It’s a cycle we’ve seen unfold time and time again. An election, a new piece of legislation or an unfortunate event that the anti-gun crowd will use to push for more gun control.
These are all external factors that can influence the gun and ammunition market. We saw it 2008, 2012, and 2013 to varying degrees. Of course, 2013, especially quarters 1 and 2, was the worst gun/ammo shortage we’ve probably ever seen.
However, the demand that was created in 2013 was quickly met by an expanding gun industry. In fact, it seems that the industry expanded so quickly that most dealers and manufacturers have a surplus of inventory right now. This, combined with a lower demand than last year has created one of the best buyer’s markets we’ve seen in quite a while.
As someone who follows the gun market very closely, I can tell you right now is probably the absolute best time to purchase guns and, to a lesser degree ammo, in the last 6-8 years.
Right now, semi-auto rifles are especially affordable. Quality makers of AR-15 style rifles such as Bravo Company and Colt are regularly offering great prices on quality rifles and components (note I’m just using those two as examples, there are lots of companies making high quality, affordable rifles right now). It’s entirely possible to build your own quality rifle right now for under $700, including shipping and transfer fees, if you shop around. While Russian AK variant rifles are a no-go right now, we are seeing good, affordable examples coming out of Serbia and even being produced here in the US.