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Gun sales ablazing for deer season

Demand leaves firearms, ammo in short supply

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Allegheny Trade Co. owner Ken Westover (right) and store associate Don Roudabush show a .243 hunting rifle to Brandon Gibson (left) and Troy Higginbotham, both of Altoona, at the Duncansville store.

By Walt Frank

wfrank@altoonamirror.com

Business has been booming for area stores as Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season gets underway Saturday.

“It is crazy. Supply is down and sales are way up for guns and ammo,” said Ken Westover, owner of Allegheny Trade Co. in Duncansville.

“It is an election year, and that usually drives sales up, and the type of year we are having is driving it. COVID is helping us. Sales are up about 400% for both guns and ammo.”

For Bob Grimminger, president of Bob’s Army and Navy in Clearfield, said the situation is the simumlair.

“We can’t get firearms and ammunition in. The manufacturers depleted their inventory. They can’t fill offers fast enough, partly due to COVID. It’s also because of the new administration; they are vowing to be hard on firearms. People are buying what they can while they can. We are up about three times more than at this time last year.”

Products are harder to find this year.

“I would say sales are way up, but supply is way down,” said Tyler Corrigan, sporting goods manager at Long’s Outpost, Martinsburg. “They are equaling out at this point. In an election year, there is a lot of misguided anxiety. It happens every election year.”

Fred Grauch, president of Belding and Mull, Philipsburg, said, “Ammunition is not available due to COVID, and guns are harder to find because we sold so many at the beginning of the year.

“Overall sales are about the same as last year for the hunting season, but they are harder to get. Manufacturers are at about half capacity due to COVID.”

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