2016 was a big year for gun sales. Concealed carry & self-defense handguns were more popular than ever. AR15 sales also saw an increase. But it was the first year, since we started our best-selling list in 2013, that a rimfire gun didn't make the top 5.
This is our list of the best-selling guns of 2016.
Also see our list of best selling guns in 2017.
When compiling 2016's list, we changed the way each gun was ranked. In previous years, guns were ranked based on the sales of each individual style. Different calibers, colors, and configurations of the same model previously had separate rankings. This year we changed the ranking of the best-selling guns of 2016 by combining the sales of each variation for the same gun model.
For example, the M&P Shield is offered in 3 different calibers (9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP). Each caliber also comes in multiple configurations, such as having a thumb safety, night sights, a laser, a ported barrel, and other options. Sales of all configurations and calibers were counted together.