What Ammo Should You Stockpile For A Disaster Situation?


There’s no question about it: we live in pretty stressful times. No matter what side of the political, socio-economic, or any other spectrum that you live on, we live in a world in which prices are higher, health concerns are growing for many people (especially as the Baby Boomers continue to age), some groups feel more comfortable than ever in initiating political violence, and people are more stressed out in general.

It’s a tough time to be alive, in many ways.

On top of all of that, people are getting more-and-more concerned with the possibility of having to survive in a disaster situation (such as an EMP attack or weather situation such as hurricanes or floods) or facing the possibility of societal collapse as our society becomes more-and-more stressed and hostile towards differing viewpoints on a variety of issues.


So, with those concerns in mind, one writer decided to consider what types of ammunition that people should stockpile before “SHTF.” Nicolas Oetken writes,

We’re starting to see crippling fuel and diesel shortages in Europe and the eastern coast of North America. If this continues and spreads across the states, it will deal a severe blow to the trucking industry and thus devastate the supply chains. We could be in for a substantial period of rationing and shelves in stores going empty again. 

If the Covid-era served as a valuable lesson for you (and hopefully it has), it should be that you can never take what’s ‘normal’ for granted. 

In other words, stock up now while you still can. When the next ammunition shortage hits (and you can guarantee it’s a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’), a box of ammunition or even a single bullet will become a precious commodity and a valuable asset.

Oetken advises that people stock up on a variety of different types of ammunition such as .22LR, 12 Gauge, .45 ACP, .38 Special and .357 Magnum, 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington, .30-30 Winchester, 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Winchester, and .30-06 Springfield.

Oetken has one specific recommendation, though, if you’re not able to stockpile a variety of ammunition types:

If there’s only one round that you stock up on, it should be the 9mm Luger. This is the most plentiful centerfire handgun round worldwide and with good reason. Small and lightweight, the 9mm generates minimal recoil, offers sufficient stopping power (especially with self-defense +P loads) and the guns chambered for it often have a very generous magazine capacity. 

The 9mm is also the most common pistol caliber in use by law enforcement and government agencies, as well as military units in the United States. Demand for the 9mm will be very high in the event of an ammo shortage between both civilians and the government, and subsequently in the last ammo shortage it was one of the first cartridges to disappear off the shelves. Buy it now while you can. 

I couldn’t agree with the recommendation to stock up on 9mm more. It is, by far, going to be the one that you’re most likely to have (or be able to get) firearms chambered in, so, you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of it on hand.

So, yes, stockpile a variety of ammunition types, if you can, especially if you already have firearms chambered in those different calibers (those calibers would still be useful for bartering even if you don’t have a firearm chambered in a specific caliber), but be sure really load up on 9mm to make sure that you have what you need to protect both your family and yourself.



  1. But don’t for the .38 and .357 firearms carried by officers of the law for numerous years before adopting 9mm.

    • Yes Sir , and the old reliable .357 mag. Will definitely put an attacker down , center of mass or possibly a strike on an extremity . I retired with 40 years service here as a Captain and carried a .38 special , .357 mag. and my last few years a .40 Glock. The 9mm will do the job needed when called on also. 💥🇺🇸

  2. I suggest stockpiling for the firearms one owns. If a .38 or .357 is your only handgun, then that’s what you should stockpile.
    Personally, I keep a 1,000 round minimum for every Firearm I own, except for a couple of antiques that are chambered in obsolete or very hard to find cartridges.
    I’m also a Reloader (for over 40 years), so I stock up on components like powder, primers and bullets, so I can reload as much of the ammo I use as possible. Reloading isn’t the cost savings it was back in the mid 1970’s when I started, but it still saves a little bit. Now, you have to reload a lot more to offset the initial equipment purchase, than you did 40+ years ago. In 2018, I started really stockpiling components. I thought at that time, that another shortage and big price jump was coming down the pike. That the small relief we got during the Trump years wouldn’t last. Turns out, I was right.
    Ammunition, stored properly in a cool, dry environment, lasts for a very long time. I have ammo that was purchased in the 50’s and 60’s, that still functions fine for target practice.
    Some calibers like 9mm and 5.56 are almost down to pre-plandemic pricing. Others, especially high power rifle cartridges remain high, and hard to find. I haven’t seen any .338 Win Mag at the LGS’s in almost 2 years. Bullets and new or once fired cases are near pre-plandemic pricing, but powder and primers, especially primers, remain at higher cost. Primers jumped 3 to 5 times their pre-plan price. Used to pay $35 per 1000. Now it’s $125 – $150 per 1000, when you can find them.


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