Gun Digest

Market Trends: Glocks, Holsters, and ACOGs

Don LangworthyArizona Shooters World, Metro Phoenix, Ariz.

Arizona Shooters World has two stores, each with an indoor shooting range.

In recent months, customers have taken one particular firearm on test drives and then home. It seems Shooters World just keeps moving Glock 19 out the door.

“The Glock 19 is by far our best seller,” gun department manager and buyer Don Langworthy said. “They outsell all other guns by a two-to-one margin.”

A Glock 19 Gen 3 sells for $499. But the popular handgun is not the only product of which the store has seen an uptick in sales.

Holsters and related accessories are also in high demand, especially the Galco line. Leather, though, no longer dominates the market.

When it comes to holsters, half sold at Shooters World are crafted from man-made materials like Kydex.

Away from handguns, tactical merchandise has been hot.

The store reports moving a ton of Magpul magazines, handguards, grips and stocks for AR-style rifles.

For those who have aimed to spend a bit more tactical optics have topped the list. The most popular has been the Trijicon ACOG.

Editor's note, this brief appeared in the Dec. 30, 2013 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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