Skip to comments.Hundreds rush to gun store in hopes of buying semi-automatic rifle (VIDEO)
Posted on 01/13/2013 1:45:58 PM PST by matt04
A controversial gun sale caused a traffic jam on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington well before 9 a.m. as people stood in line outside Hoffman's Gun Shop hoping to get their hands on a semi-automatic rifle value bundle.
Hoffman's Gun Center & Indoor Shooting Range was selling only 100 of the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport value packs, and that had people lined up in droves.
The gun itself has been the target of a lot of controversy, and many lawmakers are looking to ban it and other semi-automatic rifles.
But it's what came in addition to the rifle that has people talking. Both the ammunition and the magazine have come under fire this week.
According to an advertisement, Hoffman's was selling the value pack which included the Smith & Wesson model M&P15 Sport, 10-round semi-automatic rifle, two 20-round boxes of .223 ammunition and a MagPul 30-shot magazine for $839.
Newington police were called to direct traffic as gun buyers hurried to get their hands on the deal, one that has people on both sides of the gun control debate talking.
"We heard about the special," said gun buyer Jeff Smith. "They got 100 assault rifles in, and they're impossible to get."
Adam Lanza, 20, used a similar weapon when he shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last month and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.
Every item in the value sale is coming under fire from the government. This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal called for mandatory background checks when purchasing ammunition.
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Why is a gun sale “controversial”? Are they only selling to white people? What exactly are they doing that is controversial?
“Guns For The Good Guys”
Liberals hate that... good guys I mean
That sure doesn’t look like a section 8 riot.
Yep, gang banger thugs from the west side of Chicago are the “good guys” for libs.
Money is tight,times are hard, and still people are rushing to the gun stores to get weapons to fight tyranny and the Dipstick in the White House and his idiot white in name only pal Joe Biden think these people are going to roll over and play dead for them?
There is only so much pushing that a free American will take and that point is rapidly being reached.
Nope. No BARACKS
They are paying attention in Washington and they would be fools to push to hard.
The Masses ARE speaking.
It’s a quiet riot.
Obama just docked our paychecks, now he wants our guns and tomorrow he will give American rights to foreigners.
Something is going to pop with the electorate eventually.
HIGHLY motivated registered voters, every single one of them.
I don’t know much about this weapon but 850 bucks for a .223 with magazines sounds pretty good.
As far as O’dingo goes, he can get bent.
This store should be commended for selling this weapon without over-inflating the price.
Three items nearly impossible to get outside of gun-show mania.
The lucky buyers can probably fetch up to $1500 dollars re-selling the same items if they so choose. That may be a low estimate now because I not paying attention to gunbroker.com right now.
I might suggest that when posting a story please put the abbreviated state initials at the end of the header so we might know where this is. Like (CA) (NY) (FL) Thanks for the story, anyway.
As one gun dealer said, “They’re not “gun nuts”; “gun nuts” already got all their guns.
8 minutes left!
Prices at gunbroker.com and GunsAmerica.com are crazy right now.
Well...by that definition, I've been clearly identified, lol.
Hoffmans is a good shop, been around forever at one location or another.
This "assault rifle" label is such garbage. The only assault is against the 2nd amendment and my head is ready to explode with the marxist's talk of gun grabs, registering ammo, guns for hunting and target practice, etc.
That’s a very good price in this climate. I saw a used S&W Optics Ready rifle go for $1700 not to long ago.
MSRP is $839. A friend of mine bought one a few years ago. It's a decent, bare-bones AR clone that comes with a folding Magpul rear sight and standard A2 post up front. S&W keeps the cost down somewhat as it does not have a forward assist and the only chromed components are the gas key and bolt carrier.
You’d be lucky to get a complete upper on GB for the price of that whole rifle. I’d line up for it too.
Ban “Assault Legislation”
If you can even find an upper.
Yeah, I checked out your link.
All the ARs are currently over $1400. I think you are referring to their M&P handguns or .22 models.
But, that quick look makes me happy I bought my AR for $650 a few days after the election.
Hard to have sympathy for people waiting till now to get an AR.
I met a guy a Ft Jackson the other day that builds 15’s for fun. I will try to keep in touch with him. He can find everything (UL) for about 600 bucks.
or a Section 8 voucher lottery
Components are difficult to locate presently.
“That sure doesnt look like a section 8 riot.”
The stark difference in the way believers in the Constitution and liberals handle themselves in public (and knowing the rush of anxiety they have to be experiencing not knowing if the wait will be fruitful) hits me right in the heart. They are an example of the America I grew up in.
Wonder how many of those (other than the surprised DU types) who don’t like what’s going on now just couldn’t make to to the polls for one reason or another?
That’s no joke. I really want an F/A bolt carrier group as a spare, but the prices on these have gone from ~$180 to about $500 on gunbroker. Forget trying to get them through manufacturer. BCM sent me an e-mail saying their bolts were available online. They sold out in minutes. BCM even in non-panic times sell out in minutes.
S/A bolt carrier also selling for ~$350 - $400 on gun broker.
I believe Hofman just required a CCW permit to purchase a semi auto long gun,some thing the state does not require.....If so Hoffman is definently looking out for Hoffman
“...a background check for ammunition...”that Demo-rat is sooo stupid...
So someone without a record buys a box of ammo - says they shot it all up - but instead sold it to whomever...yeah - background checks are soooo effective...Blumenthal is an IDIOT...and this is why everything Demo-rats do FAILS...it takes 30 seconds and even less time to pass it over to some criminal...big set-up!
I bet most will turn around and sell it for profit...
I lucked out and got these .308 mags (shipped yesterday) but I literally had to wait a week for them to be made.
Peerhaps this sale is to shore up his repuation as a high-volume dealer...b/c he pissed a lot of people off.
“Ach! Sorry - that’s a .22!”
OMG...NOT ONE OF THOSE high power rounds that can be sprayed from an endless clip at innocent people!
The suggest retail from Smith & Wesson is $839, pre-firearmageddon, so that package is very reasonably priced. Hoffman's is probably getting more advertising by doing this than they could ever afford to buy.
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I am a late to the gamer, and the upper I bought was $270 less the week before as buy it now. I’m watching the exact same ones, a week later, going for $600-800 more than I paid.
And next will “marked” ammo with micro printing etc. it will never end....
Jeff Smith was probably the media "plant"...