Gun Digest

Market Trends: High-End AR’s and ACOGs Hot in Tucson

ACOG_MGTommy Rompel – Black Weapons Armory, Tucson, Ariz.

If it has to do with tactical and the AR-15 rifle, it’s probably for sale at Black Weapons Armory.

Late this summer, the top rifles he is selling are higher-end AR’s, especially those made by LWRC International, gun department manager Tommy Rompel said.

The R.E.P.R. by LWRC, in 7.62 NATO, and LWRC’s M6 Individual Carbine, 5.56 NATO, are currently tops with his customers, says Rompel. The R.E.P.R. sells for over $3,000, the M6 for around $2,200.

Entry-level AR’s are being discounted from his suppliers at 10 to 20-percent versus prices from just six months ago, but buyers really have not reacted to the potential savings, Rompel notes.

Trijicon and AimPoint are his best movers in optics. Customers especially like the Trijicon ACOG TA31 and TA11 models, priced at right around $1,300 apiece.

Rompel could sell a lot more ball ammunition in the 9mm, .40S&W, and .45 ACP handgun calibers. Could. But his distributors can’t seem to find much of it.

“It just looks to us like the ammo makers just are not making that much ball ammo right now. We’re not sure why,” he said.

Editor's Note: This brief originally appeared in the Aug. 28, 2014 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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