An interesting question came up on B-ARFCOM yesterday. Is the high end market for AR15s doomed? I have my own thoughts on this and why it seems so but I would like to know what you think. Below are the choices the original poster gave for a poll.
Yes, People are fine with lower end offerings
No, there is always a market for higher quality
The market is saturated; it’s the new buyer factor
And his thoughts and observations.
“Up until the last few months, if I had a new or near new premium AR like a Colt or BCM that I wanted to sell, it usually didn’t sit in the gun shop for more than a week before it sold. If I walked around a gun show with it, I usually couldn’t get all the way to the end without selling it for at least what I paid for it.
Lately, I decided my basic plain Jane BCM M4 should go in order to finance something else. It sat in a gun shop for more than a month during the Coronavirus panic.
Finally, I asked the dealer, “WTF?”
He said people were panicking, Yes. People are buying AR’s, Yes. But they’re buying the sub-$600 AR’s, not the higher quality, higher priced ones.
Okay, this area has always been one where people want to pay for a firearm out of one paycheck. I get that.
But something has changed this time. I’ve NEVER had trouble culling an extra Colt or BCM from the herd during a panic, but this time is different.
Could be people staying at home, maybe not making as much money, or just the overall uncertainty, is causing them to not want to invest in higher end AR’s?
Or could it be that we’ve finally reached a point where people truly don’t see the need for premium quality (and premium priced) AR’s as long as lower-end offerings seem to be good enough?
What do you think?”