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Thread: Where have all the guns gone!

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Where have all the guns gone!

    Have not been to a gun store since the Chinese Virus started. Went the other day and the handguns are few and far between. Asked if they could order a Ruger 1911 and was told the dealers would not take a special order at this time due to the demand. This is in Jefferson County Colorado. How is it in your all neck of the woods?

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    I've had my Contender for sale for 2 months. Zero takers. Gun sales are up, but it's no 2011.

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    Everyone arming up for Armageddon.

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    You can get about anything you want around here, but there are not many bargains.
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    Retail sales are way up. Shelves are pretty empty around here.

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    Empty here. Empty of guns. Empty of ammo. Empty of components. Actually that’s not completely true. 1 pound of International on a shelf that typically held at least 50 pounds.

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    our distributors have streamlined some of their catalogues. The odd rifle model here and there are missing from it now. Also no more Hodgon, Winchester or Alliant powder imports, remaining stocks only. Also we are being told the next major imports of ammo due August may be the last until the world sorts itself out.

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    The sales are up around here but the shelves aren't near empty yet. I don't know specifics as for models etc. but our LGS has plenty of guns on the shelves.

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    There are guns around here to buy but no bargains

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    june had 4 million background checks which they are saying is all time high

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    Problem is the manufacturers have been shut down for a while in many states.

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    It is a seller's market right now for handguns especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jniedbalski View Post
    There are guns around here to buy but no bargains
    Here too. One cannot be very picky about what type of gun he wants, either.

    Less popular ammo is still available, too. Like .32acp.

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    I decided I “needed” a Model 639 S&W about 3 weeks ago. A couple of days waiting for auctions to run their course and I had one on the way to my FFL in another day. Price was a tad high but not panic-inspired. Haven’t been in a brick and mortar gun store since about December.

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    I've got my name on the list for a Ruger PC carbine. It has been 2 months now. Still waiting. Don't really need it. I just want it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickbr View Post
    Our distributors have streamlined some of their catalogues. The odd rifle model here and there are missing from it now. Also no more Hodgdon, Winchester or Alliant powder imports, remaining stocks only. Also we are being told the next major imports of ammo due August may be the last until the world sorts itself out.
    Guess I called it right when I topped off my powder stocks last year.

    Only thing I've blown it on is CCI Quiet. Went to replenish the ready-ammunition locker the other day, and "ooops". Thought I had much more of it lagered than I actually do.

    It's all beginning to be reminiscent of the WW2 famine, which lasted well into 1947.
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    Between the virus and the social unrest the manufacturers can't keep up. Most distributors are out of anything remotely reassembling a self defense firearm.

    Since February over 2 million new first time purchasers.
    2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    Over 12 MILLION background checks in the first five months of this year.

    That doesn't cover multiple purchases, or states where a CHL/LTC works in lieu of a background check.

    That's more background checks in five months than total US firearms production in a year. The pipeline is damn near empty.
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    Well I find that there are still some decent buys if one is willing to look and wait , though I have also noticed fewer for sale and higher prices , seems that panic still rules .

    I tend to see a decent price on components I stock up , have seen these cycles of higher price lower stock and out of stock before , I may not ever use all I have accumulated , but my kids shoot and they can enjoy what I do not use .

    Local gun shop has a common sense policy on purchases , it is simply do not be greedy no matter who you are they are selling the smith and wesson victory package for $319 , thinking on getting one for the youngest son to use .

    Myself I picked up some Springfield XDM and Xd mod 2 pairs in 45acp and some police trade in M&P smith and wessons in 45acp and in 40 s&w , all at or below pre panic prices . And have picked up more magazines for pistols when I find a low price , If these socialist anarchists get their way we will all wish we had got more .

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    In answer to the original question: we bought 'em all. I was trying to get myself an AR-7, take-down 22. Not to be had. I'll just have to make do with my old guns.
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