I'm not talking stopping power or wound channels here but availability.
Only until recently have we seen the .380 round start to trickle back into the marketplace after many months of a scarce supply. One of the reasons for this drought was the run on small pocket carry .380's made by many of the top manufacturers. While these rounds weren't impossible to find, they certainly weren't readily available at most Walmart stores and other usually reliable retailers. Prices also jumped due to high demand and low circulation.
2011 is shaping up to be the year of the (almost) pocket carry 9mm. Kimber, Ruger, Sig...all offering new models designed to capitalize on the growing demand for smaller concealed carry guns. Add those to the small 9 offerings from Glock,Taurus, Kahr and many other manufacturers and it leads me to question; will the 9mm go the way of the .380 and become scarce and expensive?
I understand that there are other factors at play but I defer to the membership here (who know much more about this than I do) as to whether we could see a 9mm shortage and price spike due to the demand these new pocket 9's could place on ammo makers.
Thanks for your input.