Edward Wilks – The Tradesman, Rifle, Colo.
Shortages of centerfire handgun ammunition, as well as very high prices for the .22 Long Rifle that is available ($125 for a 525 round brick), have a number of gun training aids selling strong at the Tradesman.
“We have a lot of customers buying snap caps, and red and green laser ammo,” owner Edward Wilks said.
These devices allow customers to continue training, practicing things like trigger control, when they can’t get the “real” ammo. And they usually cost less than a box of the lead-and-gunpowder variety.
A Class III dealer, The Tradesman also sells fully automatic firearms.
“We haven’t seen machine gun sales slow down one bit,” Wilks said.
He recently sold a full-auto M16 for $18,000, and a Thompson sub-machine gun for $15,000. He places every full-auto Uzi and Mac10 he can get, too, usually for between $4,000 and $8,000.
Editor’s Note: This brief originally appeared in the Jan. 27, 2014 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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