Skip to comments.Election spurs sales of guns, ammo (Nov. 8th biggest day since 1954 for one gun shop!)
Posted on 11/24/2008 12:14:11 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
DAYTONA BEACH -- The owners of Buck's Gun Rack say they didn't vote for Barack Obama, but the president-elect sure has been good for business.
Assault-style rifles, personal protection handguns, shotguns and ammunition -- business was up by as much as 400 percent after the election, exceeding records that followed Sept. 11 and preceded the Y2K scare of 2000.
"Sales have gone through the roof," Forrest Buckwald said, attributing the boost to a belief that Obama would support gun control measures.
"People were talking about Obama before the election," said Buckwald's brother and co-owner, Scott. "The Saturday after the election we could not help people fast enough. It was the biggest day we ever had" since the store opened in 1954.
"People have expressed a desire to get (their guns) while the getting is good," Forrest Buckwald added.
During the campaign, Obama called for a permanent reinstatement of the assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004. It prohibits the sale of such semiautomatic rifles as AK-47s and AR-15s, military-style weapons that critics say are designed solely to kill people.
But while the National Rifle Association has characterized Obama as a threat to the Second Amendment, a spokesman for the Obama transition team in Chicago said those beliefs are unfounded.
"Barack Obama recognizes that firearm ownership is a rich tradition in American life," spokesman Reid Cherlin said in a telephone interview this week. "Obama believes 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, and transport, and use guns, and he will support the right of communities to enact common-sense gun safety laws."
Gun advocates, though, point to his record as an Illinois state legislator when Obama supported a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons and tighter restrictions on all firearms.
"Obama's record is absolutely abysmal when it comes to the Second Amendment," said Ted Novin, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade organization for gun dealers and manufacturers.
Plenty of others seem to agree.
Representatives of Love's Gun and Pawn in DeLand and Florida Gun Exchange in Port Orange said their sales have tripled since the election.
"It has been unprecedented," said John Kieser, owner of the Gun Exchange.
Heather Lavornia of Love's said rumors of a tax on guns and ammunition from a Democratic-controlled Congress also have fueled customers' fears.
"They are buying and stocking up," she said.
At Buck's, Mike Murphy of Ormond Beach said he wanted to purchase a tactical version of a pump action shotgun before it could get caught up in restrictions.
"They should enforce the laws they have now," the 61-year-old said. "They make sense, but we are not enforcing them."
Justin Perkins, 28, of Kissimmee agreed, but he doesn't expect any changes anytime soon.
"I think the restrictions will happen sometime in the next two or three years," he said while looking at a hunting rifle during his lunch break.
Harry Miller admitted Obama was in the back of his mind as he looked over used pistols with his wife, Joan, but they had their own reasons for shopping that day.
"We want one for protection because we travel a lot in our motor home," said Harry Miller of Edgewater. "I already have a semi-automatic (pistol)."
"But I can't pull the slide back," his 71-year-old wife said.
And have her hate firing it because of the undamped recoil, plus not be able to properly control a heavy revolver?
I’d say a Beretta with a tip-up barrel or even the old Browning High Power - you can rack the slide on a BHP by putting the dust cover against a wall and leaning on it.
If they are unable to stop the sale and ownership of guns, they will do the next best thing and control ammo. They do not want honest law abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves.
Because Americans know that Communists have taken over the American government.
We see the writing on the wall, and we know what the damn Stalinists have in store for all of us.
BLOAT like there is no tomorrow!!!!!!!
In the classes that I’ve taught for self defense, I have always ALWAYS stated that shot placement will beat a bigger less controlled gun every time. As a general rule, women listen, men don’t - at least not until they have tried something smaller like a 9 mm or .45 vs the .44 mag or .50AE they thought they could handle. I’ve seen a grandma with a .22LR pistol that could decide which eyeball she wanted to take out at 10 meters .... it’s quite scary to watch her actually.
I was once asked how can I tell if someone has too much pistol. It is really a simple exercise. Set your target at 7 to 10 yards. Fire 5 rounds in under 10 seconds. If the shot group is bigger than your pistol ... you have too much pistol and not enough control. You can fix that practice or getting a smaller gun / load. But always practice practice practice.
Or the way it was put to me ... never HOPE you hit your target, KNOW if you did.
BTW - I'll be waiting for those “Common Sense” Abortion laws right after he imposes those “Common Sense” Gun laws.
As far as the Second Amendment is concerned, the only thing I'll be hunting is a Politician that turns Governing into Ruling.
My God Given Rights are insured by Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.
Hey, I recommend people start off with the 9mm, personally. The Browning High Power in 9mm is still the pistol I’m best with. 5 rounds at 7 yards, even with the sights covered, I still produce a group you can cover with the BHP’s magazine. With the sights, you can almost cover the group with the magazine’s floorplate. I recommend the BHP a lot; I also took a lot of flak for not having “enough” pistol. Well, guess what, I’m in your camp wherein eighteen 9mm hits are still better than 8 misses with a .45.
Also, individual weapon design makes a difference. For example, the 1911 has more felt recoil than a Glock 30 even though they are in the same caliber. Someone should try out a bunch of weapons at a local range before settling in to a model and caliber, IMHO. Buy what you can hit best with, regardless of caliber (so long as it’s 9mm or better).
For those who like the High Power but would like to move up to a larger caliber, I recommend the Springfield XD45. It points like a BHP and despite the larger round size carries the same number of rounds as a BHP does.
Who determines what “Common Sense” means?
It is the same as “Paying your fair share”.
My husband went to Bob Pope’s Gun Show Sat. and he said the crowd was enormous!
Most of the inexperienced shooters I've dealt with have done better with a revolver:
1. It's a lot easier to confirm there is/is not a loaded round in the weapon (sometimes that whole 'slide slamming forward' thing seems to raise doubt for some folks). Inexperienced shooters -- especially women, it seems -- shy away from handling a gun if they aren't confident they know it is or isn't loaded. Any new shooter will get better if they will pick up the weapon on their own and practice handling it. That is more likely to happen if he or she feels comfortable with making sure it is not loaded without assistance.
2. No extra pieces required (we call them 'magazines') for the gun to work.
3. All the gun's movement happens BEFORE you pull the trigger, so the gun isn't cycling, brass flying, etc. during a time when the only thing an inexperienced shooter wants to worry about is NOT dropping the firearm.
4. Recoil, schmecoil. A semi-auto pistol soaks up some, but not very much, recoil. Decent grips make up for that. Some people make the mistake of getting a pistol too small/light with the idea that it will be easier for a woman to shoot (minimum barrel length of 4", 6 is better, and steel frame only).
I’d go for 6.8, but get a 5.56 upper as well. Be prepared to pay through the teeth for ammo for the 6.8, less for the 5.56. If I was concerned about money, I’d try to get a lower receiver now, and stock up on ammo, then pick up your upper receivers later, since you don’t ned to go through an FFL for one (at least for now).
FTA: “Obama believes the Second Amendment creates an indivisdual right....”
WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! The Second Amendment does NOT create an individual right: It protects an individual right that was already in existence. If the government can create a right by Constitutional fiat, that very same government can take it away. The Second Amendment specifically states that the government can not infringe on the peoples’ right to keep and bear arms; it does not say the government gives them that right. Believe me, the left will use the argument of a government-created right in its attempt to do away with the Second Amendment.
BLOAT = Buy lots of ammo today?
It’s the quote about how Obama “respects” the rights of hunters that jumps out at me, as if the 2nd Amendment was about hunters’ rights or even the rights of people to protect themselves from crime, it isn’t, it’s about the Constitution stating explicitly that free born citizens have the right to shoot government officials who seriously abuse their powers, it’s not about hunting, not about sports, not about crime, it’s about defending a free people from their government if the need arises.
Odd how the President elect isn’t aware of that fact seeing as how he’s a fancy lawyer and all. I suspect some government agents may soon discover to their cost what the Second Amendment is really about in the coming years and it ain’t about hunting.
Snub nosed 38 with a hidden hammer.
Then she can’t break her thumb off when she gets it in front of the ejection process of a semi. Can’t screw up the hammer. Just point and pull the trigger.
And as she grinds her way through that long DA trigger pull instead....
I have a carry permit and like an old Colt 32 auto. Mostly because it is almost undetectable.
Some say it is not a good choice cause it lacks 45 knock down power. I always think I can hit what I aim at.
True it will not put you on your butt if I hit you in the arm but I’ll get your attention. P
P-89 Ruger and Kimber are just too large to effectively hide.
What say you?
I’m not disputing this claim. I think it a reasonable idea. I just don’t remember it actually stating that I can go shoot an official for trying to deny my gun rights?
Fayetteville’s gun show is about in two weeks, Dec 6th & 7th.
I’ll be there Saturday morning to check out the crowd and pick up a few odds & ends.
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