U.S. Firearms Industry 2018

Following Year Of Adjustment, Industry’s Recovery In Progress

By Jade Moldae

The U.S. firearms industry finds itself at a crossroads in 2018. Facing attacks from state governments, financial institutions, tech companies and students (all while experiencing sluggish demand) it’s currently in a challenging position. While it might be tempting to lament the industry’s current state, the groundwork has been laid for a resurgence — focusing on customer recruitment and retainment, as well as innovative new products and programs to stoke interest in the consumer market.

Encouraging Signs

In the midst of this difficult period, there are positive developments as the industry continues its adjustment to “normalized” conditions. Encouragingly, manufacturers have announced bold investments to facilitate future opportunities.

In January, Kimber announced a significant manufacturing expansion in Alabama. The new engineering and manufacturing facility in the City of Troy will begin operations in early 2019, which will double Kimber’s manufacturing capacity.

“As we continue to move into uncharted waters in regards to Kimber product demand, it was important to us to build a facility that will allow us to secure a significant new plateau of capacity,” said James Cox, Kimber CFO.

Taurus USA announced plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Ga., creating over 300 new jobs with a combined investment of more than $22.5 million in infrastructure and operations.

“The decision to relocate stems from our desire to expand our facility, keeping all operations in one location,” said David Blenker, Taurus USA president and CEO.

In another positive sign, the industry continues to hold its ground against broader charges from anti-gun/anti-industry groups. Ruger and American Outdoor Brands (AOBC) have reemphasized their commitment to safety and the Second Amendment following widespread attacks from shareholders and investment groups — which came as a result of the tragic Florida school shooting.

Further, Springfield Armory, MKS Supply (Hi-Point, Inland Mfg.), Mossberg and others severed business with Dick’s Sporting Goods following its hire of a Washington, D.C.-based anti-gun lobbying group in May. NSSF’s board of governors unanimously voted to expel Dick’s from membership as a result of this action.

Economic Impact, Background Checks

In April NSSF published its 2018 Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report, which revealed the industry’s influence on the U.S. economy expanded by 169 percent over 2008 — increasing from $19.1 billion to $51.4 billion in 2017. In the same period, the number of full-time equivalent jobs grew 87 percent (166,000 to 310,000).

Through May, NICS conducted 5,702,136 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks in 2018 — closely mirroring 2017’s numbers (5,793,571) at this stage, a 1.6 percent drop. Using the most recent numbers available, May 2018 was 8.5 percent down from May 2017 (from 988,473 to 904,834).

Financial Insights

As publicly traded companies, the early-year performance of the industry’s two largest firearm manufacturers is closely observed for insight on trends currently impacting the market.

American Outdoor Brands Corp. (AOBC) announced its Q4 and Full Year Fiscal 2018 financial results June 20. For Q4, AOBC reported net sales were $172 million, compared to $229.2 million for the corresponding 2017 quarter — a 24.9 percent decrease. Full-year net sales were $606.9 million, down from $903.2 million a year ago (-32.8%). However, AOBC’s Q4 performance represented a 9.2 percent jump over Q3 2018, which recorded $157.4 million in sales.

“Fiscal 2018 was a year characterized by lower consumer demand for firearms, heightened levels of inventory in the consumer channel and a host of aggressive, industry-wide promotions,” said James Debney, AOBC president and CEO.

In AOBC’s firearms segment, new products like the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 polymer pistol platform performed well — accounting for 29 percent of the category’s revenue in Fiscal 2018.

“Strong adoption rates across our growing M&P family helped us retain our leadership position in the consumer market for handguns,” Debney shared. “During the year we also made significant progress on market penetration with our T/C Compass bolt-action hunting rifle.”

S&W’s July 2017 acquisition of Gemtech will further provide the company with “access to new technology for use in our future new product development processes,” Debney said.

Ruger’s latest earnings report (Q1 2018) reported net sales of $131.2 million, compared with net sales of $167.4 million in the first quarter of 2017 (-21.6%). However compared to Q4 2017, sales increased 11 percent (from $118.2 million). According to observations from Ruger CEO Chris Killoy, “The decrease in earnings is attributable to the sales decline and the unfavorable de-leveraging of fixed manufacturing costs due to the decline in production volumes.”

Sales of Ruger new products — including the Pistol Caliber Carbine, the Mark IV pistol, the LCP II pistol, the EC9s pistol, the Security-9 pistol and the Precision Rimfire Rifle — represented $37.2 million (or 29%) of firearm sales in the first quarter of 2018.
Mid-May, Remington Outdoor Co. announced it had successfully emerged from Chapter 11 after implementing its plan of reorganization confirmed by the Delaware bankruptcy court May 4.

“It is morning in Remington country,” said Anthony Acitelli, Remington CEO and chairman. “We are excited about the future — producing quality products, serving our customers and providing good jobs for our employees.”

The plan provides a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring and converts more than $775 million of debt into equity. According to the plan, all trade and business claims are unimpaired and will be addressed in Remington’s normal course of business. It received support from over 97 percent of the voting term loan lenders and all of the voting third lien noteholders.

2016 U.S. Production Insights

The 2016 business year was dominated by the lengthy, contentious and often volatile 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle. Fears that Hillary Clinton, running on a radically anti-gun/anti-industry platform, would be elected as the 45th president greatly impacted the consumer market. This “fear-induced buying” phenomenon consistently affected nearly every segment of the industry in 2016 — especially in U.S. firearms production.

With these factors in place, it’s no surprise NICS background checks achieved record-setting levels in 2016 — with 15,700,471 background checks (NSSF-Adjusted), an increase of 10.2 percent over 2015 (14,244,240 [NSSF-Adjusted]). This also marked 6.1 percent growth over the previous banner year for the industry, 2013.

Coinciding with NICS background check numbers, U.S. firearms manufacturers also posted record-setting production numbers in 2016 — as revealed in the ATF’s 2016 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export report, the latest data available. For the second time, U.S. manufacturers produced over 10 million firearms (10,664,318) — an increase of 19.7 percent over 2015 (8,911,530).

Handgun and rifle production reached their highest-ever numbers in 2016. In handguns, 5,576,366 were manufactured — surging 25.5 percent compared to 2015, when 4,442,458 were produced. This marked a 7.9 percent increase from 2013, the previous record-holding year (5,167,008).

For the first time more than 4 million rifles (4,239,335) were produced in the U.S., according to SI figures. This was a jump of 14.8 and 6.5 percent over 2015 (3,691,799) and previous record year, 2013 (3,979,570).

While the shotgun category did not reach uncharted heights in 2016, it improved over 2015 production totals — expanding by 9.2 percent (from 777,273 to 848,617). This represents a recovery, after dropping 16.9 percent from 2014 to 2015.

For the first time in eight years, Ruger was not the top-producing U.S. firearms manufacturer; Smith & Wesson reclaimed this title, which it last held in 2007. Smith & Wesson’s year-over-year total output expanded by an impressive 44 percent (from 1,473,352 to 2,120,910). S&W’s growth was bolstered by its performance in the pistol, revolver and rifle categories — rising by 44.4, 7.5 and 89.7 percent, respectively, over 2015. It was the largest handgun producer and fourth-largest rifle manufacturer.

Ruger also experienced a robust year in 2016 by producing 1,981,590 firearms, an 18.8 percent jump over 2015 (1,667,820). The company’s .380 and 9mm pistol production saw significant upturns of 96.7 (from 169,083 to 332,666) and 55.2 percent (from 272,551 to 423,162). Ruger was the second-most prolific U.S. manufacturer in both handguns and rifles.

The third overall top firearms producer, Remington was also the largest long-gun manufacturer in 2016 with 1,240,665 — up 8.5 percent over 2015 (1,143,352). Remington achieved growth in its handgun (from 36,049 to 84,852) and shotgun (from 333,442 to 385,871) categories; increases of 135.4 and 15.7 percent. The upswing in shotgun production saw Remington regain its position as the largest U.S. shotgun producer, a title Mossberg held in 2015.

Category Leaders From 2016

The top overall U.S. firearms manufacturers in 2016 and their percentages of change from 2015:
Smith & Wesson: 2,120,910 (+44.0%)
Ruger: 1,981,590 (+18.8%)
Remington: 1,240,665 (+8.5%)
SIG SAUER: 633,533 (+27.4%)
• O.F. Mossberg: 508,466 (+0.8%)

Top handgun companies (total includes pistol, revolver production):
Smith & Wesson: 1,724,131 (+36.4%)
• Ruger: 1,279,415 (+27.4%)
SIG SAUER: 581,807 (+26.6%)
GLOCK: 368,140 (+70%)
Kimber: 223,785 (+69.6%)

Top rifle makers:
Remington: 769,942 (-0.5%)
Ruger: 701,992 (+6%)
Anderson: 453,763 (+51.1%)
Smith & Wesson: 396,710 (+89.7%)
• Savage: 311,878 (-18.3%)

Top shotgun producers:
Remington: 385,871 (+15.7%)
O.F. Mossberg: 367,542 (+5.7%)
• Kel-Tec: 29,329 (-23.1%)
• Beretta: 28,067 (-1.0%)
• Savage: 16,170 (+22.9%)

International Business

While the industry’s domestic firearms production set several records in 2016, import and export figures remained “steady.” Compared to 2015, the industry’s total exports increased by a modest 7.8 percent (from 341,957 to 368,707). Pistol exports continued its momentum — surging 22.5 percent from 2015 to 2016 — and surpassed rifle exports for the first time since 2013. Additionally, the revolver and shotgun exports experienced year-over-year increases (8.5% and 31.2%, respectively).

SIG SAUER was the top exporter of 2016, with nearly 94 percent of its 79,124 exported firearms coming from the pistol category. SIG pistol exports jumped 135.8 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The top five U.S. firearms exporters of 2016 and their percentage of change from 2015 were:
SIG SAUER: 79,124 (+122.1%)
GLOCK: 59,420 (+67.2%)
Ruger: 55,026 (-14.3%)
• Henry: 44,192 (+139.6%)
Smith & Wesson: 40,392 (+26.9%)

Using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. import information from 2017 is now available. Last year, U.S. imports numbered 4,153,805 firearms — a decrease of 12.5 percent compared to 2016 (4,749,663). U.S. imports declined across all three firearms categories in 2017. Rifle imports, in particular, contracted 21 percent. However, more than 3 million handguns were imported for the second consecutive year in 2017.

The top five importing countries in 2017 and their percentage of change from 2016 were:
Austria: 1,201,746 (-9.1%)
• Brazil: 759,797 (+6.8%)
• Germany: 351,957 (-23.3%)
• Croatia: 326,653 (-43.1%)
• Turkey: 318,628 (-13.3%)


NSSF-ADJUSTED: NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS JAN. 2015 — MAY 2018
YEAR JAN. FEB MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
2015 1,052,441 1,280,825 1,187,823 987,698 918,707 886,825
2016 1,362,847 1,487,871 1,297,275 1,130,238 928,532 1,140,088
2017 1,038,365 1,298,208 1,356,929 1,111,596 988,473 N/A
2018 955,466 1,271,942 1,503,967 1,065,927 904,834 NA
YEAR JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. TOTALS
2015 946,528 1,031,959 1,071,945 1,211,478 1,432,451 2,235,560 14,244,240
2016 1,210,731 1,151,679 1,156,961 1,353,299 1,662,338 1,845,847 15,700,471
2017 907,348 1,021,227 1,019,037 1,132,065 1,457,103 1,621,261 13,967,825
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5,702,136

NSSF removes NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states for CCW permit application checks and other purposes. The removal of this data provides a more accurate report of background checks conducted for the purchase of firearms. Visit www.nssf.org/research.

Total U.S. Firearm Production By Type 1997 — 2016
Year Handguns Rifles Shotguns Total
1997 1,406,505 1,281,162 918,759 3,606,426
1998 1,284,755 1,345,899 1,036,520 3,667,174
1999 1,331,230 1,569,685 1,106,995 4,007,910
2000 1,281,861 1,583,042 898,442 3,763,345
2001 946,979 1,284,554 679,813 2,911,346
2002 1,088,584 1,515,286 741,325 3,345,195
2003 1,121,024 1,430,324 726,078 3,277,426
2004 1,022,610 1,325,138 731,769 3,079,517
2005 1,077,630 1,431,372 709,313 3,218,315
2006 1,403,329 1,496,505 714,618 3,614,452
2007 1,610,998 1,610,923 645,231 3,867,152
2008 1,819,024 1,746,139 630,710 4,195,873
2009 2,415,453 2,248,851 752,699 5,417,003
2010 2,817,377 1,830,556 743,378 5,391,311
2011 3,170,990 2,318,088 862,401 6,351,479
2012 4,155,240 3,168,206 946,010 8,872,456
2013 5,167,008 3,979,570 1,203,072 10,349,650
2014 4,377,501 3,379,549 935,411 8,692,461
2015 4,442,458 3,691,799 777,273 8,911,530
2016 5,576,366 4,239,335 848,617 10,664,318
Total 47,516,922 42,475,983 16,608,434 106,601,339

Top 25 U.S. Manufactures 2016
MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 1,429,451 294,680 396,710 69 2,120,910
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 1,030,867 248,548 701,992 183 1,981,590
Remington Arms Co. 84,852 769,942 385,871 1,240,665
SIG SAUER Inc. 581,807 51,726 633,533
O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc./Maverick Arms 140,924 367,542 508,466
WM. C. Anderson Inc. 3,666 453,763 457,429
GLOCK Inc. 368,140 368,140
Savage Arms Inc. 311,878 16,170 328,048
Henry Rac Holding Corp. 286,033 286,033
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 220,804 2,981 11,079 234,864
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 199,905 199,905
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 71,234 943 117,263 189,440
SCCY Industries 160,676 160,676
Strassell’s Machine Inc. (Hi-Point) 90,900 58,600 149,500
Taurus Int’l. Mfg. Inc. 125,418 30 125,448
Springfield Armory Inc. 72,013 29,707 101,720
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 57,802 10,003 29,329 97,134
Century Arms Inc. 1,418 90,015 91,433
Beretta USA Corp. 43,002 520 28,067 71,589
Windham Weaponry Inc. 64,715 64,715
North American Arms Inc. 480 63,084 63,564
AR1510 58,504 58,504
Arms Technology Inc. 56,785 593 57,378
American Tactical Inc. 4,141 55,112 59,253
RP Abrasives & Machine Inc. 51,242 51,242

Handgun Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2016

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 1,429,451 294,680 1,724,131
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 1,030,867 248,548 1,279,415
SIG SAUER Inc. 581,807 581,807
GLOCK Inc. 368,140 368,140
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 220,804 2,981 223,785
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 199,905 199,905
SCCY Industries 160,676 160,676
Taurus International Mfg. Inc. 125,418 125,418
Strassell’s Machine Inc. 90,900 90,900
Remington Arms Co. 84,852 84,852
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 71,234 943 72,177
Springfield Armory Inc. 72,013 72,013
North American Arms Inc. 480 63,084 63,564
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 57,802 57,802
Arms Technology Inc. 56,785 56,785
Charter Arms 43,581 43,581
Beretta USA Corp. 43,002 43,002
Phoenix Arms 41,000 41,000
Saeilo Inc. 40,274 40,274
Jimenez Arms Inc. 36,994 36,994
Haskell Mfg. Inc. 32,400 32,400
Iberia Firearms Inc. 24,100 24,100
Bond Arms Inc. 20,112 20,112
Magnum Research Inc. 16,355 1,072 17,427
FMK Firearms Inc. 12,247 12,247
CZ-USA Inc. 9,787 357 10,144
STI International 7,786 7,786
Hi Tech Plastics Inc. 7,250 7,250
Honor Defense 7,170 7,170
Pauway Corp. 5,774 5,774
KRISS USA Inc. 5,167 5,167
Wilson Combat 4,654 4,654
American Tactical Inc 4,141 4,141
MasterPiece Arms Holding Co 3,772 3,772
WM. C Anderson Inc. 3,666 3,666
Nighthawk Custom 3,366 3,366
VLH Inc. 3,100 3,100
Radical Firearms 2,488 2,488
Les Baer Custom Inc. 2,422 2,422
Walther Arms 2,119 2,119
Whalley Precision Inc. 1,994 1,994
Coonan Inc. 1,885 1,885
V Custom Inc. 1,586 1,586
Century Arms Inc. 1,418 1,418
Ed Brown Products Inc. 1,406 1,406
Cobray Firearms Of Tennessee 1,320 40 1,360
Tanury Industries Inc. 1,257 1,257
Caspian Arms Ltd. 1,131 1,131
CMMG Inc. 1,110 1,110
Extar 1,085 1,085
Palmetto State Armory 974 974
Foster Industries Inc. 823 823
Tactical Solutions Inc. 823 823
Excel Industries Inc. 799 799
Daniel Defense Inc. 767 767
U.S. Armament Corp.. 615 615
Freedom Arms Inc. 19 516 535
Rock River Arms Inc 517 517
Frank Roth Co. Inc. 505 505
TNW Firearms Inc. 449 449
Velocity 401 401
Adams Arms 394 394
Windham Weaponry Inc. 379 379
Keystone Sporting Arms 356 356
Cabot Gun Co. 353 353
Total 4,720,075 856,291 5,576,366

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Pistol Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2016

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .25 TO .32 TO .380 TO 9MM TO .50 TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 84,529 229,835 823,260 291,827 1,429,451
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 196,006 1 332,666 423,162 79,032 1,030,867
SIG SAUER 3,081 826 143 128,561 346,347 102,849 581,807
GLOCK Inc. 136,993 213,751 17,396 368,140
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 155 61,089 65,165 94,395 220,804
SCCY Industries 160,676 160,676
Taurus International Mfg. Inc. 10,194 730 114,493 1 125,418
Strassell’s Machine Inc. 21,000 69,900 90,900
Remington Arms Co. 29,206 36,414 19,232 84,852
Springfield Armory Inc. 21,935 50,078 72,013
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 20 7,380 17,129 46,705 71,234
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 44,607 3,233 4,480 5,482 57,802
Arms Technology Inc. 39,113 17,672 56,785
Beretta USA Corp. 13,303 2,353 12,379 14,967 43,002
Phoenix Arms 34,736 6,264 41,000
Saeilo Inc. 12,280 17,714 10,280 40,274
Jimenez Arms Inc. 6,617 449 11 15,208 14,709 36,994
Haskell Mfg. Inc. 32,400 32,400
Iberia Firearms Inc. 24,100 24,100
Bond Arms Inc. 151 21 2,439 743 16,758 20,112
Magnum Research Inc. 655 2,885 12,815 16,355
FMK Firearms Inc. 12,247 12,247
CZ-USA Inc. 3,503 6,284 9,787
STI International 2 4,663 3,121 7,786
Hi Tech Plastics Inc. 7,250 7,250
Honor Defense 7,170 7,170
Pauway Corp. 5,774 5,774
KRISS USA Inc. 2,638 2,529 5,167
Wilson Combat 2,225 2,429 4,654
American Tactical Inc 1,233 2,908 4,141
MasterPiece Arms Holding 239 3,055 478 3,772
WM. C. Anderson Inc. 3,666 3,666
Nighthawk Custom 713 2,653 3,366
VLH Inc. 669 2,431 3,100
Radical Firearms 1,891 578 19 2,488
Les Baer Custom Inc. 299 2,123 2,422
Walther Arms 2,119 2,119
Whalley Precision Inc. 119 1,269 606 1,994
Coonan Inc. 1,885 1,885
V Custom Inc. 1,586 1,586
Century Arms Inc. 1,418 1,418
Ed Brown Products Inc. 147 1,259 1,406
Cobray Firearms Of Tenn. 120 1,200 1,320
Tanury Industries Inc. 442 698 20 97 1,257
Caspian Arms Ltd 1,131 1,131
CMMG Inc. 50 609 451 1,110
EXTAR USA 1,085 1,085
Palmetto State Armory 485 2 487 974
Foster Industries Inc. 823 823
Tactical Solutions Inc. 823 823
Excel Industries Inc 433 366 799
Daniel Defense Inc. 541 226 767
Total 447,315 13,141 10,175 1,130,459 2,281,450 837,535 4,720,075

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Revolver Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2016

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .32 TO .357 TO .38 TO .44 TO .50 TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 14,470 57 73,684 158,356 24,766 23,347 294,680
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 40,025 6,688 100,941 59,751 22,043 19,100 248,548
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 199,080 437 388 199,905
North American Arms Inc. 63,084 63,084
Charter Arms 4,006 950 3,964 29,479 4,423 759 43,581
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 2,981 2,981
Magnum Research Inc. 1 143 21 907 1,072
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 31 111 39 73 689 943
Freedom Arms Inc. 73 13 78 104 248 516
Frank Roth Co. Inc. 505 505
CZ-USA Inc. 357 357
Cobray Firearms Of Tennessee 40 40
Wild West Guns 25 25
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 5 11 16
Gemini Customs 5 5 10
Fairbanks And Fairbanks Inc. 1 4 2 7
Farro’s Lead Farm 3 2 5
Guardian Firearms 2 1 3
Riddle, Grover Glen 1 1 2
L Romano Rifle Co Inc. 2 2
Greeley, Kevin P. 2 2
Excell Enterprises Inc 1 1 2
Cylinder & Slide Inc. 1 1 2
Reeder, Gary Nelson 1 1
Oglesby & Oglesby Gunmakers Inc. 1 1
Aldrich, Kevin Et Al. 1 1
Total 320,775 7,851 182,564 248,144 51,451 45,506 856,291

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Long-Gun Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2016

MANUFACTURER RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Remington 769,942 385,871 1,155,813
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. r 701,992 183 702,175
O.F. Mossberg/Maverick Arms 140,924 367,542 489,153
WM. C. Anderson Inc 453,763 453,763
Smith & Wesson Corp 396,710 69 396,779
Savage Arms Inc. 311,878 16,170 328,048
Henry Rac Holding Corp. 286,033 286,033
Colt’s Mfg. 117,263 117,263
Century Arms Inc. 90,015 90,015
Windham Weaponry Inc 64,715 64,715
Strassell’s Machine Inc. 58,600 58,600
AR1510 58,504 58,504
American Tactical Inc. 55,112 55,112
SIG SAUER Inc.. 51,726 51,726
RP Abrasives & Machine Inc. 51,242 51,242
Daniel Defense Inc. 49,159 49,159
Keystone Sporting Arms 49,063 49,063
Stag Arms 41,990 1 41,990
Chazkat 40,892 40,892
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 10,003 29,329 39,332
Del-Ton Inc. 34,293 34,293
Springfield Inc. 29,707 29,707
Beretta USA Corp. 520 28,067 28,587
IWI US Inc. 28,206 28,206
Rock River Arms Inc. 24,166 24,166
LWRC International 23,642 23,642
I.O. Inc. 17,523 17,523
Noreen Firearms 13,340 13,340
Radical Firearms 12,768 12,768
Palmetto State Armory 11,496 11,496
Standard Mfg. Co. 1,765 9,570 11,335
FMK Firearms Inc. 11,080 11,080
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 11,079 11,079
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. 9,970 9,970
Techniques Surfaces USA Inc. 9,512 9,512
CMMG Inc 9,247 9,247
Saeilo Inc. 9,086 9,086
Adams Arms 8,408 8,408
Mega Arms 8,153 8,153
TROY Industries Inc. 8,091 8,091
Pauway Corp. 6,723 6,723
Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc. 6,576 6,576
Bravo Co. Mfg. Inc. 5,987 5,987
Spike’s Tactical 5,772 5,772
Aero Precision 4,931 1 4,932
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 4,757 4,757
Destructive Devices Industries 2,761 1,955 4,716
KRISS USA Inc. 4,583 4,583
TNW Firearms Inc 3,828 3,828
Weatherby Inc. 3,704 3,704
Christensen Arms 3,251 3,251
Wilson Combat 2,800 284 3,084
Primary Weapons Systems Inc. 3,055 3,055
Seekins Precision 3,048 3,048
Browning 3,018 3,018
UTAS-USA Ltd. 2,927 2,927
Tactical Solutions Inc. 2,340 2,340
Alex Pro Firearms 2,226 2,226
Luxus Arms 2,127 2,127
Noveske Rifleworks 2,039 2,039
Olympic Arms Inc. 1,943 1,943
Tl Technologies Inc. 1,929 1,929
Austin Precision Products Inc. 1,908 1,908
Cooper Firearms Of Montana Inc. 1,881 1,881
Steyr Arms Inc. 1,832 1,832
Montana Rifle Co. 1,815 1,815
DS Arms Inc. 1,806 1,806 5
Trop Mfg. 1,694 1,694
Nosler Inc. 1,634 1,634
Magnum Research Inc. 1,603 1,603
BCI Defense 1,568 1,568
Central Florida Firearms 1,467 1,467
V Custom Inc. 1,438 1,438
2A Armament 1,399 1,399
Knights Mfg. Co 1,322 1,322
Pneu Dart Inc. 1,294 1,294
BP Firearms Co. 1,258 1,258
Barnes Precision Machine Inc. 1,199 1,199
Desert Tech 1,178 1,178
Alexander Industries Inc. 1,077 1,077
James River Armory 1,054 1,054
Wilson Precision Arms Inc 1,052 1,052
Black Rain Ordnance Inc. 1,043 1,043
Ithaca Gun Co 1,041 1,041
Dark Storm Industries 1,026 1,026
NEMO Arms Inc. 1,025 1,025
RISE Armament 981 981
Black Ice Armory 826 826
MasterPiece Arms 819 819
FightLite Industries 754 754
G A Precision 740 740
DoubleStar Corp 705 705
Gunwerks 702 702
SRM Arms Inc. 680 680
American Defense Mfg 648 648
F-1 Firearms 641 641
Cbe Inc. 637 637
Falkor, Sid Inc. 637 637
Velocity 629 629
Lee Armory 604 604
Arms Technology Inc. 593 593
Total 4,239,335 848,617 5,087,952

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Exports: Pistols 2016

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
SIG SAUER Inc. 74,256
GLOCK Inc. 59,420
Smith & Wesson Corp. 17,542
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 9,253
Beretta USA Corp. 4,430
STI International 1,664
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 1,649
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 1,140
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 721
Taurus International Mfg. Inc. 451
Les Baer Custom Inc. 359
Magnum Research Inc. 359
McKay Enterprises 164
KRISS USA Inc. 160
Springfield Armory Inc. 102
Nighthawk Custom 97
Saeilo Inc. 82
Wilson Combat 82
Heavy Armor Division 72
SCCY Industries 50
Jesse James Firearms Ultd. 47
Ed Brown Products Inc. 35
North American Arms Inc 31
Angstadt Arms 30
V Custom Inc. 29
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc 25
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 23
Lone Wolf R&D 18
FMK Firearms Inc. 14
Quarter Circle 10 13
Cabot Gun Co. 11
Against All Enemies 10
Alien Armory Tactical 7
Choctaw Mfg. Defense 6
Rawhide Gun & Supply 5
BTE USA Mfg. 4
Dragon Fire Armory 4
F-1 Firearms 4
Guns N Arrows Inc. 4
Hill, Tim 4
Jacobs, Gregory Scott 4
Centre Firearms Co Inc. 3
D & R Gunsmithing & Sales 3
Hamilton Arms Custom 3
Defending America 2
MMI Inc. 2
Troy Industries Inc. 2
Weapons Specialists Ltd 2
ZDF Import/Export, 2
Elite Firearms Corp (NV) 1
Gadsden Services 1
L&L Arms 1
Locked And Loaded Arms Inc 1
Powder River Precision Inc. 1
RPT Consulting 1
Tactical Arms Of Texas 1
White, Terry 1
Total Exports 172,408

Exports: Revolvers 2016

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Smith & Wesson Corp. 18,343
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 4,682
North American Arms Inc. 604
Frank Roth Co. Inc. 505
CHARCO 2000 Inc 213
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 139
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 62
Magnum Research Inc. 26
Hill, Tim 6
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 6
Reeder, Gary Nelson 1
Total Exports 24,587

Exports Shotguns 2016

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
O.F. Mossberg/Maverick Arms 13,218
Standard Mfg. Co. 9,570
Beretta USA Corp. 686
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc 613
Savage Arms Inc. 481
Remington Arms Co. 59
Adaptive Tactical 18
Wilson Combat 10
Choctaw Mfg. Defense 8
Acadiana Gunworks 3
Hill, Tim 1
Jesse James Firearms Unlimited 1
Total Exports 24,668

Exports: Rifles 2016

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Henry Rac Holding Corp. 44,192
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 41,091
Savage Arms Inc 28,960
Maverick Arms Inc. 8,291
SIG SAUER Inc. 4,868
Smith & Wesson Corp. 4,507
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc 2,804
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 2,286
Standard Mfg. Co 1,765
TROY Industries Inc. 754
Kimber Mfg Inc 717
Stag Arms 660
Daniel Defense Inc. 556
TNW Firearms Inc. 458
Barrett Firearms Mfg Inc 458
ZDF Import/Export 429
KRISS USA Inc. 401
Weatherby Inc. 250
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 247
Remington Arms Co. 246
Chazkat 200
Pneu-Dart Inc. 188
Springfield Armory Inc. 178
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. 168
Primary Weapons Systems Inc 150
Norman Hanson Firearms 128
Christensen Arms Inc. 126
Kelbly’s Rifle Range Inc. 120
Windham Weaponry Inc. 81
Desert Tech 81
FMK Firearms Inc. 80
DS Arms Inc. 79
Double D Armory Ltd. 78
Melvin Forbes Enterprises 69
V Custom Inc. 67
Magnum Research Inc. 60
Jesse James Firearms Ultd. 58
IO Inc. 49
Strategic Armory Corps 47
Long Range Rifles 45
Locked And Loaded Arms Inc. 43
MMI Inc. 42
Pasadena Pawn & Gun 41
Hamilton Arms Custom Services 38
Gunz-N-Gripz 37
Nosler Inc. 35
Against All Enemies 35
MGS Holdings Group 32
Defense Research & Development 32
War Sport Industries 31
Darter, David Kent 30
CBE Inc. 30
SD Tactical Arms 28
Beretta USA Corp. 28
Guns N Arrows Inc. 27
Knights Mfg. Co. 26
Hair Trigger 25
Dragon Fire Armory 23
Saeilo Inc. 22
Central Florida Firearms 21
Wilcox Industries Corp. 20
F-1 Firearms 17
BTE USA Mfg. 17
C & J Roofing 16
Noreen Firearms 14
Tactical Arms Of Texas 13
Powder River Rifle Co Inc. 13
Taylor, Ty Robert 12
M+M Inc. 12
D & R Gunsmithing & Sales 11
Montana Rifle Co. 10
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 10
GTGJFE 10
Echo Firearm Refinishing & Armory 10
Ammar, Ammar M 10
Absolute Precision Gunworks 10
Total Exports 147,044

Totals include all U.S. manufacturers.

Imports — Handguns By Country 2016 & 2017

COUNTRY 2016 2017
Argentina 75,834 33,676
Austria 1,318,204 1,198,719
Belgium 25,297 21,453
Brazil 656,532 703,728
Bulgaria 4,031 325
Canada 1 5
Croatia 574,486 326,653
Czech Republic 107,295 140,585
Denmark 77
Finland 4 3
France 447 519
Germany 427,128 340,823
Hungary 721 258
Israel 22,144 15,155
Italy 180,719 178,402
Mexico 50
Norway 23
Pakistan 175 400
Philippines 97,166 87,161
Poland 11 14
Portugal 432 230
Romania 5,272 9,911
Russia 60 17
Serbia 12,823 16,470
Slovakia 1,223 2,196
Slovenia 7,083 6,014
South Korea 47
Spain 1,158 24,146
Sweden 8 4
Switzerland 2,262 6,992
Taiwan 750
Turkey 83,046 80,090
United Arab Emirates 110 300
U.K. 85 7
Total 3,603,877 3,195,083

Import data is provided by the U.S Census Bureau, Economic Indicators Division.

Imports — Rifles By Country 2016 & 2017

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO SEMIAUTO BOLT BOLT NESOI* NESOI* RIMFIRE RIMFIRE TOTAL TOTAL
2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017
Australia 1 1 50 52
Austria 191 2,739 45 180 43 80 3,045 28 3,324 3,027
Belgium 18,247 21,891 39,790 17,692 4 680 88 5 58,129 40,268
Brazil 31,204 19,237 80 31,204 19,317
Bulgaria 288 1,816 2 290 1,816
Canada 1 1,376 1,567 1 223,591 200,437 224,969 202,004
Czech Rep. 10,789 8,314 207 15 20,389 18,751 31,385 27,080
Denmark 79 79
Finland 135 56,459 35,264 4 56,594 35,268
France 172 724 25 13 197 737
Germany 2,458 108 3,450 4,293 310 188 23,448 4,748 29,666 9,337
Ireland 5 5
Israel 23,203 4,463 2 1,762 2,147 3 24,965 6,615
Italy 4,894 2,338 400 151 6,226 5,386 5,231 5,371 16,751 13,246
Japan 67,898 53,746 18,616 15,608 11,810 7,322 98,324 76,676
Netherlands 1 1
New Zealand 3 3
Peru 4 4
Philippines 4,847 3,725 4,847 3,725
Poland 5 778 5 778
Portugal 896 1,932 946 5,035 1,070 1,842 8,037
Romania 8,220 5,735 8,220 5,735
Russia 8,420 8,430 412 8,832 8,430
Serbia 16,400 8,324 1,139 70 17,539 8,394
South Africa 4 4 2 8 2
Spain 1 149 26,148 37,709 26,149 37,858
Sweden 547 188 5 109 552 297
Switzerland 54 168 244 204 356 17 524 519
Turkey 2,400 160 28 170 1,000 2,428 1,330
United Arab Emirates 6 6
U.K. 1,981 2,777 3,576 1,895 66 63 5,623 4,735
Total 85,758 58,848 185,202 130,570 88,550 84,347 292,923 241,550 652,433 515,315

*NESOI: “Not Elsewhere Specified Or Included” — Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Bureau of Census

Imports — Shotguns & Combination Guns By Country 2016 & 2017

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO OVER/UNDER NESOI* TOTAL COMBINATION
2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017
Austria 8 8 57 19
Belgium 350 32 25 47 170 41 545 120 1
Brazil 13,882 9,857 10,065 26,895 23,947 36,752 4,906 70
Bulgaria 3 3
Canada 32 32
China 1,470 7,610 15,289 25,270 16,759 32,880
Czech Rep. 13 15 13 15 9
Finland 35
France 69 11 8 73 35 84 112 4
Germany 1,491 1,376 723 421 2,214 1,797 157 486
Hungry 50 50
Ireland 19 7 19 7
Italy 111,115 92,400 30,292 22,887 1,017 939 142,424 116,226 1,047 771
Japan 760 730 1 3 761 733
Pakistan 250 250
Philippines 100 6,100 3,000 6,100 3,100
Portugal 68 10 10 78 10
Russia 8,168 7,410 4,252 12,420 7,410
Spain 761 15 7 1,833 4,184 2,609 4,191
Sweden 183 91 183 91
Turkey 120,150 97,936 83,207 71,755 78,881 67,517 282,238 237,208 5
U.K. 2,110 1,537 756 968 2,866 2,505 1,174 342
Total 242,082 205,567 131,825 108,211 119,446 129,629 493,353 443,407 7,391 1,692

*NESOI: “Not Elsewhere Specified Or Included” — Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Bureau of Census

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