Yep .. a neighbor just bought a (new) hybrid AR-15 for $650 at a local G/S, then went to another vendor to get ammo - but he was sold out of 5.56 mm. but had plenty of 7.62 X 39 stuff !!
I've been looking at ancient weaponry .. the shorter range silent stuff, ya know .. even some African stuff that seems interesting (??) ... Oh, so many hobbies ?? But deer hunting with a "blow dart" is illegal (chuckles)
Rumor has it that "extra taxes" are in the very near future for most of this stuff. One politician (mid-west) wants a "violence tax" of $25 imposed on all firearms ...
But yes .. hi-volume purchases are in action these days !!