After reading some of the posts about "you'd better get your guns and ammo now" I decided to head out this weekend and find out for myself if this is true or not. Here is what I found.
Let me say first that I live in south east Florida and visited several local gun shops in my area so my findings are from a very small group. But non-the-less, what I found was interesting.
The half a dozen small private shops all had a common theme. Get it now! Prices are only going higher!!! FACT: Obama is going to take your guns. The salesman recited the story just like it was written in the article put out by the NRA. I priced a small sampling of guns, especially a shotgun my son wanted for home protection. Either a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 930 or a Bennelli pump. I priced AR-15s for a small sample of prices. I also got ammo prices for .223, .40cal and 12 gauge. One store owner told me they were running very low on ammo. You know...supply and demand and the prices are understandably higher as if there would soon be NONE left. YIKES!
I got my pricing and then went out to Dick's Sporting goods. Much to my surprise they had all the shotguns we had priced earlier. Yes, the exact makes and models. The prices on these shotguns were ALL $100 to $150 LESS at Dicks. Wow, big difference! The private shops didn't have an AR for anything much less than $900. One store had none under $1000. Again Dicks had name brand AR's for well under the prices quoted.
On to ammo... Dick's had plenty of whatever we wanted. Higher prices? Nope. I bought a box of 250 rounds of .40 cal full metal jacket Remington umc on sale for $89. I didn't think they would run sales and drop prices when the demand was so high. Humm. They also had plenty of what ever else I wanted at much lower prices than any of the small stores quoted me. MUCH less!
12 gauge ammo at Dick's? Not a problem. Tons of it. The shelves were stacked high with great prices good selection and lots of it. No shortage there.
I'm saddened to see how dishonest the smaller shops were. I always try to support the smaller store vs large ones but they aren't even close on price. Shame on them and I feel sorry for the suckers that get caught in their web of lies and pay these ridiculousness prices I saw this weekend. But as the saying goes...buyer beware.
I'm sure there ARE smaller shops that are honest and offer good prices and service in other parts of the country. Just haven't found one in this area.
BTW... Gander Mountain is another one who offers a low price-match guarantee and great selection. Friendly service without the attitude.