Defensive Handguns Ruling the Roost for Beaver State Retailer


G43Raye Gunter—Emerald Valley Armory, Cresswell, Ore.

When it comes to customer demand, one Beaver State retailer continues to enjoy robust sales of defensive handguns.

“We are selling lots of concealed carry-oriented handguns like the new Glock 43 in 9mm, the Springfield XDS in both 9mm and .45 ACP, and the S&W Shield in 9mm,” said Raye Gunter, owner of Emerald Valley Armory. “The pocket .380s have cooled a bit as of late.”

Supplies of ammunition are good, though Gunter says .22 rimfire is still a hard find. Best sellers in rifle ammo include PMC and Federal in 5.56mm, and Tula for its 7.62x39mm offerings.

“The 300 Blackout round continues to gain in popularity,” Gunter notes. Top sellers in this caliber are from Remington, Hornady and Armscor.

“In optics,” he adds, “we are moving a lot of optics in the $200 to $350 price range. These include the Redfield CounterStrike, the Burris AR-332, as well as offerings from Lucid, Konus and Bushnell.”

A Class III dealer, Emerald Valley has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of suppressors sold. Top suppressors here: the SilencerCo Warlock II, the Pilot and Element II by Advanced Armament Corporation and the GemTechG5.

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

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