.looks like I won't get much of either on this particular thread.
That's because nobody knows enough to comment on the future yet. Shortages will continue, and prices will go up. How long and how much? Hard to say.
Take the Ruger Scout. It may not be on the ZOMG DiFi BAN list, but that's not the problem. Ruger may decide that it's worth their while to produce guns people will buy like crazy, which would be their AR-15. They only have so much production capacity and only so many engineers. They have to prioritize.
That means fewer Scouts, which means less of a supply. That means scarcity, which could drive prices up.
(Been very impressed with the Scout, BTW.)