I knew AR15s were on back order but I had no idea how bad it really was. Stag Arms, a brand popular with many Californians, is claiming a two year wait. Here is the official statement from their website:
We would like to thank all of our customers for your support. Currently we have approximately two years of backorders for rifles, upper halves, and lower receivers. Due to this overwhelming demand most of our office staff have temporarily been pulled from their normal positions to pack and ship orders. This will allow us to get our products into your hands as fast as possible before any potential governmental restriction. Orders will be processed in the order they were received.
I had a buddy text me a few weeks ago asking where he could get a lower and I told him he should have shopped for one before the election. Where can you get a lower? Well, I'm thinking the 80% complete lowers will probably come in stock before regular old 100% lowers. I did a little Googling and found Colfax Tactical who sells 80% lowers. The website looks like 1999 is a little dated, but they sound like hard working Americans. They are currently forecasting that if you order today, you can probably have a lower by October of 2013.
Tactical Innovations is claiming to have some regular old lowers in stock, but I'm questioning how "in stock" the lowers truly are. They have a standard lower that comes equipped with a stainless trigger bushing assembly that retails for $329 as well as a billet lower for $399. Because these are 100% complete lowers you'll need an FFL. Damn... I remember a time when lowers were going for less than $100 not that long ago.