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Old March 16, 2020, 03:56 PM   #1
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Coronavirus panic Ammogeddon 2.0?

What is your LGS like today? I've seen a few news stories (who can trust them?) about gunshops being swamped with people looking to buy guns, and ammunition. Even pics of lines out the door. But then again, it is the media I am seeing this fom. So it might be file photos from 2009!
That's why my question. I can trust what members of tfl say they are seeing.


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Old March 16, 2020, 04:14 PM   #2
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There’s people that are going to be out of work today for something they were told was a media hoax. I’m curious to... as of last week, I don’t remember hearing about gun purchases... this week is going to be quite different.
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Old March 16, 2020, 05:09 PM   #3
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I've been in a few stores, multiple times, over the last two days.

No 9mm left.
Other popular handgun cartridges are in short supply.
.223/5.56 is all gone.
There's a little x39, .300 Blk, and 6.8 Spc left, but not much.
.308/7.62 Nato are just about gone.
.30-06 and .30-30 supplies are dwindling.
Rimfire is still okay.
Most other traditional hunting and target cartridges are still well stocked.
Some of the newer fad cartridges, like 6.5 Manbun, are close to sold out.

Powder is slim pickin's. Primers are gone. Bullets are slowly disappearing.
Reloading dies are selling far quicker than usual, but there's still a good assortment.
Plenty of brass, still.

Handguns are selling out.
ARs are moving well.

Survival type equipment and food stuffs are selling well. -Not 'flying' off the shelves, but selling substantially faster than usual.

Fishing departments are a wasteland, except for compact 'kits' or poles selling out.


I bought what I needed and would have bought anyway, under normal circumstances, and left the crazies to their business.
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Old March 16, 2020, 05:36 PM   #4
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combination

The bug, the economy (market) and the election have tipped folks past the edge.....again.
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Old March 16, 2020, 06:10 PM   #5
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Hmmmm haven't seen any issues here yet. I think most people are simply better stocked than they were last time. And everyone of my friends already has multiple guns. Want more? Sure. Need more? Nope.
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Old March 16, 2020, 07:16 PM   #6
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I think because normalcy has fled the building (everything closing, cancelled, market in a free fall) people are on edge — I’m in Northern VA and went to the shooting range this evening - firearms for sale that were left were 22 LR or $1k plus (expect those to sell soon). Buckle up Spring/Summer is going to get weird.
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Old March 16, 2020, 09:39 PM   #7
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A few days ago the hair on the back of my neck raised and I had a vision of times past. Bug eyed hysteria seems to be cyclical in the gun community and having been thru several of those times I don't want to be caught short. So after doing an inventory I ordered enough bullets for varmint guns to last three years. If you haven't experienced one of those panic driven self induced shortages, heed my advice. Get some stock on hand. It is miserable trying to locate supplies and paying thru the nose for very limited amounts of powder or primers.
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Old March 17, 2020, 12:43 AM   #8
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No anxiety here--none at all. Breathe deeply and slowly.

Nothing in three locations today, southeast of Mobile.
Fairhope/Daphne Alabama.

I was curious: visited a gun/pawn shop "Gold.." on Highway 98. Nobody was buying anything, or looking at any ammo.
* Very well-stocked shelves with many ammo types.

Also at "Elite Guns" in Daphne, north of I-10 in a shopping center, only three of us were there, no purchases taking place.
* Well-stocked ammo, various chamberings.

Then on to plink at 'Three Brothers Gun Club". Nobody bought any ammo. Full ammo shelves. Very quiet.

?? Internet Sales Taxes might be limiting demand online. You want to pay shipping Plus sales tax? Go right ahead.

If 'flipper's want to pay normal retail prices and hope to later resell it, it's their financial risk.
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Old March 17, 2020, 05:09 AM   #9
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I haven't checked my local stores, but it's my sincere hope that gun owners will stay calm and not panic like they did in the Great Drought of 2008-16. Or thereabouts. I suspect that many of us swore never to be caught flat-footed again. I know I did.
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Old March 17, 2020, 06:00 AM   #10
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About all I need is primers. Guess I should drop by my lgs and see what they've still got in stock.

I guarantee the used Hi Point with a $200 tag on it is still there after all these years...
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Old March 17, 2020, 07:12 AM   #11
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9mm & 5.56 gone from Bass Pro. Online-wise, the couple of sites that I'd typically buy from are either bare or have increased their prices by 25%-50%. When you have localities & even some States institute "recommended" curfews, people get freaked.
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Old March 17, 2020, 08:23 AM   #12
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I use times like these to flip a lot of surplus firearms, great way to fund more toys

Things are busy locally, stocks are starting to dwindle.
Its been ramping up for a few weeks but our leftist mayor pushed it over the edge when he announced a reinstatement of an old 1960's "civil unrest" powers act. Among other things, it would effectively shut down all firearm/ammunition sales from FFL's, and make it illegal to do private party transfers.
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Old March 17, 2020, 08:51 AM   #13
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Strongly considering unloading a few guns that have been hard to sell.
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Old March 17, 2020, 09:02 AM   #14
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I dropped by Van's Sporting outside Cullman Saturday morning. Lots of customers, but they seemed to be primarily interested in the fishing section; Smith Lake is gonna be busy this summer. Ammo shelves were completely stocked. I got a few boxes of 9-mil and .223.
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Old March 17, 2020, 09:38 AM   #15
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I was low on 9mm, found 1000 rounds on line yesterday for a fair price, but the website was incredibly slow, took 20 minutes to get through about 5 web pages from select product to credit card entry.
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Old March 17, 2020, 11:42 AM   #16
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i don't know if it's full on panic mode where i live in N. TX, but stuff is flying off the shelves here. I dropped by Cabela's on my way home as I live extremely close to it, and the line to purchase firearm stuff was well over 60 people, and the handgun case were significantly diminished. There wasn't any 9mm or 45ACP on the shelves. There was plenty of shotgun ammo, and other odd calibers, but the main ones were way down. They had a bunch of 10mm in stock. Made me rethink my idea of buying a 10mm, honestly. There was absolutely no magpul mags left in 5.56 or 7.62mm. One of my favorite gun shops got raided hard this weekend and they may have to close, they ran some deals and then the timing was such that folks went in and stared making large purchases, there was hardly anything left except revolvers, and those were being bought at a rapid pace also.

In looking at the news around America, it looks like there is a massive increase in purchases in guns and ammo. Some of my favorite ammo websites said they were already backlogged and the popular calibers were already gone.
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Old March 17, 2020, 12:28 PM   #17
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I've been in a few stores, multiple times, over the last two days.

No 9mm left.
Other popular handgun cartridges are in short supply.
.223/5.56 is all gone.
There's a little x39, .300 Blk, and 6.8 Spc left, but not much.
.308/7.62 Nato are just about gone.
.30-06 and .30-30 supplies are dwindling.
Rimfire is still okay.
Most other traditional hunting and target cartridges are still well stocked.
Some of the newer fad cartridges, like 6.5 Manbun, are close to sold out.

Powder is slim pickin's. Primers are gone. Bullets are slowly disappearing.
Reloading dies are selling far quicker than usual, but there's still a good assortment.
Plenty of brass, still.

Handguns are selling out.
ARs are moving well.

Survival type equipment and food stuffs are selling well. -Not 'flying' off the shelves, but selling substantially faster than usual.

Fishing departments are a wasteland, except for compact 'kits' or poles selling out.


I bought what I needed and would have bought anyway, under normal circumstances, and left the crazies to their business.
My local Rural King was the opposite. There was no 22, 380 or 38 Special. They had a lot of 9mm and 223 in place of the 22 that is normally on a table. I bought 3 boxes of Armscor 115 FMJ for $8.99 per box.
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Old March 17, 2020, 07:05 PM   #18
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Went by my LGS to get some Black Rifle Coffee. Not a box of 9mm left and only a few steel framed pistols and a few ARs plus the really high end stuff. No poly pistols or shotguns left.

Went back with 8 cases of 9mm and 2 9mm M&Ps, walked out with a check.

Owner is a friend of mine and I am building him a rifle anyway. The pistols are two I wanted to get rid of and the ammo was actually a mistake on a shipment. It would cost me more to shoot it than my reloads, so we are both happy.
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Old March 17, 2020, 07:12 PM   #19
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I was at one last week. Still had ammo, but there were a lot of folks in there buying, at 1030 in the morning.

Everything was still in stock, but the shelves weren't as full as I've seen in the past. No bulk ammo left.

I've got to teach a couple of ladies to shoot so I bought a bit of everything and bought some 5.56 to top of my rifles though.
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Old March 17, 2020, 07:52 PM   #20
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This afternoon our local AM radio guy (retired Sheriff) said the shelves were nearly bare at the several stores he visited in the AM.
Callers were then saying they had just come from shops and there were only antique guns left, with no ammo on the shelves.
Sad that so many people will never learn to prepare.
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Old March 17, 2020, 08:11 PM   #21
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Sad to see panic buying again.....
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Old March 17, 2020, 08:30 PM   #22
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Ammo flying off the shelves here in Tennessee
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Old March 18, 2020, 03:50 AM   #23
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I was able to pick up 800 rounds of 9mm, 200 .45acp, and 200 7.62x39 at normal prices in Missouri. Granted, the 9mm was all aluminum cased, but it is going to be fed through my duty gun, so I'm not concerned. I checked two stores locally, and it seems AR platform caliber ammo is moving quick, but not so much handgun.
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Old March 18, 2020, 07:44 AM   #24
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Sad to see panic buying again.....
To quote the late,great Scotty - of Our Gang & Little Rascal fame..."They'll never learn"...spoken nearly 100 years ago...
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Old March 18, 2020, 03:04 PM   #25
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Bought a 10-22 yesterday. Shop said Monday was busy, but not stupid-busy. Plenty of ammo on shelves too.

Stocked up on some more 22lr ammo too. I should be fine.
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