Bob Owen says that reports of the collapse of the AR-15 market are premature. That matches my experience too. Obama fueled a crazy rush on them. And he still may again, as I suspect should he get a second term that firearms will be a target.
In fact, gun buyers that purchased ARs for the first time in the past year seem to have fallen in love with the design. Instead of buying a second basic model, however, they are returning to the market in search of more refined and specialized variants, or variants in other calibers. The market, instead of collapsing, seems to be transforming.
But the market has transformed. I own two of them, and will sell one, plus some other guns, to get a gas piston version specialized for the 3-Gun competition my son and I enjoy.
The firearms market has always been cyclical. The Obama rush plus veterans returning and eager to own an M4 variant in civilian life peaked the market a year ago. Now it cools, but remains strong.
As to the rifle… I love it. Two is plenty, though.