Wal-Mart Stores Sell Out Of Guns

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, when we described the unprecedented surge in gun sales in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, we said that "what is most ironic, is that it is precisely the fear of forced, unilateral rejection, by either or all three branches of government, of the original constitution and its various amendments that has Americans scrambling into gun stores. And thus the closed loop nature of the problem: by threatening to take away America's guns, the government is only exacerbating a problem that is steeped in 200+ years of history and is engrained deep in American psychology." It took about 24 hours to demonstrate just how counterproductive government intervention always is: as of this moment, Bloomberg reports, Wal-Mart, the biggest retailer in the US and the world, has stores in at least five states where guns are now completely out of stock.

With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.


Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles like the one used at Newtown, where 26 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 14. By contrast, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) suspended sales of similar guns at its more than 500 stores.


Searches of five kinds of semi-automatic rifles on Wal- Mart’s website showed them to be out of stock at stores in five states, including Pennsylvania, Kansas and Alabama. Wal-Mart doesn’t sell guns online, instead asking customers to input a zip code to see if their local store carries a specific weapon.


“We remain dedicated to the safe and responsible sale of firearms in areas of the country where they are sold,” David Tovar, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, said yesterday. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.


Wal-Mart has about 10 modern sporting rifles, the gun industry’s term for firearms that look like an M-16 military rifle, listed on its website. The retailer removed a description and picture of the Bushmaster AR-15, which was the model used in Newtown, after the shootings.

Who benefits from the government's pseudo intervention? None other than the uber-wealthy Walton family.

The move may have helped as U.S. Wal-Mart stores posted their first gain in same-store sales in more than two years in October 2011. Wal-Mart doesn’t disclose how many guns it sells, though at an analysts’ meeting in October it said gun revenue gained 76 percent in the first half of this fiscal year. The chain advertised a Sig Sauer M400 as one of its Black Friday doorbusters last month, offering the rifle for $50 off at $867.

It gets worse: now that guns are transforming from a commoditized to a niche, collectible product, whose future is unclear due to what the government may or may not do, the supply, demand dynamics have shifted massively in favor of the side that pushes the equilibrium price higher (just so even central-planning economists understand this).

On EBay Inc.'s auction website, shoppers have recently bid up gun magazines. The current bid for four Glock handgun magazines, ammunition for one of the guns used at Newtown, is $118.37 compared with $45 on the day before the shooting. The bid for seven Glock magazines hit $201 on Dec. 17 from $71.01 before the massacre.


Gun buyers have flooded other firearms retailers too. The Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, racked up more than $1 million in sales yesterday for the best single-day performance since the store opened in 1959, according to Justin Anderson, director of online sales. At the top of shoppers’ lists was the Bushmaster AR-15, the model of rifle used at Newtown that sells for as much as $4,000 and had almost sold out, he said.


Revenue at one of the largest U.S. gun stores surpassed even the spike just after Obama was elected president in 2008, Anderson said in a telephone interview. Sales weren’t as robust when Obama was re-elected last month because the president hadn’t backed major new gun laws, he said.

While we have no interest in pursuing any of the ethical sides of this argument, we do know that the more the government intervenes, even if it is with the noblest intentions, the greater the adverse and negative fallout will be. And, in typical government fashion, the more it pushes to get its way (or the highway) the greater the tragic consequences result in a country which - by dint of simply what it is - has over 300 million weapons. Good luck and godspeed with any hopes of "controlling" them.

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newdoobie's picture

Guns don't kill people, The N - word kills people.

beaglebog's picture

I saw the pathologist on the news ... he stated that all the victims had been killed with rifle ammunition ... he also stated that he had autopsied thousands of gun-shot victims, during his career.


What do you make of that?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



he also stated that he had autopsied thousands of gun-shot victims, during his career

The only places with thousands of shooting deaths over any reasonable career length are very large cities that have gun control, so he must be old and have worked in Chicago, NYC, or DC.

beaglebog's picture




Link to the video, showing the pathologist's interview. 


He's about 60 years old.


He does state that all were killed "using the long weapon" ... but that he hadn't autopsied the shooter or the mother, yet. 

Someone asks, "But, wasn't the rifle found in the car?"  

The answer given is, "That's not correct, sir." 




I thought I'd seen video of the Bushmaster being retrieved from a car, by a policeman. Maybe I'm mistaken.

Abitdodgie's picture

I saw the footage the gun in the trunk was a semi auto shotgun. But who were the 2 guys aressted and put in cuffs and then released.

Freddie's picture

Yup.  It was either a semi auto shot gun or Saiga rifle.  They showed a video but the guys on AR 15 could not tell.

Why were there supposedly 4 hand gunds in teh school?

Who are the two guys they arrested then released? 

Ident 7777 economy's picture





Freddie: "... Why were there supposedly 4 hand gunds in teh school?


Who are the two guys they arrested then released?"


There were originally six shooters.

Two federal, two state, one county and one township, plus the 'patsy' who was made out to be Adam Lanza. His body was 'dumped' there during the initial invasion and shoot-out. Yes, personnel in the school did fire back, but, body protection gear worn by the feds, state and locals protected them ... one federal and one state did not make it out, and are probably who you saw in custody there briefly. 





How's that for 'synthesis'?





GCT's picture

Beagle I saw the same initial video where a police officer pulled the bushmaster out of the vehicle and it was not a auto shotgun.  Wierd and strange how things have now changed. 

BraveSirRobin's picture

I only read reports which through the weekend were saying the AR-15 was found in the trunk of the car. Newest reports state a shotgun was left in the car. If anyone can find a video or picture of the AR-15 being removed from the car, that would be interesting.

The AR-15 makes a pretty distinctive wound. Out of consideration for the families of the dead, I will not describe it. However, you do not have to be an expert to identify it.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

actually incorrect BSR.....it depends on the 'type' of ammunition used. lead/hollowpoint .223/5.56 would be N.A.S.T.Y. whereas FMJ rounds would go right through with clean little 5.56mm holes.

Sketch's picture

"clean" huh? I take it you haven't seen too many exit wounds. Even with FMJ, you still have energy displacemnet within the soft tissue - Look up "cavitation".


/for your bathroom reading: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~jb3/bullet/gsw.html


FeralSerf's picture

I wonder if an credible effort will be made to prove using ballistics that all the bullets found in the victims and on the scene were fired from Mrs. Lanza's Bushmaster.  This seems like the only logical thing to do to help silence the tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

... and OJ needs to keep looking for Nicole's REAL killer. Uh-huh.

bankerbackbacon's picture

On a side note.

I wonder how healthy it is that every time there is a massacre, gun sales go up? Hmmm.

If I was a gun manufacturer ___________ .

If I was "shorting the gulf" ________ oil spill.

I bet Walmart is really upset about the children er shortage of stock.






boogerbently's picture


They get us to eliminate haalf of ourselves.

Red against blue. White against black.

Christian against non.

Rich against poor.

We need to ALL unite against DC/WallSt.

Ain't No Sunshine's picture

Isn't it strange that almost one week later that we still don't have the FACTS of what really happened in Connecticut?

It is not only our government, but also our media.

The media sucks Big Time.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



All the good factory ammo is pricey these days, no matter what the caliber. 

What to do?  Dry fire.  To do so correctly, one must overcome the magazine safety on the FiveseveN.  This is done by simply removing the follower and spring from a magazine.


Item 7

Complete the following courses in this order:

1. One half-day tactical folding knife class; $150.

2. 2-3 weekends of Tactical Pistol Courses; $1,000.

3. 2-3 weekends of Tactical Rifle Courses; $1,000.

4. One day of Self and Family Emergency Medical Aid/Trauma Kit Course; $150.

5. A series of several two-hour self-defense classes (not martial arts classes); $200.

6. Fulfillment of requirements for concealed handgun permit; $250.

You should learn in these classes how to safely conduct dry-fire training with your firearms and a dummy knife. Do this on a regular basis, such as once per week for at least 5 minutes.


Agent P's picture

Substitute the word "ammo" in the joke below...it's just as applicable.

Why is getting divorced so expensive?  Because it's worth it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Ratio of dry fire training to live fire training should be at least 10:1.


What is the difference between guns and women? 

Guns don't mind it when you get another one.

Canucklehead's picture

What you "really" should do is buy a 22 target pistol to go with whatever you "actually" bought.  The name of the game is moving down the "learning curve".  It doesn't matter what sport you play, you need to groove your golf swing, bat swing, hockey shot, guitar lick, etc. by playing it over and over.  I believe studies state you need at least a thousand moves before muscle memory starts to kick in.

Dry firing works for awhile but is boring and doesn't give any feedback.  Blasting through a thousand or so rounds when you don't know what you are doing is expensive, but will give you feedback.

22 LR rimfire is cheap and fun. 

NotApplicable's picture

Agreed. Like many forms of incomplete practice, I find it creates bad habits, as sloppy behavior goes undetected.

Plus, I'd never dry fire my own weapon.

FeralSerf's picture

Dry firing a rim fire .22 can damage the firing pin.

Canucklehead's picture

The plan was that you shoot the 22 instead of the pistol you actually bought for use.  Shooting the 22 is a cheaper way of learning good habits and moving down the learning curve.  When you start to practise with your actual pistol, you learn quicker and a lot of what you learned from the 22 translates into the 9mm, 45acp, 40S&W etc. that you want to shoot with.

The Alarmist's picture

"Shooting the 22 is a cheaper way of learning good habits and moving down the learning curve."

Reminds me of an old joke:

Q: Why is riding a minibike like screwing a fat chick?

A: Both are fun to ride as long as your friends are not looking.  

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I find it creates bad habits

Like what, specifically?  Many find it to be essential to creating good habits, like:

  • safety
  • draw from holster
  • grip
  • presentation
  • sight picture
  • manipulation of the safety
  • slack up
  • slow squeeze
  • letting the shot suprise you
  • second sight
  • tap-rack for clearing stoppages
  • fast combat reloads
  • fast tactical reloads


I'd never dry fire my own weapon.

You must own antiques.  Most modern centerfire weapons suffer no ill effects from dry fire.

TN Jed's picture

Just by keeping it next to me instead of the remote control, I know my 1911 and it's reset like the back of my hand.  Probably why I masterbate much less.

Rusty Diggins's picture

Don't forget "scan your surroundings"

boogerbently's picture

That's like driving a ball into tat tarp that's only about 20 feet away, and pretending you're golfing.

Freddie's picture

Guns, women and dry firing?

Is this like dry humping?



Sweet Chicken's picture

Sweet Hedge! I took my first 8 hour tactical pistol training course this past Sunday and have been "dry" practicing every day since. Probably the best money I have ever spent in my life. I will definitely be going back for all three of the higher lever pistol training courses. 

If there is anyone out there considering purchasing a handgun who has never been trained in this way I suggest you consider this. I trained at Asymmetrical Solutions in Potosi, MO and it is amazing what you can learn/accomplish with one day of proper real life high stress training. Range time is not training and should never be confused as such.  

Check em' out


Contact John Wall and tell him I sent you. If you would like to talk to me more about this I will happily provide you my email address. 

perchprism's picture



"psst.....yeah....Sweet Chicken sent me...."



BraveSirRobin's picture

Easier still - there are dummy rounds designed and constructed for dry firing. They are inexpensive and are great training aids.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Dummy rounds are indeed useful, but keeping a dummy magazine with no follower is much easier.

TN Jed's picture

What does removing the follower accomplish?  Does it keep the slide from locking open?  Interested to know.

Hubbs's picture

I thought  you lost it in a boating accident.

F. Bastiat's picture

One of the swarms of the despot's agents and officers apparently decided to sell his 5-7 on eBay. Here's where it went:



"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." -Thomas Jefferson

Hacked Economy's picture

Close, but not quite a bullseye.  This was not a Jeffersonian quote, but text taken directly from the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence (even though Jefferson was the main architect of the text).

BTW, if you really want to learn a founding document in a new light as you never have before...MEMORIZE it.  It took me about a month, but I memorized the entire Declaration.  And Franklin's famous "God governs the affairs of men" speech at the Constitutional Convention (1787).  And the Gettysburg Address (1863).  Now I'm working on Patrick Henry's full "give me liberty or give me death" speech.

It sure ain't easy, but once you cement it into your memory, it comes alive for you as never before, and you're able to immediately counter-punch a liberal's erroneous arguments on the fly (and when you do it from memory instead of doing a search with your smartphone, it makes you seem like more of an authority on the matter, and even libs will listen to you).  Amazing stuff, our founding documents.  :)

F. Bastiat's picture

Fair enough; since Jefferson's the recognized author of the Declaration, it seems reasonable to attribute that line to him.  It's one of the 27 offenses submitted to a candid world.

Hacked Economy's picture

I applaud your direction, but let's agree to credit the Declaration itself, as Jefferson was only one of 56 signers.  Nearly every one of them truly did give up their lives, fortunes, estates, families, freedom, etc. as a result of penning their names to the list of grievances.  The king's forces dealt harshly in retaliation.

But the signers didn't relinquish their honor.  They retained that in spades.  How many of us here would do the same, if we found ourselves at a similar crossroads?

F. Bastiat's picture

True, but I've never seen any evidence that Jefferson was not the author.  Anywho, I applaud your dedication, great work all around. Am still working on integrating key words into my efforts. "Impel", "faction", "approbation", etc.

Precise words reduce slovenly thinking and slovenly thinking isn't something anyone can afford these days.

F. Bastiat's picture

Ammo availability would seem to be a concern.  5.56 and .223 are very common and widely available.

maxmad's picture

Really sad that Americans would rather have a gun that jams every 2nd shot rather than a nice reliable commy AK-47 that will fire after under any circumstances...

maxmad's picture

They deserve to ban AR's if for no other reason than they malfunction... No other company/item could get away with malfunctioning/jamming like that!!

The Shootist's picture

Yeah, but who wouldn't want a scary black rifle to give the libtards a conniption?

drink or die's picture

I sure hope you are just trolling AR owners as opposed to displaying your ignorance.

maxmad's picture

Nope... Most AR's are rated avg...Not a very reliable weapon...