NICS records were smashed last month (again!), which begs the question, what are the top-selling guns of 2020?
“Dude, I’ve sold more guns in the first week of June than the last six months of 2020,” exclaimed a friend who owns a local gun shop. The level of exhaustion in his voice was barely hidden as he described moving from customer to customer during regular business hours, then closing up to ship online gun sales through Gunbroker.
With a national push to defund police, violent protests, and chaos in communities across the country, it's no surprise last month saw record-breaking gun sales. The FBI reports that over 3.9 million NICS checks were completed in the month of June. Considering twenty-five states have exemptions for NICS for concealed carry permit holders and a single background check can cover multiple firearms, the true number of guns sold is much higher.
So which guns came out on top?
Gunbroker compiled data from their monthly sales and while it may not form a complete image of guns sold, it does provide a solid look at trends in the market. Whether for home defense, concealed carry, or both, it's clear citizens are realizing that when push comes to shove, we are responsible for our own safety.
Representing hundreds, if not thousands of gun stores across America, here are Gunbroker's list of the best selling guns in June!
The G19 is the closest Glock has to a flagship firearm. It’s without a doubt the most popular Glock and is their premier compact model. This 9mm compact Glock is a fantastic choice for concealed carry and remains one of the most popular and best-selling guns regardless of our country's situation.
SIG's P320 is the closest firearm Glock has ever had to competition. After winning the Army’s MHS contest, the P320 cemented itself as both an excellent weapon and a historical one. Available in dozens of additional varients, we can't fault anyone for clamoring for this handgun.
Taking the market by storm, the Hellcat is one of two micro compacts that found a way to fit double-stack capacity in single stack size. While it is a relatively new gun, the Springfield Armory Hellcat is already proving itself as a competent and capable concealed carry gun.
Oh, look - it’s the other micro-compact firearm on the list! The SIG P365 is the original and has been the best selling gun since it’s release. It’s my current carry gun (I haven’t even considered a different weapon since 2018) and based on holster sales, I'm sure it may be many of yours as well.
Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield is a classic concealed carry gun and one of the originators of the modern single stack 9mm. When released, they shot to the top and remain one of the best-selling guns on the market today. Affordable, concealable, reliable, and available in the most popular self-defense calibers, the M&P Shield will continue to be a trusted gun of new and old gun owners alike.
Wheelguns are definitely still going strong with concealed carriers in America, too. The top five revolvers sold in June 2020 were the Colt Python, Taurus 856, Smith & Wesson 642, Heritage Arms Rough Rider, and the ever-popular Taurus Judge.
FUN FACT: The name “Judge” was coined by former Taurus President Bob Morrison, who heard that judges in Miami were carrying 4410 revolvers under their robes for protection. Rounding out the list of the five best-selling revolvers, Morrison was definitely onto something as the Judge remains a popular self-defense revolver to this day.
From January 1st through May 31st, online sales have offered a surprising look into which guns are popular. The NSSF released a report highlighting the best-selling pistols, rifles, shotguns, and revolvers in the first half of 2020. The report, which also breaks down sales by two age groups, shows a surprising number one selling semi-auto pistol across the board: the SIG P320.
Beating out the Hellcat, P365, and even the timeless G19, the SIG P320 has several variants to choose from, including:
...and that's just our list!! It seems there is a SIG P320 for everyone at any age!
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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.
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