Several reasons, Jon.I know, right. Still, this phenomena deserves an explanation. Why is a reproduction Paterson c&b revolver selling at over $3k ? It isn't mistaken identy nor is it a predatory seller. Look at how many bids that listing got. Why the Italian Paterson and not the ______ ?
*The sale of Cabela's to Bass Pro nipped a lot of reasonably and sales priced BP gun sales in the bud. Supply and demand.
*Covid hit Italy hard, and they are going through a smaller, second wave now. I imagine both Pietta and Uberti have a huge backlog right about now, to say nothing of Pedersoli, and the Spanish firms like Investarms.
*The current political climate has everyone scared ****less that they will have their guns taken away or their 2A rights infringed upon. A lot of guys who are not interested in BP arms historically are viewing them as a way to obtain an 'off-the-radar' backup weapon with little or no traceability. Again, supply and demand.
The overall Covid situation has placed everything in a tangle, from manufacturing, to shipping, to panic buying. I think we are seeing the trickle-down from all of the above. It took me a year of waiting and inflated pricing just to buy fencing for my back yard. And nobody is trying to take my fencing...
EDIT: Also need to mention the fact that some models have been discontinued, such as the Rogers & Spencer, Starr SA & DA, and the Paterson, with no announcements as to whether or not production will resume or when.