Please hang in there guys. My local Ma & Pa shop (Jim's Guns in Raleigh) is going through the same.... I was in there yesterday with a friend who was picking up a Beretta Nano he bought off Bud's. He only had 7 handguns for sale (all used and in good shape) and ONE Ruger 10/22 on the rack. I felt it was imporatnt to support them so while he was paying the FFL transfer fee I bought a can of Ballistol gun lube. I would have bought ammo too but... well, you know.... and the owner stated "We do appreciate it. Every little bit does help."
I have some unique insight into the situation
. My brother in law is the firearms department manager at Bass Pro in Myrtle Beach
he says things are back ordered till late March. The upper management predicts supply should catch up with the current demand no later than early April when the first of Turkey season starts
Otherwise they will start losing money BIG time.
my neighbor up the street is a Game warden with NC Wildlife Bureau
he stated that all of this is the result of a perfect storm effect. It all started when the election(s) were winding down
Because it was likely Obama would get re-elected, a LOT of people went out and got guns and ammo (myself included on that list.. it took me 3 months to get my AR upper from Del-Ton because of this)
THEN he DID get re-elected and there was more above average level buying
. Then the fiscal budgets were implimented for all LEO agencies including (but not limited to..) FBI, Homeland security, Secret Service, IRS, Fish & Game and all state and even local municipalities
and those guys have contracts on delivery and amounts
. Keep in mind, supplies are still low because of the previous mentioned panic(s)
.. then Christmas started and people buy guns & ammo as a gift
supplies get even lower
Then there was Sandy Hook
and the world of guns has turned to $h*t creek without a boat OR a paddle.
The good news is 1) the Mayans were wrong and 2) sooner or later prices will come back to sanity (remember 4 years back ???)
. It just might take some time thats all.
Till then and to all on the forum.. PLEASE support the small shops whenever you can!!