Expert Reveals 3 Areas To Watch For This Year
Last year sure did see a rising trend in gun sales, so it begs the question: what are the gun trends we’ll see in 2021?
While the rise in sales last year wasn’t specific to a particular niche, type of gun, or demographic, this year might change that up a little bit.
In my 15+ years of gun ownership, I’ve been watching gun trends fluctuate based on things like economic unrest, and this is one of the most interesting situations I’ve ever encountered. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a problem finding ammo, even for some of the most common cartridges.
It’s incredibly important, gun owners, that you pay attention to these rising trends in an effort to stay ahead of them, especially if you want to ensure that you make it to the purchasing counter before all of the others.
People Want Customization
As evidenced by so many custom online subscriptions, the main desire of consumers these days is to make something their own. They want to be able to tailor something to their specific needs rather than buying something off the shelf.
It used to be that this was something only experienced gun owners wanted, but not anymore. Even first time gun owners are personalizing their firearms. While they may only be adding a custom vinyl skin, they want it to look different than everyone else’s.
It’s no longer a factory firearm, it allows them to take more ownership over the piece, and depending on the customization, can make it shoot much better. It may transform the firearm into a completely different experience.
Optics Are The Accessory of Choice
Optics have always been popular, but even smaller carry guns are being outfitted with optics these days, especially red dot optics.
It used to be that optics were designed for full sized platforms or service pistols, and while this trend certainly continues, we will see an uptake in people who purchase optics for smaller guns.
For instance, the Shield RMS Optic Cut mounts directly to the Sig Sauer P365 slide. The new Smith & Wesson M&P pistols are optics ready, and more gun manufacturers are going to be moving this way.
Optics manufacturers will continue to release new designs for the niche market. There are many more savvy brands than there used to be. There’s also a lot more excitement and media hype surrounding these niches.
There’s been a huge surge in popularity of trendy (read: niche) brands like the Boberg, DWX, Maxim, and FN. And that brings me to my final point, which is…
Obscure Firearms Are Here to Stay
Last year saw the stores selling out of everything. The first things to go were certainly the things that people had heard of before. But when that was gone, people had no choice but to buy what was left.
These were the brands that were lesser known and perhaps a bit more obscure. But that was fine for anyone who wanted a self-defense firearm at all costs. They took what they could get, and many of them ended up loving it.
Most stores continue to have a limited selection, long wait lists, and backorders for the most popular items as well as ammunition.
For gun owners who have their basic gun needs satisfied, they’re beginning to explore other brands and other eccentric items. Many people are taking this opportunity to work the dropping prices in their favor.
Whether you’re looking for your first firearm and the niche brand is all you can find or you’re an experienced owner looking for the rare find you’ve always wanted, 2021 may be your year.
Newer gun owners aren’t satisfied with something basic, while experienced owners don’t need something else plain or basic. Most customization is on the horizon for pretty much everyone, so firearms that are highly customizable will be a fantastic investment.
With customizations galore, optics will be one of the most popular accessories, and a rapidly growing trend this year, as well as niche firearms that are either rare or obscure, mostly because no one wants “just another gun” anymore.
About The Author – Brady is the owner of GunMade.com. He is from Omaha, Nebraska and has been an avid gun enthusiast ever since he moved to the Midwest over 15 years ago. It’s his passion to share his knowledge and expertise whether he is writing about purchasing your first firearm, shooting at the range, hunting, or any other related sports.
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