The Gun Rush

Just how significant is the spike in sales of certain genres of firearms since the November 4 election?

Fears that the incoming Obama administration and a Democratic majority in both Houses in Congress will seek to reauthorize the so-called assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 have driven many firearms enthusiasts to purchase firearms that may be affected if such a prohibition takes place.

Not surprisingly, many post-election gun buyers are being drawn to the semi-auto AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, a platform that many feel could likely be targeted for possible sales restrictions.

There are a lot of numbers being tossed around about the election-inspired gun-buying frenzy, with the Associated Press reporting that sales across the country have increased from 30 to 40 percent in recent weeks.

As I blogged here on Tuesday, CNN reported that the FBI received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers—a leap of nearly 49 percent from the same period in 2007—during the week of November 3 to 9.

While it would be difficult to determine exactly to what degree sales have increased, I offer Gun Shots readers with a reliable indicator from one of the country's foremost suppliers of firearms accessories and gunsmithing tools and supplies; Brownells, Inc.

According to Larry Weeks, Brownells Media Relations Manager, “anything AR” is “blowing out the door” at the Montezuma, Iowa catalog facility and warehouse.

To put things in perspective, Weeks said sales of the company's most popular AR 30-capacity magazine have increased 1,500 percent (this is not a misprint) compared to the same period one year ago.

In real numbers, the company sold 150 times more SKUs of the specific model hi-cap AR magazines during the week of November 4-11, 2008 than it did during the same seven-day period in 2007.

—J.R. Absher