Top Selling Guns of a Record-Breaking June 2020

What guns sell? 

Seriously it’s a question everyone involved in the firearms market has to ask from the guys making them, to the guys selling them. What sells is the base point for any future development of firearms. 

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So may ARs

Well, one website that sells massive amounts of firearms can give us a little look at what sells. 

Who, you may ask? 

Gunbroker, of course. 

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Gunbroker isn’t a retailer, but a website that connects buyers and sellers of guns, gun accessories, ammo, and everything else.

It’s basically eBay for guns, and they connect individual sellers, collectors, and their most prominent sellers are FFLs who want to skip past their own website and sell over a website that already has millions as a built-in audience. 

Gunbroker keeps a running tab of what guns move and how well they do. They release a report monthly that tells the Top Selling guns of that month broken down by category of weapon type. 

What makes this month so special? Why are we doing an entire article on it? Well, June broke records.

Finish Line
Smashing those sales records!

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June Smashes Records

March saw a record-breaking 3.7 million background checks using NICS. March broke records and set a high bar for single month NICS checks. May was a good month but didn’t break the record. 

June was a completely different story. June smashed records with 3.9 million background checks.

Skyrocket graph
Sales were skyrocketing!

I’m friends with the owner of my local gun store, and in the first week of June, he told me, with a sense of exhaustion, that he’d sold more guns in the first week of June than the rest of the entire year. 

It’s important to understand that 3.9 million NICS checks don’t mean that 3.9 million guns were sold. In actuality, there were way more guns sold than that. You see, you can buy multiple guns with a single NICS check. 

Wonder how many lists John was on...
People be out here, shoppin’ like John Wick.

Also, 25 states allow gun buyers to skip the NICS check if they have a concealed carry permit. People who have carry permits generally like guns, and I wouldn’t be surprised that permit holders are buying guns just like everyone else. 

I did my part with a few new guns, and I’m happy to be part of that 3.9 million NICS checks. 

What Sells? 

This brings us to the big question. What’s selling? Well, using Gunbroker’s list, we are highlighting the top gun from every category. 

Pawn Stars Meme
Selling used guns after all these first time gun owners unload the ones they bought in June.

Gunbroker releases the top five selling guns in each category, and because I get a fair amount of creative freedom, I’ll also be randomly mentioning other guns on the Top 5 list released by Gunbroker. 

Best-Selling Guns of June 2020

Semi-Auto Handguns: Glock 19

The Glock 19 might be the best selling gun ever. Gaston Glock will live a good life full of young Austrian broads, yachts, and vacations because of the Glock 19. This 9mm Glock has been a favorite since it’s inception. 

The Glock 19 is the compact version of the Glock 17. (Pictured: Custom Axelson Tactical Axe 19)
The Glock 19 is the compact version of the Glock 17. (Pictured: Custom Axelson Tactical Axe 19)

It’s a flagship compact firearm that ticked all the right boxes. Way back when the Glock 19 premiered, there were plenty of compact handguns… well, not really. 

You were isolated to compact variants of all metal guns, and snub nose revolvers with a few blowback-operated 380s of questionable repute along the way (Except Walther, they are great). 

Coming onto the scene, the Glock 19 offered seemingly everything–a compact and lightweight automatic handgun with excellent size to comfort ratio.

The polymer frame cut weight, and you got 15 rounds of 9mm. As Glocks got more popular, the aftermarket exploded. 

Glock 19 and 17 gen 5 MOS
Concealed or duty carry, the G19 MOS (left) and G17 MOS (right) have you covered.

The gun’s size, the aftermarket, and the gun’s reliability have kept the Glock 19 at the top of the charts. The Glock 19 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon from the top of the charts. 

Notable Mentions: Both the Springfield Hellcat and the SIG P365 are on the list with the Hellcat edging out the P365 on the list. 

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at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Revolvers: Colt Python

The Colt Python has a thunderous return to service, and its return was complemented by SHOT 2020. Let’s be real here–the Python was a revolver we’ve all wanted.

Python head to head
A pair of Colt Pythons. (From the collection of Diane Walls.)

Colt’s awesome Python revolver had been out of production for a very long time, and its desirability increased enough to allow plenty of boomers to retire on their Colt collections. 

There have been a few comeback issues, but it seems like Colt figured it out and is now producing the guns we all wanted. In a day and age where the automatic handgun rules, the revolver retains some style.

The Colt Python, in general, is a stylish weapon. 

Python and Kat
Loving some Colt Python trigger time.

I get why it’s topping the sales charts, especially if Colt is making enough of them to actually sell. People have been clamoring for a Colt Python for a very long time, and that demand is reflected in their Gunbroker prices.

2000
at Guns.com

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Python has an MSRP of around 1,500 bucks, but they are selling for well above that at the moment.

Currently, the Colt Python is coming in the Rick Grimes style 6-inch barrel variants and the more compact 4.25-inch barrel models. The Python is an old gun that breathed new life into the modern six-gun. 

Rick Grimes Colt Python
Neither man nor zombie stands a chance!

Notable Mentions: The Taurus Judge is on this freakin’ list. It’s fifth place, but still! 

500
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Who is buying the Taurus Judge still? Is it 2010? 

Semi-Auto Rifles: S&W M&P 15

There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that an AR-15 would be at the top of this list. The AR-15 is America’s favorite rifle, it’s the most modular rifle, of the easiest to use rifles, and one of the most available. 

Ken Collection of AR-15s
Ken’s Collection of AR-15s

The Smith and Wesson M&P 15 happens to be one of the most mass-produced rifles on the market. The list doesn’t distinguish which model or if a particular model was sold, so I’d say you can safely assume this was an amalgamation of every model. 

Smith and Wesson’s M&P 15 series is an extensive line, and it’s complete with duty-grade Tactical models, beginner-friendly Sport models, and the rimfire M&P 15-22

S&W M&P Sport II Branding
S&W M&P Sport II Branding

In general, the M&P 15 rifles are sweet AR-15s that excel in the basics of being good guns.

The M&P 15 series can range in price from 450 bucks to 1,500 depending on which model you choose. This gives everyone at every budget option a choice. 

380
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

A lot of people buying guns are new gun owners, and the M&P 15 makes a lot of sense with new gun owners. Even non-gun owners are familiar with Smith and Wesson, and the brand likely carries some trust with it.

Plus, they are affordable and absolutely everywhere. 

S&W M&P Sport II smoky
S&W M&P Sport II–Smokin’ Hot!

Notable Mentions: The SUB 2000 from KelTec is the only non-AR on the list. It is one of my favorite PCCs–cheap, takes Glock mags (among others), and can even fold in half! There’s a lot of reasons to love it. 

MCARBO Stock on KT Sub-2000
MCARBO Stock on KT Sub-2000

I see why it works and why people are buying it. It’s cheap to shoot, fun, and, most importantly, it’s not an AR. 

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350
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Bolt Action Rifles: Remington 700 

The Remington 700 is the old standard for bolt action rifles. It’s been a deer slayer’s best friend and serves as a sniper rifle for various police and military agencies.

Hog Hunting Rifles Remington 700
Hog Hunting Rifles Remington 700

In particular, the USMC used the Remington 700 based rifles for decades. 

The Remington 700 comes in every caliber you could ever want and in both long and short actions. It’s also available in numerous configurations with lots and lots of aftermarket support.

Best Beginner Bolt Action Rifle
650
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

This Remington flagship firearm will stick around for some time to come. 

I’d imagine most new gun owners are not buying bolt action rifles. That’s likely the reason why the pricier than average Remington 700 rules the roost. The Remington 700 is an accurate, well made, and a fantastic bolt gun. 

usmc remington 700
The USMC still employs a large number of Remington 700 series rifles.

I think that the Remington 700 is an awesome rifle, and it makes a lot of sense that it occupies the top spot. 

Pump Action Shotguns: Mossberg 590 

The Mossberg 590 is one of my all-time favorite shotguns, at least as far as pump actions go.

Mossberg Retro Shotguns 590 on a stump
Mossberg Retro Shotguns 590 on a stump

Honestly, it’s no surprise that the Mossberg 590 makes the list as its likely a favorite for both experienced and new gun owners. It’s a tactical shotgun series that comes in various configurations and different price points–enough so that you can find a model that fits your needs.

Mossberg 590
Mossberg 590

If you can’t, you can always make one that fits. The 590 series if incredibly customizable and the gun can be made into just about anything you want it to be. 

Best Pump Shotgun
520
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The 590 series is a favorite of the United States military and is their go-to pump action of choice since it’s a well-proven platform that can take a ton of abuse before it taps out. The Mossberg 590 is a powerful weapon with a long history of success. 

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600
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you wanted to know which shotguns were American classics, the 590 and Remington 870 are it, and the 870 came in a close second. 

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Remington 870 Tac-14
355
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Notable Mentions: KelTec got two shotguns on the list between the KSG and KS7. I’m a fan of the KS7, and I’m glad to see it’s getting some love. The Mossberg 500 even made the list. 

Editor's Pick Bullpup Shotgun
780
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Semi-Auto Shotguns: TS 12 Tavor 

The TS 12 shotgun is probably one of the most innovative shotgun designs to ever grace the market. It holds 15 rounds, has three alternating tubes, and allows you to maintain all your tube-fed shotgun skills with a high capacity shotgun. 

IWI Shotgun
The Tavor TS12 is going to be a strong competitor to the Kel-Tec KSG.

It’s a cute lil bullpup, but the forward-positioned magazine tubes remove the issue with reloading a bullpup shotgun. Recoil is nil, and the gun is easy to control. 

Tavor Shotgun whole shotty
Tavor Shotgun whole shotty

The TS 12 isn’t a cheap gun by any means, and that makes it a surprising number one for top-selling semi-auto shotguns. What it does do, however, is give gun owners something no other shotgun ever has, and that’s a high capacity design not reliant on magazines or silly loading schemes. 

Tavor Shotgun shooting!
Tavor Shotgun shooting!

I can most certainly see why it’s a big hit. I personally had some bad luck with mine in the reliability department, but others have seen a lot of success with it. 

1480
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Notable Mentions: My favorite semi-auto shotgun of all time, the Benelli M4, comes in at number two in the top-selling department. I love the Benelli M4, and it’s a sweet shooter if you want a hardcore semi-auto shotgun. 

Best High-End Semi-Auto
1800
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Lever Action Rifles: Marlin 1895 

Lever guns are pretty freakin’ sweet, and between Marlin and Henry, we get lots of high-quality options that deliver that tactile thrill of working the lever.

Kat Holding Marlin .45-70
Any day running a .45-to Gov’t lever is a good day.

The Marlin 1895 is a very popular series of lever gun that’s available in various calibers. 

There is also the new Dark series, which uses some sleek dark wood, and modern appeal. The 1895 series has some serious sex appeal in any of its configurations, but the Dark series, in particular, are fabulous looking guns. 

Marlin .45-70
The Marlin Firearms Dark Series Model 1895 chambered in .45-70 Gov’t.

Admittedly lever actions likely aren’t as popular with new gun buyers as Glocks and ARs, but if you know, you know. The Marlin 1895s are sweet little lever rifles in serious calibers, well worthy of hunting any North American game. 

650
at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Also, according to Jurassic World, they work for hunting dinosaurs too. 

Lever Action Shotguns: Henry Axe 

Admittedly I’m a huge fan of the Henry Axe, but I do find it’s placement wrong on this list. It’s not a shotgun, it’s a firearm, like the Shockwave series of guns.

It’s a 410 firearm with a lever-action, and it’s one of my all-time favorite guns. So there!

I don’t necessarily have a use for it, but it’s so much fun to shoot. It’s such a blast and so ridiculously easy to handle for a PGO gun in a shotgun caliber. It’s heavy for sure, but recoil is so little that kids can shoot it. 

780
at Guns.com

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Henry Axe is also the only lever-action firearm I know of and, in general, is one of the few lever guns that use a shotgun round anyway. It’s certainly worthy of its placement on this list, and I hope it sells incredibly well. 

Notable Mentions: Henry actually owns all five spots on the lever-action shotgun list!

Kicking June’s Bum 

June was a huge month for buying and selling guns. With so many guns being sold, it’s interesting to see what’s being sold. What I want to know is that if the previous two months have impacted June’s gun sales. 

Both March, April, and May all saw a massive rise in gun sales, and I’m curious how that affected what’s available for sale today. 

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Gun people running into gun stores last month

My bet is that there will be a whole lot of guns coming up on the used market in the coming year, so if there’s something in particular you’re looking for but you can wait–you might be able to snag a deal on something that might not ever have been fired.

Personally, I bought a new lower this June, and I’m building a new AR in my quarantine blues.

So, what did you buy this June? Or what’s on your wishlist? Drop us a comment and let us know! If you want some ideas about guns that are easy to find on the used market AND hold their value well–check out the Best Value-Holding Pistols!

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14 Leave a Reply

  • Mark

    Avid Pew Pew reader, Why dont you guys do a story on why we dealers cant get parts or whole guns. Everyone I deal for is out of AR platforms unless you want a 9mm. And building a gun is out of the question because there are no parts to be found. This across the board, not just in the AR world, This is a serious issue for small shops and doesnt appear to be getting better any time soon.

    2 months ago
  • Nonya Bidness

    Way too many memes in this article.

    2 months ago
  • DvdSchleg

    Bought a Sig P365. Couldn’t be happier.

    2 months ago
  • Bull o' the Woods

    Wow! Some really odd selections here. I would take this list to mean that Gunbroker purchasers in general do not shoot much and are more interested in appearance than performance. Admittedly, I would like to have a Python but would never pay Covid prices. And the Marlin 1895? Have the buyers ever shot .45-70? Do they know how expensive the ammo is? Are they aware of Cerberus Capital Management / The Freedom Group / and Remington Outdoor Company's decimation of the Marlin brand and pending bankruptcy? And the Henry Axe? For the love of God, why? Same question for the Taurus Judge. I'm all in favor of buying guns that you think are cool for whatever reason, but buying them during a crisis period when prices are out the roof? Never! My subjective observation is that retail prices for any gun-related item, e.g., guns, holsters, AR buttstocks, ammo, triggers, pins, springs, lights, etc., have gone up 20-40% across the board since Covid hit. While I'd still like to buy some stuff, there is no way I am paying what they are asking. Gun purchases are on hold until the market normalizes, if it ever does. Sort of related question: Do you think the media spin on Mark and Patricia McCloskey would have been any different if they had been armed with, say, a lever-action rifle and a pump shotgun? Finally, a question for the Pew Pew Editors: Why has viewing of comments been blocked until users have posted?

    2 months ago
  • Kenny Nolen

    Well I just missed out on June...picked up my Springfield Armory XDM Elite Precision 9mm with (3) 22 round magazines on July 1. It's amazing though going to the range and seeing 1/2 of the inventory gone. I am just glad that my purchase was a choice to add to my collection and not a panic reaction like many.

    2 months ago
  • Steve

    This June I picked up a Henry Big Boy All Weather in 357....love it!!!!

    2 months ago
  • Joseph Gullitch

    I bought my wife an H&K 416 D145RS to compliment her DPMS AR15. Since it shoots the 22LR, she can spend more time at the range for less cost.

    2 months ago
  • Cunty McShitterman

    Guess folks mostly like meme tier and basic bish stuff. You guys should do this kind of thing where the demand outweighs the supply.

    2 months ago
  • Jean-Marc

    These results are a bit skewed because most first time gun buyers (who probably bought because pandemic and riots) bought their guns offline. These are best sellers among current gun owners who know they can get a good deal online ;) awesome article

    2 months ago
    • Mikey P

      The good deals on GunBroker are few and far between. They’re a good source for items that you can’t find locally, but you will definitely pay a premium IMO.

      2 months ago
  • Andrew

    I bought let’s see... “cough clears throat.” My first Glock... 23 mainly due to people shitting on .40 cal and it’s still on the shelves most stores, a Springfield 1911 mil-spec, S&W 686+ 7 round, Glock 30 gen 4 original, bought an m&p15 in May and a Mossberg 590 in April, already looking for more!! Lol

    2 months ago
  • The Wicked Duke

    Only lever action shotgun you know? Maybe you ought to look at Black Aces Tactical, since they make an *actual* full size, lever action shotgun, along with several other variants.

    2 months ago
    • Monte Walsh

      Thanks, I’ve been looking for exactly that. Do you know anything about them/ the shotgun firsthand? Appreciate it.

      2 months ago
  • Mike

    Interesting article, very nice to see 2 revolvers listed. I was unable to help out in June, had to wait for July . In my case a naa 22mag. As an old guy, guns that I needed for hunting, defense or competition were all purchased years ago, now I have the luxury of buying what interests me, hence the naa 22mag. To all the new shooters that helped make June a success, welcome aboard.

    2 months ago
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