After eight weeks of COVID-19 shutdowns across the nation, sales and shipments from wholesalers to retailers continue to be very strong compared to the previous year and the 3-year average. Firearms and ammunition have now had 8 weeks of very strong numbers with optics spiking over the last two weeks.
As we pass the 15-day mark, in the U.S.'s Flattening the COVID-19 Curve timeline, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) SCOPE data platform reports another record week in firearms and ammunition shipments. Ammunition sales nearly doubled for the week ending March 21. When we look at year-to-date (YTD) numbers for 2020, ammunition sales are up 49% compared to the three-year average (3YR AVG), and 188% and the week-over-week, growing from $9.9m to $18.6m.