Did ANYONE buy a gun this year?

Did ANYONE buy a gun this year?

Welcome back to the 37th installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.

 

This is not current news nor should it be a surprise, but 2016 was a record year for gun sales in the United States. An uncertain political climate and presidential election most likely contributed to record firearm sales. What you probably didn’t know is that 2017 is in the running and on pace to be 2nd biggest gun sales year in history! What!!!???!!!???

 

Yup, you heard it here first! We are on pace for another huge year for firearm sales. How do I know this? Because like I tell my Fiance, I know everything, including that the earth is flat….I digress.

I know this because background check figures were over 12 million this summer and industry experts estimate that we will end up with somewhere around 25 million total backgrounds checks for 2017. For reference, in 2016 we had 27,538,673 total background checks. I understand that not all background checks equal sales but if we rule out that variable and state that the % of background checks to purchase are roughly the same year over year, we can get some legit data. ( I once had a data entry job. I got fired 2 weeks in. F*cking spreadsheets).

People, had speculated that sales would dramatically decrease due to Donald Trump being elected president. But, due to acts of terrorism in the US and around the world we have seen an increase in conceal carry permits, creating an uptrend in background checks this year. 

 

I for one am very interested to see how the numbers shake out by the end of 2017. The summer buying lull is now over. I’ve talked to a wide array of different dealers and manufacturers and things have picked up dramatically. In fact I have capitalized on some sweet deals over the last few weeks. 

 

Because I know my readers are much smarter than the average firearm enthusiast, I wanted to ask. Did you purchase more, less, or the same amount of firearms this year than you have in prior years and why? Leave a comment below or we can’t be friends.



7 Responses

Auralumin
Auralumin

November 05, 2017

I did not buy a gun this year, I bought two! Not only that, one of them was my first gun purchase ever! I moved out of Commiefornia a few years ago and now that I am exposed to real Americans I have been exposed to the wonderful world of firearms! Making up for lost time I purchased an AR-15. The fun I am having with it is hard to put in words. Much money in accessories and much Joy. After acquiring my CP license, I just took delivery of my second gun, a Walther CCP. I love the training and skills aspect of it all but mostly I like the people I am meeting. Gun people are good people.
Thanks for reading.

Craig B
Craig B

November 04, 2017

Bought 1 5.56 complete ar15 and 2 ar15 lowers and ruger lc380+ the 9mm conversation. I build 1 of the 2 lowers I ordered in .223 wylde. This has been the most guns I’ve bought in one year. Last year I bought 1 gun.

Rob
Rob

November 04, 2017

I don’t remember right off hand how many guns I bought last year probably five or six probably that many this year I just finished a black and red ar 15 with tyrant design pistol grip and horizontal fore grip they look awesome l need to quit buying guns and deck out more of my ar 15 ’s

Donald Smith
Donald Smith

November 04, 2017

I bought a Marlin model 60 stainless .22LR. and finished my AR-15. Bought lower last year.

Mark V
Mark V

November 04, 2017

I built a 22 Nosler AR using the Areo Parchment builders kit and a Proof Research barrel, two 556’s one with a BSF CF barrel and a 308 with a 10.5 barrel. A 300blk pistol. I completed a polymer and aluminum 80% lower this year. I’m building, but less than last year.

Paul Cessna
Paul Cessna

November 04, 2017

Same here, bought guns last year. This year is decking them out. Well, nope I lied, I did buy 1 early this year.

Jeff Garnica
Jeff Garnica

November 04, 2017

This year was dedicated to complete building my AR’s. I didn’t purchase anything new 3 lowers were purchased in 2016. 2017 will be the year of completion

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