Volume 25, Number 2 February/March 2017



By Peter B. Mathiesen CA Lake County Gun, Lakeport Resting 100 miles north of San Francisco, this small-town California shop stays busy with 220 firearms stocked into less than 900 square feet of floor space. All things .22 are moving briskly. Ruger 10-22s, Savage Model 64 BTVs, and Marlin XT-22ROs are all posting excellent numbers. MSRs are in a state of flux, as this retailer is waiting to see which new guns will be California-compliant in 2017. At the handgun counter, Glock 19s, M&P 9s, and Smith Bodyguard 380s are attracting the most attention. “I’m thankful for the high demand… [Read More]



By Peter B. Mathiesen MI Bob’s Gun & Tackle, Hastings One of the largest independents in the state, Bob’s sports 15,000 square feet of floor space. It has more than 2,000 firearms in stock and employs an average of 30. MSR sales are down, but predator season is helping to keep the segment moving. M&P Sports and Ruger 556s lead the pack. Other long guns include post-season deer rifles. “We have seen lever-action and single-shot rifle sales at an all-time high,” said buyer-manager Steve Hayes. Henry and Marlin lever-actions in .44 Mag. as well as several CVA single-shot .44 Mags… [Read More]

By Peter B. Mathiesen CT Blue Trail Range Gun Store, Wallingford This family gun shop and range keeps 800 guns in stock and has 120 covered outdoor shooting stations. The store hosts range events for young and old. The handgun counter continues to see steady improvement as the year begins. “Sales on handguns are still brisk. I directly attribute the traffic to a nervous customer base. Even with a Republican win, our clients are still uncomfortable with local and state election results,” said manager Mark Slone. Glock 43s and 17s lead the sales list, but Ruger Mark 4s and Smith… [Read More]

By Peter B. Mathiesen TX Nagel’s Gun Shop, San Antonio From its humble beginnings in Robert Nagel’s garage in the 1940s, this shop has grown to be one of the larger independent gun shops in the state of Texas. Handguns are especially hot this winter, with steady turns on Glock 19s, CZ 75s, and Smith Shields. Sales of MSRs are steady. “Right after Trump won, we saw a sharp decline in MSR sales. But by Black Friday, they had returned to the same levels. I attribute part of the rise to the platform’s acceptance as a popular deer rifle in… [Read More]