You know, how DO they decide...
I was just reading a thread on THR where I wondered why Ruger doesn't make a 5 shot capacity GP-100 in a .44 chambering. It seems completely feasible and they'd sell tons of them.
I like my XD but the fact that you can't get it in .45 ACP is a bummer. Glock started with a 9x19 chambering and managed to make a .45 ACP so logically Springfield can too.
Then I began to think... how DO gun companies decide what to make? There's all sorts of stuff I wish existed that could realistically be made, but it isn't.
I'm not talking about weird stuff that would be unpopular either, just things that really would sell should come in a slightly different configuration, like a 686 with a 3 inch barrel.
You think the gun companies would pick up on this stuff. I hate to draw a parrallel, but the president of Spyderco knives, Sal Glesser, posts on several internet forums and actually makes things his customers want and when they come to fruition, the first run of 500 units or so invariably sells out.
But when's the last time you saw someone from a gun company come out and do something like that?