posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 06:17 PM
Hey all, last week I posted a reply in the "Should I Sell my AR" thread stating that there were tons of AR-15 rifles available and that there was no
shortage as of yet. I would like to give an update on that, and if anyone else has seen similar to what I am about to say then by all means please
Last week I picked up my AR. Rock River Operator 2 with two 30 round mags, when I went there to pick it up everything was fine, all the shelves were
packed and the prices were stable. Today 02/08/2013, I went to the same gun store here just outside of Chicago and things are very different.
Let me start by saying that before I was even let through the door, there were two armed guards, standing infront of the door. I was asked to see my
FOID card, and if I did not have it, or it was expired, I would not be allowed to enter the premises. My friend that was with me, had a FOID card but
it was expired by just a couple days, he was not allowed to enter, not even just to "look" or buy something that wasnt a firearm. I found this very
odd and the greeter just past the guards said that this was put in place because they have had a rash of people trying to complete straw purchases,
I.E. one person with a card buys a gun for another without. I said to the greeter, did you call the state police? Is this really necesary? His
reply, Im sorry sir, its store policy. That was it. My friend stayed outside and I proceeded in because I just wanted to check prices really fast and
they we would leave.
Inside the store was different. They had taken down the two ISLES that were full of magazines and all mags were now behind a glass case. A 30 round
aluminum standard AR mag was priced at $79.99... I mean c'mon, really guys? Two weeks ago they were $16, and discounts were available if you bought
more than 3. Needless to say no one was buying them. There was maybe over a hundred of them inside the case. The price moved up considerably as the
quality of the mag increased. Highest price I saw was $119 for ONE MAG. They also had tons of 10 round mags priced around $26 which I thought was
Moving on to the actual ARs. Two weeks ago they had a 50-100 foot wall full of different makes/caliber/model AR15 type rifles. When I walked over to
where they used to be, the wall was replaced with different types of shotguns, and .22 rifles. The ARs were moved to the corner, not on the wall but
behind a glass case, and this time there was only 3 makes. I should have taken a picture because I couldnt get close enough to see the price as there
was a line 10-15 people long to see an AR.
Rounds were 1.5 to 2 times normal price, and there was a limit of 5 boxes per customer, and you couldnt buy more than 100 rounds of any given caliber.
So you had to split them up.
Handgun, and handgun magazines seemed stable, as a mag for my Ruger P95 was stable at $30. That is the extent of my trip to the gun store as I didnt
want to keep my buddy waiting outside.
Has anyone else come accross super high prices or stores trying to gouge?