Market Trends: Concealed Carry Makes the Cash Registers Sing In Penn

Market Trends: Concealed Carry Makes the Cash Registers Sing In Penn

Concealed Carry
Phil GroffTrop Gun Shop, Elizabethtown, Penn.

Phil Groff, Trop Gun Shop’s director of national sales, describes his customer base as people “interested in the shooting sports lifestyle,” especially handgun shooters, concealed carry practitioners and newer gun owners.

“Our highest volume firearms are always in the concealed carry handgun line,” Groff said. “Right now, number one in that category is the Smith & Wesson Shield, at $369.99 for the 9mm model, $374.99 for the .40 calibers.”

Top-selling handguns two through five, in order: Smith & Wesson Bodyguard; the Glock 19; the Glock 42 and the Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 9. 1911-style handguns are popular here, too, including the pricier models like those made by Ed Brown and Les Baer.

STI International custom pistols are very big sellers for us, too,” says Groff. “We have what I believe is the largest selection of STI handguns in the region.”

For accessories, inside the waistband holsters show the biggest demand, with Kydex being the preferred material.

Night sights for handguns are popular, too, and Trop’s customers lean toward AmeriGlo and Trijicon varieties.

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

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