The .22LR world is hurting pretty bad right now I think it is safe to say. In the past year and a half now, I have had less than about 50 cases of .22LR come in for us to sell. Whenever something happens in the country and people start to panic buy, .22LR dries up insanely fast. People think it’s a caliber that is typically the cheapest to shoot and usually is the cheapest to buy. Right now though, it’s been in such high demand and so little available quantity, that many people just arent shooting their .22LRs at all.
I would say the typical gun owner should have 1000rds of each caliber that they shoot on hand. That’s a good number and it’s fairly easy to obtain. If you talk to a .22LR guy, he would say 5,000 or even 10,000. Just because the ammo used to be so cheap. It allows you to shoot often without breaking the bank and without digging into your stash too far. If you have 5,000 rounds and shoot maybe 100 or 2 a month, you have more than a year’s worth of ammo. 10,000rds of 9mm or even .223 can be pretty expensive and take up a lot of room. Bricks of .22LR are so small and were relatively cheap that you could get 10,000rds into the bottom of your safe and not feel like you have to eat ramen for the next 3 months.
Right now .22LR has been scarce. I would say that most of the guys who had nice big stockpiles of the ammo are starting to get to the point where they aren’t too comfortable digging into it because it’s not going to be as easy to replace. Even the most prepared guy has shot a few thousand rounds by now just between having fun and scratching that itch to shoot. I would say besides 9mm at the price of 2010, .22LR is the most commonly asked for ammo right now.
Even though the ammo is difficult to get. The firearms are popping up more and more frequently. This is where people are messing up though. Even if you can’t find the ammo right NOW, you will eventually. Some of the more rare and harder to find .22LR models are going up for sale and being ignored by the normal .22LR guys that would grab them up. This is the general population’s chance to get some of the cool and unique .22LRs out there. The Ruger Hunter MKIV for example. It is a very sought-after Ruger and we have had it in stock for almost a week. Usually, these guns don’t last a few hours. This is the chance for somebody that has been trying to track one down, to do so. Things like these don’t last long and it’s good news if you’ve been looking for one.
The top picture on this post was from March 19th, 2020. This was only a few days into the start of Ohio’s closing. While there may still be some products on the pallets and look like some of the ammo is still sitting there. It is all actually sold. It was just waiting to be picked up and put and a box to be shipped. For almost all of 2020, our warehouse stayed just like that. We didn’t even have enough product in the building to just put things in the empty spaces.
Fast forward to now, July 2021. We can see that it’s starting to be back to a normal supply. This is one of the good signs we have been waiting for as a country. This means that distributors and manufacturers and starting to fulfill bigger orders. They are finally shipping in a more consistent manner and the product at least exists in some form. While there is still a very large demand throughout the country, the bigger companies are starting to get a good stock again.
Because the demand is still so high in general, the prices still have not dropped too much. You still have plenty of people buying ammo. It might not always be the end-user, but if smaller dealers, schools, police departments, etc are still buying. Then the price is still not going to fluctuate too much. There is still plenty of ammo and money still changing hands.
Eventually, we will get to the point where the manufacturers have to start being more competitive with their pricing because retailers and consumers will have ammo again. That is when we will start to see a decrease in price. When will that happen though? Could be this year, could be 3 years from now. It’s incredibly difficult to tell. I will say that right now we have a good stock. So if you haven’t been buying or you got caught off guard with the pandemic. Now is a great time to stock up and make sure that it doesn’t happen to you again. The prices are more reasonable and you actually have options again.
Everyone knows that FN is a quality manufacturer. Everyone knows that because of that, all FN products come with a nice big price tag. The Scar 20s in 6.5 Creedmoor is no exception. It is currently being sold on our website for $3999.99. This is actually a steal for this gun since so many other places are charging above MSRP for it. These guns are also made in a limited quantity for each production run.
The 20s is cool because… well, just look at it. The Multi-FDE coloring that doesn’t match anything else on the gun is so iconic and awesome. It takes the base Scar rifle, bulks it up in size and weight and barrel length, and then makes one badass DMR rifle.
The 20in barrel and 6.5Creedmoor round means you’re gonna be able to reach out further than your skill would probably normally allow. The gun weighs an absolute ton before you toss on any accessories. Easily an 8-10lb gun when everything is all set and done. The benefit though is that all that weight is going to be an advantage to managing the recoil. Making fast follow-up shots super easy.
Now is the time to start picking up these rarer and harder-to-find guns because the demand has been so high for so long. If you don’t pick them up when you see them, then the chances of finding them later don’t get better. Check out the sight and see what all we have going on!
Our showroom has been popping! We have tons of products on sale. Tons of in-store only specials and lots of competitive pricing. We have a bunch of guns that have been hard to find. We have tons of calibers of ammo in the building that not a lot of other places have. We have a few surplus items, lots of LEO Trade-in items, and new AR parts and accessories coming out of all our crevices. Tell your neighbor, tell your friends and even your neighbor’s friends that we are finally starting to get actual stock of items. Now is the time to stop in and get a good deal. We all know that lots of dealers aren’t putting things on sale and nobody has inventory built up. We are one of the lucky few that are actually doing both!
Very rarely does a new “AR” release get me excited. Especially from the big manufacturers because they are the ones typically doing the least amount of what I want or even like. They try to appeal to the masses and cover their bases and they never really put out complete guns that make sense to buy instead of build myself.
This is one of the first Sig Sauer rifles since the MCX that I think customers/consumers should actually be excited about. They have put together an 11.5in upper on one of the coolest lowers they forgot they make. With one of the newest pistol braces and some of the coolest features in the rifle that I have seen as of late.
Let’s start with the lower. The lower is cool because not many people even know this lower has existed. It is a full AMBI lower. Now many of you know that the Ambi lowers out there will drop the bolt from the left side but not lock it. This one will actually allow you to lock and drop the bolt from the left-hand side. It also has an Ambi mag release and a 2 stage trigger. The trigger is slightly heavy but overall the lower is fantastic. This lower could only be found in the older VTAC rifles Sig put together. They were limited run, expensive guns that not many knew about. Now you have the ability to get one of the coolest lowers out there again!
The 11.5in upper has a cool new handguard from Sig. They have a new mounting system that is different from their previous guns. The Gunmetal grey ceraokte on it reminds me of the same color that’s on the MCX. This might be a little less blue. I also wish the MCX didn’t have the blue tint to it either. The brace is the new one from Magpul and when you shoulder it, there is a nice cheek weld. You can adjust it with the pull of the lever and combine it with the gun overall. You get a pretty lightweight package. I own several 11.5in guns and I don’t think any of them are as light as the Switchblade is. It also ships with 1 Gen 2 Pmag and a hand stop piece for the rail.
We only got a handful of these guns in and anything “NEW” sells out fast. So here is your early notice, head to the sight and check them out!
We have been sold out of our super popular N3 Glock 17 and 19 barrels for a few weeks now. We have had these barrels made for us for years and they come in well under the market average for a quality replacement Glock barrel. They were a normal cut and crown and did the job. Recently though we decided we wanted to make our barrels just a little bit different than before. So we decided to have the barrels flush cut and target crowned now.
We think this is an upgrade/enhancement that makes the barrel feel and looks like a more premium item. Typically the more time a part spends on a machine getting additional cuts or machining done to it, the more it ends up costing in the end. We have been able to add this without increasing the price. Which makes this an even better barrel for the price now!
We also had a ton of you guys request this because there were not a lot of barrel manufacturers doing this. The ones that were would charge a premium price for it. So you asked and we listened. Moving forward we think it will be popular enough to do on all our non-threaded barrels. This week was our first batch of them since the change and we only had a few hundred come in. If you want to grab one while we have them now would be the time. We definitely have more coming, but it could be a gap of a few weeks. Let us know what you think of this change or if you literally couldn’t care less.
When it comes to building ARs, everyone has a personal preference every step of the way. That is what makes the AR platform so cool. Everyone can build a gun with their favorite parts and still end up with guns that are nothing alike.
One thing that I personally like to do with a lot of my builds is to use the same rail. I like knowing that when I pick up any of my guns, the accessories are generally in the same spot. The rail that I use the most often is the BCM MCMR.
The BCM rails are super low profile, slim, rigid, and have one of my favorite mounting styles. Most of the time when you buy one it comes with a QD socket for a sling and sometimes an M-LOK pic rail to add on. The installation is super tight and you can tell just by installing the rail, that it’s not going to move on you at all. I have seen these rails take a bunch of abuse from a lot of high-up shooters.
The BCM handguard is also one of the best-selling handguards that we carry. We sell more of them than any other brand of rail. This means that there is a large number of people that also like the BCM rail. I think it’s because of the quality that people have come to know and love from BCM. Everything they do just exudes quality.
We have almost all the lengths of the BCM MCMR rails right now on the website. If you’ve been looking for a high-end rail at an affordable price then look no further. The BCM is where it’s at!
With the slow stream of products dribbling in daily, we are starting to get actual stock of products that we actually want or care about. For the longest time, you couldn’t walk into a gun store and even see a lower because they were all selling out before they made it to the floor.
Right now we have a full warehouse. All the products we have had on order are starting to show up and we actually have stock on things for once. It’s a good sign and a bad sign all at the same time. It’s good because it means that manufacturers are starting to catch up with production. The downside is that means the purchasing has started to slow down. Before we were at a crazy pace where things were selling faster than manufacturers could produce. Now that the manufacturers have picked back up, the buyers are starting to slow down. Hopefully, it starts to even itself out because the industry could honestly start to spiral in the opposite direction than what we have had. Basically, go from 1 extreme to another.
I would enjoy it if we could just be stable for a little while where the demand is predictable and the supply is there. Right now we are dancing around that delicate balance but depending on who says what in the political atmosphere, we could easily sway either way and see the industry get crazy again.
With all that being said. If you’ve been holding off on building because of the availability or even pricing. Now is a good time to dip your toes back in because You have plenty of access to all the popular lowers, rails and barrels are readily available and the ammo is starting to show back up. Check out the website if you haven’t in a while and I promise you’ll find something you have been wanting to grab!
A few weeks ago we talked about the Sig P365 that Zev Technologies had done up. The “Octane”. We talked about how it was more than a normal P320 because it’s been graced with all the goodies from Zev.
We finally got our hands on the P320 X-Compact versions now! I’m happy to see that the P320 market is starting to be a viable option now. For the longest time, I have been and a fan and been patiently waiting for the builders market to have support like the Glock market does. For instance, you can go to the AIM website and buy just about every part separately and build your own Glock. ARs have pretty much always been that way, but the Glock was the first handgun to be that way. Even though it wasn’t thought of as a real “Modular” pistol.
Finally, we are starting to see some of the bigger companies come out with parts and support for the P320 platform. This is great because of the actual true modularity it has, as compared to the Glocks. The removable FCU and the fact that grips are readily available to make it the perfect starter pistol. Don’t like the grip? No problem, change it. Wish your slide had front serrations and a window? Cool. Change it. Wanna run a smaller slide on a thicker frame? Done. Just swap it. The ability to buy multiple parts and have multiple configurations is awesome. I can’t wait until we are looking back several years from now and the P320 custom aftermarket has exploded.
The Zev Octane series is great. You’re getting a quality pistol at a quality price. Nothing to complain about here. Everyone knows the quality that Zev puts out and there’s nothing to argue with. I’d like to see them start doing some more crazy stuff. Maybe have some funky configurations or cerakotes. Just something to set them apart a little bit more. Even a stippled frame would help. Other than that, head over to our site and grab yourself a P320! We have tons of frames and slides and other parts to do one up. Get behind it and send some lead downrange because we now have plenty of 9mm in stock too!
Everybody knows about the quality of sterling silver. We have managed to get our hands on some of the best Sterling Brass we could find. This is of the 9mm variety. Some of the most expensive and sought-after brass in the country.
We have been getting in a bunch of the Sterling brand ammo lately and it’s been so far so good. The shotgun ammo has been pretty popular and somewhat available to us to actually get. So we decided to give their pistol caliber ammo a try.
As a company, we like to sell products that are good. Products that we stand behind and would buy ourselves. So we ordered a couple pallets of the stuff and the second it came in. We drove ourselves down to the range and started mag dumping this stuff. We took as many different guns as we could to make sure that they would run in anything. We went through almost 2,000 rounds that evening. It was for sure a fun time.
Needless to say, we have the ammo up on the website and currently for sale. We were very happy with its performance and feel it passes our tests. We are excited about this ammo because this is the first time since the pandemic has been in full swing, that we have been able to sell 9mm for $19.99 again! Which still seems crazy high from where it was. Right now though, there are almost no places able to do that and the ones that can, are limiting you to 2 boxes each. We have enough of this stuff that we don’t have to limit it and it should run well In just about anything!
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