Americans buy more than 1 million firearms in August

...And more than 9 million so far in 2009!

According to the FBI s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), there were 1,074,757 background checks in August, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.

So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year.

Ammoland.com reports that the total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time. Most popular guns and calibers:semi-auto handguns; revolvers; Ar15s and all variants of the Black Rifle; 50 Caliber

Also:

-- Surprise winner of Obama stimulus spending: gun industry; http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0911/p02s15-usgn.html

-- Smith & Wesson 1Q Profit Soars As Sales Top Co Views; http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090909-714616.html