Bucking the Trend—AR’s Are the Top Selling Long Gun for Jayhawk Retailer

Bucking the Trend—AR’s Are the Top Selling Long Gun for Jayhawk Retailer

 SIG Sauer MCXBlake BomhoffMeriden Gun Shop, Meriden Kan.

One national trend that “Market Trends” has spent the last year documenting is the general lack of sales for AR-style rifles. Most FFL retailers have told this column that it takes a pretty substantial sale and good sale prices to get even a few ARs off the rifle racks.

And then there is Meriden Gun Shop, in Meriden, Kansas, located northeast of Topeka.

“Our top selling long guns are still the AR15s,” Meriden owner Blake Bomhoff said. “At the lower price point, it’s the Smith and Wesson M&P15 Sport at $675.00. At the higher end, our customers like the SIG Sauer MCX at $1,600, a gas-piston operating AR.”

Concealable pistols are selling briskly, with the Smith and Wesson Shield in 9mm leading the pack at $400 to $420. A close second is the Rossi revolver Model 462 in .357 Magnum going for $350.

Bomhoff’s customers are purchasing a good number of rifle scopes—mostly in preparation for fall hunting—especially Redfield and Nikon models in the $200 to $300 price range. Top ammo brand? “It would definitely be Hornady,” says Bomhoff, “for both handguns and rifles.”

Editor's Note: This brief originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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