Yeah, its a slow news day. Yesterday I spent my morning checking out the San Antonio Gun Show, and before I made the purchase that will be reviewed later this week (hint: you can put a can on it) I took a few snaps and talked to some of the vendors about what they’ve been seeing as far as attendance and sales . . .
The consensus: business is booming. From the ammo guys down to the used gun vendors, sales are looking good. And the number one reason they all cite for the excellent business is the man in the blue and his re-election run, namely President Obama. People seem to be concerned about the vote tally, are hedging their bets and are stocking up.
Handguns are the hot item of the day. Specifically, your typical concealed carry models and pocket guns. People here in Texas seem to be really starting to take their concealed carry rights to heart and have started exercising them en masse, with small guns selling out and CC classes filling up.
Not everything is all smiles and sprinkles, though. One of the vendors told me that, in general and in his experience, people only buy one or two guns in their lifetime. He believes that the current climate is pushing people to fill their personal quota early, and that we’ll see a drop in gun sales once everything settles, politically speaking. I tend to disagree, taking the cocaine dealer view of firearms sales (I myself being a bit of an addict — of guns, not coke), but he’s got a point. Panic spending usually doesn’t last.
For now, though, life is good. Sales are up, more people are becoming gun owners and TTAG is getting ever closer to giving me a paycheck. But, as always, there’s room for improvement and there’s some definite demand in the market for a new concealed carry firearm. We’ll see what SHOT brings in a couple months.