Black Friday Gun Sales Break Records

Tyler Durden's picture

Even as Joe Sixpack was maxing out that last credit card on useless gadgets (but not flat screen TVs as Corning was so nice to warn), he was making sure to have enough in store for that one final Plan Z purchase. Guns. As KNDU reports, "Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests from shoppers,  smashing the single day record with a 32% increase from last year." USA Today has more: "Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008." And in reality, the number is likely far greater: "The actual number of firearms sold last Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer. And the FBI does not track actual gun sales." And while Saudi Arabia is warning that women driving leads to the end of the world, in America women are now the marginal guy buyer: "Some gun industry analysts attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting. Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said 25% of the purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women. "I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns," Keane said. Yet Keane said last Friday's number appeared to defy complete explanation. "It's really pretty amazing," he said." Indeed it is, and unlike Europe, where with the exception of Switzerland the best the local rioters can do is some imported (from the US) tear gas, when the Arab Spring finally makes landfall, it will be time to use up those one way international frequent flier miles (assuming of course that American and soon others don't cancel them).

More from KNDU:

In the Tri-Cities, sporting goods stores say they've seen an increase in sales in the last four years. Griggs in Pasco saw a 25 % increase in sales from Black Friday last year.


Wholesale Sports in Kennewick has an increase of 35 percent%.


"Normally it's electronics and people are out there looking for that screaming hot deal, and we were discussing that maybe women were out doing that shopping and their husbands were out buying their own Christmas gifts," says Charlie Grigg, whose family owns the ACE Hardware Griggs store.


Grigg says more than half of the calls that come into the store are for the gun department. They even had to put in extra phone lines to do background checks. Managers from both Griggs and Wholesale Sport say the presidential elections have a big effect on sales.  Sales went up four years ago when Obama was elected into office and they say with the new elections around the corner, many fear the President will work on changing gun control laws during his second term in office.

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a growing concern's picture

Welcome to the jungle!

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Hopefully we'll meet some chicks, too.

a growing concern's picture

With Guns N Roses and Lord of the Rings references?  Probably not so much.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

So is this a result of fear of civil unrest, federal government unlimited detention of American citizens, or both. Increased interest in sport shooting is poppycock.

Manthong's picture

I was driving around Michigan about this time a number of years ago and stumbled across Ted Nugent's show on the radio.

He was plugging a local gun shop with this wrap to the commercial: "And remember, ammo makes good stocking stuffers!".

Hey , here's another holiday gift idea:

Mauibrad's picture

Get your guns on, bitchez!  F--- S. 1867!

trav7777's picture

well maybe white women are waking up...tens of thousands of rapes at the hands of black men annually. 

Real Money Wins's picture

Citizens Arm Yourselves

The time for talk is OVER!!!

Let the traitors swing from the Liberty Oak Trees!!


Sic semper tyrannis

Hugh G Rection's picture

sic semper tyrannis...



Si vis pacem, para bellum

Punisher cover plates make a great accessory for your Glock.

jeff montanye's picture

per the story above: women are now the marginal guy buyers.  i'm assuming the core of demand remains catholic priests.

GetZeeGold's picture



I would never invade the United States, there would be a gun behind every blade of grass....Isoroku Yamamoto

Sport shooting.....that's f__king hilarious.


FEDbuster's picture

BTW the picture with Santa is from the Scottsdale (AZ) Gun Club.  If you are ever in the Phoenix area take the time to check it out.  Very nice store and range.  The range has Class 3 weapons (machine guns) available to shoot.  They also have a very large seclection of guns to "rent" there and try on the range.  Gives you the chance to try before you buy. 

Michael's picture

This gun story alone is why I really love America so much.

dark pools of soros's picture

they only say it's rape when their dad finds out

wanklord's picture

First of all, Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue. Gun manufacturers in the United States are making humongous earnings thanks to the stupidity of these mules.
The Federal government has already a comprehensive -and constantly updated- national database of all gun owners in America, so when it is time to implement Martial Law due mainly to social unrest (Google NSPD51), they will order the surrendering of all weapons in exchange for food coupons – HASTA LA VISTA Second Amendment.
Those who decide not to obey this emergency decree will be considered enemies of the state and a potential threat to National Security, thus all law enforcement agencies in the union (including the US military) will have green light to use deadly force against gun owners who may opt to put some sort of resistance during the confiscation process.
In the end, Americans do not have a single clue of what Martial Law is all about and it will be virtually impossible to educate these brutes about the subject itself.

fnord88's picture

that depends on whether or not serving military personnel feel like shooting US civilians. Somehow i don't think they will feel like it. In fact i am guessing quite a few will instead feel like shooting whoever gives them the order.

trav7777's picture

they do what they are ordered to do's picture

Hugh Clowers Thompson, Jr., DFC, BSM, PH, AM (April 15, 1943 – January 6, 2006) was a United States Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. He is most well known for his role in stopping the My Lai Massacre, in which a group of US Army soldiers tortured and killed several hundred unarmed Vietnamese civilians, mutilating their bodies after they had been murdered.,_Jr.


milbank's picture

First of all, He isn't well known and secondly, he obviously didn't stop the the My Lai Massacre.'s picture

Obviously he did stop the massacre.


Thompson: What's going on here, Lieutenant?
Calley: This is my business.
Thompson: What is this? Who are these people?
Calley: Just following orders.
Thompson: Orders? Whose orders?
Calley: Just following...
Thompson: But, these are human beings, unarmed civilians, sir.
Calley: Look Thompson, this is my show. I'm in charge here. It ain't your concern.
Thompson: Yeah, great job.
Calley: You better get back in that chopper and mind your own business.
Thompson: You ain't heard the last of this!
Realizing that the soldiers intended to murder the Vietnamese, Thompson landed his aircraft between them and the villagers. Thompson turned to Colburn and Andreotta and told them that if the Americans began shooting at the villagers or him, they should fire their M60 machine guns at the Americans:[8] "Y'all cover me! If these bastards open up on me or these people, you open up on them. Promise me!"
Libertarian777's picture

well according to McCain, who ironically was imprisoned as a POW in Vietnam, we'd just call those villagers 'associated with terrorists', then even if they were US citizens, since the entire world is the battlefield, the president could unilaterally order a drone strike to wipe out the entire village.

It would make no difference if said village was in the mainland of the USA or in Yemen.

jeff montanye's picture

you make an interesting point.  judging from obama's latest moves, he wants to make sure nothing like the heroism cited above in the face of illegal orders surfaces.  this time they'll be legal orders.  the constitution?  he's protecting and defending it. like he swore he would.  change you can't refuse.  

Oh regional Indian's picture

And then there was Kent State. And that was then. 

This is NOW. Or is that NWO?



Socratic Dog's picture

"that depends on whether or not serving military personnel feel like shooting US civilians"

It amazes me how many on this site pin their faith on US soldiers somehow being too noble to shoot US civilians.  I'd suggest that that the US military has a long and proud history of killing and maiming civilians, in vast numbers, all over the world.  WTF do you think Hiroshima was?  I'd further suggest that your idea that this would magically stop at our borders is, to say the least, misguided. 

Get real guys.  The military has to be assumed to be the enemy, until it proves otherwise. 

goat's picture

The Federal government has already a comprehensive -and constantly updated- national database of all gun owners in America,


Unless they have Madame Cleo performing psychic readings on gunstore A&D books, this is untrue.

Socratic Dog's picture

Sure.  All that paperwork you fill in, all that lovely useful data, is just thrown away.  Right?

I think not.

Coast Watcher's picture

Many states still allow the private and unregulated sale of firearms between individuals without the FBI background checks. Even the People's Republic of Maine allows it.

goat's picture

Its all kept by the gun dealer...none transmitted to the government (except under certain circumstances)...unless and until you go out of business.  And then it cant be collated.  It is open to inspection.  


That is current procedure.  of course this could change at any time.'s picture

What "wanklord" fails to take into account is that

a) America is chock full of military veterans armed to the teeth and fully aware of why the framers of the constitution decided to add the 2nd amendment;

b) a good percentage have stocked up on food and water, so food stamps for guns won't mean shit; and

c) the vast majority of the military will not obey an unconstitutional order - this is part of the "obey LAWFUL orders" that is drilled into the heads of American servicemen.  

That's what "wankers" outside the US haven't quite figured out: "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

prole's picture

The military will obey orders just like they did in the Bonus March, Just like they did at Waco, Just like they did at Katrina. As far as the Mei Lie Massacre, every day is Mei lie in Iraqnamistan.

jeff montanye's picture

we are at war.  with u.s. citizens in this country, if need be.  we are all subject to assassination at the (secret or publicized, as needed) order of obama without appeal or recourse.  don't kid yourself it stops with the muslims.

DosZap's picture


Well, if they do, it will be the first time their out numbered 3000x's to 1.

I wouldn't like those odds.

Clay Hill's picture

Why all the fuss? It's just Wanklord speaking out of turn again.

Gun laws vary a great deal according to which State you reside in.

Over the last twenty years or so, I have bought and sold dozens of guns via flea market, yard sale, and estate sale.

Hell, Wankie, I've even taken them in trade for handy man work once. I've never needed to provide identification unless buying from a licensed dealer in a brick 'n' mortar location.

Come and get'em Statist bitchez.

Teamtc321's picture

You know wank off lord bitch, fuck you and the horse you need to ride off on. You do not know shit about rural american's you fucking troll. For one, if there is a shit storm, we all loyal american's hope that after the dust settles, there will be some sort of piece with people. 

If there is not and shit does hit the fan, say being attacked from a foriegn gov. etc, you have no idea you dumb fuck how true american people will stick it out. Not everyone sit's behind a desk, or hides behind a p.c. dick head.  

You are a complete troll and to boot a dumb fuck I would like to meet in the mountains if shit does hit the fan you punk. 

NullShrub's picture

Sorry, but guess again.  I have two in special operations that will follow my orders to shoot, before they follow an order to shoot American civilians.  Your scenario is not going to happen.

Baleful Runes 4 U's picture

You guys do realize that guns won't offer any protection whatsoever against engineered bugs and even more exotic weapons?

jeff montanye's picture

oh let them shoot their rifles at the robotic russian doll of death.  i believe anwar al-awlaki (and his teenaged son) was armed or in the company of armed men.  maybe those depending on massed rural guerilla warfare in the u.s. should consider the ballot box while there is still a chance.

Calmyourself's picture

No, really my shotgun won't protect me from flu, do tell..  Then stfu and go back to mom's basement.

Cast Iron Skillet's picture

"they will order the surrendering of all weapons in exchange for food coupons"

so that means you need to have a lot of weapons so that you can get a lot of food ...

OldPhart's picture

You have the idea.

One has one legally registered weapon that can be seized.

One also has 300 other weapons that are NOT registered and stashed in a safe location.  All the goobermint knows is what is registered.  They have no idea about all those thousands of guns that have gone missing from police lockers over the years, nor of the unrecovered stolen guns, nor of the guns dropped during street crimes,nor of smuggled weapons.

They only know what they think they know.  Their pronouncements of adequacy are mere bluster.  And the moment they seize the legally registered weapons is the moment all the hidden ones lock and load.

Not saying it won't happen, because the wanabe predators we have in government believe they are infallible in thier supremeness.  I'd wager there are way more individuals in Virginia alone that believe in their sovereign, god-given rights than there are bureaucrats in DC.  I imagine the House cleaning will be thorough enough, though pretty devastating.

Parasites in our government now think they have the power to issue dictates and to enforce those dictates with 'shoot to kill' orders.  They forget thay are outnumbered, in DC, by a factor of millions to one.

The Senate's near declaration of War on American citizens is the last alarm bell.  It's time to lock and load, and start marching, or targeting.

jeff montanye's picture

one would think.  but it seems that the majority of armed, god-believing virginians still vote, when they do vote, for the corporations and their tools.

joshua10's picture

WankLord, Keep in mind. A green light for the government to use force is also a green light for the people. The use of force door swings in both directions. The government does not have a monopoly in this department. This is not Rwanda, or China under Mao,  Russia under Stalin, or Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Most Americans understand that The People are the sovereigns of the United States and it's our duty to resist tyranny, subjugation, and to remain free using any means necessary. Believe it!

Socratic Dog's picture

The government IS using force.  100 SWAT raids daily.  Things that one fella used to take care of with a tap on the shoulder and a "please come with me Sir".   Wako?

Unfortunately, this IS Rwanda etc.

joshua10's picture

Yes the government is using force. If you throw out a number of SWAT raids you need to breakdown what the raids are for. Are they looking for heavily armed and violent Mexican drug gangsters? Are they looking for violent armed gang members? Are they looking for terrorists building an IED or a weapon of mass destruction? Are they looking for someone who's parking meter ran out? I don't know. 

One thing I can tell you, this is not Rwanda. We don't have organized groups of terrorists running around from town to town, neighborhood to neighborhood with machetes committing genocide, beheading people, castrating men, raping men & women, cutting womens breasts off, and cutting out nine month old fetuses from mothers. We don't have that here in the US. If crime in my neck of the woods even scratches the surface on that kind of wanton and naked evil, the bandits had better be able to run faster than the 2600 feet/second it would take my .308 Win projectile to reach them. We are not allowing that kind of criminality here.

Michael's picture

All I know is I got this three inch thick burl wood coffee table I can stand up for protection while I'm shooting back with my 17&1 SR9. Hopefully I can take out a dozen of them before they get to me.

Floordawg's picture

The way I was taught... In a fight, a sidearm is your secondary weapon used when tactical reloads aren't conducive or your fighting to your rifle.

My friendly advice is to get a good primary weapon (AR variant, SCAR, ACR, etc.) with a good reflex optic (Aimpoint, EOtech) and a matching 3X magnifier with a throw-switch if you want to engage targets at greater distances. Of course plenty of mags and a bench loader will really up your lead dispenser status.

If it ever gets to that, we're all in this together...

Party on!

FEDbuster's picture

Michael time to step up your game.  The pistol is nice and works well in the movies, but like Floordawg said you need a rifle.  If you anticipate engagements at you doorstep .223 will be fine.  If you want to have a fighting chance at longer distances go with a .308 AR10 or even a good bolt action gun.  Spend the money for a good optic and good match ammo.  Then practice, practice, practice....