Kimber and 39 other brands
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He'll have to sell what's profitable to survive.
Tell him to stock lots of used and consignment firearms.
There's more profit in used than new, and consignment firearms don't cost him anything but a little shelf space.
Also, lots of accessories and maybe some classes in safety and CCW.
CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.
Kimber and 39 other brands
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Model 1955 .380
Woodsman automatic .22
Police Positive .32 S&W Long, .38 Special
Cobra .32 S&W Long, .38 Special
Detective Special .38 Special
Diamondback .22 and .38 Special
Lawman .357 Magnum
Trooper .22 and .357 Magnum
Python .357 Magnum
Single Action Army .357 Magnum, .45 Colt
New Frontier .22 w/convertible .22 WMRF cylinder
New Frontier .357 Magnum, .45 Colt
Government Model .45 ACP, 9mm, .38 Super
Commander .45 ACP, 9mm, .38 Super
Gold Cup .45 ACP
Dan Wesson (interchangeable barrels of various lengths)
Model 14 .38 Special, .357 Magnum
Model 15 .357 Magnum (Pistol Pacs)
Sport King .22
Supermatic (Citation, Trophy) .22
Harrington & Richardson
Model 999 Sportsman
Mark I automatic .22
Single Six .22
Service Six (Speed Six) .38 Special, .357 Magnum
Security Six .357 Magnum
Blackhawk .30 Carbine, .357 Magnum, 41 Magnum, .45 Colt w/convertible .45 ACP cylinder
Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum
Smith & Wesson
Model 10 .38 Special
Model 12 Airweight .38 Special
Model 13 .357 Magnum
Model 14 K-38 Masterpiece .38 Special
Model 15 K-38 Combat Masterpiece .38 Special
Model 17 K-22 Masterpiece .22
Model 28 K-22 Combat Masterpiece .22
Model 19 Combat Magnum .357 Magnum
Model 25 Model of 1955 .45 ACP
Model 27 .357 Magnum
Model 28 Highway Patrolman .357 Magnum
Model 29 .44 Magnum
Model 30 .32 S&W Long
Model 31 Regulation Police .32 S&W Long
Model 32 .38 S&W
Model 33 Regulation Police .38 S&W
Model 34 Kit Gun .22
Model 36 Chief's Special .38 Special
Model 37 Airweight .38 Special
Model 38 Bodyguard .38 Special
Model 39 9mm automatic
Model 40 Centennial .38 Special
Model 41 .22 rimfire Target Pistol
Model 42 Airweight Centennial .38 Special
Model 48 K-22 Masterpiece .22WMRF
Model 49 Bodyguard .38 Special
Model 51 Kit Gun .22 WMRF
Model 52 Target Pistol .38 Special (flush wadcutter only)
Model 53 .22 Remington Jet
Model 57 .41 Magnum
Model 58 Military & Police .41 Magnum
Model 60 Stainless Chief's Special .38 Special
Model 61 Escort pocket .22 automatic
Model 63 Stainless Kit Gun .22
Model 64 Stainless .38 Special
Model 65 Stainless .357 Magnum
Model 66 Stainless Combat Magnum .357 Magnum
Model 67 Stainless Combat Masterpiece .38 Special
Thompson Center Contender
W/interchangeable barrels in a host of chamberings
Oh, wait a minute. You meant the gun shop of 2012, not the gun shop of 1975.
I was just born too early.
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You need to have what you can make money selling. What sells, what has a good margin, what won't give you customer service headaches down the way? What can you make money selling accessories for?
I suspect there'll be a lot of Ruger products in that top 40. Some Taurus (despite the customer service caveat). S&W. XDs. Glocks in standard chamberings. Kel Tec and Bersa also at the low end.
CZ P01 for sure.
Unfortunately not enough stores have those.
This has to be driven by the market in which the shop resides. Period.
I would say:
All Glock models
All M&P models
All SIG models
All CZ models
All revolvers from all manufacturers
All Hk models
All Bersa models
All Springfield Armory models
Hard to find 1911s like Nighthawk Custom, Dan Wesson, etc.
I am sure I am forgeting a bunch..
My top 40 would have to have some riffles winchester and remington, and nice shotguns from Italy bennelli and franchi, you need to mix and match high price, moderate, and low everybody is looking for somethng as you can see from this list and everybody has different ideas of what they want some look for name brand, high quality, proven, and some just want a gun... he needs to try to reach as many people as possible... good luck with the store I've been dreaning of doing that since our LGS of 48 years closed in Jan..
I would rather live my life as if there is a God,
And die to find out there isn't, than live my life
As if there isn't, and die to find out there is.
He should do transfers for local people and see what the most commonly sold guns are in his area. I would think that Glock, S&W M&Ps, 1911s, S&W revolvers and snubbies would be the majority of guns he transfers.
What I have found out over the years is that the hardcore gun people aren't the majority of people buying today.
Cheap but decent guns such as Bersa, Taurus, keltec, and anything similar.
Small CCW firearms.
9mm and 22lr.
The Ruger 1911 is hot right now, so is the Ruger SR-22, Ruger SR9 SR9C SR40 SR40C