October Surprise: NICS Checks Soar to October Record

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“Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales,” the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) email blast warns, “the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions.” And lo and behold, October 2014 has entered the record books for the most October FBI (NICS) background checks in the 16-year-old system’s history. October’s 1,174,797 checks represents an increase of 5.5 percent compared to the October 2013 (1,113,818). The surge could represent more of the same: increased sales due to more people entering the firearms market (including women). Or it could be buyers taking advantage of a buyers’ market, what with the epic post-Newtown overproduction leading to lower prices. Either way, the gun business is alive and well and selling firearms (and gear) at a Texas International Firearms Festival near you. Just sayin’.


  1. avatar fishydude says:

    My wife and I were among those numbers 🙂
    2 CCH applications, an FNS9 and VP9. Schweet!

  2. avatar jwm says:

    I don’t anticipate buying any more guns in the coming year. My safes are full. I would like a .357 magnum or .45 colt revolver tho….

    1. avatar Charlie says:

      Safes. He said safes! I wish I could say that. 🙂

      I purely love revolvers. I have an S&W 66 4″ and my son has one in 6″. The M66 is the 2nd firearm we use when transitioning newbies to handgun (the 1st is a S&W M17 in .22 LR). I let them shoot .38 lead for a couple of sessions then go to.auto-loaders.

      .357 revolvers are wonderful. .38 Spl for the range and .357 125 gr JHP for full tilt boogie.

    2. avatar Fuque says:

      Yeah Im done too, except for the continued search for a S&W 422, .22
      I have a model 66 .357 that hasn’t been shot in 20 yrs.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    My latest is an M-1919 shotgun.
    Love that shooter.
    Not as fast as the benelli, but decent.

  4. avatar wayne says:

    I was part of that statistic too. Got a Glock 19—honestly, I like my Glock 26 better.

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      My G26 is my EDC and it’s great, but when our man Greg Abbott wins the Governorship today and makes good on his support for open carry, then next year I’d be in the market for a G19 or G17. I’m not necessarily a big fan of OC from a personal preference standpoint, but you know how it is. Because guns.

  5. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Nics checks are not done in Michigan if you have ccw/cpl. I wonder how many there would have been otherwise? P.S. stripped lowers selling for less than $50 on half the interwebz, psa, buds guns and Brownells.

  6. avatar Amfivena says:

    I tried to buy a gun at Cabelas last week. I complete the online background check. Approval comes through after 30 minute wait. Sales guy then slowly types up my other paperwork. Manager looks at paper work and finds a mistake. Need to do the whole thing over, including background check… After three tries of this nonsense I walk out without the gun. I wonder if that counts as 3 checks?

    1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

      Yeah I can relate how slow Cabelas is. Way too many old farts and inept people. That being said I hope I have some$ for black Friday…

  7. avatar Lost Down South says:

    I helped with the numbers too! My LGS used the on-line check. Once he clicked ENTER, the approval came back in under 10 seconds.

    That’s the way it should be. That or no checks at all.

    1. avatar Pete says:

      Same here. Girl at counter could not believe how fast my approval came back.

      1. avatar ClayinUT says:

        I am just waiting for the day they tell me I have reached my limit.

  8. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I wasn’t happy with three of my guns so I traded them in on a PS90. I sold a few more this month and bought a Tavor. Gotta keep the numbers up!

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    I knew one day I would be famous, one of those numbers is me right there.

  10. avatar Charlie says:

    Uh, … that was me. I got a new P229. 🙂

  11. avatar Fuque says:

    Im in 8 rifles and 4 handguns…It’s a cardinal sin too sell/ trade the firearms you have acquired..so says my wife.

  12. avatar ScottyV says:

    Picked up a Glock 19 and a Benelli M-4 in California this month…

    Thats a lot of Nics checks…

  13. avatar AJ says:

    @2 Safes full, working on the third. Bought a Ruger Super Redhawk in 44mag his summer. My wife
    is getting me a Winchester 94 in 30-30 for Christmas. She gets me a new gun every year. gotta love her.

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