Quantcast
  1. Upgrade efforts paused for now. Thanks for your patience. More details in the thread in Tech Support for those who are interested.
    Dismiss Notice

Have gun people stopped buying?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 12Pump, Jan 26, 2022.

  1. sota

    sota Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2012
    Messages:
    951
    I can only speak for me, but with prices (at least formerly) being excessive, and the uncertainty the times caused, I paused or canceled a tremendous amount of non-essential spending, across the board.

    Given that that uncertainty hasn't waned much, if anything it's getting worse, I'm still continuing to curb non-essential spending.

    I do have a feeler out for a pair of Colt Competitions though. :D
     
    slickracer and Mark_Mark like this.
  2. Ed4032

    Ed4032 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2007
    Messages:
    446
    Location:
    Texas
    It’s probably all my fault. I stopped buying guns a couple of years ago. Just getting to that age now.
     
    Poper, .308 Norma and Mark_Mark like this.
  3. vintovka

    vintovka Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2020
    Messages:
    896
    Needed to update this. should read

    "diesel is approaching $7 and food is 30-40%" That said now that fuel is approximately 100% more than the last time i went to a gunshow 5 months ago i didn't go or buy anything. Remember and get ready to punish those did this to us.
     
  4. rust collector

    rust collector Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    5,143
    Location:
    Pierre, SD USA
    I will still occasionally buy stuff I can use, but recently I have been more inclined to sell stuff I am not using for a lot more than I paid long ago. Selection and availability have rebounded a bit (less than 8 cents a round for Aguila HP here) and I believe prices will continue to cycle down as well as up. Norma was producing 65 million rounds annually in 1945. It just recently came back to 30 million.
     
    vintovka and 270OKIE like this.
  5. NIGHTLORD40K

    NIGHTLORD40K Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2015
    Messages:
    10,194
    Location:
    Nostramo (in absentia), Segmentum Ultima
    Yup, when it was just ammo, I could afford to splurge occasionally on non-essential guns and recreational shooting. By that, I mean any firearms that wouldn't be especially useful during a societal breakdown- target .22s, safe queens, etc.

    But now that fuel and, especially, food are outrageous the pew-pew is gunna be on hold for a while.

    Still sitting on a deep pile of stuff for serious social work, though. When the bread riots start, things are likely to get hairy fast.

    If its any consolation, the half of the country responsible for putting us in this mess are, by and large, paying more than the half who voted the other way.

    They will also be the ones who starve first.....
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2022
    WiTom and Shanghai McCoy like this.
  6. Blkhrt13

    Blkhrt13 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2017
    Messages:
    2,292
    Location:
    The armpit of Satan (south Louisiana)
    I wish I could stop. I keep saying I’m about to focus on accessories such as holsters and ammo and stop buying new tools but I can’t quit. If I find a deal I make a payment until the tool comes home. I don’t understand how I keep finding things even during the scourge. I do think it’s backing off. Things are more in stock. Prices are going down. Or I am lucky I can’t tell.
     
    270OKIE likes this.
  7. WiTom

    WiTom Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2016
    Messages:
    320
    I have switched to making the guns I have, better. Two of my 1911's have gotten new grips, and one got a Burris Fastfire installed on it, some new Vortex and Leopold scopes on a few of the rifles, night sights on the Desert Eagle, and as I get older, I am even putting another Ultradot, on one of my Super Redhawk 44 mags, and getting rid of some of the open sights. Not all, because I don't want to depend all, on a bunch of batteries, but I have stocked up on the ones I need. Haven't quit buying, per say, but just don't need as much these days.
     
    cc-hangfire and Hartkopf like this.
  8. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    8,644
    Location:
    The Mid-South.
    Even a guy who Owns Six Horses still gradually buys guns. He is Far from wealthy- a high school teacher.

    This same friend bought a NIB M1A-1 (“M-14”) six weeks ago .

    —-After watching my new (“HK”) PTR-91 hit a gong - with :)Iron Sights- at 400 yards, he offered to buy it.

    Being from Essen Germany, he really likes the G3 clone.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2022
    270OKIE likes this.
  9. fjblair

    fjblair Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2015
    Messages:
    109
    Location:
    NC Mountains
    I'm done buying. I actually need to sell some guns that never get used.
     
  10. Obturation

    Obturation Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2018
    Messages:
    3,871
    Location:
    Northern illinois
    I'm not buying, I've got more than I'll ever need but when/if prices return to sane numbers I'm sure I'll start buying again. Only factory ammo I buy is 45 acp & 10mm, just because in normal times it's not worth my effort if I can buy cheap. I've bought 1 box of 45 acp in mid 2020 and that's been it, I've traded for primers, bought lead and gotten some powder when it's a fair price but no guns. Strange thing seems to be that guns that were cheap are much more now while guns that were pricey before seem to have remained the same price .

    I'm still waiting to find a bfr in 500 jrh for around $1000, if I see it I'll buy. I'm not paying $1500, if I'm going to spend that kind of money I'd rather get another used freedom arms revolver.
     
    Beach Bum and 270OKIE like this.
  11. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    16,368
    Location:
    Hawaii
    Gun goes in, guns come out... components come in bullets go out.....nope, my buying spending habits havent changed much over the last few years
     
  12. twarr1

    twarr1 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    964
    Location:
    Central TX
    If I come across a firearm I want at a decent price I’ll buy it. Most everything else like reloading supplies, accessories and (rarely) ammo I usually buy online. But those purchases have been pretty much put on hold because of high shipping charges. If I have a list of 10 things I need, invariably 3 or 4 will be out of stock, meaning I have to pay one shipping charge now and another when the OOS items are available. If I wait for the 3-4 items to be in stock, then a different set of items will be out. It’s especially bad with the ‘Limit 1’ (or 2) for primers and powders. Can’t order 5000 primers and 10 pounds of powder to dilute the hazmat charge.
    I probably have enough components to last many years but I like to experiment with new propellant/bullet combinations.
    And contrary to popular belief, Texas isn’t the land of firearm plenty. The drought is probably as bad or worse here than anywhere.
     
    270OKIE likes this.
  13. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,891
    I find myself rationalizing good prices "for nowadays" and having to stop myself. Did this just today with a S&W model 64-3 4" heavy barrel. Took all the willpower I had to leave it laying there at the show.


    I have slowed down, but a lot of that is due to simply not really "needing" anything. I suspect I would have gotten to this point pandemic or not.
     
    Scout21, cc-hangfire and 270OKIE like this.
  14. hdbiker

    hdbiker Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,004
    I have everything I need and 90% of what I've wanted, at today's prices they can keep my last 10%
     
    wbm, twarr1, 3850remhep and 4 others like this.
  15. Hartkopf

    Hartkopf Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2019
    Messages:
    2,343
    Location:
    Texas
    10% for the big guy!?!?:what::D
     
    Ignition Override likes this.
  16. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    11,510
    I need more revolvers and Colt 1911
     
  17. Scout21

    Scout21 Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2019
    Messages:
    568
    Location:
    99 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
    Except for a box of ammo here or there every few months or so, I haven't bought much since 2020.

    I noticed the ammo shortage beginning around April or so of 2020 and, being reactive instead of being proactive, I bought a sizeable amount of ammo and some magazines over the following months. Prices remained relatively normal throughout 2020 from what I saw, but when 2021 came around prices seriously began to elevate which prompted me to slow down and nearly stop on the purchases. I had pretty much everything I needed at that point anyway.

    I have nearly halted all shooting due to the sour taste of having to replace what I shoot at nearly doubled prices. I plink with a .22 here and there, and I quickly replace what little I happened to use. For the time being I'm largely holding onto my stash and waiting out the storm.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2022
  18. peeplwtchr

    peeplwtchr Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2019
    Messages:
    1,414
    Which city was this in?
     
  19. vintovka

    vintovka Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2020
    Messages:
    896
    Something else to consider that may affect what you buy. I do more than a bit of business on the largest net auction site for firearms and such. Been personally seeing a huge jump in non paying bidders. Must be really bad as auction administrators are automatically banning deadbeats on not only first full offence but on submission of a simple payment reminder. When I contacted them about it they actually were talking about "sharing" (read that as selling) names of non payers to other auction sites. Believe the word "vetting" was used. Chinese style Social rating comes to mind.
     
    270OKIE likes this.
  20. GAF

    GAF Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2012
    Messages:
    1,155
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I have paused my gun purchases because I have another almost life long hobby that I am expending a lot of cash on high end photographic equipment.
    Gun purchases will resume soon.
     
    3850remhep likes this.
  21. rust collector

    rust collector Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    5,143
    Location:
    Pierre, SD USA
    I try to work with the ebb and flow, cycles, rhythms and gyrations in the marketplace rather than fight, hoard and "win". Gun shops had nothing to sell a year ago, and they now have good selections and are once again offering incentives to buy (to the extent that I reached for my moth-eaten wallet this week). Ammo selection and prices still leave much to be desired, but that too is getting better, slowly but surely. There will be continuing challenges and opportunities, and we will learn to make the best of them.
     
  22. Omaha-BeenGlockin

    Omaha-BeenGlockin Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    2,881
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    I picked up a new Benelli in January--but have no intention of buying anything else mainly because the safe is busting at the seams with guns but will have to give the Ruger/Marlin .30-30 a real hard look when I come across one.

    Have also been getting things for my place--new bed (old one was 25 years old and killing my back)--Rotel amp/pre-amp--new microwave (15 years old and falling apart)---and looking at new furniture because my stuff has seen better days------will be done with child support in 3 months, so might be looking into a new truck if the price/deal is right-----this will be after 30 years of child support over my several kids----inflation hasn't really affected me because I'm one money tight some beach--I've had to be---now I'm looking at a windfall that will go directly to the retirement acct other than the occasional new toy.
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2022
    Scout21 likes this.
  23. Reloadron

    Reloadron Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    9,192
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    Been there and done that. :)

    Ron
     
    3850remhep likes this.
  24. marksman13

    marksman13 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Messages:
    3,147
    Location:
    Mississippi
    I think the general population has stopped buying. Gun folks are still buying what they need and want. I know I’ve been buying more lately just because supply is starting to gain a little ground on demand recently and I can find some stuff locally that I couldn’t find last year.
     
    GAF and Reloadron like this.
  25. 3850remhep

    3850remhep Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2021
    Messages:
    80
    Location:
    HouTex
    Ditto, and it doesn't help after 33 years of a company furnishing your gear (which was all left behind at retirement) to suddenly being retired but still a strongly visual individual. Fortunately, I am happy with older manual focus lenses, the digital camera bodies, aint cheap, though.

    Oh, at this point I'm done buying, I'd much rather be shooting than shopping. I do feel a need to create some room in the safe and offset some of the recent acquisitions, so I'm reaching a sale mindset.
     
    Reloadron likes this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice