This isn’t as much a how-to buying guide but merely a disclaimer that right now is not the time to buy.
The most annoying thing about the post election panic is that it throws a wrench at planned purchases. I was planning on buying more blasting ammo for Boomershoot, well when ammo started disappearing from shelves, that changed the time frame. I did an inventory last night and confirmed, yes I needed more steel cased ammo. Since the new replacement ammo is lacquer coated steal rounds I picked up some P-Mags with it and had a nice long discussion with the owner since he’s also my neighbor. Seriously, he lives 2 houses down from me on the opposite side of the road.
While chatting phones ring and emails come in. The result of the calls and emails is that I’m promptly helping them retag every AR in the place. Now they weren’t gouging nearly as bad as they could, or probably even should. But every rifle went up by at least an extra 100 bucks. Now here’s why. There is no replacement supply anywhere on the horizon, their friends were reporting they were sold out and couldn’t get replacement stock. Their suppliers were sold out and back ordered for the foreseeable future. Even manufactures are listing as back-ordered. Given the sudden demand increase and a fixed supply, prices are going up.
So my advice is if you’re wanting an AR, now is probably not the best time to buy. Prices will probably drop back now in 6 months and deliveries will move back to normal.
The same goes for ammo. If you can survive on your current stock, do so. Come spring thaw it will be back to normal rates and you’ll also have people trying to unload excess stock they didn’t need. Right now a bunch of people are panicking and buying, but honestly if you wanted one for preparatory purposes, you should have done this a while ago.