What’s going on in the gun industry


It’s almost as if you could have prepared for this beforehand or something, but in the past week, people have gone berzerk when it comes to gun and ammo sales. It is almost as if people thing wild hyenas are inbound.

I have done my part to help on a small, personal scale. For instance, four of my friends/family members in the past week have asked me for guns or ammo for guns they already have but were caught short and I hooked them up. Don’t get me wrong, they are not inexperienced when it comes to firearms– so I am not concerned about training or safety issues– they just didn’t have them on-hand. It’s the same as with a car. For example, if a friend of yours with a driver’s license needs a car for a couple weeks and you have several, wouldn’t you loan them one?

Anyway, I can’t personally help everyone but here are some trends I have seen and heard of in recent days, for your consumption.

What’s universally white-hot popular:
-9mm, 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39mm ammo
-Any defense-style handgun be it big names like Glock and Beretta to smaller stuff like SCCY
-Low-to-medium shelf semi-auto centerfire rifles (ARs, AKs).
-Reflex (red dot) sights.
-12 and 20 gauge slugs/buckshot.

What is unpopular (i.e. still in stock):
-Centerfire hunting rifle ammo like .30-30, .270, 7mm-08.
-Oddball handgun rounds like 45LC, 9mm Makarov, 357 SIG, 45 GAP, 10mm Auto, .32ACP.
-Super high-end rifles and shotguns.
-Top-shelf carry guns like STIs, Nighthawks, Kimbers
-Bolt-action rifles.
-22LR ammo.
-Classic milsurp rounds such as 7.62x54r, 308/7.62NATO, .30-06
-Magazines seem to still be in good supply.

Take that as you will. Just passing it on.

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About laststandonzombieisland

Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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