We're 11 days into the gun panic-anyone PLANNING to add to it?


No Fear
November 14, 2008, 06:46 PM
We've heard a million news stories about the people who have BUILT the current gun purchase frenzy with their purchases from Nov 4 to now, but I'm curious if anyone is going to go add to it. Are you going to pick up one of the remaining EBRs on the shelves of the smaller dealers? Are you going to add your name to the back ordered list? Are you currently bidding on some assault weapon on gunbroker?

I haven't bought a single firearm during this time of panic and the temptation is sure getting strong.

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November 14, 2008, 06:48 PM
nope, I don't plan on buying anything gun related.

November 14, 2008, 06:49 PM
I'd love to, but with inflated prices, I missed the boat. My gun aspirations are a little lower, however. Right now I am looking for a decent used 10/22.

After that, maybe an M1 carbine if I can get one.

Highland Ranger
November 14, 2008, 06:49 PM
The official title is "The Great Gun Panic of 2008" - please make a note of it so we can distinguish between past and future periods of panic.

(you're obsessed with this eh NoFear?)

November 14, 2008, 06:50 PM
No EBR's---bolt actions.

Misrepesented as evil sniper rifles.

No jacked up prices on these---good deals right now.

November 14, 2008, 06:50 PM
Does it count that instead of buying a firearm I divested my self of an equal sum of money to stock up on reloading supplies? :p

Ammo. I had this discussion a while back with an immigrant friend. He was from a country where you couldn't own firearms and got all in an uproar that we need to make sure we all have lots of guns. Lots of guns, he said. I corrected him, I said you don't really need lots of guns, what you need is one gun (or a few) and lots of ammunition. ;)

November 14, 2008, 07:05 PM
No I have plenty of guns

Iím not sure about Ďplentyí but I have the guns I want that could be subject to a ban due to high capacity magazines and/or irrelevant cosmetic features.

Iím hunkered down for now with the EBRs I have and my reloading bench.

I guess we'll see...

November 14, 2008, 07:06 PM
I bought a stripped lower. That's as far as I'm gonna go until either a) the panic dies down, or b) the ban actually gets passed.

November 14, 2008, 07:10 PM
I cleared out a local wal-mart of 9mm (Blazer Brass) but that was mostly because I wanted to make sure I had a stash in case everybody ELSE went panic buying and I couldn't find any. But I have to admit, over the last few months, I've added a couple of pieces to the collection (Yugo M70 for $425, and a Bushy Carbon 15 pistol in 9mm for $725).

Oh - and instead of whining like so many other people and waiting for bad things to happen, I joined the NRA - and wrote all of my congressman (one responded today).

November 14, 2008, 07:26 PM
I'm just making sure the ammo drawer is in good shape.

November 14, 2008, 07:29 PM
No toys or accessories unless you wanna call the cases of beer, beans and ribs that I loaded up on.
Buy food while everyone is buying ammo and other goods, you'll be ahead.:eek:

skeet king
November 14, 2008, 08:10 PM
Winchester model 70 here I come

November 14, 2008, 08:11 PM
I'm through buying EBRs.
I saw the writing on the wall a few years ago and bought them then. I'm casually buying only collectible milsurps now.

November 14, 2008, 08:12 PM
I did my buying over 4 months ago. :D

November 14, 2008, 08:13 PM
Well I watch auction sites and retail sites very closely,maybe too much.:scrutiny:Im making a list Im checking it twice,seeing who has been naughty or nice.And those that are selling a AR 6920 for 2k or a WASR for $900 I'll remember them......

This weekend I might go to a gunshow lol!.....now that should be interesting.Meh as far as EBR?,I have just about everything I might want,the only way I'll get something else is if they list it the price at before the election prices OR very close to it.

The way I see it,there isn't even a bill going through congress yet but dealers are jacking up prices like they are already banned?Maybe a AR will stay at 2k so what is the hurry now?6 months from now if it is still 2k then oh well.Don't tell me "well it might even go more expensive",what? 3k for a AR?,it that case keep it.

So what is the hurry now if you can't find one at a non inflated price?Or maybe they won't stay inflated eh?3 months ago people were predicting 6 dollar a gallon gas saying of it will never go below $3 a gallon again.Two years ago someone said their Mcmansion could never drop half in price in one year....impossible.Some people in the last couple months invested in gold now all of a sudden it drops in value.....

Im glad that there was this panic spree,it sent a message that even the media could not ignore,maybe the Dems will be smart enough to see that doing any bans now is a kiss of death to their hold on DC.But the only reason that a AR-15 is being listed at 2k now is because people are willing to pay it.The short time to grab one after the election has passed,the prices are now inflated and will stay that way if you are willing to pay 2k for a AR that doesn't even have legislation pending yet to ban it.Stop buying them,then they start sitting on the shelf and manufactures stop getting orders ans see how they drop in price.

November 14, 2008, 08:14 PM
No, I'm sitting on a pretty big pile of guns and ammo as it is.....I keep sliding off the dang thing. I've been working the last two years to try and beat the rush.

November 14, 2008, 08:22 PM
As soon as I knew Obama had won, I ordered a 1000 round case of PMC .223 FMJ BT.

November 14, 2008, 08:30 PM
I bought another gun recently, but the fact that I picked it up around election time was entirely coincidental. I bought my scary looking rifles and hi-cap handguns years ago.

November 14, 2008, 08:33 PM

There is a gun show this weekend. I'm actually curious as to if anyone will be buying or not. So I'll head over and browse a bit. :cool:

Kind of a unique situation, poor economy, so the prices should be down. However, they will prob be up because of the election results.

Sad thing is, since the boat sank, I just don't have anything to sell or trade. And, money is a bit too tight to buy. :(

Unless of course, it's a smokin hot deal :evil:

November 14, 2008, 08:34 PM
My June when the DOW is at 5000 and there are still no new guns control laws you will be able to get a never fired like new AR for 75% of the going price now.

November 14, 2008, 08:41 PM
dryhumor,yeah I might go to one also,not to get a panic buy gun but just to see if any milsurps are around.I fully expect that I will have to wait outside just get in and that oh yeah the tables will have AR's for 2k and they will probably sell.

But after a while when most people have aleady got theirs,they probably won't sell as much,or people will run out of money anyway.I could by a AR that was $1200 a week ago for 2k tommorrow,or I xcould wait and see at this point to see just what happens and at worst I might pay 2k 6 months from now for that AR.And inflate it enough in price it just gets to a point that you know what,forget it....

November 14, 2008, 08:45 PM
The dealers are putting the prices too high. I just can't see buying an SKS for 400 bucks when I could go buy two NEW Mossberg shotguns at Wal Mart for the same price, or buy one shotgun and then $200 worth of shotgun ammo.

With a bad economy, and people getting laid off, you'd figure dealers would want to sell what they had while they still had people who could buy it. Once it gets to the point that people don't have money, dealers will be taking half the value they would have taken 6 months ago for firearms.

No Fear
November 14, 2008, 08:51 PM
By June when the DOW is at 5000 and there are still no new guns control laws you will be able to get a never fired like new AR for 75% of the going price now.http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/4344/roflwithfeetcv2.gif Two of those three are likely but not the last one.

I fully expect that I will have to wait outside just get in and that oh yeah the tables will have AR's for 2k and they will probably sell.I hate how gun shows do that to inexperienced shooters/buyers. Someone should make a flier with a range of acceptable prices for certain guns and pass it out to everyone who walks in the doors (THAT would ruffle some feathers now wouldn't it ;))

November 14, 2008, 10:54 PM
I am waiting for two NFA transfers that have been takeing forever. But no new purchases other than those, and those were started in the start of August. I always buy ammo, whether I shoot or not.

Just Jim
November 14, 2008, 11:00 PM
I bought before the last panic caused by the Clintons. You could buy a Colt H-Bar back then NIB for $639


2nd 41
November 14, 2008, 11:08 PM
Fortunately it's # 3 for me. I have more guns than brains. Enough to last another lifetime (or Two). I was done buying before this issue came up.
I'm trying to learn to enjoy what I have.

November 14, 2008, 11:13 PM
If you want something- wait for a few weeks or months. Panics tend to blow over quickly.

...... "what, the sky is still there?... well I'll be da**ed.":rolleyes:

Kind of Blued
November 14, 2008, 11:40 PM
Bought two stripped lowers today. Should have bought three... I "need" five ARs.

November 14, 2008, 11:49 PM
"Once it gets to the point that people don't have money, dealers will be taking half the value they would have taken 6 months ago for firearms."

.......Right...You're not holding your breath, are you??? :uhoh:

November 15, 2008, 01:45 AM
Already did my adding. :D

Deus Machina
November 15, 2008, 02:04 AM
I voted no only because EBRs are the only choice.

I'm keeping my eyes open for another pistol I like, because the local shops (which generally scalp on them anyway) have overlooked them in the rush.

But it's not urgent right now, after 'accurizing' my old one. :D

Ignition Override
November 15, 2008, 02:19 AM
No-have enough and all my guns are just for plinking etc.

It still surprises me that so many people waited for the election, in order to realize that a threat to future acquisitions was possible.
Many people put fuel in the car before it gets too far below a quarter of a tank, if a credit card or cash is available.

At a gun show here days after the election, prices for Saigas, AKs, SKS or MNs appeared to be about the same as they were two/three months ago. A number seemed to be in less than excellent condition (except for those Saigas in space-age plastic) and a bit over-priced.
Two experienced buddies with trained eyes found decent deals there on a Russian SKS and Finnish MN-right when the doors opened on Saturday.
Maybe only AR-15s are perceived as the true endangered species nationwide?

November 15, 2008, 02:30 AM
Im making a list Im checking it twice,seeing who has been naughty or nice.And those that are selling a AR 6920 for 2k or a WASR for $900 I'll remember them......
Keep in mind that dealer cost from what few distributors have Colt 6920s has jumped more than $400 over the last two weeks. It's not the dealers' fault that some consumers sat on their rears and waited; and many of those consumers are now willing to pat $2,000 for a 6920. If you don't like the price don't buy now. Dealers didn't create the demand - consumers did. If you can't understand, or don't like, free market economics don't worry: The President and Congress Elect will be in office shortly and they'll provide you with the socialist price controls you long for.

November 15, 2008, 02:49 AM
Isn't he sworn in jan 24th or something? meaning he isn't president until 2009? Not to sure how american politics work but if this is the case I wouldn't worry about anything until then

Jefferson Herb
November 15, 2008, 03:12 AM
I'm going to rathole reloading supplies and get used to my uberti 1873c&b w/xtra cyl's. Pre 1898 firearms are a blast.Obama DID help the economy ha ha.
New member from the state of Jefferson.
Our first trade agreement is going to be w/ Calif,A gallon of water for a gallon of gas!!

November 15, 2008, 03:41 AM
Are we "adding" to the "panic" or to the increased sales?

Trying to think what I'd get that I don't already have.

Do your part -- JOIN THE NRA

November 15, 2008, 04:19 AM
I am planning on adding, but perhaps not in the context of this discussion.
The timing of my purchases has more to do with personal circumstance, and awkward timing than some deep rooted fear.
Although, The thought has crossed my mind to pick up a few evil black rifles in semi-auto 5.56 - just in case some sort of ban does slip through and drive up prices. That's more an investment outlook than "panic" though.

I don't think there's going to be any ban any time soon. However, I realize that's just my opinion - and certainly if people feel otherwise, they should do what they feel is in their own best interest. Personally - i'm gonna hold out a bit, see how things play over the next several months - and go from there.

I think where we're at now, is the people who have the capability to buy, are doing so. That's causing a temporary spike in prices, that I think come late-dec, early-jan - we'll see going back down. I'm trying to figure out how to time to the market to best make the most out of my money. I hate to be one to play on fears, but I figure - If our nightmares are true, and there's a new ban - I can at least make some money in the process. If this ban talk turns out to be a bust, well - hey - i just might end up with a fun new toy. :D
For me, timing is everything though.

November 15, 2008, 05:15 AM
I bought a couple of mags for my MK-II 22/45, but that's about it.
I may buy a couple of Walther P99 mags because my agency is thinking about adding an armed division and I would not want to get sandbagged if the law changes. That's what I would carry.

November 15, 2008, 05:53 AM
I've been being a good 'one gun a month' guy. As in, at least one gun a month without exception.

This kind of panic is making me switch my priorities around though. Just focusing on milsurp and old shotguns at the moment. I'm interested to see what they'll say on the increase in gun sales for the month of November. I mean, October had a 15% increase.

November 15, 2008, 07:02 AM
Just bought another Saiga 12 before the election and now after the election more ammo and getting hi cap mags...

November 15, 2008, 07:03 AM
Months and months ago when all this started, back in February, I decided it was time to buy the rest of the silencers and NFA items on my want list. Worth it. :D

November 15, 2008, 09:53 AM
Im still adding and making more gunners any way I can. Im still adding because there are still guns I want. I only started buying 2 years ago (2 years ago this coming saturday, birthday party???) and there several guns I still want. None of them are "ban endangered" just high quality rifles wtih high quality pirce tage.

November 15, 2008, 06:34 PM
i got mine before the election, last time when the awb passed i was slow to act so i didn't wait till after the 4th of nov. the rifle i purchased went up $500 (approx) 4 days after the election. i hope after the initial surge in sales that things may settle down a little. so prices might return to something close to normal. who would of thought that gun sales might be the new economic stimulus package!

November 15, 2008, 06:36 PM
as of right now the 33 people that voted I have plenty of guns are lying, you know you can never have too many:D

I didn't vote but I guess I will be adding to it, but I would be adding to my collection at the same pace no matter who was elected. Still want another lever gun, a smaller ccw piece, a 1911, M1 Garand, build another EBR, trade up on my XD from 4" to 5".

November 15, 2008, 06:40 PM
As soon as I get more money and find some nice guns I want. Spent bunch on magazines and ammo this month...

Zach S
November 15, 2008, 07:06 PM
No, but I would if I could afford it.

Fat Boy
November 15, 2008, 07:34 PM
Not EBR's, but looking at other possibilities...maybe buying that Glock model 21 I have been putting off...

November 15, 2008, 08:33 PM
I have made a few purchases, including one complete AR lower, but mostly I am just making sure I have all the full capacity magazines I could ever want. Also have bought a few thousand rounds of ammo to sock away. They caught me in 1994, they won't do it again.:barf:

November 15, 2008, 08:56 PM
Always in the market, regardless of Nov. 4! :)

Ignition Override
November 15, 2008, 09:06 PM
Caesar 2001:
Maybe some of us lied. Just a second SKS would be really nice, one day.
They cost less than AKs.

My only real focus for months, except for a second MN 44 in late August, has been on ammo.
Glad I did not wait for the election, which has always been held in November. Obama's rock-star status did not happen overnight, or did it?

By the way...my wife doesn't know a MN from an SKS:), or from a Mini .

November 15, 2008, 09:23 PM
I already had a Model 36 S&W in layaway and had planned on ordering a 1903 when they went on sale at CMP. Other than that I did break down and buy a Saiga .223 this week $349 OTD. Otherwise, just ammo at times.

The Foo
November 15, 2008, 09:29 PM
Let's see what I already own:

1. Glock 17 9mm
2. HK USP .45ACP
3. Remington 870Express 7Rd Home Defense Model
4. AR15

Nope...don't forsee and panic purchases in the near future. I would like a 1911 eventually, and a nice sub compact for my significant other. My bolt gun is a long way off from being started...so nope.

November 15, 2008, 09:36 PM
The lowers I want are sold out for the next 2 production runs. :-(

I will probably buy some more pmags... just to do my part with the frenzy.

November 15, 2008, 09:49 PM
I was in Jackson, Ms this weekend visiting my son and we attended a gun show. Got there early a few minutes after opening and there were long lines waiting for admission. Some of the local folks said they had never seen such a turnout. I saw some very interesting pieces, an original Win mod 95 in 405 Win. out of my price range, but then I only found out about the show this morning and did not bring enough money to do anything serious. I did see one Duch Beuamont that was interesing, went back after a quick trip down the isles and it was gone. I did luck up and find 3 boxes od 32-20 which I had been looking for though.

November 15, 2008, 10:12 PM
Extra parts for guns I already own, and components are at the top of my shopping list right now.

...and maybe an FN SCAR if they become available.

It would be that way with or without the election.

Mark whiz
November 15, 2008, 10:24 PM
got plenty of arms already................
Just put me down for a bayonet-lugged flash suppressor and a M6 bayonet for my M1A and I'm good to go.

Jefferson Herb
November 15, 2008, 11:51 PM
I'm not going to go crazy for ar's etc.I have my old relics to play with and some very nice closet queens for reaching out.they wont go off w/o primer though and powder is going thru the roof[some @ 28.00 lb in my area ].I guess I should have 9v batteries and use lica as a training aid. .338RUM,225 gr acubond w 100gr retumbo,not efficient but effective.

November 16, 2008, 12:05 AM
I just got one because it was the next thing on my list.


Now for a 1911a1.

November 16, 2008, 12:09 AM
I'll pass and let someone who really needs a firearm buy during this period.

November 16, 2008, 12:10 AM
why isnt there a poll option that says im poor and i can barely afford ramen noodles.

November 16, 2008, 03:24 AM
I bought 2,500 rounds for my favorite pistol and have ordered 2,500 rounds for my favorite rifle. In case BO bans ammunition sales, or puts a 500% tax on it (as he intends).

I also bought another rifle and two more pistols. For same reasons.

I'm set for next 4 years for target practice (100 rounds a month), hunting, and personal defense carry.

It's long overdue, but I'm also going to join the NRA as a lifetime member as my next act to try to preserve freedom and constitutional rights.

November 16, 2008, 03:26 AM
P.S. - I was smart enough to see the writing on the wall and panic BEFORE the election and got most of my stuff ordered BEFORE the panic. i.e. - before shortages and price increases.

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