Top 5 Best-Selling Guns – According to has released their best-sellers list, outlining the top 5 best-sellers for various categories of guns. Categories include both new and used and range from semi-auto pistols to revolvers to O/U shotguns and bolt-action rifles. There are a few surprises in there, like the Taurus PT111 being their number one best-seller in the new semi-auto pistol category, and some you’d expect, such as the Colt 1911 making first place for used semi-auto pistols. Remington makes a solid showing with the Remington 700 topping both new and used bolt-action sales and grabbing four of the five slots for pump-action rifles.

A few of the favorites:


Taurus PT111,’s top-selling new semi-auto pistol


Remington 700,'s top-selling new and used bolt-action rifle

Remington 700,’s top-selling new and used bolt-action rifle


Mossberg 500 (top),'s top-selling used pump-action shotgun. the 590 is in 4th place for new pump-action shotgun sales.

Mossberg 500 (top),’s top-selling used pump-action shotgun. the 590 is in 4th place for new pump-action shotgun sales.

Take a look at the full list at It’s an interesting look at current firearms sales trends. What do you guys expect to see?

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  • Nicks87

    My first pistol was a used 1911 too. Wont make that mistake again.

    • Bob

      Why is that?

      I have a used Colt A1 that works well enough. (Misbehaves if I fire more than 150 or so rounds without cleaning, but until then it runs fine.)

      • imachinegunstuff

        Well a 150 rounds is not a very high thresh hold before it gets finnicky. I have a CZ 75 as a knock around gun, and its never ever been cleaned, and it functions wonderfully.

    • tazman66gt

      which mistake, buying used or buying a 1911? #1 reason I won’t buy used is I don’t want to buy someone elses problems.

      • iksnilol

        Buying used is also a nice way to get something that works.

        • UCSPanther

          My brother bought a TOZ .22 (Don’t remember what model) rifle on the used market some years back. It was hardly used and in excellent condition.

          Those Russian .22s are not the smoothest actions, but the accuracy is quite amazing.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, the Russians can make accurate guns. People are always surprised when you say that.

            I’ve always wanted one of their biathlon rifles. Expensive, though much cheaper than the German rifles.

      • Don

        Why not buy used? It gives you the opportunity to buy cheaper and its easy to fix most problems any firearm has, if it has any. I know a lot of the used firearms I find out there are either being sold because someone is in dire need of cash or they bought something before they tried it out and it was either too much gun for them or it wasn’t what they thought it would be.

  • Sulaco

    Smith and Wesson Shields in 9mm and 18″ 870’s are what go out the door at my shop A LOT.

    • sean

      The Glock 20 has been our number one selling gun for over three years now.

  • Don Ward

    The Colt Python being the top “Used Revolver” speaks to how pop culture effects gun sales; in this case the Walking Dead.

    • iksnilol

      Maybe it’s just a decent piece?

      • Don Ward

        Pythons are great guns. But that ain’t the reason why they’re selling for $1,500 to $3,000 and upwards.

        • iksnilol

          That’s an okay price IMO, 1000-2000 USD. Though you have to factor in the rarity of each model. Some barrel lengths and finishes are more common than others.

        • **butthurt S&W guy**
          NUH-UH! Pythons go out of time after you fire a box of .38 special +P through them. Also they aren’t as good as my 686 because reasons.

          • Devil_Doc

            My Taurus is better anyway, and cost a lot less..

          • Pythons are great, but replacing the wear parts is getting tough these days.

        • I feel as if they’re ‘investment’ pieces now. Any truth?

    • SP mclaughlin

      What other revolver can be fired straight whilst pointed at a downward angle?

    • TomOakheart

      revolvers? I’ll stick with my cool VP9 safe queen.

      • I’ll stick with my new 1911. Tested it out yesterday with a live round and it works great.

  • Wow, I am very surprised that S&W outsold Glock.

    • iksnilol



    • Don

      I bet its because of the price point of each. I know a lot of guys near me have been buying M&P’s just for that reason.

      • It’s not that hard to find Glock factory magazines for $20. The Magpul magazines are like $16, right? Korean magazines are around $10, maybe less; $20 for the 33rd mags.

        M&P mags – $30, maybe $27 or $25, if you can find a sale.

        What you might save on the pistol, you may end up spending on magazines. And since S&W has not made all parts available as spares, a spare pistol would be good to have. I couldn’t get an extractor, when my M&P Pro was flinging brass at my head, so I had to send it in, and was without it for almost a month.

        • Don

          Yeah, that’s never a good thing. But on the other hand, the more of them that are sold usually means aftermarket parts soon follow. Quantico Tactical sells them for $19 each.

        • Core

          But it would still be a Glock..

  • DIR911911 .

    in one post we get a word for word transcript of the video posted and then here we basically get a link to click to get the info.

    • Don

      This article must be for those with short attention spans 🙂 🙂

  • Daniel

    Does anyone have any info on top selling guns of all time? Just commercially sold guns. No military or surplus arms. I was having a conversation with an FFL buddy about the venerable 870 and we figured it would have to be on the list.

    • Don Ward

      My bet is on the venerable Winchester 94.

    • floppyscience

      I’ve always heard the Remington 870, Rem 700, Marlin 60, Marlin 336, Ruger 10/22, Glock 19, and S&W .38 Spc J-frame. Sounds about right to be.

    • Don

      According to Wikipedia “the 870 holds the record for best-selling shotgun in history.” The site got their quote from “Harold Murtz. Gun Digest Treasury (DBI Books, 1994), p.193”. So I think you are right about it being on the top list.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Wikipedia lists sales. Among all time, ak, sks,mosin, ruger 10/22, marlin 60, remmy 700, marlin 336, 1911, winny 70, remmy 870, mossberg 500, winny 94

  • Daniel

    I have a minor issue with their used gun section. How in the world was the Glock 17L on the list of best sellers? I don’t doubt that everyone made sold but they were made in small quantities and I’d bet only a fraction of those were sold secondhand/used. I doubt there were enough new ones made to even Crack the top 20 “used” firearms if everyone was sold as used.

    • Nicks87

      I think people buy them for the cool/rare factor and then realize how incredibly long a 6″ barrel is, then sell them because they are really only good for target shooting and showing off to your friends.

    • Ben

      The metric they use won’t be based on number sold.It’s probably a combination of a number of factors such as:
      Does every listed gun of this model sold sell by buynow?
      Does every listed gun of this model sold meet it’s reserve price?

      How much is there reserve surpassed?

      As Glock 17Ls will sell reliably, meet the reserve and probably surpass it significantly, they would do very well on this metric. It’s to Gunbroker’s benefit that guns sell (for as much as possible) as that’s where they make their money; advertising guns which sell well motivates sellers/FFL to list more of these guns. This is especially important for low level dealers as it advises them what to invest in, so they’re not stuck with stock that won’t move.

      • Don

        Their site said they put their lists together on the “quantity sold”. It’s a culmination of their monthly “Top 5” lists.

  • imachinegunstuff

    Wow, two top selling guns have been the victims of recall, amazing.

  • Parnell

    It could be a price thing. After all, the Taurus outsold them both.

  • John

    These stats change from month to month year to year. They change from state to state as well. It is fun to see whats “hot” in the market right now. I try not to follow trends, I do my research and buy based on that.

    • Don

      The sad part is that the “popularity” of firearms, a lot of the time, is based on the cost of the firearms. I know of a lot of people here in Knoxville buy solely on price, they don’t care if the firearm has a good rep or not. But I’m with you, it is interesting to see what is going out the doors.

      • John

        I have seen up upsurge in people saying the HiPoint is a fabulous gun for the money. I have two friends that own them…they ARE fabulous…for hammering nails with the handle, other that that, not so much.

        • I very much enjoy my 995 with ATI stock. Would buy it again, too.

        • Rick

          I’ve got two of their .45 ACP pistols and one of their .45 ACP carbines, and I can tell you that not only are they fun to shoot, but I’ve never had a failure to feed or fire with any of them. The three of them all together cost less then either one of my Colt Combat Commanders or any .45 ACP carbine I’ve seen, even on sale. They’re not very concealable, but inexpensive enough to keep scattered about the house so that I’m never far from a defense firearm. For the price point, I just had to try a pistol, and I liked the “power too”l feel of it so much, I bought the others. So far, people with no preconceived notions have always enjoyed shooting them.

          Food for thought.

  • notalima

    Do you suppose ‘Colt AR-15’ was a lumped-in category for all AR clones? I ask because the M&P15 had its own line item. Or are real ‘colts’ actually that popular?

    • ARCNA442

      That would make sense given that they listed the LE6920 separately..

    • roguetechie

      I tend to think it’s a generic AR category, especially since far more of the gun people I know specifically refuse to buy colts. As gun people we’ve all been praying for it to hit the skids hard enough to see Colt’s tooling and IP up on the auction block in a receivership auction. At least then maybe we’d see people get hold of all the cool project information colt dropped the ball on.
      *fantasizes about a cross between M231 & colt SCW with the striker heavy barrel and ATF approved closed bolt only striker*
      I’d be totally Dow to buy a scamp or three and at least one IMP in 221 & 300 blk’s great grand daddy round… Hell I’d buy two apiece in Johnson spitfire / 30 carbine.

  • UCSPanther

    For semi-auto rifles, the M&P 15, the Ruger Mini 14 and the 10/22 are in the top categories, while in pump action shotguns, the Mossberg M500 and Remington 870 dominate just below the Kel Tec KSG.

    Price and perceived practicality will play a major role in how common a firearm becomes. That is why you will see way more Ruger Mini 14s than say, SIG 540s…

  • Paul White

    Kind of hurts seeing the Judge in the top 5 revolvers. So many better revolvers

    • imachinegunstuff

      It kind of makes sense though. These days revolvers are mostly fun guns, with some CCW holdovers, and as a carry or fighting gun the Judge sucks, but it is fun to shoot.

  • john huscio

    Taurus? Obviously reliability and build quality isn’t something that’s taken into consideration with these purchases…

  • Sianmink

    People unloading PT111s because of recall maybe?

    • people also probably buying them because they are cheap now because of that

  • InfiniteGrim

    For the “used” guns… I wouldn’t necessarily want to be in the top sales… Just means that they are popular,but dont hold up to the hype. In other words, once people own them… they would rather have the cash or something else…

    You could also say that maybe these guns have gone up in value over the years, like the Python. But again to the people who have owned it, they are not worth the market price.

  • Cal.Bar

    Looks like the CHEAPEST (or closest to cheapest) gun in every category is the best selling

  • There may be some errors in the way that list was auto-generated. How in the hell can a Browning BAR be in the top five of semi-auto used rifles sold??

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the Browning Automatic Rifle, but I’ll be astonished if folk are all running out to get NFA tax stamps and buying them in droves.

    Bah, just now realizing folk are likely buying the simple Bar Hunting rifles. Not nearly as fun. Here I was thinking that there was a run on Title-II WWII squad automatic rifles at the moment. ;-D

    • jcitizen

      There are plenty of semi-auto BARs out there, That retrofit is pretty common, even if it is expensive.

  • bruce Cambell

    Taurus PT111, Had one.. shot it once and put it up for sale. I wonder how many of the top 5 get sold over and over every few months because they have issues like jams, inaccuracy, trigger pull etc.

  • CavScout

    Hmmm, Colt and S&W AR’s outselling the others, Mossberg outselling Remington for pump actions and even new autoloaders, S&W M&P’s outselling Glocks, and Rem 700 SPS outselling Savage Axis’s, and Rem 700s outselling Ruger Americans???? It’s like this country, overall, is actually willing to spend the money to get something decent! You wouldn’t know it from spending 5 minutes on Arfcom. Also, the old choices of the past ages like the Glocks and Rem 870’s are going away slowly.

  • Realist

    I have a pre-1911A1 Colt in mint condition; just need the correct wood grips. The ones appearing in the pic above run about $300+; apparently the double “Diamond” wood grips are reaching Unicorn status.

    Backstory: I traded two cans of M855 on stripper clips (420 rd. can) for this pistol.