It's strange that Academy would make something like that up just because they're out of stock or stopped carrying the Fang.
At my local Academy the staff seems to make things up all the time. I have to bite my tongue most every time I'm in there. Some poor inexperienced customer will ask a question, and an employee who has NO CLUE will feed the poor person a line of bull caca so deep I'm glad I wore boots into the store. And, it don't matter what subject it is either, fishing, hunting, camping.....anything. Most of the employee's I've seen or dealt with at our Academy were nice enough, but had no clue what in the world they were talking about.
Last time I was there I did interrupt a conversation, because the employee's advice could have gotten the nimrod in trouble. The customer was asking about hunting public land. The employee said the closest land was the SHNF. The customer asked what licenses he would need to hunt there. The employee told him just a regular state hunting license since it was a national Forrest. I interrupted, and explained to the person that besides the state hunting license they would also need an Annual Public Hunting Permit. I further explained to him the costs of the licenses involved, and about the maps available both in print and online. He thanked me, and we both went on our way leaving the employee standing there with a deer in the headlight look on his face.
I don't listen to, nor trust anything a store employee tells me. If I don't know something I'll do some research before I go to buy at any store. End of rant against Academy employee's.(btw, I know there are a few good ones. I appreciate them.)