NICS is quick to point out, and I readily concur, that a NICS check is not an indicator of a gun sale. Sometimes it's multiple gun sales, and sometimes it's just a background check for some other reason. Still, the odds are good. So congratulations America, in addition to smashing the previous monthly record for checks of just over 2M, 2012 is another banner year:
While it it true that a NICS check does not necessarily mean a gun sale, it is interesting to note that civilian ammo supplies for the more popular calibers are down to 10% of normal, so someone is planning on doing some shooting.
Somewhat more ominously, it was observed that at a gun show in PA where activity was frenzied, sales of the "burial tubes" favored by survivalists were noticeably lagging.