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Gun Sales Still At Record Setting Levels, 6 Years On

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The latest NICS numbers from the FBI.

While gun sales are not directly reflected in the NICS numbers, to a large extent they actually are. Every time anyone buys a gun from a gun shop, there is a NICS check run. Of course, if the customer wants to buy 5 guns at once, it’s only 1 NICS check. And person to person sales don’t often use the system.  Furthermore, NICS isn’t used for the vast majority of “antique” or “reproduction” black powder firearms (nor are felons prohibited from owning them!), so there are a few tens of millions of guns out there that have never flowed through NICS.

So the record setting pace continues. From a basically flat lined history of 9 million checks per year, since the 2008 election the numbers have increased every month and every year. In 2013 there were 2 1/2 times as many NICS checks done as in 2002.

2014 started a bit slower than 2013, but the numbers have caught up, and this year is on track to meet or slightly surpass last year’s record. Every year is a new record. It just isn’t slowing down.

A decently made firearm is going to last at least 50 years with just the smallest amount of care. Many firearms made in the 1880s are still in usable condition, and use modern ammunition. Heaven alone knows how many firearms are in America, but by the end of this year, there will have been 200 million NICS checks done, and we have a population of a little over 310 million. Armed camp much?


And in all that time, going on 16 years, how many “bad guys” has the system twigged?


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Just over half a percent. HALF A PERCENT. 0.005784. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually a dozen corps (55 divisions) of bad guys.

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I do this post every once in a while. We’ve been having a good discussion in the gun post I put up the other day, and I wanted to “run some numbers” on the system I proposed. You can find the 8 shot, 16” barrel rifle and the 11 shot, 20” barrel for just under $500 NIB. A Cimmaron or a Taylor’s brand version will cost double that. A Henry costs 3 times as much. Marlin’s 1894 in .44 Mag goes for about $700. A genuine NIB Model 92/94 Winchester? Cha-ching cha-chang baby.

.45 Colt ammo is not cheap, but it isn’t too hard to find. However, the kind of ammo I described is pretty rare, although Buffalo Bore sells just the right kind, for “only” $1.50 per shot. Horry clap.

The soft lead bullets are out there, but far from cheap at about $40/100. Fudge. Lead bullets used to cost about $9.

New .45 Colt brass cases are rarer than hen’s teeth. I looked at all my old suppliers, and only Grafs had any. And the ones they had were pre-primed Remingtons. NTTAWWT. But you can’t find Winchester or Starline cases for love or money.

Five and two thirds years into the Obama Regime, and while the ammo shortages aren’t as bad as they once were, the prices are still sky high. Sky high, and yet still mostly sold out.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2014 at 02:56 PM   
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