“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’.