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Top Firearm Brands

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Top Firearm Brands

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

While "news" reports are often filled with studies of top brands for consumer items from soft drinks to cars to computer gear, firearms are virtually never covered as a financial matter. This despite the fact that the shooting sports, a term you just don't see in the "news" is the #2 participant sport in the nation (behind exercise equipment and ahead of golf -- a sport you see covered to excess).

Southwick Associates has completed an extensive survey of the top brands in the shooting sports. It is part of a 238-page report that received so much coverage you have never even heard of it. Are you using the top brands? Here they are:

Top rifle brand: Remington (17.5% of all purchases)
Top shotgun brand: Remington & Mossberg (virtual tie with 21.5% of all purchases)
Top muzzleloader brand: Thompson Center (31.9% of all purchases)
Top handgun brand: Sturm Ruger (16.7% of all purchases)
Top scope for firearms: Bushnell (17.1% of all purchases)
Top rifle ammunition brand: Remington (25.3% of all purchases)
Top shotgun ammunition brand: Winchester (31.9% of all purchases)
Top handgun ammunition brand: Winchester (22.0% of all purchases)
Top blackpowder brand: Pyrodex (38.7% of all purchases)
Top balls, bullets, or shot brand: Hornady (28.4% of all purchases)
Top reloading bullet brand: Hornady (31.7% of all purchases)
Top reloading primer brand: CCI (38.2% of all purchases)
Top reloading powder brand: Hodgdon (37.8% of all purchases)
Top binocular brand: Bushnell (33.6% of all purchases)
Top holster brand: Uncle Mikes (19.0% of all purchases)
Top knife brand: Gerber (15.0% of all purchases)

The shooting sports are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy, but you wouldn't know it if you follow lamestream reports. Archery and hunting gear are also covered, see for yourself:
http://southwickassociates.com/node/10972

Comments

GregJ

Alan:

Selling firearms to folks who sell them to the drug cartels in Mexico has also been a significant contributor the AZ economy. That is not something I am proud of. It has not made us safer in Arizona and it certainly has not helped with the goal of encouraging illegal immigrants to go home (would you want to live in that increasingly dangerous and lawless environment?) You don't want to delve into the statistics on how many guns confiscated from drug cartel busts in Mexico can be traced to US or AZ gunsellers and the industry has fought like hell to keep that data from even being collected. So the fact that gun sales are helping some people's pocketbooks is not a real persuasive argument for me. Not to mention, gun sales have increased recently as a result of hysteria whipped up by gun industry folks like you scaring people into thinking they should rush out and by Glock 9s and high capacity magazines before they are declared illegal and before that, by exhortations that Obama would outlaw all kinds of guns if he was elected. In both instances, the gullible suckers rushed out and stocked up and that sure helped the economy (of gunshops at least). If you want to pretend to be honest about impact of gun sales on the economy, you shouldn't ignore the effect of scare tactics in influencing spikes in sales.

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