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Firearms & Ammunition Shortage: How Has It Affected Your Purchasing Decisions?

Discussion in 'Tilted Weaponry' started by Chris Noyb, Aug 29, 2021.

  1. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I bought several firearms during The Shortage (TS).

    Two I purchased used for what I consider good prices, a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger LCP2 .22.

    My Henry Big Boy Classic .44 was VERY slightly sale priced. Given many of the mark-ups I've seen, along with the reduction and eventual stoppage of Marlin production because of the Remington bankruptcy, the price I paid wasn't bad.

    The Girsan 1911 .45ACP typically sold for about 20% under MSRP before TS. This is the one purchase I should've waited to make.
     
  2. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member

    If you don't mind me asking, what are the Big Boys going for nowadays? How do you like yours?

    I have one (though I don't think they had the 'Classic' designation when I got mine, so not sure how different it is from yours?), and love it.
     
  3. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Mine was "on sale" for $799.00, MSRP 819.00. I bought it from Cabela's/Bass Pro, so the high "sale price" wasn't surprising because in my area Cabela's/Bass Pro is MSRP on guns, and high on just about everything. The Bass Pro store near me is beautiful and well stocked; the high overhead shows in their prices.

    I've only had it to the indoor range twice, which of course doesn’t come close to truly testing it. The lever action is smooth, and the recoil isn't bad (on my bony right shoulder) since the rifle is quite hefty, esp compared to my Miroku Winchester 1894 in 32 Win Spec.

    I have another rifle or two that need a trip to the outdoors range, 50 and 100 yards at least.

    Edit: I think the Classic designation was started--possibly not actually or originally by Henry--when Henry introduced the blue, heat treated (case hardened), side-gate, etc versions.



    A lever .357/.38 carbine is on my short list. It will be interesting to see what Ruger does with Marlin.
     
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  4. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member

    AH, gotcha, makes sense. So mine is probably exactly the same as what a 'Classic' is, since I got it before they did the blued version.

    Enjoy the gun man, thanks for the info! :cool:
     
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  5. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    My understanding is the brass is just a thin cover that can be swapped out for a blue or case-hardened cover. I don't know anyone who's done a swap. The bright brass might be historically correct for Henry rifles, but I'm considering letting mine develop a natural dull patina..

    Under better availability conditions I would've went with blue, and a side loading gate. And 357/38.
     
  6. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Thoughts on the Russian ammo ban? Damn auto spell!!

    I only have one 7.62x39 rifle*, which I have no intention of shooting very often. I stocked up, by my standards and need, on ammo. Academy had Monarch (made in Russia), Steel Case, 100 rounds box for $34.99 (not a bad deal during The Shortage). I bought 600 rounds.

    My wife surprised me -- I was definitely surprised -- with a SAR1 made in Romania. The handyman/maintenance guy at the church needed to raise some cash, and sold her the SAR1. The odd thing is I've never expressed any real interest in military style firearms, esp rifles.