Market Trends: Ohio Retailer’s Firearm Sales Driven by Mixed Bag


Remington Model 870 Shotgun Express Combo
Remington Model 870 Shotgun Express Combo
Rex GoreBlack Wing Shooting Center, Delaware, Ohio

At the Black Wing Shooting Center, when it comes to firearm sales demand has been diverse.

Sales of concealed carry handguns are strong here and the selection of available models is much better now than it was four to six months ago, owner of the center Rex Gore said.

Top sellers among carry pistols are the various models of the SIG Sauer P238 in .380 auto, priced from $569 to $719, and the SIG 938’s in 9mm, selling for $649 to $759.

Ohio is a shotgun-only state for most deer hunting, and hunters are buying up the new Mossberg FLEX shotgun, as well as the ever-popular Remington 870.

Black Wing is a Class III dealer, and sales of fully automatic firearms are on the upswing.

“They’re being bought more from an investment standpoint than for recreational shooting,” Gore said.

With a very limited supply (civilians can’t buy full-autos made after 1987), prices on full-auto firearms go up steadily; most Black Wing models sell for between $20,000 and $50,000. One exception: full-auto Uzi’s, frequently offered in the $15,000 range and snapped up quickly.

Recommended Resources

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Gun Digest Book of the Remington 870

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