Bite the Bullet

By Camaron Abundes 
NewsWest 9

PERMAIN BASIN- Soaring ammunition costs now mean you have to bite the bullet to buy them. Local store owners tell Newswest 9 factors like the war, shipping costs and global demand for metal all contribute to the higher costs.

"The price of guns, the price of ammunition, even the price of reloading compartments is steadily going up," Joe Reid of West Texas Gunsmithing, said.

Reid spends the day working on custom gun barrels, and fixing and cleaning used guns.

"It's definitely going to be more expensive to go out, and get a set of horns this year," Reid said, "It's gone up, five, ten, fifteen bucks for some things."

Jon Thomas of Gun Sport, LTD. says some customers are reusing bullet casings to save cash.

According to Cpl. Sherrie Carruth, OPD, the department bought this years batch of bullets at 21 percent higher than last year.

Tina Jauz, spokesperson for the City of Midland says the Midland Police Department has already purchased bullets for the year, but the rising prices mean the department must watch how much they spend on training bullets to ensure they don't go over budget.