The run is on for AR-15 and M4 variants, AK variants, weapon magazines, and ammunition.
I’ve been in half a dozen gun shops in the past few weeks after the election and right after the Connecticut tragedy. There is a mad scramble on to buy up what is perceived to be on the coming banned list. This really is Deja Vu all over again, just like Yogi said.
Here is a short and simple video for 5 handguns you should own.
Here is a short video for 5 assault weapons you might want to buy before a gun ban.
Back in 1993 and 1994 the same thing happened before the Assault Weapon Ban went into effect. It was a madhouse at gun shows where people were willing to pay almost anything for an AK drum. 30 round AR15 or AK mags began selling for $1 per round of capacity which was six times what I was used to paying. HK91/G3 magazines were going for $40 each which was double the $20 they went for before the rush. Glock magazines were going for $50 on up. I paid $55 for a few and watched people shelling out $30 for AK mags where just two years before I found stacks of East German mags going for $5 each. I wish I had bought the whole pile of them instead of just a few.
Needless to say, there was a rush on weapons as well. For those of us fortunate enough to have purchased all we needed before the rush it was fun to watch. Some even cashed out and made a fast profit. It seemed permanent then and especially when the ban came into effect. The new normal was pre-ban guns like AR15 variants and AK variants going for well over $1k. HK91 .308 rifles were going for almost $2K. Hell, now they’re almost $3K.
I’ve checked the online sites where you could normally buy either a PTR91 or an FAL in .308. Both of these are in short supply. Almost all AK models are unavailable for the moment or maybe for good depending on how quickly the executive order is signed to ban imported parts, magazines, and ammunition. If a full blown ban goes into effect then the availability shortage will run prices straight up to the sky. Magazines for Glock and other popular models have all but dried up online and I’m sure the price at gun shows will be crazy. AK mags are gone from most online stores as well. Ammo is tight too.
So here is what I recommend. If you have a handgun and only have a few magazines at least get yourself on the email notification list when magazines are back in stock. Buy any ammo you can find that will work in your guns. And lastly, and I hate to say it, but since you waited to buy either an AR or AK, you’ll have to bite the bullet and pay what they are going for in this current market.
If you want some quick recommendations I’d suggest just getting an SKS and lots of ammo if you are tight on money. Hopefully you have a handgun already so you just need to locate extra magazines. I’d prefer a dozen mags or more per weapon but if you must limit yourself get at least four.
Whatever you do, don’t wait much longer or you’ll regret it.
Cops talk about how they will respond to an order for gun confiscation.