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Is the gun rush slowing down?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by azhunter122, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. azhunter122

    azhunter122 Member

    Aug 16, 2008
    I spoke with a friend who sells at gun shows and he said that his last gun show was a lot slower than his last couple and he also mentioned that he has competitive prices and a good stock of ammo and what everyone has been wanting gun wise. Is it slowing down? I haven't been buying lately because of high prices and I already have a good stock of what I want.
  2. DJW

    DJW Member

    Oct 24, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I don't think it is slowing down here in Central Texas. Went to breakfast with the "over the hill gang" Sat. am as usual. Then we proceeded to the local Saxet show. No parking spaces and a VERY long line to get in at 9:40 am(opens at 0900) Took a pass as the aisles get very full under those conditions and I didn't really need anything special anyway. Was mainly going in order to sell some things I have not used in a long time............Dave
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009
  3. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Mentor

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    Maybe. My local Wal Mart had a shelf packed with 9mm Blazer Brass. It looked like they had just stocked that shelf full that morning so it could all be gone by now. If it's all sold, then the panic is still in full force.

    One of my favorite local dealers still hasn't received the four Colt ARs that he ordered last fall. His card was charged by Colt back in December and he can't get a call back from the Colt rep. If the buying is slowed, the manufacturing is still back-ordered in the thousands.
  4. The Sentinel

    The Sentinel New Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    It doesn't seem to be slowing down here in California....every gun shop I've gone to in the past month are just about out of everything and waiting for shipments that they say sell out as soon as they get shipments in. Been wanting a Henry Big Boy rifle, .357 mag for over a year. Decided to make the plunge and get one, but now can't find one locally when they were all over the place before.

    Had trouble getting .38+P last week at local gun shop. All sold out...
  5. mulletguter

    mulletguter New Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    SE FL
    In the last month I’ve been to 3 shows. The CWP classes are chock full and hand gun sales are brisk but not the 1 ½ hr wait to do the paper work like Nov. and Dec. Plenty of ARs. PS90s etc. sitting on the tables with out many buyers. If the ecomany continues down the crapper there should be lots of deals for dealer and private sales for those with a job and some cash.
  6. jnyork

    jnyork Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Arizona and Wyoming
    Last show here in Yuma packed to the walls with people, most I have ever seen. Not one round of .22 rimfire available in town except the way overpriced stuff at one local shop. Ammo shelves at three walmarts barren of almost everything.

    Nope, not over by a long shot, IMHO
  7. BillyBothHands

    BillyBothHands New Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    I think the rush is till going strong. I thought it might be slowing down here but when I started paying attention it seemed to be more along the line of everyone getting used to it. Including things better in stock (maybe this is more manufacturing or just better ordering on part of retailers). Also I've noticed the employees getting better at managing the crowds so you get the impression of less busy. Also a lot of the just lost and confused people are learning maybe? and/or have spent all their money lol. Just my 2 cents I enjoy people watching especially if its something 'out of the ordinary' such as the recent rush. So far I've been lucky haven't had any issues getting my hands on anything I've wanted at a current price. Yes ammo is high i don't like that, but I haven't felt like I've been price gouged in any way at the places I frequent.
  8. TheDriver

    TheDriver Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    In central KY, I'd say yes. In fact, other than a shortage of non-pc mags, I never saw an extensive shortage.
  9. Phydeaux642

    Phydeaux642 Participating Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I thought it was slowing down some where I'm at until a couple of weeks ago when it got worse. I can't find anything worth the money anymore.
  10. Ohio Gun Guy

    Ohio Gun Guy Senior Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Central Ohio
    My local wal mart is still sold out all common ammo. Its crazy how bare their ammo shelf is. In fact, the last two times I walked through someone was buying a rifle. (Central Ohio)
  11. DCortez

    DCortez New Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    Houston, Texas
    Not til we all run out of money, lol.
  12. Gunther

    Gunther New Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    Here in Central Pennsylvania the Wal-Marts have some ammo now but it goes out as fast as it goes in and they have signs up blaming the ammo manufacturers "shortage". The gun shows the past 4-6 weeks have been totally nuts. Any EBR or semi-auto handguns were selling briskly along with military caliber ammo. It wasn't unusual to see a guy with a new handgun or EBR with a case of ammo under his arm heading for the car all the time. Reloading supplies are being hit hard, I had an awful time getting 1000 22 cal 55gr FMJ, finally got some from Cabelas. Yeah I would say its still goin strong here
  13. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Participating Member

    Dec 9, 2008
    Texas ~ Join the NRA & TSRA
    Maybe just slightly. The local Wally Worlds have 45 ACP, 5.56/223, and 308 again.

    The gun shows are still packed in the Houston/Pasadena areas and the prices certainly aren't coming down yet on things like ARs.

    Considering some of the legislation coming from the ruling class in Washington, I imagine it will be a while before the market relaxes enough to allow the prices to drop. That or there will be a complete enough saturation that everyone who is going to buy based on future predictions will have bought all they want/can afford, and there might be a price drop then as well.
  14. trayzor

    trayzor New Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Boise, ID
    I don't believe it is slowing down. I think the majority of people are evaluating what to spend their money on, since many continue to lose their jobs, or fear they might. You also have people preparing taxes now and will be contemplating how to spend any refunds they get back.

    Ammo is still backordered or non existent. The guns shops are short on firearms (at least around here). I personally continue to buy ammo with each paycheck, although I have cut down on my indoor range time slightly until weather here allows me to go outside more.

    Over the next few months I think you'll start to see a trend in one direction or another regarding the economy, jobs, and the attack on the Second Ammendment. Don't be surprised to see this ramp up again like it did last year when it became clear Obama was leading the race.
  15. f4t9r

    f4t9r Senior Member

    May 27, 2005
    not here, just went to the gun show and it was crazy. Could hardly walk around because of so many people
  16. cindynles

    cindynles New Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    So. Cal (aka Peoples Republic of **********)
    Still going strong in So Cal

    The rush is going strong in southern california. My wife relented and allowed me to spend some of our tax refund on a new toy (Glock 19:evil:). So I started looking for one, called every dealer within 50 miles of me, Temecula, and couldn't find anyone with any in stock. So after a week I decided to put a 50% deposit down so that I would get first crack at the next shipment. As luck would have it while I was in the store on my lunch break last Wed filling out the deposit paperwork FedEx show up with 10 G19s:neener:. I got one of them ($549) and they sold 5 more while I was in the store. This was on a Wed at lunch time.
  17. Lonestar.45

    Lonestar.45 Participating Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Yep. I was there today around noon and it was the same way. It is definitely NOT slowing down, except in the sense that there is no ammo to be had and a LOT fewer guns.

    AR15 stripped lowers for $200-$250 (were $125 back in September). Complete DPMS lowers $425 (were $225 several months back). NO .223 ammo. NO 9mm ammo. NO .45acp ammo. WASR 10's $700 and up. Cheapest AR I saw was $1,200, most were $1,500 and up. Unissued Yugo SKS's for $295.
    Of course there were still all the obligatory bolt actions, shotguns, revolvers, used pistols.
    There is usually two large ammo dealers. One of them had packed up and left by Sunday when I got there, as they sold out of everything. That's a first, they usually always still have some odd calibers or reloads left.

    I did find a guy with some NEW Glock 19 mags for $20. I bought 3, as I had stocked up a ton before the price hike, but I could not pass up those prices since the cheapest I can find them anywhere locally is $29. He was out of G17 mags at that price or I'd have bought more for a buddy of mine that wants some.

    I've been going just about every month for the last few years, and the last few months I have seen the incredible rush, panic buying, price hikes, etc. But, I have to say, today felt different. There didn't seem to be a crazy panic buying mood (I think lack of product and high prices contributed to that), but I overheard a lot more talk of "revolution" and survival stuff than I normally do. You always run into that at the gunshow and it seemed to me in the past to be more of a fringe deal, but this time there was a whole lot more of it from a lot more people that make me take a real notice.
  18. Yosemite Sam

    Yosemite Sam Member

    Dec 4, 2008
    People are getting their tax refunds. I don't see a slowdown till May. :D
  19. Cajun

    Cajun New Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    It seems like it might be slowing down some here in North Louisiana I was at my local gun shop the other day and they had some AR's and AK's and a good supply of ammo.The last couple of times I went in there there was hardly anybody in there matter of fact when I was in there last week I was the only one in the store!!
  20. PTK

    PTK Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    The Wal-Marts in the Denver area have been stocking CCI Brass 9mm, 40, and 45 without fail this entire time. :)

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