Smaller Handguns Hot in Concealed Carry Market

Smaller Handguns Hot in Concealed Carry Market
Sig Sauer P232
Sig Sauer P232
Sig Sauer P232

Smaller, concealed carry handguns are in big demand at Portland Gun Store, according to manager Don Hanna.

“I sell more Sig P238’s than anything else,” he said. “SIG has come out with some awesome finishes, like gold and high polish colors that appeal to the ladies and the collectors, both of which continue to be a growing market.”

A newcomer in the small handgun market is also making the cash register sing: the Kimber Micro 380.

“We’re finally starting to get all the different Micro models in stock,” Hanna added. “The black and stainless models sell for $649. The CDP and others with night sights are $879. Consumers seem to be appreciating the higher quality models and willing to pay for them.”

Handguns Sales Making For a Profitable Bottom Line

The big seller recently at Blade, Barrel and Reel Outdoors, said owner Wade Adams, has been handguns from SCCY Industries of Daytona Beach, Florida, manufacturer of the CPX1 and CPX2 9mm semi-automatic pistols designed for concealed carry.

“We’ve sold just a ton of them,” he said. “Part of that is the price—they only have just the two models and we sell them for $310 and $325. Despite that lower price point, they are a really good-quality handgun and have an amazing lifetime warranty.”

Another popular handgun line here is the small bore Rough Rider, from Heritage Manufacturing, a series of revolvers with that Old West look and feel to them. Chambered in .22 LR and .22 Mag., the revolvers start at $175.

This article appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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  1. I prefer the Ruger LC9. At less than an inch in width, even with the extended 8 round magazine for pinky comfort, it’s ideal for pocket carry.


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