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Gunshow Today

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ratshooter, Feb 28, 2009.

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  1. Ratshooter

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    I went to the gunshow today in Mesquite Tx. I don't want an AR myself but did look at several. There were lots of ARs to choose from. The prices seemed to have been running from $1100 to $1500 average price.

    The S&W ARs were around $1200. My buddy that was with me said he bought the same rifle as I was looking at a year ago for $850. There were a lot of rifles available. Not a lot of ammo though. Also there didn't seem to be many people buying. I only saw one person doing the paperwork on a gun. I have no idea what they bought. I didn't see any private sells either.

    I'm not bashing the dealers or the high prices. I had a good time just getting out of the house. I broke my little toe two weeks ago and haven't been doing much lately. Just thought I would let you guys that are looking for AR rifles know that there are quite a few out there to be had.

    Maybe its come to a point where people that wanted an EBR have got one. Hopefully the prices have peaked and the demand is down. Now if the prices will fall like they did for gas when everyone stopped driving so much. Maybe we have seen what the market will bear.
     
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    was poking around the gunshops here in town today... ar-15's are available for $900 - 1200... ammo stocks are full, in whatever caliber, but being a handloader, i'm not sure if the prices were acceptable or not. wwb 40 was about $15, 45 about $18, and 9mm about $14, ultramax 223 was $23... all i can really remember. ar-15 mags are available - plastic ones are about $26, and aluminum are $22.

    for handloaders, i noted an absence of primers, and component bullets were a little light, but everything was available.
     
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    Yup and they also had a deal "buy the AR and get a Sigma pistol for $99". I took advantage of it. The S&W ARs are very nice overall. The Sigma makes a great truck gun.

    --wally.
     
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    Hey Wally your right. I totally forgot about the Sigma for a hundred bucks. He bought a 40 cal and sold it the next day for $250.00.

    Like I said we may have reached criticle mass on AR prices. All the levers and 22s seemed high also. It looked like most stuff was priced beyond what buyers were willing to pay.

    The dealers weren't interested in buying either. If their stock isn't moving they aren't inclined to buy anymore new stuff. Again I'm not dealer bashing. A dealer will price his items for the most he thinks he will get. I just think they have maxed out, at least with the present economy.

    There were also several people with ARs for sale. I passed a couple more coming in as I was leaving. One guy had a Colt for $1150. I don't know enough about ARs to tell if the gun was any good or not. He was there when I got there and hadn't sold it when I left.

    I have said it and so have others, I believe there will be a lot of these guns on the used market before long. At affordable prices too.
     
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    At my store Bushmasters were around $800 and Colts ran from $1100 to $1800. I usually get at least 10% off on my purchases. How do these prices sound?
     
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    Dang; wish I'd know about that deal when it happened! :(
     
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    The Academy here had several EBRs in stock priced under $1,000. Can't understand why anyone would pay gun show prices for one.
     
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    I guess what I was trying to say when I started this thread was that for you folks looking for an AR they seem to be available again. The guy I went with went to a gunshow a couple of weeks before and said people were 3 deep trying to get rifles, uppers and lowers. Also people were lined up with a 30 to 60 minute wait to get the paperwork done on their purchase.

    I expected a madhouse and it just wasn't there. There were many tables covered with ARs and if you could live with the asking price you had lots of choices and no competition.

    I do wish ammo prices would come down (don't we all), and who knows maybe it will. I got a new catalog from Natchez today and saw that the AA2230 powder I wanted to order a few days ago went from $104 to $119 for an 8 pound jug. Now I think I will hold off buying. I don't know that I will live long enough to shoot up what I have now. I just hate feeling like I am being taken advantage of.
     
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