Appears many gun owners have written off Cabela's too
Per Cabela's management in today's conference call, "Based on our fourth quarter and year-to-date results, the surge in firearms and ammunition is clearly winding down. Recall, in the fourth quarter of 2012, comp store sales were up 12%. Although comp store sales declined 10.1% in the quarter, due primarily to firearms and ammunition each being down roughly 25% to 30%....".
DKS has pre-announced positive Q4 comp store sales of 7% versus Cabela's (10.1%). It will be interesting to see if DKS management breaks out comp sales of their firearms and ammunition lines. I don't recall them getting so granular in the past but I expect a reduction per said trends. Suffice it to say their decision to limit firearms sales of any design may have come at a fortuitous time.
While D**k's has never sold handguns to my knowledge, plenty of sporting firearms are for sale on the website. Go to the Guns & Ammo section on the drop down menu under the Outdoors category. They are definitely NOT exiting the line of business! Good luck.