I know we said we were going to keep it light but, since the first post announcement, much has changed in the firearms landscape. Following the events that took place in Connecticut, there has been talks of a new ban instituted. Nothing has been decided, but I believe it will be much like the one that happened during the Clinton administration. That ban was no assault rifles and limited capacity magazines. Many think that is the most logical step the government will take. However, the more I read, it could be worst than that. That put the fear in everyone.
Two weeks ago while driving past my local gun shop, I noticed a traffic jam to get into the parking lot. There were people standing in line waiting to get into the store. People were waiting upwards to 4-6 hours to make a firearm purchase. It was a mad house like this in every gun store across the nation. I saw pictures of empty gun shops everywhere, and witnessed a few with my own eyes. The fear was spreading like wild fire.
All the stores online were sold out of AR-15’s rifles and lower receivers. You couldn’t find one anywhere. Also goes for AK47’s and other assault rifles. They are all gone. Prices on gun auction sites have went through the roof. Pretty much %300 increase in prices on these rifles. The fear has made people crazy.
I get it. I really do. I get the fear of the consumers. That they are not going to be able to get something, so they better get one now before they are all gone. What really chaps my ass is the gun shops and online retailers are gouging consumers to make a lot of money. They take severe advantage of the fear and raise prices. Then they turn around and want to get all political about how the 2nd amendment should be upheld and blah blah blah. All the while they are licking their chops on their way to the bank. As much as they say that they don’t, gun manufacturers and gun retailers love the fear. They are making money hand over fist.
It’s only fitting that our gun of the week be the AR-15.
The AR-15 is a lightweight, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It was originally designed by Armalite in 1957, but was sold to Colt shortly after. Colt developed a select fire version that was used in the military as the M16. They then developed a version of semi automatic for the public in 1963. Originally calibered in .223 or 5.56mm the Ar-15 has seen it’s fair share of variants in the past years. From calibers of .22lr all the way up to .50 beowulf. The AR-15 rifle and their variants have been produced by many manufacturers and is independently made.