Meanwhile as the year winds down firearms sales are in the toilet almost like someone flipped a switch. Stuff that would have sold within hours is now sitting for weeks or months. Manufacturers are desperate to unload product. One place I buy from was offering a special discount on top of distributor prices plus an extra discount so I snagged a couple of AR rifles for well under $400. The machines keep running and the workers can't stand around idle so they have too much inventory and not enough demand.
Smart businesses don't make kneejerk responses to transitory changes to the marketplace.
We are at a weird place. Retailers are selling guns for my wholesale cost and sometimes firearms and parts are even lower. Last night Mrgunsngear posted a deal on a Geissele Automatics SSA-E drop in 2 stage AR trigger for a couple of bucks less than I can get it from one of my distributors. Pretty hard to be competitive when big sellers are undercutting what you can sell things for but that same trigger would have been Unobtanium last year. This morning I saw an online seller listing Springfield Hellcats for $399.99 (now sold out), and those things were retailing for close to $600 easy last year and that $399 price is well below my dealer cost, by a lot. Same website has the Smith & Wesson Shield EZ in 9mm for $349, which is $50 below dealer cost. WTF?
Ammunition is still way too high, you are hard pressed to get 5.56mm for less than $.50/round shipped. People seem to be holding off on new firearms but are still loading up on ammo. It makes sense, I doubt many people who are serious about an impeding calamity don't already have ample firearms but always could use more ammo. If you already have enough AR-15s for everyone in the family to have two with some to spare, you probably don't need another one especially if you have been smart and stocking up on spare parts.
But as I keep saying, that can change overnight. In fact I am counting on it changing overnight. When it does, prices are going to spike and availability is going to disappear. I figured it would have happened already but it certainly is coming at some point, sooner rather than later. If someone with control over their bowel movements was in the Oval Office it would have happened already.
Take advantage of this situation to fill in the gaps in your own supply. Make smart, strategic purchases, in other words don't buy gimmicks or "safe queen" guns unless you have an awful lot of disposable income. Time is short.