Market Trends: Handguns, Holsters Leading the Way for Washington Shop

Market Trends: Handguns, Holsters Leading the Way for Washington Shop

StealthGearUSA IWB HolsterRobin BallSharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop, Spokane, Wash.

There’s no question about it, handguns are the top sellers right now at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop.

“Mid-size frames continue to be the strongest sellers, but many of the small compact handguns are also selling well,”  owner Robin Ball said.

As far as which makes and models have dominated, many are among the most popular presently available on the market.

“Our top five handgun sellers, in order, are the Glock 19 Gen4, Glock 42, Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm, Springfield XDS in 9mm, and Ruger LC9,” Ball said. “All these firearms range in price from $400 to $580. The higher-priced handguns typically used by our competition shooters are slower selling right now.”

The store’s best-selling optic manufacturer is Vortex.

“All of their product line moves great. Our tactical shooters and hunters love the products and the great customer service from Vortex.”

EOTech is still a strong seller here, but sales have dropped somewhat as sales of AR-style rifles have slowed.

Sharp Shooting’s concealed-carry customers love the Sticky Holsters line, which sell from $25 to $28. Galco Summer Comfort and Triton holsters are selling well also.

“The ammo shortage in the rimfire category is still impacting firearm sales in this category and will likely impact Christmas sales,” say Ball.

He notes that more than one ammunition representative has told him the .22 rimfire shortage will last at least another year, if not two years!

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

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