The “feast or famine” mode of the firearms business continues to languish in famine mode. Gone are the heady days of 2020 when people would drive four hours each way to get an AR-15 or come up from Indianapolis to purchase a Sig Sauer P365. Now almost everything is in stock and distributors and manufacturers are slashing prices to try to move products.
One of the largest AR manufacturers announced a “MAP” suspension, MAP being minimum advertised price. The MAP pricing is intended to create a level playing field by preventing larger shops from selling at super low prices. Now they are allowing shops to sell their ARs and parts for whatever they want to move some inventory.
My wholesale distributors seem panicky. One is sending our “deal alerts” multiple times a day, another is running daily inventory reduction sales. Mostly what they are pushing are crap guns, Iver Johnson and G-Force and Bersa, SCCY and other very low end firearms. That stuff was selling when cities were burning and you couldn’t find anything else but now you can get decent quality firearms at good prices.
Some items remain hard to find. I have been trying to get my hands on a Beretta 1301 tactical shotgun for some time to no avail. Many of the most popular revolvers, especially in .44 magnum, are tough to get. But 9mm handguns? Those are available in any configuration you want. The same with most ARs.
My advice is to use this information to figure out what you would like to upgrade and do it now. Is your carry gun something you feel very confident in? If not, it is a great time to upgrade. Upgrading your AR is even easier, you can just pop the upper off and put something a little nicer right on the same lower. Keep an eye out for good deals, the other day Palmetto State was selling clearance CZ P-10s for $299, that is a crazy price and they disappeared in a hurry. You might be confident in your primary go-to gun and even your back-up but a tertiary rifle is always a good idea.
Of course having a safe full of cool guns doesn’t mean much if you don’t practice with them, and I am mostly talking to myself here. Ammo is still too expensive, especially 5.56/.223 which is stubbornly holding above $.40/round. It is available though and that is a nice improvement compared to where it was.
As always remember this can change overnight, a few riots and burning cities and gun stores will empty out in short order. Don’t wait until the next civil unrest if you have some needs to fill in your line-up.