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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.
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    Let's see...

    Nomad .22
    Challenger .22
    Model 1955 .380
    Hi-Power 9mm

    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)

    High Standard
    Duramatic .22
    Sport King .22
    Victor .22
    Supermatic (Citation, Trophy) .22
    Olympic .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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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    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.

    Best advice yet. A dealer makes $30-$40 selling a new gun. You can make $100 of more on a used. In the last 2 years I have bought 25-30 guns, ALL used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    Your friend needs to go around to other local and area gun shops, or send you. Look at what others carry and price out. talk to shop owners off the cuff about what sells more..... in a social rather than info gathering manner. Quiz people at the local range on what they wish the local shops carried. Really research it. Then come out with what people want and are buying for better prices. Create a business model and plan.... expand slowly. Good luck.

    Research things like this:

    Top Selling Handguns | The Shooter's Log

    and this:

    Bud’s Top Selling Guns for 2011 | The Truth About Guns

    I personally hate taurus and hi-point but if they sell.... it's business.

    95% of the guns mentioned on these two lists are not even worthy of shelf space in my safes! LOL
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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.

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    CZ P01 for sure.
    Unfortunately not enough stores have those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    95% of the guns mentioned on these two lists are not even worthy of shelf space in my safes! LOL
    If I was running a business and 90% of the customers wanted these and the other 10% felt as you and I do, I would cater to the numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dripster View Post
    I need some help here guys. A friend of mine opened a gun store that now sells pistols. He is looking for a list of the top 40 guns he should stock up his shelves with.

    glock 19
    glock 23
    kimber ?

    Seriously ??
    If I was opening a gun shop Id already know whats hot and whats not...... Cheap guns sell like hotcakes

    Its also market driven , what is a big seller here may not be in your neck of the woods
    A no matter what business you open always have a biz plan
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    This has to be driven by the market in which the shop resides. Period.

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    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..

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    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..
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    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.

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    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.
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    The Ruger 1911 is hot right now, so is the Ruger SR-22, Ruger SR9 SR9C SR40 SR40C
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