Gun Digest

Market Trends: Hoosiers Snap Up CCW Training, Handguns

CCW TrainingDon PerkinsBareArms Firearms & Accessories, Noblesville, Ind.,

Located on the north side of metropolitan Indianapolis, BareArms Firearms & Accessories’ customer base is heavily focused on the first-time, novice gun owner interested in personal protection and home defense.

As such, firearms training is a large part of the business here, including concealed carry certification. And with certification often comes a handgun purchase.

“Right now, our number one carry handguns are the Ruger LC9 and LCP,” owner Don Perkins said. “Customers really like the new trigger and the way the LC9’s feel in their hands.” The LC9 sells for $399.

Concealed carry holsters are big sellers here, too, especially the Versa Carry closely followed by the Blackhawk Inside-the-Pants model. For external carry, the Blackhawk Serpa Level 2 is tops, at $46.95.

Indiana deer hunters can use centerfire rifles, but they must be chambered in what is essentially a handgun round of .35 caliber or larger.

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“For the deer hunters, we move a good number of Henry and Rossi lever actions in .357 Mag., .44 Mag. and .45 Long Colt. For the handgun hunters, the Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag. is by far number one. They are built so well, and they last forever.”

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

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