January 22, 2013
No Love for Shotguns in Firearms Buying Frenzy
By Phil Bourjaily
I heard the following story at SHOT from a friend in the industry:
A man walked into a gunstore looking for 5.56 ammo for his AR. As is not uncommon these days, the store was out.
“How about that box of ammo there? I’ll take it,” said the customer, pointing to a lone box of .416 Rigby on the nearly empty shelf.
“Do you have a .416 Rigby rifle?” asked the clerk.
“Nope,” said the man, reaching for his wallet. “I’ll take it anyway.”
Whether the story is true as in “it actually happened” I don’t know, but it rings true enough. There are lots of stories of people going to gunstores with $1,200 in their pocket looking for an AR. When they can’t find one they just buy a gun – any gun – a bolt action, a muzzleloader, whatever.
My local store has been out of Ruger 10/22 rimfires for months and can’t get more. There was a lone pink-stocked ugly duckling of a 10/22 that remained unsold after all the others were gone, but someone probably realized they could put an aftermarket stock on it and snapped it up. Or maybe they painted it or are just shooting it in the pink. Who knows?
The unfortunate thing from my point of view is, aside from guns for 3-gun, home defense and zombie shooting*, shotguns are not getting much love in this current buying frenzy. I did find enough to fill a gallery we’ll be posting soon, but rifles and handguns are where it’s at these days, sad to say.
But don't tell that to the two Elvis impersonators that showed up at the Beretta booth.
*I saw slightly less zombie stuff this year than last. Perhaps zombies have peaked.