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Used gun market after the election.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Owen Sparks, May 28, 2012.

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  1. Owen Sparks

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    Something tells me that if the Republicans win big in November that there will be a bunch of AR's on the used gun market. Millions of guys went out and bought these during the 'Obama panic'. After the elections they may realize that they have $1000 tied up in a rifle that they only shot a few times and now want a Harley or an ATV or whatever and will sell their rifle now that they know it can be replaced.

    There will be some sweet deals for the rest of us.
     
  2. GEM

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    Google Romney's view on assault rifles. Keep them - you bought them for a RKBA purpose. If you sell them for a boy toy like a motorcycle, you don't understand the RKBA, at all.
     
  3. marksman13

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    I don't know if I buy into that theory. I think there will be some people that do that, but gun makers have done a really good job of showing the versatility of the AR15 platform. I think we will continue to see sales increase as the AR15 becomes the 03-A3 or M1 Garand of it's generation.
     
  4. jmr40

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    There won't be a mass sell off. Guys found that like AR's. They will be keep and enjoy using them
     
  5. wyohome

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    I remember the Y2K panic and the millions of generators sold. I expected to pick up a good never used one for half price or so after the lights did not go out. They never hit the market that I saw...maybe the same thing here.
     
  6. beatledog7

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    ARs have grown steadily in popularity, and that trend is not going to change. If anything, folks who held off buying one because they thought they might be outlawed will run out and get one.
     
  7. ol' scratch

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    I don't see it happening. There may be cheaper ammo due to the fact that people will realize they don't need 6000 rounds of (insert caliber here).
     
  8. JimStC

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    Just saying, I don't care who is Prez, I won't sell my AR's and I have more than 1 but less than 10:D unless you count the barrels. I also have three calibers. They can't compete with my bolt rifles for long distance applications but they are quite effective inside 200-300 yards.
     
  9. sirgilligan

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    I got a good new generator after Y2K at Sams Club. About half the price it was just weeks before.

    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms has one fundamental part that we all must do, the KEEP part.

    I was asked to make my Gun Log app available to the UK app store. Why? Because over there they have to track their firearm usage and make a report to submit. Why? Because if you don't use the firearm some minimum amount, you lose the privilege, because they do not have the right. So, I made a special UK report for him and put it on the store.

    It is hard to guess with inflation, and the buying power of the dollar to the Euro, etc., to know if gun prices will soften after Romney wins the election or not. Since I believe Romney is a states rights guy I think you better worry about your states view on firearms more than Romney's view. I listened to all of Romney's speach at the NRA convention (couldn't make it this year) and I believe what he said. Listen to it if you haven't.

    I do not think the ammo will be cheaper. I have to get some facts straight but I have heard that the current administration has made some deal where US ammo manufacturers did not get military contracts and they went to the UK. If so, then I see ammo prices going up.

    If you think Romney will lose and you want to buy before the election, I think that is wise. I am not sure how big a jump in prices is possible with the available cash / spending power of the average US citizen right now being on the low side of things.

    For the older ones on the forum, if you didn't get ready in the Clinton years, shame on you. For the new generation that are having to prepare and start out new, well, exercise your right as soon as you can. I put it in this priority of expenses (which of course will not be agreeable to all):
    1) Good Education for a Career
    2) Avoid Debt like a plague
    3) Find a hard working, thrifty, low up-keep spouse that has common sense and no debt
    4) Get some food, water, and supplies
    5) Get a firearm

    I just come up with that really quick, so I have probably missed something important. But the point is, exercise the right and KEEP a weapon.
     
  10. M2

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    AR prices have been dropping steadily over the past couple of years, whereas AK prices have been on the climb over the past six months or so.

    Whereas the Kalashnikov was always an inexpensive alternative to Eugene Stoner's creation, it's gotten to the point where an entry-level AR can easily be found cheaper than a basic AK!

    But I do suspect we'll see a drop after January, the same thing happened in 2008 and no matter who gets elected/re-elected this time around, it's likely the pre-election paranoia will have been for naught.

    It's all just a question as to how long it will take those who over-paid for their firearms to come to the realization that what they paid for them is not what they're worth! :scrutiny:

    Cheers! M2
     
  11. krupparms

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    After the election I do not see fokes selling off their guns . Here in South Or. we just lost the JO. County S.D.. The sales of guns is up along with the crime rate! It will get worse & unless there are some big changes it will be much worse! The people have lost faith in the justice system in D.C. & LOCALLY! At this point I see most keeping their guns & getting more if they can along with ammo! Also up is the number of CCPs being applied for &LGS are not complaining! They cannot get a lot of the guns people order &you have to wait for B.O.s. Just my opinion. Happy Memorial Day &Please remember those who gave it to us!
     
  12. Owen Sparks

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    A lot of people who bought AR type rifles during the 'Obama panic' are really not gun people and have not fired a shot shot since right after they bought them. I have a relitive who bought an AK type rifle who has NEVER even fired it. It is still in the box. I know because I am storing it in my safe for him because his wife thinks it is dangerous around the children and she made him get it out of the house.

    There could be some really good deals for those of us who are shooters.
     
  13. JimStC

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    Owen,
    Your experience may be representative of the buying public, but I doubt it.
    Seriously, how many first time (or even second or third time) gun buyers are going to buy an AR/AK? I expect, not many. They are going to buy snub something and feel well protected. May step up to a shot gun or a semi, but a black rifle, I doubt it. There is normally a steep learning curve to move from a point and shoot to a more sophisticated weapon. Just my experience......

    Jim
     
  14. Walkalong

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    Lots of new to the AR owners in the last few years, but as posted, most like them, and will keep them, especially if they paid too much.
     
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    Owen,

    That may be the case in some places and it may be that YOU or a few others will find a great deal from someone that needs the money to pay debts, but there are 2 significant factors that mean the rest of us may not be so "lucky" as to profit from some delayed buyer's remorse. The first has already been mentioned, AR popularity has grown. The second is uncertainty. People hold onto what they can unless forced to sell when they're uncertain. There's a lot of uncertainty still and until you see an economic rebound that everyone recognizes that uncertainty will keep people from selling at a loss one thing they view as a means of keep uncertainty away.

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    , basic AKs are $450-$500 at every gun show around here while basic ARs are $700-$750. If you're paying $700 locally for basic AKs please let me know so I can direct some of my friends that produce/sell AKs to your community. If you're finding entry-level ARs for $450 please let me know so I can pick up a few.
     
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    There might be a drop in new buyers if republicans win but i don't see a lot of ar owners selling.
     
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    I recently bought an AR in anticipation of the potential for Obama re -election.

    I took it out to shoot and I enjoyed it so much, I doubt I will ever part with it. I am amazed how much I enjoy shooting this gun. I am considering getting a .22 upper so it will be more affordable.

    I am currently obsessing over all the customization options I might consider.

    Best regards,

    Jeff
     
  18. Walkalong

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    It's not called the "barbie doll for men" for no reason.

    You will love a .22 upper, or conversion unit for your upper, and can shoot all day for cheap.
     
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    After the election we will have a anti-gun President.

    "These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.” Romney 2004
     
  20. Walkalong

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    A couple of posts went away. We have friends and enemies on both sides of the isle. Until either candidate actually does something on guns, let's not guess, despite some clues they left along the way.

    Let's stay on the question at hand. Will gun prices change right away depending on who wins.
     
  21. jmorris

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    No, they won't. Just like a gas station, they raise their price as soon as gas prices hint of going up (with full ground tanks). If prices drop, they do not adjust until next time they have to buy.
     
  22. Balrog

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    Now, I would have thought that Mitt Romney's Assault Weapon Ban which he signed into law in Massachussetts would qualify as "actually does something", but maybe thats just me.
     
  23. larryh1108

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    I personally feel that the people who were "nervous" the first time around went out and took care of business already. They bought the guns, rifles and/or ammo that put them at a comfort level. The hard core gun guys, like us, are ahead of the game. The flash-in-the-pans went out and bought the trendy AR or 1911 or cute, pocket pistol and they are sitting, unshot, wherever they keep them. I don't see any of the "panic" buying that occured last election except for a few knee-jerk people caught by surprise. I feel that the ones who consume the most have already consummed, IMO of course.
     
  24. Ala Dan

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    Here in Jefferson County, AL (metro Birmingham area), the budget calls for a
    reduction of force; thus effecting all Jeff Co deputies. The cuts run deep, and
    leave a total of only 50 deputies, scattered over 3 shifts to run the county jail
    and provide patrols for the area. In case you did not know, Jefferson County is
    Alabama's largest county (area and population wise); and has the highest crime
    rate in the state~! I do not see the OP's prediction of persons selling off their
    AR's, AK's, nor any serviceable-workable handgun~! ;) :D
     
  25. MagnumDweeb

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    If gun prices go down I'd be surprised no matter who gets elected. The buying bug is out there and folks are catching it left and right. Every time I get an itch to take a $1,000 down to the local gunshow and buy some used goodies I resist holding out for the days after the election as prices are somewhat inflated it seems. The first gunshow after the election I plan on taking a few grand with me down to the gunshow and seeing if I can't find some real deals (no retail purchases, just normal folks with hard cases).
     
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