i think people are looking for relative bargains.
i have bought more firearms this year than past years, for certain.
not because i am stocking up for armageddon. hell i have plenty of firearms and ammo and have had them for decades.
but because several high-priced pistols that had inflated "O-bama in 08" prices have finally come down . the AR-15 market is in a near glut and there are some good deals that wern't there two years ago with ar-15 stuff as well as other rifles and pistols and shotguns.
just bought a NIB taurus OSS 45 for $355. the MSRP on this model is $642 they have been selling from $540 to about $448 in most places. 25% to 55% off is just hard to pass up.
savage came out with a very competitive priced bolt action hunting rifle--damn i had to get one of them.
one one of my notorious "low ball bids" on a gun auction came in this year. never one one like that before.
and a few months back a bought several AR-15 lowers. why ? because they are top quality and were selling for blowout prices so i bought a few extra.
i don't think were going to see firearms this cheap again for a while. some of these producers are losing money. they will scale back production,and or the government will likely enforce some new laws/regulations that will effect builders or retailers, and inflation which never stops will start pushing prices back up.
so there is a lot of thinking like "well i better buy that AR,AK,pistol shotgun ,rifle ect ect--before they go up going on around these parts.
any you got buzzards like me "swooping in to scoop up bargains".