The mainstream media is running stories about the rush on guns and ammo. Typical is: "Sales of Guns, Amino Still High," by staff outdoors writer Kelly Bostian of the Tulsa World, appearing in the March 13, 2009, edition. Bostian harkened back to the buying frenzy that preceded the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban (AWB) and noted, "The previous jump in sales pales in comparison to what's happening now."
However, some parallel trends are receiving less notice. Certainly, the big sellers are AR-15-type rifles, semiautomatic AK clones, semiauto pistols with double-stack magazines, and "service caliber" ammo in both rifle and pistol calibers, ball and more expensive defense loads. Yet other guns are selling well, too.
1911 pistols, even in the single-stack, traditional style, are moving briskly. So are small-frame, snub-nose, concealed-carry revolvers. These have always been staples of the defensive side of firearms retailing, but the President's opposition to concealed carry has convinced a great many fence sitters to apply for concealed-carry permits.
In her article, Bostian wrote, "The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation pulled in additional help (in February 2009) so it could process concealed-carry permit applications within the required 90 days, according to the supervisor of the self-defense licensing unit. Unit workers do not release...