How the Panic is affecting market prices and inventory


By Luis Valdes

Between the fears of the 2020 Elections, Coronavirus, and current Political Instability. Americans have been buying guns like they’re been going out of style. This panic has been different than the previous politically motivated ones. In those, it was the fear of gun owners that the Government would ban possession of standard capacity magazines or certain firearms. So folks went and bought (horded) Pmags and AR Lowers. But this panic is a whole different ball of wax.

Folks are buying anything and everything that can be used as a defensive firearm. Revolvers, Pistols, Lever Action Rifles, Pump Shotguns, etc… It doesn’t matter. If it goes bang and has been used in a defensive manner within the last 150 years. It is pretty much flying off the shelves.

Well, we’re going to look at the general market now. Here’s my local Academy Sports in Tallahassee, FL.

As you can see. Their long gun racks are basically empty of anything except for some .22 plinkers, hunting shotguns, and some hunting bolt action rifles. Their pistol case is pretty much empty too. Sure, they have a few defensive handguns left. But not much. Everything else has flown off the shelves. Their ammunition is only upland game loads for shotguns. Every pistol caliber is sold out. Same with rifle cartridges like 5.56x45mm, 7.62x39mm, .30-30 WCF, and others. They only have .300 WinMag and .17 HRM in stock.

A buddy up in Lansing, MI sent me this. GLOCKs are going for over a grand up in the mitten.

Okay, so how are things from distributors you ask?

This is the entirety of Davidson’s in-stock selection of 12ga Pump Shotguns.

So let’s look at Gun Broker and see what’s selling.

Yup, things are clearly going crazy. If you’re a new shooter looking to get something to keep hearth and home safe. Might I suggest a Pietta 44 Caliber Sheriff Model, their clone of a Remington Beals 1858. 

It is about the only thing you can get right now. 


  1. Seems to be true on the net ammo wise also,though,did unlike ad see the 62 grain greenies for about 50 less on net a few days back as that ad.

    Seems the insanity price wise has also hit armslist(kinda of a cL for firearms)in few locals states around me,was just checking for entertainment purposes.

    I hope all who could afford to during more product availability stocked up if they could afford to.

    I will also say @ moment see 7.62×39/.22/slug/00 ect. all still reasonably priced and out there.Last time this situation hit .22 was last to get back online as I guess lowest markup,wonder if there will be another plenty back online/in store in the future,not betting on it.

    • Sensible men, such as those who frequent this website, already have all the firearms and ammo they need. I know I do.

  2. That same SLR-107 is now $1250 on K-Var. No Reserve GB auctions are exercises in exploiting the developmentally disabled.

    • Or those who are panicking.

      On a guess, many people who buy their first gun online will be shocked/dismayed/annoyed that under the best of circumstances, it will likely take at least a week, plus a visit to their local FFL, plus additional paperwork, for them to get their new gun. (And after all the lies told by politicians and anti-gun groups, perhaps it’s not surprising.)

  3. I’d carry a full 6 loads in that Remington. They have a notch in between each pair of percussion nipples, where the hammer can be slowly lowered and have no chance of hitting a cap. Then, when the hammer is cocked the cylinder rotates so the hammer will fall on a cap.

    And don’t forget the Clint Eastwood multi-cylinder reload for the Remington. John Wick is still trying to learn that.


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