Yes the USG uses the DPAS system which covers not only the USG end item users of all types but also FMS sales that are DPAS rated. They will take precedence over any and all non rated orders no matter when they were placed. This means if you have a order in with say Winchester for a few million rounds that has a 2 year delivery window it can be superseded by a DPAS order placed today if the delivery date of the product cannot be met for both.Its not like ammo shortages never happened before. If memory serves me correct its the third time in 20yrs. I feel bad for the new shooters and those that can only afford to buy a box or two at a time. We all know shooting is not a cheap hobby. I know for a fact that ammo is manufactured on production line by caliber. The factory runs a production lot of a certain caliber and bullet weight and type and may not produce that same round for six months. Odd calibers and low demand ammo is produced once a year and that's it. There is only so much production capacity and production schedules are set at the beginning of the year. I sold ammo to law enforcement agencies for over 20 yrs. We always had problems delivering duty and ball ammo in a timely manner. Ammo makers filled military contracts first as they should. Next was large federal orders, then the commercial market and lastly the police market. The police market being the smallest percentage wise for ammo manufacturers. Try telling a Police Chief he was not getting his 50K 9mm ball ammo order for six months because the factory was filling commercial ammo orders first or that .380 silver tip was back ordered for a year. We advised agencies to order ammo a year in advance of qualifications. Sadly agency budgets would not always allow this.
Update, went to Costco 2 days ago and they were down to 10 packages of toilet paper (24 rolls per package). Looks like my wife was right again.Slightly off topic but related. I was in Costco the other day and they had 16 double stacked pallets of toilet paper. What was unusual was the location they were in and that the regular toilet paper location was full too. My wife thinks it’s pre planning for November 4th, and I stopped doubting women’s intuition years ago.
I bet you really hate the stock market because it is the extreme example of 3rd parties buying selling a product. Just a FYI scalping of sporting tickets etc. in some areas is not legal only because of specific local and some state laws. Slippery slope when you regulate in a free and open market -- as I said earlier depends on whose ox is being gored.It's funny if you own tickets to a concert or sports event and double the price to an individual its called scalping and you can be charged , fined and go to jail. If there is a run on gasoline and a store doubles the price, the attorney general for the state will normally go after those vendors. But in this case where individuals are cleaning off shelves of sporting goods stores and placing the same items online for 50% increase in price is not kosher in my book. If all the manufactures raise their price because of a shortage, I won't like it but I understand the supply and demand. But when a third party is doing it, unethical.