Remington R1 1911, .45 ACP.
Remington R1 1911, .45 ACP.

Mark CampbellMid 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.

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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