Originally Posted by BenLuby
I think it's going to be a 'get it when you can' summer.
That is what I keep hearing, but I'm not seeing anywhere. Some of the mail order and Internet ammo sales places are back ordered, and seeing a healthier than normal rise in business. With that said every gun shop I've been in including Cabela's and Sportsman's Warehouse are not seeing much of a rise in black rifle sales.
Yes, if you order one from the manufacturer, the asteroid will hit before you get the damn thing. But they've always been like that because they concentrate on filling orders for large distributors before they do individuals. Joe Consumer's order will always go to the bottom of the pile, while big box retailers and major gun dealers like Davidson's get their large, multi gun orders filled rather promptly. That is why I would never "order" any type of AR-15 rifle except from a dealer that I know has it in stock when I click the mouse. If I want it outfitted with additional crap, I'll buy and install it after the fact. That's better than waiting for the second coming of Christ before they ship your gun.
The economy along with the very high unemployment rate, that is not getting any better is keeping sales of these types of items lower than normal. People can't buy what they don't have money for. Most of them are already carrying heavy credit card debt. The last thing they need is more. There are also a large number of people who feel their jobs are in danger. Many of these people are hanging by a financial thread. Paying their mortgage and stocking the fridge is going to rank higher than that new AR.
Add to the fact Romney is continuing to gain political ground over Hussein and a lot of people are not going to feel so threatened this time around. Gun manufacturers and dealers as well. They'll be very reluctant to expand production to high levels like they did the last time, only to see the bottom drop out of the AR-15 black rifle market. There have been runs on these type of weapons before, and the fear factor just doesn't seem to be there this time. Even if Hussein were to win, with the House in Republican control, the chances of more gun control is way less than it was in 2008, when everyone ran like Lemmings and stripped the shelves bare of most anything that went bang.