Market Trends: More Women Than Ever At Texas Gun Shows

Market Trends: More Women Than Ever At Texas Gun Shows

Tim FinucanePremier Gun Shows, throughout Texas,

Premier Gun Shows holds more than 40 shows a year, most of them in major Texas metropolitan areas, including their signature The Original Fort Worth Gun Show.

In turn, the company has a pretty solid handle on firearms trends in the Lone-Star state. And in the past year, the wind has definitely been blowing a certain direction when it comes to the show's demographics.

Co-owner Tim Finucane has noticed a definite increase in the number of women attending his shows and purchasing a certain type of firearm and accessories.

Most of the women are looking for concealed carry and self-defense handguns, the smaller the better. These ladies want concealed carry accessories, too, and Finucane’s vendors have taken notice.

“I have one vendor who recently started selling a line of clothing for women, clothing with concealed carry capabilities, special-made blouses and slacks and vests,” he notes. “And a number of vendors are now offering ladies’ purses with special concealed carry compartments.”

As far as shooting accessories, custom-made Krydex handguns holsters are moving very well. So, too, are night vision rifle and spotting scopes. These optics can be very expensive—$2,000 and up is the norm—but the demand is surprisingly strong.

Finucane credits many of these sales to hunters who go after feral hogs at night, a practice that is legal in Texas.

Editor's Note: This brief originally appeared in the March 6, 2014 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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