Say what you will about Obama, but he’s been the best thing for the US firearms industry since the Civil War. Theories as to why include:
1) Americans fear a crime wave due to the moribund economy.
2) The debt could drive Americans to riots such as those seen in Greece and the UK.
3) Obama could still attempt to hijack the second amendment, or
4) Americans are taking advantage of the increase of concealed-carry laws and buying small handguns, as they are more concealable.
These small handgun sales have passed sales of long guns, and the market has shown a surge now for the last 15 months, with sales in August up 13.5%.