Big Demand for J-Frame Revolvers

J-frame revolvers make practical and effective concealed carry handguns.

J-frame revolvers make practical and effective concealed carry handguns.

Glenn DuncanDuncan’s Outdoor Shop, Bay City, Mich.

The biggest customer need here is for new, small carry revolvers, says owner Glenn Duncan. Top of their wish list are Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolvers, especially the Model 442. He can’t get enough 442s to satisfy demand, though S&W’s new Bodyguard 38 revolver and Bodyguard 380 semi-automatic are taking up much of the slack.

“We still have a number of the higher-end AR’s on backorder, and the demand’s there,” he says. “But the $1,000 and under AR’s? The pipeline’s pretty much filled up with those; sales are good, but down considerably from earlier this year.”

.22 LR rimfire ammunition is still tough to get, and the store limits customers to 100 rounds per day (50 rounds for all other calibers). They’ve kept their standard profit margins on ammo, Duncan notes, but his prices keep going up. “Federal .22 rimfire just went up 12 percent my cost, so we had to adjust accordingly.”

Editors note, this article appeared in the Oct. 21, 2013 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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