Skip to comments.Wisconsin gun sales skyrocket after Obama elected
Posted on 11/16/2008 1:44:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Wisconsin firearms enthusiasts seem to be anticipating possible new restrictions on guns with Democrats taking control of the federal government.
Handgun purchases in Wisconsin rose 82 percent in the days before and after Barack Obama's election as president compared with the same 13 days in November last year, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of state background checks.
Tom Smith, of Eagle, said he purchased two handguns, a .22-caliber snub nose and a .45-caliber semiautomatic, before the_election when it became clear Obama would win.
"I bought them because I was afraid they were going to be outlawed...," Smith said.
Gun owners also are worried that Obama might push for tax increases on ammunition and gun accessories.
"I went out and stocked up on ammo. I bought 20 cases of rifle ammunition," Kyle Troeger, of Muskego, said.
Calls for background checks that are required for the purchase of handguns have flooded the state agency. In the first 13 days of_the month, 2,642 background checks were requested. During the same 13 days last November, the number was 1,453, state Justice Department spokesman Bill Cosh said.
Where gun issues are in Obama's priorities is unclear, since the national campaign was dominated by issues involving the economy, energy and national security.
Obama's Web site says: "The Second_Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns."
Sean Eaton, owner of Fletcher Arms in Waukesha, said his handgun sales have increased 30 percent to 40 percent. The rush started in the days before the election and it has not slowed down, he said.
Eaton calls Obama and Vice_President-elect Joe Biden the "most_anti-gun people ever to be in the White House."
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20 Cases? How many rounds to a case? Just picked up 1000 rounds of 556 (223) myself.
Isn’t a case 1,000 rounds?
Recent gun show at Tulsa OK PALLETS of ammo were being sold to individuals !!
Yup! Even the blue staters are freaking out! LOL! This is what happens when you “elect” someone who you know absolutely nothing about. We do know everything we need to know about the Palin children though so that is good.
I just ordered another 440 rounds of 7.62 x 54R (Russian) myself. I’m short on .22LR and .38 Special right now.
I guess I need to start buying in larger quantities. My kids can go through a 500 round brick of .22 in a two hour visit to the range.
Didn’t those states vote for Obama?!
Front page article in today’s local (Ct.) paper saying exactly the same thing.
Then why did Wisconsin vote BO?
Are we paranoid? Or are we making sense. I bought a small calibre rifle and 500 rounds. Bought it a month or so back and haven’t fired it yet.
BTW, fired expert in the Seabees.
I went to the Saxet gun show here in Austin and all the dealers were completely out of 9mm ammo. Academy, Cabela’s and Walmart were reportedly out but I stopped by Academy and they had some. Everyone was talking about the increased sales of guns and ammo.
Boggles the mind...
Local Wal-Mart is out of .566 and 38 Special they did have the 32 cal. I need for my 1914 Mauser automatic pistol ($18.12/100 Remington).
Gun store owner in Las Vegas said he was selling like hotcakes and at least half the people were wearing Obama pins and T shirts.. had him scratching his head.
They have literally cleaned out the Camp lejeune Gun counter at the PX The first time I have seen anything like that in 30 year.....my buddy said the first thing sold out were the Evil Black Rifles and all the Springfield M1A1’s and most of them were something like $1800 each
Ooops $18.12/50 on the 32 cal. 38 Special were $14.47/50 but like I said they were out.
That’s a good price.
That’s about what I pay retail for a 50-round box of .25 ACP.
Good, then you know how to stand up for your rights and yourself and safely use the thing.
Clean it, take it to a legal venue and shoot it. Become comfortable with it, familiar with it, then set it in a good safe place loaded ready for bear.
My local shop just informed me that they cannot keep anything in stock! I might have to SPECIAL ORDER in order for Santa to slip it under the tree in time for Christmas.
Friday I went to a gun shop in SC. I bought their last Colt 45 Commander and a shotgun. Customers were pouring in. BHO will try to outlaw semis so get ready now.
May I ask what you are using that 7.62 x 54R for?
My son has an m44 and a romak III psl/fpk that uses that stuff and WOW.
See my post 23
Here’s a related story:
San Diego-Gun store business booming. Shop owner calls Obama ‘salesman of the month’
I’m not sure that I would be advertising the fact, using my real name and all, that I was purchasing weapons (ie exercising my Second Amendment rights). Who’s to say that Hussein will stop at banning the sale and purchase of weapons, and not try to confiscate those already owned? I would even do my darndest to prevent any paper trails. Unlawful confiscation calls for drastic measures.
7.62 is the diameter of the bullet in mm. 54 is length of the cartridge in mm. R indicates that this is the rimmed cartridge. It is also commonly referred to as 7.62mmx54 Russian Rimmed.
Wagons, two-wheel hand carts....loaded to the gills.
Sorry Joe - I misread your post. I thought you asked what 7.62x54R stood for. My mistake...
I’ve got a M91/30. It’s the full size long version of your son’s M44.
I like shooting long distance. If I know they’re coming, I can hit over in the next county.
May the fleas of a thousand dogs infest your arm pits....for the crime of neglect!!
This isn’t puzzling at all. They are getting ready for the time when we all take it out on them for turning this country over to a foreign born Marxist dictator. They’re getting ready for the war that they know is coming. I was at a gun shop yesterday picking up 5 more cases of .223 and there were at least a dozen cars with Obama bumper stickers in the parking lot and several folks up at the counter who had obviously never bought a gun before.
When I fire it, it’ll hit the target. That, I can promise you.
Seriously, I’ll probably be at the range this Thursday, God willing.
If you go to most online stores most everything is out of stock.
I think I bought out my local Walmart on the .556. Plenty of 9mm and .40 though.
Shoot a couple for me....
I will be out attempting to arrow a buck.........this coming week.
Go SEABEES! Bravo Zulus!
Something to warm the cockles of your heart: when our son was fighting in Baqubah (NE of Baghdad) in OIF lll, they were trying to get an outpost liveable again in between going on patrols. In roars a small convoy of trucks with about a squad of men unloading all sorts of electrical equipment, generators on pallets, sheets of plywood, studding, the pile seemed endless. My son recognized a collar device being Navy (3c crow) and the NCO in charge said to just stay out of the way and started stringing wire and erecting cubicles. They were Navy Seabees.
He told one NCO that I was in the Navy and asked where they got the supplies, he said, "Ask your Dad what midnight smallstores means, he'll know". LOL! He said that they were amazing, I said you ain't tellin' me nothing, I was stationed on Kodiak, AK and we had a Seabee unit there, I know what they can do.
It still is a mystery how a Seabee unit got wind of an Army Infantry unit needing help and going to their aid.
I’ve understand that what I have on hand is valuable thus I have decided my next few seasons hunts will be with bow and muzzle loader. My Aunt from Colorado passed away a few years ago, left me her old Remington 700 deer rifle, and had old boxes of spent brass (and 2 full boxes of old Remington peters ought six ammo still new in the boxes) that each held a small hand written note where she had got her elk or mulie each season she had been hunting. 40 years of hunting, 80 rounds of the brass saved.
I think I have 39 centuries of ammo on hand at that rate !.....:o)
Bow season currently "on" here...Muzzle-loader over a couple weeks ago...weather didn't cooperate very well....Saw very few deer. Getting colder now...and some bucks are certainly chasing...now. We shall see...!!
Good luck to you...!!
Generally the r means it was manufactured in russia.
Like I was saying I just went to the range in Sebastian Florida and shot my kids dragunov 7.62 a real treat.
We also called it “com-shawing” when we needed something to finish the job. Others called it stealing. ha! Seabees don’t know the meaning of “It can’t be done”. That’s why the motto is “Can Do”.
A few years back a private contractor posted on the internet a question asking what aggregate was used for the concrete on Diego Garcia. He was given the contract to bust some up. I informed him that it was coral and we called it coralcrete. I explained that we used whatever we had on site. I told him about using some rods to hang light fixtures. I told him we didn’t have the proper clips so I had a steelworker weld rods on both sides of the light fixtures and just “laid” them in the ceiling. He told me that he had gotten the job demolishing the barracks where these were installed and they were surprised the fixtures were just “laying there” in the ceiling. He said, “Man, they lasted over 30 years.”
After Katrina I’m told the Bees had the base up and running in one day. They set up some mobile homes and were smart enough to know they needed septic tanks. Something FEMA apparently didn’t know.
A little humor, the old time Bees used to love to get the new Bees to go get them stuff like sky hooks and board stretchers.
Guess you can tell I’m proud to have served and I love and respect anyone who wears the uniform.
Would not have been the 1st time I needed to be taught.
Still need to learn a thing or two still.
As well to you and yours, good hunting !
Stay Safe an Keep the Faith !
Would somebody tell me if pellets for rifle will slow down a burglar/etc?
They are cheaper and may be all we can afford right now.
very nice gun you got there! i really want one, but then that would be one more rifle that eats up my 7.62x54r supply. but again, nice rifle....do u have a muzzle brake for it?
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