Holiday Gun Sales are Smashing Records


Gun sales are surging off the charts this year as more and more people are ‘locked and loaded’. Holiday gun sales are setting records this year, according to firearm dealers, with shoppers snapping up Colts, Glocks, Smith & Wesson’s and more, with a fever usually reserved for Elmo and Transformers.

Apparently, people are doing what they need to do to protect themselves and their families. The category of firearm that has continued to sell very well is something one would have if they were concerned about their personal safety. There’s a lot of things going on in the world that are getting people thinking – like desperate criminals breaking into homes while people are sleeping…


During ‘Black Friday’ this year, gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective buyers, smashing the single-day, all-time high by 32%, according to bureau records. Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day.

Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said 25% of the purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women. “I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” Keane said. “It’s really pretty amazing,”


Another hot stocking stuffer: Personal defense items like pepper sprays and stun guns, with one of the country’s biggest manufacturers saying sales are up significantly over last year.


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  1. This is turning out to be a slow motion depression and unlike historical depressions there is a lot of information available to us. People are storing food, buying precious metals, guns and necessities. Not everyone of course and not everyone has a job and are able to buy anything. But people are waking up to the threat in time to prepare.

  2. I have not purchased any firearms recently. Have enough, I hope. Not interested in more form 4473 and the like. Anything I get in the future will be private sales. Not concerned about background checks (I’d pass, easily). Very concerned about where I think the government is going. Have a great day!

  3. Purchased last week,

    Remington 870 and a Ruger Gunsite Scout, I also sold a Mossberg 500. The Remington was an upgrade on the Mossberg and as for the Ruger it is simply the nicest 308 I have ever handled. I will enjoy hunting with it and will be keeping it clean and loaded in the safe in case the SHTF. If you’re a fan of rifles you should go to your local gunshop and at least hold one of these, maybe you will learn to love it as much as I have. I wonder if there will be any armament under the christmas tree this year. Santa left a Glock last year :) Merry Christmas all and be ready.

  4. I’ve sold every weapon I’ve ever bought at gun shows, even the one I bought last weekend….REALLY!

  5. Hurrah for the news of a good trend. Give the gift of empowerment and independence to one you love. A firearm can be merely a tool or some can be status symbols. To a new shooter, it can be the source of a lot of fun as well as peace of mind and independence.
    As a husband, I worried about my wife being alone at home when I am at work. As a retired peace officer, I taught her how to handle shotguns, revolvers, autoloading pistols and rifles. (Handling refers to loading, firing, unloading, speed reloading, clearing jams,double feeds and dud rounds in the dark)
    My wife is a smart lady so there comes a time when I have to sit back and shut up. Give the gift of ammo along with the new firearm. A Field and Stream writer once said that the best instructor in the world is a case of shells and a ticket to a Sporting Clays course.
    I am a shooter rather than a collector so I tend to purchase good working firearms at moderate cost and buy a lot of ammo (for shotgun) or lots of reloading components (rifle or pistol). I am getting old enough that many of my guns now have stories behind them. I hope that all of you have as much fun with your firearms as much as my wife and I do. Happy Holidays.

  6. To: US citizen: I have 2- 45 cal 1911s one was a rebuild from 5 gunshop junkbins plus new custom parts from King Gun works. The other is a new purchase Kimber Custom 2 (hereby refered to as the hanger queen). I like the 45s and I reload for them and used to compete with them.
    My wife enjoyed shooting my old Smith and Wesson revolvers in both 38 spec. and 357 mag. Shooting the 45 acp was just a bit too much recoil for her. I wanted her to have more friends on her side than 6 in the cylinder so I bought her a 9 mm with several high capacity magazines.
    I had to wait until I moved out of the peoples republic of Kalifornia before purchasing this pistol. I reload the 9 mm because it is difficult to find hollow point ammunition and what you do find is expensive. When I travel back to Kalifornia, I do not pack the high cap pistols. While I do not plan to cause trouble, if trouble finds me, the very least I can expect is to have my pistols confiscated.
    Hollow point ammunition or any ammunition that is “controlled expansion” is NOT purchased in order to cause more harm to target. It is there to prevent overpenetration into the property next door. I keep HP ammo on hand at home to be responsible to my neighbors.
    I used to joke with my gunsmith friend that Governator Arnie of Kalifornia and Pres. Obama were the best gun salesmen to come along in a long time. I recall another buying frenzy that took place after the 2008 elections in Kalifornia.

    1. Ted K – Thanks for your service and congrats on moving out of the PRK Comrade! Kalifornia is a great and beautiful place, except for one thing…..Kalifornians. Although no blanket statement is true, there are still some good constitutionally oriented patriots living in Kalifornia, it seems they get fewer and further between with every year and every insane legislation passed by the communists, er…socialists…er…whatever.

      Merry Christmas

      p.s. I like your reasoning behind hollow points, I had not heard that before but it makes sense…I do have to admit though, I like the extra stopping power.

  7. Just purchased a Taurus M44 4″ 44Mag. Have wanted a $$ mag and after doing some research, this weapon seemed like the right fit for me. But, finding a carry holster for it has been a nightmare!!

  8. Carbine: Ended going with the Spike’s Tactical LE-15. Handled a couple AKs and a Smith & Wesson M&P M4 but liked the Spike’s the best for overall value compared to the S&W and being prior military it felt very natural compared to the foreign feeling AK. Also didn’t like the safety on the AK…very clunky and overall the AK just felt “loose” giving me an odd reliability worry even though they are famous for reliability. Anyway, Spike’s uses all mil spec (or better) components according to “The Chart”…do a google search for “AR-15 The Chart” if you’d like more info.

    The old lesson stands the test of time / multiple purchases….make sure you handle the pistol/rifle/carbine BEFORE purchasing….personal preference plays a large part in overall satisfaction….meaning, what works awesome for the store clerk (or the Internet reviewer) may not work well for you.

    Merry Christmas

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