Well, I have been to four different gun shops in my neck of the woods during this week, and while I have mentioned the two horrible incidents that I experienced while in two of them, I have not yet talked at all about what I have been seeing as far as inventory in any of these shops.
What I have seen locally is that the shelves are not bare anymore. They are not what I would call full and they are certainly not what they were in the middle of last year, but from what I am seeing I think that demand has bottomed.
Gun cases are getting back to the point of actually having some choices available again. Gun prices were still a little inflated at three out of the four shops, but one store actually had prices that were at pre-panic levels. All major manufacturers were available in many different models and calibers. Prices on ARs were inflated by about $200 over pre-panic levels, and there were many to choose from. I only saw a total of two AKs and they were each priced at $1,000
Brownells AR mags were priced at $25 and they literally had an entire wall full… which leaves me to believe that they are overpriced for the market’s demand.
Ammo of all calibers were plentiful and reasonably priced (all things considered). $15 for box of 9mm, $20 for box of .40 and $25 for box of .45 ACP. 5.56 was plentiful too, but I didnt bother inquiring about the price.
From what I saw this week, the bottom has been reached… or atleast the end is very near. Prices have not yet caught up to the slack in demand, but it will soon follow (holding all other things equal). Then supply should begin to catch up soon after that.
I am hopefully optimistic.