The other issue --- on some of these higher end guns ...is are shooters buying them to get to that next competitive level ...as the tool to get them to a dozen or more 100's ..../ or are they buying them because they just want them....
Competitive target shooting / big registered shoots .../ number of shooters are way, way down....:
a. Registered Skeet ...is really dying. State championship around here, we're lucky to see 40 shooters / where 10 yrs ago there were 200 or more.
b. Registered Trap ...is down at least 50% over what it was 10 yrs ago.
c. Sporting Clays ...has been down each of the last 5 yrs .../ especially in big shoots like state or regional championships.
As registered shooters numbers continue to diminish ...there are less and less shooters that need / or that will buy these higher end guns. I don't think their markets are that strong ...