This has zero to do with any alleged .22 LR ammo shortage. Has everything to do with other tools (For ME) are more flexible in the field. I have tried to hold on to my fantasy belief of needing of a .22LR handgun for camp meat. The reality is my G24 or G35 is far better suited for that, and offers the addition of being a marginal bear in the tent tool.
I bought my first .22 LR rifle in 1956 at the age of just shy of ten y/o. One can profess that .22 LR rifle is the foundation of a learning to shoot toolbox. But, after near 60 years of practice, I am not likely to improve my shooting proficiency. And it has been good enough for as long as I can remember.
I have tried for years to tell myself that a quality .22 LR rifle is a fine "Winter Time" daily'hike-about tool for harvesting an encountered fox/coyote/lynx/close encounter wolf. But, I never do that as other tools are better for that application.
The market for firearms is good now (sadly NOT on this forum) and I have, mostly through Mountain View Sports, sold about $10,800.00 of firearms so far this year. So I have decided to sell off all of my .22 LR firearms, and then sell all of the ammo.
Please NO private messages about this.