Volume 25, Number 4 June/July 2017



OR Good Guys Guns, Medford Just across the California state border, this 2,000-square-foot store specializes in home defense and has an average of 400 firearms in stock. Handgun sales are steady and only slightly under pre-election numbers. Smith & Wesson Shields, Ruger LC9s, and Glock 17s are getting equal attention. “Our sales have remained strong even after the election,” said counter salesman Jim Kincaid. “I do find it strange that three weeks after Trump got elected, all of our back-ordered .22 ammo showed up.” Modern sporting rifles are still moving at a nice pace—four to five a week. Most turns… [Read More]



KS Bull City Guns, Alton Located on U.S. Route 24 in north-central Kansas, this large independent keeps more than 3,500 firearms in stock and has nearly 10,000 square feet of floor space. Handgun sales still rule at this retailer. Top sellers include Smith 686s, Ruger LC9s, and price-point pistols such as SCCY’s CPX-1 and CB 9mm. A few sporting clays shotguns are moving, including Browning Citori models and a couple of trap guns. “We are having a slow early summer—nothing is moving super fast unless there’s a special price on it,” said owner Brice Ballard. “Locally, we depend on the… [Read More]

CT Bob’s Gun Exchange, Darien With 500 firearms in stock, this retailer, only 15 miles from the New York state line, has been in business for more than 50 years. Bob’s specializes in handguns, reloading supplies, and higher–end shotguns. Sales of concealed-carry handguns have been brisk for several months. Here, Smith Shields and Glock 43s lead the pack. Demand for 1911s has increased and is expected to continue through the summer. Most orders are going to Wilson Combat and Sig Legion models. Early summer sporting clays guns are moving, with good turns on Beretta Onyx Pros and Benelli Super Sports…. [Read More]

GA Googe’s, Hazlehurst Located in rural southeast Georgia, this general sporting goods, gas station, and meat-supply store stocks 250 new and used guns. For this retailer, summer is all about plinking. “We are so glad to see .22 ammo come back. Small-caliber sales can be up to half of our sales during the summer,” said partner Ray Googe. Standbys like the Ruger 10/22 and Marlin lever-actions are crossing the counter at this store. Sales of handguns are slower than last year but still holding their own. Glock 43s and Ruger LCPs are getting the greatest attention. Googe’s moves about one… [Read More]