Local Gun Shop: Panic Buying or Going out of Business sale?
I went into a gunshop. I figured most everything I was going to want would be gone, and it was. My greater surprise was how basicaly everything was gone. Not one AR on a bare display wall that normally has 60 + ARs. Most every handgun / pistol that has a factory mag that carries +15 ronunds gone, other then a few Glock & Springfield XDs, gone. Sure plenty of other handguns, but nothing much that has +15 capacity.
This shop tends to be about $25 to 35 high on a typical pistol. It is located in an upper middle class area, and they offer free range time with sale of new / in box pistols, so the cost is a wash as long as you take advantage of the range time. The level of panic at that location could be do to their customer base. However, sales had been a little slow over the summer, so I figured all those missing ARs had to be good for business.
So I say to the owner who knows me well enough to know my name, "Looks like you have been doing well." He went on to tell me it has been a good sales week or two, but at this point, he does not know when he will get more inventory, and looking at 2013, he does not know if he will be in business depending on legislation.
He was looking at it as a possible forced going out of business sale. It was an interesting point of view (that anyone might have in his shoes). Thought it was worth sharing.