I confess I do not own a gun but if I did I would want a Clint Eastwood favorite Smith and Wesson. Smith and Wesson is to guns in America as Harley Davidson is to motor cycles in America. This country grew up with Smith and Wesson on the frontiers and has a mystique like Harley. Smith and Wesson gun owners love their guns and always like to trade up for the next model sometimes keeping the old ones and developing a collection or selling them at gun shows which are favorite venues all across America. I believe this creates the demand that grows along with new owners that buy into the name and the array of products. The numbers follow this demand which I don't think will diminish anytime soon. Just my observation.
This country grew up with Smith and Wesson on the frontiers and has a mystique like Harley.
Well if you want to use that arguement this country grew up on Horses, for travel, for work, for weapons ! Every country in the world use horse meat for food except the U.S. because our feelings run deep in the role the horse played in building the USA. To this day we still use horsepower as a measure of power even if many people grow up never seeing a real horse. And as far as Harley, great bike, makes alot of noise and the girls like the vibration. Still Honda makes far more power with less engine size and they are bulletproof and most Harley owners admit to that but that's not why they buy a Harley, it does have the mystique.