This topic came up on arfcom and I thought it was an interesting discussion. A lot has happened since 2010. Lets take a look at some of the responses.
“For me I’d say that thanks to the MHS trials we’re now living in the golden age of the polymer handgun. Also while I’d say it began circa 2008-09 we’re in the era of the cheap AR. The milsurp C&R market though has pretty much died out though.”
.”The guns themselves haven’t changed much.”
“Republicans now love gun control” He is right on that one.
“The return of 9mm…..
The move from bigger pistols to smaller pistols.”
I would add to that, the amount of people who onec swore they would never carry a gun with a single stack mag and 7-8 round limit now carrying single stack mag pistols with 7-8 round limit. In rounds like .380 no less..
“Braces and other things that go to the edge of what is legal”
“Ammo has quadrupled in price, and the AR has made the transition from ‘Evil Black Baby Killing Monster Machine’ to ‘America’s sporting rifle’. the proliferation of manufacturers who think they can match wits with John Moses Browning when it comes to handgun design.”
“The . b40 is a little bitch. But the 9mm is the shit. Short barreled PCC AR-15s are cool. But 5.56 pistols are not”. Two good and hilarious points.
“At least two different generations of “perfection”.
- Explosion in online sales of ammo and firearms
- For pistols it is now a 9MM world no matter if guns are full, compact, or carry size
- Revolver sales have died
- Pistol braced firearms have exploded in popularity
- AR15 is now the most common rifle used for recreation, defense, and hunting where legal (especially for pigs)
- Pistol caliber carbines (and braced pistols in pistol calibers) are gaining traction more every year
- Red dot all the things
- Factory rifles are competing with custom rifles in accuracy and can consistently produce sub MOA with factory ammunition, and with lower cost than ever before
- Far too many big corp takeovers of gun manufacturers
- SJW impact on stores and companies getting out of the gun/ammo business
“NFA is faaaaaaaaaaaaaar more popular now. I got in just over 10 years ago and it was ultra rare to see NFA items at ranges. Now I see suppressors on the regular, along with SBRs – though those are declining due to pistol braces these days.”
So what do you think?