I was checking online prices earlier today. I purchased a M&P-15 Sport the day before the Newtown shootings 2 weeks ago for $600 NIB. They are currently selling on gun sites like Gunbroker
for a "Purchase Now" price of $1,700-$1,800 and actual bids are well over a $1,000. That markup is better than the gold and oil rates! I'm glad I have two of them along with a few other models I got when the prices were still below MSRP.
FWIW, I believe many of the rifles purchased in the past 10 days were by "scalpers" and/or speculators hoping the price will run up due to panic buying and they're trying to cash in. Even my S&W 15-22 has gone from $400 to $600 and it's a .22! I can only imagine what they will cost if any sort of AWB is ever really
enacted. Now all I want to know is why is all the ammo going off the shelves? Is this becoming one of those manufactured shortages caused by the few who want to cash in? I suppose it's like a certain Obama adviser one said, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste".