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.
Those are nice.
Been off the airwaves awhile- you done good, bro!
Even now after the Panic of 2012, one can still find good buys at small rural gunshops on guns and ammo.
I bought some black powder stuff at Christmas and waltzed right thru Cabela’s to the checkout while there were over a hundred nervous types waiting at the gun counter.
I went thru the panic of ‘94, the Y2K panic, and then Americans panicked again in ‘07-’08 when we were concerned Hillary might be elected. I resolved after ‘94 AWB not to get caught pants down again. Contrarians are the turtles that win the race.