Imagine a man, a family man, who either finds himself unemployed or who has his wages cut back by a very significant amount.
The man is a proud man. Proud of his ability to provide for and to protect his family.
Sometimes that man pretends that nothing has happened. He continues to buy his family luxuries that they are accustomed to. He goes about his daily life in a way that does not alert his neighbors to the impending, financial train-wreck. He purchases new cars. They go on cruises. The all-inclusive landscaping company continues to mow his lawn twice-a-week even when it does not rain.
Sometimes he doubles down. He squelches rumors of financial difficulties by spending even more conspicuously.
Turkey had a recent election and Erdogan won. He was the incumbent.
It now appears that he did exactly what the family-man described in the paragraphs above did. He whistled past the grave-yard and did things that were not prudent for the long-term but served to get him re-elected.
Appearances can be everything.
|Turkish Lira to USD exchange rate. One year. A higher exchange rate means that one USD will buy MORE than a lower exchange rate.|
The Turkish Lira just experienced a very sharp decline in value relative to other, benchmark currencies like the US Dollar (which isn't doing all that whippy in absolute terms). The big banks looked at the numbers and deduced that Erdogan gamed the economics to the detriment of the long-term, Turkish economy to get re-elected.
The momentum and the reserves of gold and harder currencies is not in Turkey's favor. Nor is the portfolio of products they can offer on the world market and most especially in those markets denominated in hard currencies.
Turkey exports some very competent, very economically priced firearms to the United States.
For example, this article highlights six, very competent handguns currently imported from Turkey.
If you are in the market for a handgun, and you can be a little bit patient, you might find some of these available at very attractive discounts. These are not be the "coolest" handguns, or the lightest, or the easiest to conceal, or the ones that the high-end IDPA or USPSA high-speed-low-drag competitors are using. But they are likely to be exceptionally durable and their extra mass will make them easy for novices to shoot...and to enjoy shooting them.
This may be a strategic opportunity if you have some family members who lack a handgun or shotgun.
But let me caution you that in spite of all their other virtues, these guns will NOT float and can be lost in boating accidents.