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AR's stacked like cord wood

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ID-shooting, Jun 21, 2013.

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  1. ID-shooting

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    Browsed some local shops yesterday. One thing stood out, each one had piles of AR rifles in every variant imaginable. Not just 2 or 3, but like 20 each. Prices from $800 clear up to one shop still panic pricing at $2k (who still had the WalMart tags on them) hehehe.

    Talked to one sales dude who said sales are back to pre-panic levels.

    Sooooo, if one was in the market, do you wait a while to see if a surplus drives the price lower or buy one now that they are back to "normal"?

    I do not need one, but might enjoy one.
     
  2. MErl

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    There will probably be an undershoot if folks get badly overstocked. Don't need it now, might as well give it another month.
     
  3. hso

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    Patience is a virtue.

    This is this morning's inventory of ARs at the local Academy. Prices started at $759. The .22 ARs were on the other end of the firearms counter so those are all .223+. They also had dozens of 50rd boxes of .22lr for $3.
     

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  4. yzguy87

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    I personally want an AK and an AR-10 but I'm going to wait some more. Id really like to buy soon but I have a feeling there are a lot of people who bought stuff that really aren't into shooting and they're going to be unloading their stuff for cheap.
    I bought a bunch of ferderal gmm and federal fusion that way right before the panic and got a heck of a deal on it!
     
  5. Trent

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    When I went to one local shop last week I counted 52 AR-15's on the rack.

    Another dealer I went to, is selling off 100+ lowers at cost, now, to get his money back out of them.

    I'd say the AR shortage is over. :)

    Ammo is also getting a lot easier to find. So are SOME reloading components.

    223/9mm/22LR still scarce. Rest is readily available.

    I should have sold off my entire collection and then "upgraded". :)
     
  6. Averageman

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    They are stacked deep here locally too!
    I'm in the Market for a new DD AR and was happy to see there were 3 on the wall at my LGS. As they didn't have exactly what I wanted I asked if they could get what I was specifically looking for and they got on the phone immeadiatly.
    I think we have seen the end of the panic buying in AR's for the time being. In 6 more months I am really hoping the ammo situation normalizes.
     
  7. breakingcontact

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    AKs are still high.

    ARs are back to relatively normal.
     
  8. Sheepdog1968

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    I was at my local gun store yesterday to get my hunting license and tag. There were some AR lowers, XD pistols, and a few other fire handguns, lots of bolt and lever action rifles, and many shot guns. Also lots of hunting ammo in various caliber though no 22 LR. It does indeed look as if the worse part of it is over.

    I go in there every few weeks to hold a new browning a5 which I plan to buy. Also saw and held for the first time a browning BLR take down hog hunter model (18" barrel available in 223 or 308). I gotta say the BLR really impressed me. I'm not sure I need it as I have a love affair with my 30-30 lever action but there is a temptation.
     
  9. M-Cameron

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    personally im waiting for all the panic buyers to start selling theirs, and then when the market is saturated with AR, im hoping to be able to pick up a LNIB AR15 for a few hundred bucks.
     
  10. taliv

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    i didn't do that, but i did sell/upgrade quite a few things.


    to the OP: if you just want a shooter, go buy it now. If you want an investment, you probably will be able to get things cheaper in the near future, so I'd be patient. HOWEVER, keep in mind that at any minute some improperly medicated nutcase could shoot up another school with another illegally obtained AR and in just a few minutes, we could be back where we were in January. No one can predict that of course, so it just depends on how bad you want one and how bad you want the money.
     
  11. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Our lgs has several as they don't have the buying power of the big box stores.
     
  12. AethelstanAegen

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    I went into one of my local stores here in Virginia today to look at what they had for milsurps on consignment (picked up a Hakim). They had huge rack full of AKs and ARs priced at around $800-900 (seemed to be mostly Bushmaster and Windham Weaponry, but I didn't look too carefully). It would seem the gun panic is starting to calm down now, but the ammo is still fairly scarce (the store still had a limit on ammo purchases).
     
  13. jrdolall

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    I have been seeing plenty of AR variants for the past month or more from $599 and up. Academy and Gander are loaded with them and not selling.
    I think many people paid soooo much that the market for used rifles will not be good for a while. Many will hold on rather than taking a huge loss-if they can do so financially.
    I still can't find ANY .22 LR anywhere around here.
     
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    Colt's are never going to be any cheaper than they are right now at Wal-Mart.

    If you want one, you better get one while you can.
     
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    Id wait. My LGS are also dripping with inventory. Hundreds of rifles on display (with who knows how many more in the back) and nobody in the store.

    This place is famous for their poor customer service but because i was about the only shopper in the store...THREE different people asked of they could help me. They panic surge is over and theyre all twiddling their thumbs.

    Time is on your side.
     
  16. gotigers

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    Same in Memphis. Many stores have to much AR inventory and prices are falling.

    Now if the ammo will start being overstocked.
     
  17. PabloJ

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    I would rather put my money into something truly useful like an M1A. With all those next to useless accessories the AR platform is huge money pit while the Garand actioned rifle is simple proven and needs to added decorations.
     
  18. gotigers

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    Lol. You dont have to buy the accessories. What you call a money pit, many call flexibility or modular.
     
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    That "few hundred bucks" would not be anything less than $600. Most common AR15's now are priced between $700-1000.

    For anyone holding out and waited patiently to buy an AR, now is a good time.
     
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    You're right, an M1A is truly useful. Especially if you lose your barbells. You could always bench press it as much as it weighs.
     
  21. Pilot

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    If you don't have one, get one now, as the next mass shooting will certainly be used by the politicians, and ex-hippies to push for another AWB, mag restrictions, and any other restriction they can think of.
     
  22. X-Rap

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    All these fantastic notions of cheap LNIB AR's for less than 50 cents on the dollar are just that, fantasy.
    We have been through a few panics and I have yet to see prices lower on the backside than what retail was before the panic. Prices will bottom out at +-$600 for what was basic bottom dollar guns and the rest will range up from that. Be careful how long you wait, as has been said, it can turn on a headline. If I were a betting man I would look for some mid range AR's on sale in a few months and buy half a dozen and just leave them set, I'd also watch sales on quality mags and when you think they have hit rock bottom buy a couple hundred of them. The potential to more than double your money exists, when I bought my first AR, an HBar I paid about $600, I'm pretty sure I've passed up the chance to double that a few times over the years. I bought a cart full of SKS for $69 that increased well over 4x that cost, wish I would have bought 2 carts full.
     
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    $699 all day long on lower end ARs with Colts less than a grand at Walmart. I think we will see a little more lowering to pre-panic prices as LGS start to try and move inventory. I think we now can see why it made no sense for these gun manufacturers to make substantial investments in their plants to produce extra guns for the panic. It ended pretty quickly and I bet orders for their ARs have come to a screeching halt.
    I bought .22 mag ammo at a decent price this weekend for my plinker. 45 is readily available as are all other handgun calibers but .22 LR is still short. I expect that to change within a month unless something else stupid happens. .223 ammo is coming back online quickly with several sites on Gunbot below $.50 per round and it was $1 two months ago.
    A $10k investment in ARs and accoutrements would probably be better than Southern Company stock right now.
     
  24. Squeaky Wheel

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    Dropped into a Cabelas this afternoon to look around. I counted over 160 AR style rifles on the racks outside of the gun counter and show room. Lots to choose from.
     
  25. greyling22

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    I don't think you will ever find a used one cheaper than a new one. If the last panic is any guide, too many people overpaid and will refuse to take a loss. You will see armslist and the like littered with 6-800 dollar guns listed for $1k+ with something to the effect of "at cost" or "just trying to get my money out" in the posting. Which is a shame, I'd love to pick up some lightly used parts at 30% "normal" pricing. 30% off panic is still higher than normal retail. Makes me feel a little bad for the non-gun guys who bought just one and now can't sell it. I hope they keep it and enjoy it. The speculators and scalpers can get screwed WAY over for all I care. If the free market says they can try and profiteer at my expense, then the free market says I can laugh at their current predicament.


    What I REALLY hope for is that lightly used reloading stuff starts hitting the market in a couple years. I want a half price dillon 650...... :)
     
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