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Demand for guns in trade

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by emt1581, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    I just received my stamp and AOW yesterday so I'm pretty happy about that!:cool:

    But tonight I was on CL sniffing around for everything from late 60's muscle cars to property and I was amazed at how many people want guns!!! Ammo was pretty popular as well...and this is on a site that specifically FORBIDS guns/ammo! :wow:

    Kind of makes me glad I've been buying up guns/ammo for over a decade. Any reason to believe the demand would go down with ANY crisis/shtf?

    I don't see it. Again, I'm just amazed at how many people are looking for guns in trade for pretty much everything!

  2. Copper_Candy


    Jun 21, 2006
    It definitely depends on the situation. I think short term crisis events like earthquakes, floods and other natural disaster events will not significantly increase the demand for guns/ammo. Food/water/comfort items are the gold in these types of scenarios.
    On the other hand, events like rampant looting, and long term SHTF will definitely increase the want for guns and ammunition. These are events that directly threaten the safety and security of you and your family, and can be "prevented" with firearms.

  3. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Witless Protection Program

    Some of those CL folks are having problems getting guns thru the usual legal means.

  4. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    I see what you're saying in regard to the time frame. Personally, even in the short term it is still comforting to know we are decently armed.

    Plus sometimes in the shot term we don't know it is going to be short term.

    But again, I'm just going on what I saw on many people were quite eager to get guns in trade for some VERY nice items.


  5. That's part of it.
  6. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    Part or most?

    Personally, I hadn't considered it. I was looking at the items owned with the property in the background and compared it against my experience of what felons typical possess.

    But it certainly is a valid point. In any case, so long as it is a long gun, all I need is a bill of sale in PA for a private transfer. I always get a copy of the DL as well.

    In regard to the demand for guns... I'm thinking demand is only going to go up in the next month and if Obama wins it'll shoot through the roof at least for the next few years.

  7. Easterbrook

    Easterbrook Wagon Burner

    Jan 21, 2007
    In my teepee.
    I would trade my hotdog cart for a G26!
  8. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Witless Protection Program

    Throw in the recipe for that chili and we'll talk.
  9. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    Craigslist is full of stolen items, people looking for stolen items, and people looking for items they could not otherwise/legitimately acquire
  10. NecoDude


    Mar 22, 2011
    No Name City...
    All the Facebook "For Sale/Trade/Want/Gimme" sites are the same way, people wanting guns in trade for their items as well. Don't think I would do that for a stranger.
  11. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    the son of a friend, traded some POS Mustang 64-65 parts to a guy who gave him, Colt Trooper .357, Dan Wesson .357 both 6" barrels and two CF rifles and a
    .22, to me a crazy deal but I'm not building a Mustang.
  12. Tim Smith

    Tim Smith

    Feb 5, 2010
    In my job I see lots of people and talk to them and ammo and guns are HOT right know. I reload and have been able to use ammo as currency for about two years now. I have been getting "Can you load this for me?" a lot. This does not really make me happy.
  13. BigFatDog


    Jul 23, 2005
    Never had a problem trading guns for gear or vice versa. Certain types of gear IME is more popular with the gun trading crowd.

    Trading a gun I don't really want anymore to a "gun guy" for something that I do want, has always worked out as a great trade for the both of us.

    I worry more about the folks looking to trade Precious Metals, Guns and Ammo, Land etc. This usually means that they are "Horse Traders" looking to get the most for their item and should be avoided.