I have a theory about .22 cartridges.
Remember how finding them on shelves was as rare as hens’ teeth for nearly ten years? Certainly, people panicked and hoarded them, but the supply just… never… caught… up…
I thought “if I manufactured a product, and every single time that product had a CHANCE to make it to the shelves (I know most of it was bought by employees as soon as it got off the trucks, and they sold it themselves for twice their money), I’d start cranking that product out as fast as possible. There’d be round the clock shifts. If I could get more machinery, I’d run it in the hallways and office-spaces and put the offices in portable buildings. I’d STRIKE while the IRON was HOT!
But it never showed up, for nearly ten years…
Now consider: what caliber cartridge/firearm is most often used to INTRODUCE a young shooter to shooting sports? .22s.
What are the ages of the children when most parents who shoot, teach them to shoot? Generally eight years up to teenage years.
How long did this scarcity last? Nearly ten years.
So, many parents who WOULD have taught their kids, didn’t have easy access to the most preferred training round for young shooters. For those who would have taught their eight year-olds, their kids were 16-18 years old by the time supplies started showing back up. Older kids were presumably beginning to leave home.
I don’t think this was accidental or coincidental. I think it was a purposeful plan to take a half-generation out of being introduced to shooting sports. That ten year block is now voting age, and because they have no experience with shooting recreationally and no memories associating that with family members or friends, they have no affinity for it. So, as restrictions are proposed, they won’t care.
I think there was a plan.
Chris R. Owen