sale is M855/SS109 ammo from Lake City to the commercial market."
— Larry Keane (@lkeane) June 15, 2022
This comes as the Army is set to retire the ubiquitous M4 carbines with new individual and squad automatic weapons, per Military.com:
The Army has found its replacements for the M4 rifle and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, handing out a contract to put new guns in the hands of tens of thousands of soldiers.
The force is awarding a 10-year, $20.4 million contract to Sig Sauer for the XM5 Rifle, which will become the new standard rifle for soldiers, and the XM250 Automatic Rifle, which will replace the SAW.
The service will also switch from 5.56mm ammo to 6.8mm, after a search for rounds better built to penetrate body armor.
"Both weapons fire common 6.8 millimeter ammunition utilizing government provided projectiles and vendor-designed cartridges," an Army spokesperson said in a press release. "The new ammunition includes multiple types of tactical and training rounds that increase accuracy and are more lethal against emerging threats than both the 5.56mm and 7.62mm ammunition."
Civilian-style AR-15s are modeled off the military's M4; if the Pentagon no longer needs .556/.223 ammunition, then that gives the Biden regime all the justification it needs to force companies to stop producing it.
"A person with knowledge of the situation tells us that, more than just 'considering' the move, Winchester, which operates the US Army’s Lake City ammunition plant, has been informed that it may no longer sell M855 and SS109 ammunition produced in excess of the military’s needs on the civilian market," TTAG reported.
"How would that affect the civilian supply of .223 and 5.56 ammunition? We understand that as much as 30% of the commercial market’s sales volume of .223/5.56 is produced by Lake City," the report continued.
The site went on to point out the obvious motivation behind the decision: The regime wants to further inflate the cost of such ammunition, which will affect all owners of the country's most popular sporting and self-defense rifle. If you can't go after the weapon, then, of course, go after the ammo.
"Let’s face it. Even the hapless Biden administration must realize that they don’t have any realistic prospect of getting another 'assault weapons' ban through the Senate," the website continued.
"Instead, they’re doing the next best thing. They’re trying to make shooting most AR-15 rifles as expensive as possible for Americans who own between 20 and 25 million AR platform guns."
There are some interesting options, of course, for maintaining the supply.
First off, if you don't reload already, now may not be the time to start. As manufactured ammunition becomes more scarce, so, too, will .556/.223 components (primers, brass, bullets, etc.). There are some discount ammunition sites online and many of them have had sufficient supplies throughout the pandemic, when getting ammo (and finding firearms) was extremely difficult.
But the bottom line is this: The regime and Democrats are not going to simply give up coming after our most popular, capable firearms. If they can't ban them out of existence, they will dry up the ammo supply or tax them out of existence.