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We can't sell guns at all right now. We've always called - never used the e-check.

When you call today the computer tells you they are at peak volume and if you want a check you need to use e-check.

In going through the registration process for e-check you can e-mail, fax or snail-mail your forms. Fax and e-mails keep bouncing back. I don't know what to do, but this is costing me sales.
 

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I went back to my local gun shop today to get a couple of pounds of gunpowder for pistols. It was just as busy as it was a couple of days ago. I even brought'em a customer looking for a home defense shotgun for his wife. He was doin' the paperwork as I was leaving. And, I got a pretty good deal on the gunpowder.
 

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Stopped by the nearest Rural King last night and the pistol case was nearly empty, with the exception of a few pieces the higher priced stuff. They had zero handgun ammo and just a handful of steel cases 223 boxes sitting on a skid.
 
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I went into my LGS today to inquire about putting a pistol on consignment. its not a big store and is really a tackle shop so there is only 1 hand gun counter and a wall of rifle racks. the pistol counter had 3 or 4 pistols and rifle racks had a couple of shotguns and bolt action Mil-Surp rifles. the owner (who I needed to see) wasn't there but the guy behind the counter (one of those know it all loudmouths that give gun store and dive shop employees a bad rap) told me that it was a "buyers market" and wouldn't be a good time to sell. gun prices were low.o_O he said they had no problem getting inventory.o_O the shelves & racks were virtually empty!?!:p I'll have to go back when the owner is there. :rolleyes:
 

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Sales of firearms and ammo has picked up here, too; although not dramatically. When you need a Govt-issue licence to buy any firearm, the anti-gunners are frozen out.

Seems like all the Ruger Gunsite rifles are gone as well as well as SKS rifles. You can have the SKS but I wouldn't mind picking up a Ruger Scout in 308.
 
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I went into my LGS today to inquire about putting a pistol on consignment. its not a big store and is really a tackle shop so there is only 1 hand gun counter and a wall of rifle racks. the pistol counter had 3 or 4 pistols and rifle racks had a couple of shotguns and bolt action Mil-Surp rifles. the owner (who I needed to see) wasn't there but the guy behind the counter (one of those know it all loudmouths that give gun store and dive shop employees a bad rap) told me that it was a "buyers market" and wouldn't be a good time to sell. gun prices were low.o_O he said they had no problem getting inventory.o_O the shelves & racks were virtually empty!?!:p I'll have to go back when the owner is there. :rolleyes:
Yeah, we have suppliers all over the country. Maybe 2/3 of them are shut down right now. No more ammo or guns coming in for a while except what was already on order.
That employee is either dense or crooked.
 

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Sales of firearms and ammo has picked up here, too; although not dramatically. When you need a Govt-issue licence to buy any firearm, the anti-gunners are frozen out.

Seems like all the Ruger Gunsite rifles are gone as well as well as SKS rifles. You can have the SKS but I wouldn't mind picking up a Ruger Scout in 308.
I was noticing that SKS rifles in Canada are finally beginning to approach America's prices on them six years ago. I have the Marstar web site saved as one of my favorites so I can marvel why a country with such strict laws, and such high prices on every day things, has such good prices on things that are hard to find here.
 

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This is the worst I've ever seen. All our local outlets are open as well as Bass Pro and Cabela's. I dropped by Cabela's yesterday and they had 3 boxes of 38 Super and several boxes of 45 Long Colt. That was it. All the rest of the hand gun ammo was wiped out. They did have plenty of 22 LR. Go figure.
 

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He’s a member here but haven’t seen him around in a while.


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Really? That’s cool. One of my favorite gun channels.
He's a member everywhere. Sometimes he still posts on CasCity or ColtCountry, but I haven't seen him anywhere else in ages.
Yep, another one of our missing members here on G&G.
And for the life of me I cannot think of his user name here. (my bad)
All of his videos are very informative and straightforward.
 
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