Massive Spike in Surefire High Capacity Magazine Sales since Tuesday


Its official: the panic buying has begun. With the threat of an assault weapons ban and movement on the U.N. arms treaty, gun owners are stocking up on things that they’re concerned will be banned shortly. One of my sources in the firearms retail world says that his distributor has sold over 3,000 Surefire High Capacity Magazines since Tuesday’s election. Asked what the normal volume for those items are, he replied that, “We hardly sell them at all.” No doubt due to the rather high price tag. But in the wake of the election, price seems to be no object. Stay tuned as we cover the best thing to happen to firearms sales since the Civil War.


  1. avatar Jon says:

    This panic is getting a little rediculous if u ask me !!!

  2. avatar Swarf says:

    And once again, all you’re doing is driving up the prices for no reason, just like four years ago.

    I’m glad I reload and I’m glad I don’t have anything chambered in .223.

    Sorry to be all pedantic, Nick, but the phrase is “price is no object” not “option”. Price is always an option.

  3. avatar jwm says:

    I don’t see the financial sense of running out the day after the election and stocking up on over priced widgets. I’m sure Difi and her dem buddies learned from the last AWB and they won’t leave the loopholes from the last one. It will no doubt be permanent and I wouldn’t be a bit shocked to see a demand for the surrender of those “evil” devices.

    Unless you’re willing to fight in the streets to avoid surrendering your “assault weapons” and the hi cap mags I see this as a wasted exercise.

    Wonder if they’ll want the stripper clips for my Mosin?

  4. avatar Aharon says:

    “Asked what the normal volume for those items are, he replied that “We hardly sell them at all.”

    Then why stock them? Most retailers can and do turn to several distributors to find a hardly purchased product.

  5. avatar Joe Grine says:

    Get ’em while you can!

  6. avatar ST says:

    National Reciprocity has the same odds of passing as DiFi’s AWB bill, namely almost none. That established it doesn’t mean Big Zero can’t enact “common sense” executive orders which make life harder for gun owners. Nothing so crazy as an AWB could be enacted by White House fiat, but an onerous Federal sales tax on 10+ round magazines sold after Date X could be an option.

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      You cannot impose a tax by executive order. A new tax must pass Congress and originate in the House of Representatives. That is not going to happen. If you really believe that the President can do all this by executive fiat you more to worry about than guns. If Obama tries to turn dictator he will at best a civil war or more likely end up like Salvatore Allende.

      1. avatar Atime4Choosing says:

        Not going to happen? Really? You may think the Anointed running the show wouldn’t dare such a thing—but after BO Care and his list of Executive Orders I wouldn’t put anything past him.

        1. avatar mdc says:

          +1 Atime

  7. avatar KnowWhatIamTalkingAbout says:

    It makes more sense to just stock up on 20 and 30 rounders. Unless you have a registered full auto, having this 60 or 100 rounder does not make a whole lot of sense to me; I would rather have couplers and have two 30 rounders tethered together. But that is just me.

  8. avatar Taurus609 says:

    I call Bullsh!t on Surefire!

  9. avatar Rabbi says:

    I have two of the 60rnders already and a 100rnder. just bought 4 more 60s. I paid normal price. Figured, the won’t be easy to find soon.

    1. avatar Culpeper Kid says:

      You planning on going to Afghanistan anytime soon Rabbi? I’m buying some more ammo myself.

  10. avatar free says:

    One of the largest gun stores in the southeast yesterday double the price on non-windowed p-mags, from 15 to 30 bucks apiece. Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Ga. should be highly ashamed of themselves.

    1. avatar Taurus609 says:

      Cabela’s, Pmags for $14.99, AO should be ashamed!

    2. avatar Joe Grine says:

      TTAG should call out / expose the price gougers. F**k those bastards. I’m still banning certain gun shops from 4 years ago when they sold bricks of .22 ammo for $80 bucks.

      1. avatar Aharon says:


        I’d like to boycott those gun shops too. Which stores did that much price gouging?

        1. avatar Jesse says:

          If you don’t shop around, then who is to blame? The market dictates pricing. With online shopping, it is quite difficult to corner a market unless there are extreme shortages.

          In which case, those that planned and have the inventory can charge whatever they want. Its called a Free market. Of course you can always remember who gouged in tough times and let your wallet do the talking.

    3. avatar The Stig says:

      I stopped shopping at Adventure Outdoors a long time ago. They rarely had good prices for anything, especially guns. Go to Georgia Gun Store in Gainesville if you want to buy a gun.

  11. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    Wonder if anyone makes a 10-round follower block for these yet? 🙂

    Related: Every guns-and-parts site I visited last night was 100% sold out of 5.56/.223 AR15 stripped lower receivers. While I plan to check in with my local gun store to see if they have any in stock, I’ll probably wait a bit for the hysteria to die down before I complete a purchase.

    1. avatar Taurus609 says:

      Surplus Ammo and Arm’s….stripped AR lowers in stock for $99.00!

      1. avatar Culpeper Kid says:

        Palmetto State – ATI Omni Stripped Lower Receiver $39.99

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Big thank you to you both. Much appreciated. I’m a little skeptical about the quality of a $40 receiver when the volume leader (Aero) sells for $80-90 minimum…

      2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        Apparently SA&A will not sell firearms (and technically the lower receiver is such) to residents of restrictive states including CA. Dammit.

  12. avatar Aharon says:

    Be good to yourself this holiday season and buy yourself re-loading equipment and supplies.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:


      Also: stock up on primers even if you defer on other components. I’ve been reading archived forum discussions on reloading going as far back as 2002, and primers are very susceptible to supply constraints. They’re also relatively inexpensive… When you can get them.

      PS: thanks for your support in that other thread, Aharon.

  13. avatar Teddy Ruxxpen says:

    Just bought a PSA stripped lower for $99. 5 M3 pmags $14 each and 2 G19 mags $25 each from Palmetto State Armory

  14. avatar jw says:

    I’ve always thought that if you need more than 30 rounds, you are in some serious $hit….

  15. avatar Justice says:

    Same here. For the price of one Surefire 60rd ($90+) you can buy 6Pmags, or 9 GI mags.

  16. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    Note to CA residents: read up on magazine parts kits. There are more than a few vendors who will break down mags into parts kits so they’re legal to buy and possess in CA.

  17. avatar GS650G says:

    I’d like to stock up on guns, ammo, magazines, etc but my taxes are so high I don’t have enough money left over to buy any of that stuff.

    1. avatar Taurus609 says:

      You must live in France, because if you lived and worked in America for the last ten years, you would still be under the Bush era tax cuts, and for the last two years, you’ve paid two % less in Payroll taxes under Obama. Or maybe, you just have a lousy tax man!

      1. avatar Robert says:

        I consider inflation a tax. Borrowing trillions over the last 4 years has cut the value of the dollar in half. Don’t believe me go compare a grocery bill from 4 years ago and see how much everything has gone up.


        1. avatar WLCE says:

          robert youre absolutely correct. Inflation is indeed a tax. It amazes me that any politician in washington can say with a straight face that inflation is “only 2%”. They promise! why would they lie to you?

          Actually is is optimistically at 6% and realistically over 10%.

  18. avatar WLCE says:

    should have stocked up when bush was in office….

    like i have said before, gun owners. you need to be proactive, not reactive!!! (slaps hand!)

    Ill sleep well tonight, knowing my magazines are in plentiful supply. Perhaps If I feel like making 500 bucks in the next year or two, ill sell a combloc drum AK mag.

  19. avatar Derek says:

    I can’t get any of the Surefire’s here in Ohio but I did buy 10 gen3 pmags. And five more 20 rounders from RRA for my LAR-8. Btw, other than DSA I couldn’t find FAL mags aaanyyyywhere.

    I understand that it was panic buying but, being proud of abstaining from panicing won’t really do me any good if something does get banned.

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