Why the Glock 19 Rules: For 2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home was the top-grossing film at the U.S. domestic box office, James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones was the bestselling book on Amazon, and the Ford F-Series was the best selling automobile. The Glock 19 is thus in good company, as it was the top selling firearm last year according to data from GunGenius.com of firearms sold on GunBroker.
In the pistol category, Glock further dominated with three of the top 10 selling handguns last year including the latest models of the Glock G43 and still going strong Glock G17; while the aforementioned Sig Sauer P365, Springfield Armory Hellcat, Taurus G2, Ruger LCP II, Sig Sauer P320, Springfield Armory 1911 and Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ rounded out the category.
With revolvers, the retro Heritage Arms Rough Rider was the king of the hill – fitting as the actual Rough Riders were infamous for their charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. The Colt Python, a line that was only revived in 2020, took the runner’s up spot, while the Ruger Wrangler, Taurus 856, Smith & Wesson 642, Ruger GP100, Taurus Judge, Colt Anaconda – another favorite from the Colt snake line – the Chiappa Firearms Rhino and Ruger SP101 rounded out the top 10.
Bestselling Long Guns
There were a few surprises when it came to the best-selling long guns, and according to sales from the online auction site, it wasn’t a “black gun” that took the top spot in semi auto rifles. Rather the versatile old favorite Ruger 10/22 was top dog, a sign that perhaps the modern sporting rifle category is too fragmented with a plethora of options.
Six of the top ten semi-autos were black guns and those included the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II, Anderson Manufacturing AM-15, Ruger AR-556, Colt M4 Carbine taking spots two to five while the Springfield Armory Saint and Smith & Wesson M&P14-22 were eighth and ninth respectively. The category also saw the Ruger PC Carbine in the sixth spot and the Springfield Armory M1A, a semi-automatic version of the iconic M14, taking up the seventh place. Kel-Tec’s Sub2000 rounded out the list.
The Ruger American Rifle was the top-selling bolt action rifle for 2021, while other entries included the Tikka T3X, Savage Arms 10/110, Ruger Precision Rifle and Ruger Precision Rimfire. Clearly Ruger knows its market and it has found a niche that it now dominates.
Henry Repeating Arms also essentially owned the Lever Action Rifles category last year with eight of the top ten firearms including the top four spots: Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy, Lever, X Model, and New Original. Only the Rossi R92 and Winchester 1873 were able to sneak onto the top ten.
The Rossi Gallery did take the top spot for pump-action shotgun, however. Other firearms in that category included the Henry Repeating Arms Pump, Remington 7600, Troy Industries PAR, Remington 7600 Synthetic, Remington 572, Winchester 61, Taurus C45 Thunderbolt, Winchester 1906, and Remington 7615 Police.
While a total number of those firearms wasn’t provided, 2021 saw the second-highest number of gun sales overall with 18 million – down from nearly 23 million in 2020. Still, it seems like a lot of folks like Glocks, Rugers and Henrys. There are certainly worse things to spend the money on.
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com. Peter is a Contributing Writer for Forbes as well.