We’ve been under this new normal for around 7 months.
Due to the Covid-19 Virus ‘pandemic’ our industry continues to experience overwhelming demand. In fact, as of July 2020, there were 5 million first time firearm buyers this year and a record 12.1 million total FBI background checks.
Most firearms, many types of ammo and various accessories have sold out or are in very limited quantities.
Many of the manufacturers have production backorders that need to be filled just to catch up from pre-covid levels. And each day that goes by with this unprecedented demand, puts them further behind.
Also, many firearm, ammo and accessory manufacturers are unable to finish their products due to supply chain material shortages, labor shortages and state and local Covid restrictions.
We get calls and emails all day long with people searching for 9mm,.380, 45, 5.56, .223 and .22lr ammo. As well as people searching for 9mm handguns, shotguns , AR-15s and most hunting rifles. And, sadly, the answer to that request is often no we don’t have it.
Hopefully, next year, this situation will improve. And, more importantly, I hope we find a way to put a stop to Covid.
Colt recently announced it will stop manufacturing their AR-15 lines for sale to the civilian market.
They cite overall excess market manufacturing capacity (AKA the AR-15 market is flooded with product) and most of their AR building capacity is currently dedicated to high volume military and police contracts.
NORTH HAVEN, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, announced today its decision to discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists in April 2018.
Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.
“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control.” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”
Consumers are urged to visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases of Mossberg and Maverick® firearms.
Today the National Shooting Sports Foundation AKA the NSSF which is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods (and Field and Stream Stores) from membership due to pro-gun control activities which are contrary to the goals of the NSSF.
I find it ridiculous that in the USA we have lost common sense and think that firearms are the problem when its painfully obvious that we have a serious social problem in this country that goes much deeper than more firearm controls that have never proven to resolve any issues.
I don’t fully grasp the concept that, in the USA, the ‘tool’ is to blame for an act that was perpetrated by a human. Should we institute controls for any item that is used to harm another person? For example, rocks, bricks, baseball bats, rope, duct tape,exploding mobile phones and etc.
I hope we can find a common sense solution that works…
In light of Dick’s Sporting Goods newly minted pro-gun control stance, Springfield Armory is the first firearm manufacturer to cut ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods.
I can’t wait to see who cuts ties next.
This was posted yesterday on the Springfield Armory Facebook page:
Springfield Armory announces its decision in response to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms
GENESEO, IL, (05/03/18) – Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.
This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.
It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.