Publicly traded gun companies Smith & Wesson and Ruger declined to comment on their top-selling models, noting they were in their quiet period, making them subject to SEC restrictions on public statements. But both booths had several smaller pistols on display as well. (Sig Sauer could not be reached for comment.)
While this surge in demand for guns is unprecedented, there are, so far, no known shortages in either firearms or ammunition. And while previous periods of increased firearms purchases have come when augmented government regulation was discussed, this time around the buyers seem less afraid that federal officials are coming for their guns, and more concerned about recent events.
"Executive action is not going to have a lot of effect, unless there's congressional action to back it up," says Radecki. "What our customers are telling us is they're concerned about personal security after the acts of terrorism we've seen over the past year [such as the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino]."
Guns are big business in America. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the $6.6 billion firearms industry is benefiting from increased diversity, as minority populations in the U.S, particularly the Hispanic population, have shown an increased interest in the field.