In this photo illustration a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Credit: Getty Images
As the nation continues to discuss debate new gun regulations, it seems both firearms sales and interest in the National Rifle Association (NRA) are soaring. After all, people are likely worried that the government will crack down on certain guns, so they are attempting to get their hands on materials before new restrictions hit the books.
In the wake of the discussion and debate, Brownells, the largest gun parts supplier in the world, is claiming that it has had an "unprecedented" demand for AR-15 ammunition magazines of late. In fact, the demand is allegedly so great that the company allegedly sold 3.5 years worth of magazines in just three days, The Huffington Post reports.
This announcement was made on a gun forum, during which the company's president, Pete Brownell, simultaneously apologized for a delay in fulfilling orders. Here's a portion of his statement:
To shed some more light on the magazine situation at present, it really has been unprecedented in the last 5 days. During a roughly the 36 hour period from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening we sold the "average demand" equivalent of about 3 1/2 years worth of PMAGS, and and an even greater amount of our Brownells magazines. We're working like crazy to get these orders to you as quickly as possible.
We're working directly with Magpul daily to forecast out the next couple of months deliveries. Magpul is focusing their efforts on the BLACK magazines, so we're limiting backorders to only Black for now.
A screen shot from Brownells.com
The message concluded with an apology and a promise to work "as hard as possible" to get the magazines out to those who have ordered them. A graphic on the company's web site also notes that a delay in getting its products out the door.
It reads, "Please Note: Due to extreme volumes, and winter storms, order shipments may be delayed. Thank you for your patience."
On the company's Facebook page, too, weather was cited as a reason for the delay.