Anti-gun folks like to say that companies in the gun industry are gleefully profiting hand over fist every time there’s some sort of panic, but that’s not very accurate. Some companies do well – if they can keep a regular supply of desirable products in stock – and others do not do well at all, especially small local gun stores. If a company sells their entire inventory of desirable items in a few days, and is unable to restock within 3 or 6 months, they will soon face financial ruin.
As we enter what is hopefully the downward side of the price curve of the Great Firearm And Ammo Panic Of 2012/2013, I think it’s time to reflect upon a few things.
Of course, it’s interesting to note which items are in the highest demand during such an event – the current price of .22LR (according to my friend Kristofer at J&G, 500rd boxes of .22 are selling for as much as $200 at gun shows) comes to mind, for example.
Since I was hoarding before hoarding was cool*, I’m not going to run out of .22LR any time during the next century. The lack of a perceived desperate need to acquire things right now has allowed me to step back and notice which items aren’t selling.
Pictures of bare store shelves within a few days of the election were enlightening when they showed items like the Kriss Vector still available. I found great humor in this, as I see the Kriss as a firearm hopelessly outclassed by everything else on the market. Apparently I’m not alone in this.
Local to me, there were plenty of Thermolds available when a near-fistfight broke out over the last PMag. I’m not joking about that – tensions were reportedly high.
And as the panic winds down, we’re seeing things like PS90 magsÂ and M4 barrelsÂ remain in stock for more than a few days at a time. I’m hoping that this means we’re seeing the end of the whole panic, with the least desirable
tulip bulbs items becoming available first. If so, that means I can go back to my normal routine of randomly visiting gun stores to grumble about how they smell and how their prices are $10 too high, not my latest routine of just staying home because nothing good is in stock.
For manufacturers and retailers, this might be an important lesson about the current state of their product quality/desirability or purchasing processes. On the manufacturing side, if your semi-auto-related firearm product wasn’t backordered 50,000 times, maybe you need to work on making it better or more desirable (or maybe your marketing sucks). For retailers, if you haven’t been able to secure any shipments of desirable product, you might want to consider strengthening your relationships with suppliers.
In any case, I’m glad to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
*I stole this line from a friend.