Market Trends: “Zombie Special” Shotguns Popular in Fresno

Remington 870 Epress Tactical ShotgunJohn LewisHerb Bauer Sporting Goods, Fresno, Calif.

Taking a nod from the current zombie craze, the gun department at Herb Bauer got creative recently and has tricked out a number of guns.

The retailer had modified Mossberg 500 Persuader and Remington 870 Express self-defense shotguns with Mesa Tactical six-position stocks and alloy side-saddle shell holders.

With an EOTech or Surefire tactical light, these “Zombie Specials” became a top seller, and go for $849, says gun manager John Lewis.

Rimfire shooters like the Browning Maple stock T-bolt, especially the 17HMR model (the rifle’s also offered in 22LR and 22Mag), at $789. The new Ruger American rimfire rifle in 22LR and 22Mag is also moving well, as are the new camouflage Ruger 10/22 takedown rifles

Local deer hunters who hunt in California’s lead-free condor zone have been buying up Corbon 30-30 DPX ammunition. Made with solid copper bullets, a 20-round box of the DPX goes for $49.95.

Editor’s note, this brief originally appeared in the Dec. 16, 2013 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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