Rush on Black Rifles

Don’t get me wrong, I dig the extra enthuseasm for gun buying that the election has caused. However, with every action there’s an equal and OPPOSITE reaction. Here’s the downside, the more demand for Black Rifles the harder it is for the companies manufacturing parts to keep up. That’s where we are sitting now. I’ve checked with my suppliers. I can get all the receivers I want. I can get all the barrels I want. Those are usually the hardest ones to get when we get into these situations. What we’re seeing a shortage of this time around is lower parts kits. They’re kind of important so companies that also build rifles aren’t letting go of as many as before. So, turnaround times go up for everyone. I’ve done my best to keep these times under control in my company. Most custom builders operate with 8 to 12 month lead times. Those should be going up now. In the mean time I’ve tried to keep my times down around 2-3 months. With the shortages and increaced business I’ve had to come to the realization that I have to increase mine as well. Realistically I have to set my lead times at a minimum of 4 months just to keep from disappointing customers when it goes over the old 2-3 months I’ve been running with. It sucks. I don’t like it but I have to face facts. If I can’t get parts in a timely fashion I have to extent my own time frames to equal that of the parts shortages.

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