Covid-19 Firearms, Ammo and Accessories Update

Update:

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.

Remington Firearms, as it was, is no more. A sad day.

Pending bankruptcy court approval, Remington Firearms has been sold, in parts, to several buyers via an auction.

These are the successful bidders for Remington’s various businesses:

– Vista Outdoor Inc. was the successful bidder for their Lonoke ammunitions business.
– Sierra Bullets LLC was the successful bidder for their Barnes ammunition business.
– Sturm, Ruger & Co. was the successful bidder for their Marlin firearms business.
– JJE Capital Holdings LLC was the successful bidder for their DPMS, H&R, Stormlake, AAC and Parker brands. (Think Palmetto State Armory).
– Franklin Armory Holdings Inc. was the successful bidder for their Bushmaster brand and certain related assets.
– Sportsman’s Warehouse Inc. was the successful bidder for their Tapco brand.
– Roundhill Group LLC was the successful bidder for their non-Marlin Firearms portion of the business.

It will be interesting to see how it all turn out.

Ruger had this message on their homepage:

“The value of Marlin and its 150-year legacy was too great of an opportunity for us to pass up,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “The brand aligns perfectly with ours and the Marlin product portfolio will help us widen our already diverse product offerings.”

The transaction is exclusively for the Marlin Firearms assets. Remington firearms, ammunition, other Remington Outdoor brands, and all facilities and real estate are excluded from the Ruger purchase. Once the purchase is completed, the Company will begin the process of relocating the Marlin Firearms assets to existing Ruger manufacturing facilities.

“The important thing for consumers, retailers and distributors to know at this point in time,” continued Killoy, “is that the Marlin brand and its great products will live on. Long Live the Lever Gun.”

Colt Manufacturing Has Decided To Stop Supplying AR-15s To The Civilian Market

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.

Interesting development.

You can read Colt’s comments about it here:

https://www.colt.com/news/2630

Colt AR-15 Pic

Uninformed US Senators Sponsor Anti-Silencer Bill

You have to love it when our elected officials make decisions and author bills without a complete understanding of the topic at hand.

They want to ban silencers as they think only criminals own them. I guess around 500,000 people who own them legally are criminals.

The “Help Empower Americans to Respond Act of 2019” or the “HEAR Act” aims to outlaw legal ownership of silencers (except the usual exceptions of law enforcement and the government).

I suggest reading any of these articles to learn more about this bill and see the ignorance with your own eyes. How do these people get elected?

https://www.guns.com/news/2019/06/24/lawmaker-moves-to-outlaw-suppressors-authorize-buy-back

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/06/24/gun-owners-prepare-to-fight-dems-are-not-surprisingly-moving-to-ban-suppresso-n2548870

https://reason.com/2019/06/25/backers-of-a-federal-ban-on-gun-silencers-claim-only-criminals-use-them/?mc_cid=2783e3dbec&mc_eid=90361d3247

BATFE NFA DIVISION ANNOUNCES NEW FORMS SUBMISSION MAILING ADDRESS

According to a news release from the BATFE, they had a change in contract lockbox services from Bank of America in Atlanta, GA to U.S. Bank in Portland, OR.

I always wondered how long the gun hating Bank of America would keep processing forms for the ATF.

The new mailing address for NFA forms is:

Firearms & Explosives Imports Branch (ATF Form 4587)
P.O. Box 6200-17
Portland, OR 97228-6200

Federal Explosives Licensing Center (ATF Form 5400.13/16)
P.O. Box 6200-18
Portland, OR 97228-6200

National Firearms Act Division (ATF Forms 1 and 4)
P.O. Box 5015
Portland, OR 97208-5015

Federal Firearms Licensing Center (ATF Forms 7 and 8)
P.O. Box 6200-20
Portland, OR 97228-6200

Special Occupational Tax (SOT) – NFA (ATF Form 5630.7)
P.O. Box 6200-13
Portland, OR 97228-6200

Applications received at the old Atlanta, GA address after February 1, 2019, will be forwarded overnight to the new Portland, OR address for 90 days ONLY.

GOA Pro 2nd Amendment Group Files Lawsuit To Challenge ATF Bump Stock Ban

The Gun Owners of America, The Gun Owners Foundation, The Virginia Citizens Defense League on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the Michigan
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals against Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker over the bump stock ban.

You can read more here as well as see the full text of the lawsuit:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2018/12/26/another-cluster-of-pro-gun-groups-challenge-atfs-illegal-and-unconstitutional-n2538088

MKS Maker of High-Point and Inland Firearms Ends Its Relationship With Dick’s Sporting Goods

Hi-Point Firearms LogoInland Firearms Logo

MKS is Ohio based and has announced that based on anti-gun rights actions taken by the US retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods aks Field and Stream, they will no longer sell to them.

Good for you MKS!

Dick’s reported, on May 30th, good financial results for the first quarter, but I believe it is too soon to see the results of their actions. It takes a bit of time for word to spread, they likely still have inventory to sell and it takes time for people to change shopping habits. Next quarter will likely show the impact.

I know that everyone I interact with has stopped shopping there. So keep sharing the stories of what Dick’s is up too!

Nobody wants a company to fail so hopefully they will change their silly policial course and realize that guns are not the issue.

Humans are the issue at hand and recently BULLYING of school children. Bullying that was so severe, that children killed other children. Did you read that correctly? Children killing children due to bullying! That’s a serious social issue that needs a solution ASAP!

Guns are just an inanimate object or a tool. No different than a knife or a fork or brick or a golf club or an automobile.