It’s the Big Boy Tow show at the Montana Pavilion for the premier gun show!

“Lightweight” and “easy” are two hallmarks of the new crop of Handguns you’ll see at this years gun show at the Montana Pavilion.

(AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

For 2023, retailers will see the emergence of some interesting and promising trends. The word “lightweight” appears in a majority of manufacturers’ descriptions of their new guns, with “easy” following not far behind.

Increasingly knowledgeable consumers are looking for guns that empower them to be better, whether they’re busting clays, taking down game, or enhancing their personal safety.

A Glock Ges.m.b.H. GLOCK 43X 9mm pistol is displayed during the National Rifle Association (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

For most, a lighter firearm means easier manipulation and less fatigue at the end of the day or shift. When companies step up and address consumer feedback with improved products, everyone wins. 

Winchester show

Other interesting developments include the rise of the 2011-style single-action pistol. Competitive shooters were the first to turn on to the benefits of greater capacity in the responsive, 1911-inspired format. The most popular include Revolver, Beretta, Ruger, Bersa, and Glock 19.


image of Colt Single Action Army

You’ll see them all at the Gun Show at the Montana pavilion Friday.

Recently, the trend is growing within the non-competition market also. And while the current season has seen less excitement over new rifle calibers, the 5.7x28mm is enjoying a revival.
It’s easy to understand why, as the little cartridge performs well in both handguns and short- and mid-range rifle applications. And it does so with while delivering very little in the way of recoil, providing a way for any new or seasoned shooter to enjoy multiple applications from the same load.