One of my friends who is well-connected in manufacturer and dealer circles tells me that a whole lot of wholesalers and manufacturers had been running full-tilt in recent months preparing for a Hillary presidency. They read the mainstream news and had convinced themselves that 2016 would be 2008 (or 2013, post-Newtown Massacre) all over again. Now they are sitting on a mountain of inventory. With the election of the Donald, for the first time in eight years, this oversupply has created a unique opportunity for genuine deals – or maybe even a return to pre-2008 normalcy in terms of prices.
I’ve started to see .22 rimfire ammunition at Walmarts, which I consider one barometer for ammo supply and availability. In some local gun stores, they’ve got lots of rimfire ammo – more than I’ve seen in a long time. And at a Field & Stream store almost an hour away, they’ve got pallets of the stuff. Yeah, it’s a little pricey, but it’s available.
Another example: my connected friend said he saw one big wholesaler’s six-figure inventory of PMags late in the summer. As the election came nearer, he watched as the supply dwindled to low five-figures and the prices begin to creep upwards. He chuckles as Palmetto State Armory now has D&H aluminum milspec magazines for 6.99 each. With free shipping. Palmetto State isn’t the only place with the same mags at that price. SlickGuns has ’em too. Folks, that’s a great price on a quality magazine. I’ve got probably a hundred of those and I paid closer to $10 for mine.
What have my fellow Armed Intelligensia members seeing in your respective necks of the woods? Are you finding some great deals on AR-15s, magazines and accessories, and plentiful ammo including rimfire?