We have all made it through the madness of the holiday season and are settling into 2016. Once again, The Village Arms has been busy traveling to our wholesaler buying shows in search of new products and great deals that we can bring back to the shop. This year was especially important with talk of stricter gun control in the presidential debates and in the White House. Hand gun sales are soaring and stocks are diminishing quickly. Hopefully we will be able to maintain a nice product selection after committing to several stocking dealer programs.
New stocking dealer programs for 2016:
- Sig Sauer
The Village Arms will continue to be stocking dealers for the following brands:
- Smith & Wesson
- Daniel Defense
Although we are not a stocking dealer we will continue to carry the following brands:
- H & K
- Charter Arms
- Windham Weaponry
Some new items that we are hoping to see in the store this year are coming from Sig Sauer. We hope to have a full line of optics. Last year, Sig dropped the ball and they did not get production done for the fall hunting seasons. This year they promise timely shipping and we actually have a few in stock now. They also have a new line of handguns (Legion) and suppressors that they say should start shipping in April or May of 2016. Smith & Wesson has added a green laser sight to some of their most popular handguns like the Shield and the Bodyguard. They also introduced a new M&P 15 with some upgrades and a sharper price point.
Unfortunately I do not have optimistic news to report on .22 ammo. It is still hard to get – especially in short, mag or bird shot. Manufacturers are not offering any reasons for the shortages or promises of increased production. We ordered as much as we could at the buying events and it is actually trickling in now. It is doubtful that we will see fully stocked shelves in 2016.
New in our Gunsmith Department – Cerakoting!! We have lots of great colors stocked and tons of others to choose from. Great to restore an old, rusty barrel or to create a one-of-a-kind piece. The hot new color for 2016 is Robin’s Egg Blue (otherwise known as Tiffany Blue).