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Is there a poll somewhere here on what people carry? (I saw the 'what do you carry thread' but it would take forever to go through that.)

Alternatively, is there hard data on the sales of the top 100 selling guns?

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Well... we're not going to make it easy for you, but if you use our search function I think you can find a poll from about 5 years ago. Just use the "single search" option.
 

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I did a search for that poll. Couldn't find it.

I think it's impossible to know with the data generally available. Although a poll here would provide great data points, the folks here tend to be "gun fanciers" (myself included). There are supposedly about 13 million CC permit holders and even more OC'ers out there and only a small fraction are on this site.

Market data doesn't tell the whole story either, because there are a lot of guns out there being carried that people have had for a while that would not show up. Lists from "gun experts" seem to be really bad. I saw one that included the Boberg as one of the most popular CC handguns. That's BS on the face of it.

I do tend to like solid market data even through it's imperfect. It at least tells us what people are buying now. A YouTube video, linked below shows the models of guns ordered for Alien Gear holsters, along with the percentages of total orders. It adds up to 97%, so I guess the remaining 3% are "all other." One thing that skews this list is it doesn't fully represent pocket carry, because Alien Gear is not big into that.

They are:
  1. G19/23 - 23%
  2. Shield - 23%
  3. G26/27 - 12%
  4. XDS - 12%
  5. G17/22 - 7%
  6. G42 - 5%
  7. XD Mod.2 SC - 4%
  8. SR9/40 - 4%
  9. XD SC - 4%
  10. XD - 3%
Also, Gun Broker keeps a running list of their top sellers, linked below. They are, for YTD 2016:

New Semi Auto Pistols
1 Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
2 Ruger LCP
3 Springfield XD-S (trending up)
4 Sig Sauer P938
5 Glock G19 (trending down)

Used Semi Auto Firearms (all trending up)
1 Browning Hi-Power
2 Glock G22
3 Sig Sauer P226
4 Sig Sauer P229
5 Walther PPK

In the revolver category, the top- selling CC guns seem to include: the Taurus 85 and the LCR

Again, these are not perfect lists to answer the OP's question, but I like they are at least based on real, timely data.

Just MHO, but I would think the true list would have to include:
  • J frames
  • 1911's of different brands
  • Kahrs
  • Ruger LC's
  • Kel-Tecs
  • Probably some others I haven't thought of
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sIC5Gu7UjE

Top 5 Best Sellers - Gun List
 

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You may be able to narrow down with a list of carry weapons, but its still the hands on that you need to do. I started by asking question at the local gun shop, shooting ranges, etc. Fire every weapon you can before making that choice. Glock is not always the answer, seeing above it looks like its falling behind.
 

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Why not start a poll?
 
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If I get a HUNDRED guesses? That outta' cover just about ALL the "*good" ones...
(*and even a Taurus or two). :rofl:
 

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Check with your local gun stores and see what's in demand.
 

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Check with your local gun stores and see what's in demand.
Odds are, your LGS is gonna' double-pinkie-swear that the guns MOST in demand are preCISELY the same ones that...they have in stock! :biggrin2:
 

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What the heck does it matter what is carried the most . The older handgun designs sell the most and make a list because of that ??? .

Using the market data or gun brokers list above I don't even own a handgun on ether list . Find what fits your needs and that you like . Market data will tell you your the number one auto maker and ford will say there the number one truck in the usa . I buy Honda and chevy !!
 

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It's got to be a new record very first post is from a member of the church of Glock. Actually I have no doubt that Glock is among the top selling handguns . After all it is the "I got to have one because everybody else does " handgun to have.
This ^ LOL :smile:
 

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Just buy the Shield and be done with it. :smile:
 

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Check with your local gun stores and see what's in demand.
My local Cabelas is selling Glock 43's as fast as they can get them in.
They got two in a couple of weeks ago that were pre sold to a waiting list the same day they received them.
 

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From 2012:

HANDGUN PRODUCTION BY U.S. MANUFACTURERS 2012
MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 865,671 865,671 1,117,611
Smith & Wesson 606,082 216,150 822,232
SIG SAUER 532,575 532,575
Beretta USA 140,670 140,670
Glock 131,550 131,550
Burbak Machine 129,984 129,984
Kimber Mfg. 120,152 120,152
Taurus Intl. 92,074 92,074
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 89,847 89,847
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 82,700 82,700
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 78,074 78,074
Saeilo Inc. 65,427 65,427
FN Mfg. 56,158 56,158
North American Arms 588 54,511 55,099
Colt’s Mfg. 52,180 1,553 53,944
Jimenez Arms 52,742 52,742
Remington Arms Co. 51,633 51,633
Springfield Armory 49,525 49,525
Arms Technology 48,887 48,887
Cobra Ent. Of Utah 46,307 68 46,988
Charco 2000 36,992 36,992
Nationwide Precision 33,051 33,051
Chiappa Firearms 15,303 14,136 29,439
Haskell Mfg. 29,400 29,400
Iberia Firearms 24,100 24,100
Phoenix Arms 22,000 22,000
SCCY Industries 21,902 21,902
Diamondback Firearms 19,532 19,532
Bond Arms 15,042 15,042
Hi Tech Plastics 14,749 14,749
I.O. Inc. 13,249 13,249
PARA USA 12,621 12,621
Magnum Research 6,959 972 7,931
STI Intl. 4,978 4,978
Heckler & Koch 4,573 4,573
MasterPiece Arms Holding 4,353 4,353
CZ-USA 3,530 763 3,603
Wilson’s Gun Shop 3,130 3,130
Les Baer Custom 2,880 2,880
Ed Brown Products 2,758 2,758
Nighthawk Custom 2,650 2,650
Roe Corporation 2,404 2,404
VLH 2,211 2,211
Leinad 2,100 2,100
Century Arms 2,060 2,060
Caspian Arms 2,023 2,023
CDQ Solutions 2,012 2,012
FMK Firearms 1,871 1,871
Rock River Arms 1,500 1,500
L.W. Seecamp Co. 1,282 1,282
Colt Defense 1,211 1,211
Excel Industries 944 944
Lucid Mfg. 853 853
Foster Industries 683 683
Coonan Inc. 637 637
Keystone Sporting Arms 512 512
Rohrbaugh Firearms 416 416
Velocity 405 405
Freedom Arms 404 404
Excel Manufacturing 347 347
Olympic Arms 277 277
LWRC Intl. 277 277
Total 3,484,035 667,259 4,151,294
 
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