I received an email from Buds Gun Shop which listed their top-selling 20 guns for 2009. I thought it was an interesting list.
- Smith & Wesson SW9VE 9mm Stainless ($249 after $50 mail-in rebate)
- Sig Sauer 2022 9mm w/night sights ($493)
- Smith & Wesson SW40VE .40 S&W Stainless ($249 after $50 mail-in rebate)
- Glock 37 (.45 GAP) 4.5″ 10 round black frame ($379)
- Hi-Point .380 ACP two-tone 8 round ($139)
- Springfield XDm 9mm black ($566)
- Remington 870 Express, 12 gauge, 18″ blued, black-synthetic ($328)
- Double Star 15 CAR 16″ HBAR .223 ($649)
- Springfield XD .40 S&W 4″ w/ XD Gear ($462)
- Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm 17 round no mag safety ($535)
- Springfield XD 9mm 4″ XD Gear ($462)
- Beretta 92FS 9mm 15 round ($568)
- Springfield .40 S&W 3″ XD Gear ($462)
- Hi-Point .45 ACP 9 round ($159)
- Smith & Wesson 9mm M&P9 Pro Series 5″ barrel black stainless ($568)
- Walther P22 .22 LR 3.4″ black ($308)
- Springfield XD 9mm 3″ black XD Gear ($462)
- Interstate Arms Black Synthetic 12 gauge Defender with 18.5″ barrel ($185)
- Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm 13 round compact ($535)
- Hi-Point 9mm 3.5″ 8 round poly ($169)
That’s what was listed in the email, taken more or less verbatim.
Some things that stood out to me:
- People are buying handguns, not long guns.
- Black is the new black. Or maybe a hint of stainless.
- Inexpensive is popular.
- Looking at the general make-up of what’s selling, it’s about self-defense. These firearms are not necessarily competition guns or hunting or other such things. People are evidently buying for self-defense. The two shotguns on the list certainly bear that out.
- As well, many of the handguns are small, which leads me to believe they’re being purchased for concealed carry.
- Plastic-framed guns are popular. I’m surprised only one Glock made the list, and then an obscure one at that.
Take from this what you will.