OK...I'm new to the AR scene, but have several other guns and have been shooting forever. I want to get an AR-style 5.56mm rifle while you still can (no paranoia here, eh?), and have had my local gunshop guy looking for one. I live in Indiana, where gun laws are friendlier, and he's checked with several distribuors for a rifle or carbine in the S&W M&P 15 Sport range. Here's what a Smith employee told me:
The demand on that model has been extremely high and we are having difficulty keeping them in supply to meet all of the incoming orders.
Anyone know of a distributor that has anything like that? I'm not picky...would like a decent barrel (16"), maybe a flattop with detachable handle, 5.56 as opposed to .223, M4-type buttstock, etc. I would like an A2-style front sight with either a handle-mounted or rail-mounted rear sight. Nothing fancy, just your basic B-flat rifle. (Sorry...I'm a band director...). I've bugged my machinist son who owns one and has made parts for his enough to know the differences between low-and high-end carbines and have accepted that my price range rules out what you guys might normally recommend. Since I'm almost 60, the lack of a dustcover and forward assist doesn't bother me...knees won't let me crawl thru the mud...
. Anyway, what's going on? Just a high-demand-low-supply market? This is starting to remind me of the primer/ammo/9mm shortage a year or so ago.