Panic waves of buying are a trademark of our culture, particularly firearm enthusiasts- not so much the regulars, but the periphery who awake suddenly late for work realizing they slept through the alarm and multiple snoozes.
It gets worse over time with the internet and whatnot.
Eventually the latecomers run out of money or are satiated and things sort of equalize.
Freaking out doesn’t get you real far. Might be a good time to trade an extra “assault weapon” for a few of those collectible niche fillers you’ve been looking for...
I've done well at my local gun shop by browsing the trade-ins that they've taken in over the years, and are now using to fill in the empty shelves and racks. These collectible and semi-collectible items are marked at their current fair pre-panic prices. They just never had the time in the last five years to catalog each one in their system before it goes in the rack.
I've been doing this all year long, after learning my lesson when I lost out on a Colt Anaconda early in the year, figuring I'd think about it for another day. Now it's an instantaneous purchase, if it's something I really wanted for ages (S&W M66 snubbie), or something I never knew existed (S&W 4x86 variation with a Glock-type action) that made me stop for a second look because something on it seemed a bit odd. No manual safety or decocker.
Last week, lightning struck twice for me. A variation of the CZ75-B that I never knew about, and they only got in three in all of 2012, and an American AK clone that was a one-off that they picked up at the 2012 SHOT Show for evaluation.