The latest tweaks to the TTAG review database not only give our readers better access to our extensive list of gun reviews, but it also allows us a better understanding of what firearms interest interest you the most. While there’s no way to track an individual reader’s activity, we can see how many views a given page gets allowing for some interesting analysis.
Today’s pie chart: the top 10 firearms manufacturers as indicated by TTAG’s readers.
The TTAG gun review database has been used more than 43,000 times since it was updated last week. In that time, thousands of people have used the “Search by Manufacturer” function where they select a specific gunmaker to view only reviews of their firearms. The pie chart above shows the top 10 most frequently accessed manufacturers of the roughly 147 gun makers represented in the database.
In order, the top companies who people search for are:
- SIG SAUER
- Smith & Wesson
What do all of these companies have in common? They all produce at least one self defense semi-auto handgun. Semi-auto handguns represent 27% of the total search traffic for specific firearm types, and given the expansion in concealed carry across the United States, it makes sense that people will be looking for a firearm to fill that need.
Looks to me like we might need a special section of the database for use cases. Handguns for concealed carry? Hunting rifles? What other categories should we tease out?