How are 1911 sales in a crappy economy?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Blue Ridge, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2011
    And by that, I mean relatively expensive ones (not for 1911's, but for pistols in general), say $700 and up? I expect Hi Point sales to be good in tough economic times like these, but are dealers moving more expensive pistols? On one hand, I keep seeing nice used ones up for sale for a long time, but the new prices seem to have climbed.
  2. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Well, considering that companies like Wilson, Nighthawk and Ed Brown have raised their prices considerably, and yet are backed up more than ever, as well as other companies such as Les Baer and Guncrafter, I'd say that the 1911 market is doing pretty damn good. Kimber can't keep anything in stock. RIA has added a few new models this year and are selling like hotcakes. I know that it being 2011 has alot to do with it, but 1911's are just in demand. Plain and simple. :nod: And for good reason. :nod: Also, custom smiff's are back logged beyond comprehension and have raised their prices as well. Don't it suck to be a 1911 Addict? :biggrin1:

  3. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    while less than $700, Springfield pulled the GI from the line-up because they have a huge backorder on them.
  4. 50GI-Jess

    50GI-Jess Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    I think all type og guns are selling better than ever. Especially lighter carry models.
  5. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2011
    No mentions of 1911's specifically but gun sales are up, up, up:
  6. Metaloy

    Metaloy Active Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    He did not think he could beat it but I talked to a dealer in PA yesterday and he told me that he has sold over 700 more guns this year than last. WOW!!! HE and others have said they believe this will back way off next year.

    I hope not!
  7. 1911fanatic

    1911fanatic Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    On 1 hand if it does back off, and that causes the prices to drop slightly then hell yes! I have a list of 1911's that I still want, but can never time it so I have the cash at the time I find what I want. On the other hand, though, if a "wind down" does occur, than that could drive prices up too. I hope it levels off, then drops a little, price wise, but I seriously doubt that will happen. Btw, wish list is as follows: colt stainless gold cup, springer mil spec parked. to match my stainless one. And that's just for starters, I think I have a problem!:biggrin1:
  8. jcp907

    jcp907 Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hmmm, Blue just made room in the shop for more product...thinking firearms aisle? Get your bird shot and dog food here!
  9. dilespla

    dilespla Never made it to step 12 Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    Gun sales are still at record high's, and according to everything I've read here and there, they aren't likely to slow down too much until after the next election.

  10. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2011
  11. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Kinda like the Guncrafter No Name CCO's...:grin:
  12. New1911guy

    New1911guy New Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    I was just in my local shop talking to the owner about 1911s and he said he can't keep them in stock. I see a lot of LCPs, LCRs and other subcompacts "flying" off the shelves off the stores around here.
  13. Atlas Shrugging

    Atlas Shrugging Dormant Marine MolonLabe

    Dec 8, 2011
    I hear Wilson is at 8-12 months wait and their guns start at around $2,300 ish.
  14. DAT85

    DAT85 BIG OL' BALD HAID ! Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    We move a fair amount of 1911's in the 475-875 range,but by far we sell more J frame S&W'S as well as LCR's and LCP'S than 1911's.
    The shop I work at is in a working class neighborhood so the majority of our sales is of CCW type of handguns in the 400-800 range.VERY FEW sales of any type of firearm over 1k unless it's a special order or transfer.

    But,'tis the season and we will see what this weekend's numbers are.

  15. DAT85

    DAT85 BIG OL' BALD HAID ! Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    Saint Barry,patron saint of gun dealers!! :animlol: :rofl2:

    This pic hangs by our cash register!

  16. Samcro

    Samcro US Army Retired 1911 Supporting Addict

    Nov 19, 2011
    I still cringe at the sight of that man . Gerrr
  17. 50GI-Jess

    50GI-Jess Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    I was told about 4 yrs. ago, that S&W sells their lineup of J-frames in a ratio of 6 to 1, compared to the other smith models.

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