Smith & Wesson benefits from gun sale spike

A model 1911 pistol is held in the hands of an assembler prior to being test fired at the Smith & Wesson factory in Springfield, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

June 14, 2013 4:04:05 PM PDT
A spike in gun sales over the past six months has been good for gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

The company says sales hit a record number $588 million, which is a 43 percent increase over last year.

The gun industry saw a big spike in demand from consumers fearing the gun control debate would make buying a gun more difficult.

Demand is so high that many of new guns never make store shelves. They're paid for before they even leave the manufacturer.