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The current sociopolitical climate (leftist legislators disarming the populace, Wuhan virus, leftist politicians and media fomenting a crisis over race and policing) has resulted in a significant increase in firearm sales, with handguns leading the trend.

A Google search of "gun sales 2020" returned these page 1 headlines:

  • Gun sales rising in 2020, especially among first time buyers
  • Virginia gun sales skyrocket in first five months of 2020
  • Gun sales up in 2020 amid pandemic, police brutality, protests ...
  • Gun and ammunition sales soar as defund-the-police ...
  • About 2 Million Guns Were Sold in the US as Virus Fears Spread
  • Gun sales break May record amid coronavirus pandemic, riots ...
  • Americans are buying guns and ammo in the wake of race ...
  • FBI background checks reveal surge in gun sales
  • Gun sales SKYROCKET!

The details of some of the stories reveal that a surprising number of buyers are lefties who've recently acquired an affinity for evil guns and self-defense.

Our store still has guns, but they are all getting pretty pricey.  Not because they are raising the prices, all of the lower end are gone.  And I don't mean "cheap", just lesser cost.  Gucci Glocks are the only ones left and sales have gone up on those too.  I want to say that the cheapest handguns left are $650 or more.  Similar for rifles and shotguns.  Cheap Mossbergs or Remingtons are gone.    There just aren't enough at the distributors to keep up with the demand.

I teach for the largest gun show chain in Florida.  They have been on a sustained four month run of selling everything they can put out. S&W Gen. 3's in .40-moving steadily.  Bottom basement AR's-flying off the shelves. Good luck finding a defensive shotgun.  We started back with the gun shows over the last two weeks. 21,000 people through the door in Tampa.  6,000 through the door in Ft. Myers in June, which is usually about 1,500.   Dealers were selling everything they brought.  5-6 hour waits for background checks. I'm teaching 5-6 days a week.   People are scared and they're buying everything they can.  I've never seen a sustained run like this in my 15 years in the industry.

My buddies shop here in Jacksonville NC typically does 3 to 6 K a day in sales , He has been averaging 10 to 15 K a day the past few weeks... He still has pistols left because of the NC requirement for a Carry Permit or a Purchase Permit to buy a handgun slowing sales but any AR's under 1200 bucks is gone, he ran out of 9mm ball yesterday, et al.... Luckily he had about 120 k in orders outstanding due to regular restock of  stuff before it got really bad or his shop would be completely cleaned out already. Normally deliveries take two to three days to arrive from time of order, recently its been taking two to four weeks....The distributors are telling the dealers that there are supply chain problems as while much is made here, A LOT of the materials come from elsewhere (China) Such as the polymer for frames and such..... Don't know if it's true or not but, several distributors have said pretty much the same thing so....I would plan on pistols to take the next quarter or two to start coming back into inventory regularly.... I used this opportunity to move some stuff I didn't really need. Different buddies shop was pretty much empty, I filled it back up partially  with consignment stuff, made back 9 k in the last week.... not bad for blasters that I'll never use that were not collectible....

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That just the new guns.  I became more concerned when I was at a pawn shop looking for a project beater revolver.   None.  Not a single handgun in any of the pawn shops I checked.   One shop owner said people are even buying the guns that are missing parts.   

Its like the ominous feeling before a tropical storm or hurricane where nothing has really started but you can feel that somethings coming.  

Same here as everywhere else.  There are few guns available, no parts and little ammo.  Blue label Glocks for LE are full price...if you can get them.  Glock seems to be very effected by whatever is driving this.   I'm sure here people have thought this through better than most places but buy ammo whenever you can and search for used rifles and handguns of you have to.

NICS numbers through the end of June here: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repos..._month_year.pdf/view

3.9 million background checks, another monthly record.  Look at the yearly totals, that's almost half a year's worth for 1999-2005!

I understand each one is not necessarily the sale of firearm, as some states perform monthly checks of carry permit holders.  But, a person buying multiple guns at the same time goes through one background check.  Plus, some states allow sales to permit holders without a background check.   I suspect that it averages out to pretty close to one gun sale per background check.

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Try to buy a stock or sidesaddle for a Remington 870 online.  I had to search for hours yesterday.  I was able to buy Mesa Tactical stocks but unable to find a single Magpul SGL.  No luck on velcro cards, but I haven't checked Esstac.  Got lucky and got 2 TL Racker lights.  Many places list them, but few have them in stock.  There is a line of 10-15 people outside of the local gunstore I drive by 3-4 times per week.  The local police supply place, who only caters to LE and Blue Label Sales is pretty much sold out of everything.

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"Same here as everywhere else.  There are few guns available, no parts and little ammo.  Blue label Glocks for LE are full price...if you can get them.  Glock seems to be very effected by whatever is driving this.   I'm sure here people have thought this through better than most places but buy ammo whenever you can and search for used rifles and handguns of you have to."

Counselor:

I can't believe my eyes! The senior executive team at Oberndorf HQ must be panicking right now: "I just read Lightfighter & Consigliere is buying Glocks now! "I just bought a summer home in the Alps. What will I do now?" "How ever will I make my Lac du Geneve Yacht Club payment???" How could he betray us & buy such a pedestrian brand of pistol?" "I hear that Larry Vickers said if you treat your pistol like your lawnmower buy a Glock." H&K does not make lawnmowers!!!" "In today's news the Frankfurt Stock Exchange tumbled 400 points due to poor fourth quarter sales predictions for arms maker Heckler & Koch on the news that American buyer Consigliere is now buying his handguns from Glock instead." "The German Minister of Finance voiced concern that this may affect the nation's credit rating & its status amongst its fellow G7 members." 

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I teach for the largest gun show chain in Florida.  They have been on a sustained four month run of selling everything they can put out. S&W Gen. 3's in .40-moving steadily.  Bottom basement AR's-flying off the shelves. Good luck finding a defensive shotgun.  We started back with the gun shows over the last two weeks. 21,000 people through the door in Tampa.  6,000 through the door in Ft. Myers in June, which is usually about 1,500.   Dealers were selling everything they brought.  5-6 hour waits for background checks. I'm teaching 5-6 days a week.   People are scared and they're buying everything they can.  I've never seen a sustained run like this in my 15 years in the industry.

When I was making plans to return CONUS in February, I had no idea of how dicey things could get as the virus surged and whether the run on TP could be an indicator of much larger issues to come.

I rotate my handguns between which drawer in the house they are sitting-bedroom,  living room, den, kitchen-(no kids in the house) which one is up for daily carry and which one goes to the range for my weekly shooting.  MY original VP9 came up for range use and I started wondering, why do I fuck around with Glocks when a stock VP9 out of the box outshoots any of them.  So I have asked the owner to find me a 2020 VP9 and to get me a couple of the new 17 round mags and now my daily carry is a VP9sk. 

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ConsigliereConsigliereVIP * Smoothie Killer Actual * VIP * Question everything he says. *VIP* VIP

"Same here as everywhere else.  There are few guns available, no parts and little ammo.  Blue label Glocks for LE are full price...if you can get them.  Glock seems to be very effected by whatever is driving this.   I'm sure here people have thought this through better than most places but buy ammo whenever you can and search for used rifles and handguns of you have to."

Counselor:

I can't believe my eyes! The senior executive team at Oberndorf HQ must be panicking right now: "I just read Lightfighter & Consigliere is buying Glocks now! "I just bought a summer home in the Alps. What will I do now?" "How ever will I make my Lac du Geneve Yacht Club payment???" How could he betray us & buy such a pedestrian brand of pistol?" "I hear that Larry Vickers said if you treat your pistol like your lawnmower buy a Glock." H&K does not make lawnmowers!!!" "In today's news the Frankfurt Stock Exchange tumbled 400 points due to poor fourth quarter sales predictions for arms maker Heckler & Koch on the news that American buyer Consigliere is now buying his handguns from Glock instead." "The German Minister of Finance voiced concern that this may affect the nation's credit rating & its status amongst its fellow G7 members." 

Once more, a Consig Sniper takes a shot at me.  I merely pointed out what JOJO'S told me about availability of many things using Glocks as an example since he is a big blue label dealer.

You're a veteran here.  You know that the only way I would buy a Glock is if there were no more sticks to sharpen.  C'mon man, you're better than that.

 

 

 

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Small hijack with regards to Glocks vs. non-Glocks.  First, hands are different.  Guns fit different hands differently.   There are guns that feel like they were crafted for your hand.  Instant and total match.  Others, not so much.  The shape of most Glock grips are often described as a 1"x2" piece of lumber.  Some people claim that is unfair and the 1x2 feels good compared to the Glock.  Others swear by them.  Because I had the disposable income to do it, every one of my Glocks except the G48 have had their frames stippled and reshaped to better fit my hand.  A close friend of mine doesn't see the need to spend that money as a stock grip fits him fine.  I don't like the HK.  Any HK.  The grip feels good.   The trigger pull can be better.  However, the ergonomics of the trigger are a no go for me.  The versions with the magazine release as a lever on the edge of the trigger guard are especially difficult for me.  My trigger finger drags on the bottom of the trigger guard and I find it more than annoying after just a few trigger pulls.  If I took one to the range or a class, I'd have a blister trying to become a callous in a short period of time.  That is a deal killer to me. 

Glock has a lot of competitors that can beat them for feel, trigger weight, etc.  CZ's and VP9's come to mind.  But because Glocks have been around for so long, become so popular, and generally kept essential dimensions the same, nothing else has the same level of aftermarket support.  That can be a factor driving sales.  What do you do when you buy a great feeling gun, but you can't get a holster?  Or there are some holsters, but not the type you need?

I wish I had a nickel for every time I, or someone else, has described a Glock trigger pull like a staple gun.  I find the trigger pull on the M&P to be much smoother, shorter, and lighter than a Glock.  VP9 as well (if I'm remembering it correctly).  In part, that's because the Glock striker is not fully cocked when at rest.  Pulling the trigger also draws the striker back a little bit to full cock.  Understanding that, I really wonder why no one has developed a fire control system that leaves the striker fully cocked when the gun cycles.  It probably wouldn't need any changes to the striker, just the trigger, trigger bar, sear and ejector block.  That would address a lot of complaints.

Because of the aftermarket support, especially magazines, it isn't surprising that there are several brands of Glock clones out there.  Pistol Caliber Carbines are dominated by versions that use the Glock magazine.  Like them, if I was going to develop and market a new gun, I would make it fit in a Glock holster and use a Glock magazine. 

Enough of the hijack.  I completely understand those who don't like the Glock for their legitimate subjective reasons.  I also understand those who are the complete opposite, for their own legitimate subjective reasons. 

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First, hands are different.  Guns fit different hands differently.   There are guns that feel like they were crafted for your hand.  Instant and total match.  Others, not so much.  The shape of most Glock grips are often described as a 1"x2" piece of lumber.  ...  every one of my Glocks except the G48 have ... reshaped to better fit my hand.  

Glock has a lot of competitors that can beat them for feel, trigger weight, etc.  CZ's and VP9's come to mind.  

I completely understand those who don't like the Glock for their legitimate subjective reasons.  I also understand those who are the complete opposite, for their own legitimate subjective reasons. 

Grain of salt as we (Canuckleheads) can't do anything with our handguns except go to a range.  I avoided Glocks for ... decades because above.  They just didn't feel good.  I always preferred the slimness of a 1911.  I managed our issue BHP but would have preferred less of a handful.  My CZ 75 is my favourite for ergonomics - it feels great.  Unfortunately the safety is stiff like the BHP  and cannot be manipulated easily with my right thumb.  The G 48 is my first Glock and I'm liking it - lighter, smaller and slimmer than the CZ.  If we were allowed CCW, I'd take it over the CZ.

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Once more, a Consig Sniper takes a shot at me.  I merely pointed out what JOJO'S told me about availability of many things using Glocks as an example since he is a big blue label dealer.

You're a veteran here.  You know that the only way I would buy a Glock is if there were no more sticks to sharpen.  C'mon man, you're better than that.

 

 

 

Touche!

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Hmmm..  I have a Sig P239 that I carried off-duty 20 years ago when I was issued a P220 that I have been intending to sell for ages.  Now might be a  good time to look into that.  

As to the Glocks, I have carried one daily for years.  The first Glock I owned, a Gen 3 G19,  I received in trade from another member here in exchange for a certain brand of German-made pistol (not a straight across trade, so, relax..) that I really liked, but the magazines were outrageously expensive, even IF I could find them,  and there were exactly ONE quality concealment holster made in the known world for that thing.  I still have that Glock, and it's my daily duty pistol.  I have other Glocks both personally owned and issued, but I have grown attached to that pistol, warts and all.  It's kinda like Abraham Lincoln's axe, it's all original except for two new heads and four new handles.  I have no idea of the round count, but it's...several.   

I really WANT to try other pistols for duty/carry use.  I am in no way a Glock fanboy.  I am a gun that works fanboy.  I'd love to try an H&K, or a CZ, or an M&P.  I have a couple of M&Ps and really like em.  Maybe one day when I retire and my access to basically unlimited Glock parts and magazines dry up.  The logic in me says that it's not worth it to have to buy thousands of dollars of support gear for a new type of pistol.  But I want to.  

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Touche!

😁😉

First of all, who gives a shit what I like/don't like but really my only true issue with them is the whole striker system.  I overwhelmingly prefer guns with exposed hammers and thumb safeties.  That's just me.  I like to see the hammer.

I know Glocks are not only safe but incredibly durable,  accurate and second to none in accessories and support.  But I don't have to arm and support tons of people.  I just have to do me and yes, I love my HKs and Colt 1911.

I have two striker pistols.  That full custom Shield I traded for (has a thumb safety though) and a VP9SK.   Now the HK is pure striker.  No hammer, no external safety.  It is an amazing little pistol that fills a specific need but I don't carry it.  

So anyway, rock out with your Glock out.😎

My wife does not complain about the 45K rounds stored in our pantry any more.  Speaking of Glocks, I grew up on the 1911, my father built them for people all over for about 25 years, he was good enough to rate a couple of articles in American Handgunner and was on their Top 100 Pistolsmith's list until he passed away, I shot my first one at age 4.  I carried one at work until they made us go to issue guns (I was not happy, to say the least).  We had S&W 5906s for a while until I managed to get them to buy Glocks for the tactical unit I supervised.  I shot 1911s competitively through the 80s and then quit for a bit.  Started back in the early 90s with a Glock 21 and have been using most only them for carry and competition since.  Not a fanboy and I still have a dozen 1911s and Hi-powers, but in my experience the Glocks work and always work, with very, very few exceptions.

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Once more, a Consig Sniper takes a shot at me.  I merely pointed out what JOJO'S told me about availability of many things using Glocks as an example since he is a big blue label dealer.

You're a veteran here.  You know that the only way I would buy a Glock is if there were no more sticks to sharpen.  C'mon man, you're better than that.

 

 

 

...my faith is restored on the High Pontiff of HK..

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