Mark Campbell — Mid America Arms, St. Louis, Mo.
Like many other gun shops, Mid America Arms is seeing a surge in demand for smaller, concealable handguns.
But, notes owner Mark Campbell, he’s still moving a good number of full-sized 1911 model semi-automatics.
Currently, his top selling 1911 is the Remington R1 in .45 ACP. Models range from $700 to $1,100, with most sales coming in at the $750 to $800 mark.
Customers increasingly want laser sights on their handguns, and many are opting for handgun-and-laser packages right from the manufacturer, with models from Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Kimber leading the pack.
Local snow goose hunters are purchasing decent numbers of Benelli Super Black Eagles and M2 shotguns.
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Benelli’s newest shotgun, the Ethos, has yet to arrive at his shop at the time Campbell was interviewed, but he had already has a number of orders for this $1,800 scattergun, sight unseen.
“My distributor says they are shipping the Ethos out this week,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a really good seller.”
Editor's note: This brief originally appeared in the March 27, 2014 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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