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Market Trend: AR Pistols Big with Washington Home Defense Customers

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Cory HamiltonWade’s Eastside Guns, Bellevue, Wash.

A newer configuration of an established firearms platform has been a hot ticket for a Washington retailer.

“We are selling just a ton of AR pistols, mostly for home defense purposes,” Cory Hamilton, manager at Wade’s Eastside Guns said. “It seems like every week, a load of them goes right out the door.”

The top AR pistol at the store has been the 300 Advanced Armament Corp. Blackout Pistol with a 9-inch barrel and chambered in 300 Blackout. Base price is approximately $1,500, though Hamilton notes most buyers like their AAC tricked out with an arm brace and optics and/or a laser sight, often to the tune of $2,000 or better.

The new MK18 AR pistol from Daniel Defense is coming on strong.

Wade’s does a large business with the local concealed carry crowd, too. Best-selling handguns for these folks are Glock 42’s, at $499, the Glock 19 Gen 3 at $600 and the Glock 19 Gen 4 at $650.

“We’ve been moving a good number of Smith & Wesson Shields, too,” Hamilton said, “and actually quite a few S&W J-Frame revolvers for concealed carry.”

AR-style rifles?

Slow, with the exceptions being the Colt 6920 AR-15, for $1,100, and the M&P Sporter by Smith & Wesson at the very popular price of $750.

Editor's Note: This brief appeared in the January 22, 2015 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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