U.S. Firearms Industry Today 2015

The Downturn Has Been Harsh, But The Market Is Stabilizing.

The downturn in the U.S. firearms industry has been, to put it gently, unpleasant. Yes, the industry has experienced numerous ups-and-downs in its history, but perhaps no decline has been as rapid or as steep. Last year’s slowdown created a painful whiplash: Companies — manufacturers through dealers — struggled to adjust to the new normal. The impact has been harsh.

Yet, there’s a glimmer of hope. Following aggressive marketing to rightsize overloaded inventories and to draw consumers back into gun shops, there are indications the market is stabilizing. That may seem difficult to grasp, especially at the dealer level, where parking lots haven’t been full in many months. And there are still the summer months to navigate on the way to a hoped-for healthy hunting and holiday buying season. It’s then, most experts say, the industry will experience modest growth.

Encouraging Signs

During May, NICS conducted 918,707 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks, a 4.7 percent increase compared to May 2014. It was the second highest May on record. Not surprising, the highest May was in 2013, with 974,457 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks.

In May, Ruger reported sales for its 2015 first quarter, which ended March 28. The company posted sales of $137 million, a 19 percent decrease compared to the first quarter of 2014. However, Ruger’s performance during its first quarter this year was 12 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2014 — an encouraging sign.

“Demand for the company’s firearms in the first quarter of 2015 increased from the fourth quarter of 2014 due to the successful annual sales promotions in effect during the first quarter of 2015, coupled with a reduction in the aggressive price discounting by many of our competitors that was prevalent in the latter half of 2014,” said Mike Fifer, Ruger CEO.

In previous financial reports, Fifer noted “the lack of significant new product introductions” contributed to the company’s drop in sales. Ruger responded with numerous new product introductions, with positive results.

“New products, including the AR-556 modern sporting rifle and the LC9s pistol, represented $22.8 million or 17 percent of firearm sales in the first quarter of 2015,” Fifer said.

In March, Smith & Wesson reported its 2015 third quarter sales, which ended Jan. 31, decreased 10.5 percent, compared to 2014. Firearm sales during the third quarter were down 14.7 percent. However, S&W’s overall sales during the third quarter were 20 percent higher than the previous second quarter.

“Our third quarter results reflect the successful navigation of a normalizing firearm market following an earlier consumer surge in firearm purchases, combined with the ongoing focused execution of our long-term strategy. Sales in our firearm division exceeded our updated expectations, reflecting solid orders from distributors and key retailers at the start of our annual industry show season in January,” said James Debney, S&W Holding Corp. president and CEO.]

In April, Smith & Wesson announced it was updating expectations for its fourth quarter and full 2015 fiscal year. The company indicated orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter were stronger than originally anticipated.

In March, Remington Outdoor Co. reported its firearms sales for the three months ending March 29 decreased 27.5 percent, compared to the quarter ending March 30, 2014.

“Our firearms sales experienced declines across all our major product categories. MSR and centerfire sales decreased $16.2 million. Sales of shotguns decreased $15.7 million, primarily due to softness in demand for tactical shotguns and certain brand rationalization initiatives. In addition, sales of handguns decreased $3.5 million, while sales of rimfire rifles decreased $1.5 million. These decreases were partially offset by increases in sales of our other firearm products of $2.8 million,” according to the company’s financial report.

What brands are top sellers? According to consumer purchasing data from Southwick Associates, Smith & Wesson was the top-selling handgun in 2014. Southwick reports Remington and Ruger shared the top-selling rifle title for 2014, while Remington dominated 2014 shotgun sales.

U.S. Firearm Production

In 2013, U.S. firearms manufacturers set impressive production records, according to the ATF’s “2013 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report” — the latest data available.

For the first time, U.S. manufacturers produced more than 10 million firearms in a single year (10,349,650), an increase of 17 percent over 2012. It was the third year in a row that U.S. manufacturers set records for total firearm production.

During 2013, U.S. manufacturers posted increases in all firearm categories. Interestingly, shotguns — a category usually lagging behind handgun and rifle production — posted the highest category increase with a 27 percent increase over 2012. It was the largest increase in shotgun production since 1994.

Within the handgun category, pistols also posted a 27 percent increase in 2013, with 4,441,726 units built. Overall, handgun production increased 24 percent in 2013, this after a notable 31 percent jump in 2012.

Rifle production in 2013 increased 26 percent, this after a 37 percent increase in 2012. Overall, the rifle category posted the largest percent of increase of all categories from 2011 through 2013, with 71 percent.

Ruger continues to dominate U.S. firearm production, capturing the top manufacturing spot for the sixth year in a row. In 2013, the company built 2,180,780 firearms, setting a new production record. For the second year in a row, two other U.S. manufacturers — Smith & Wesson and Remington — produced more than 1 million firearms.

In 2013, Ruger firearm production increased 32 percent over 2012. The company’s largest increase was in rifles, with 768,284 units built, a 44 percent jump over 2012. Ruger was the top handgun manufacturer in 2013, producing 1,114,535 pistols (+29%) and 295,643 revolvers (+17%).

Smith & Wesson, the second top-producing U.S. firearm manufacturer in 2013, manufactured 1,505,963 firearms, a 34 percent increase over 2012. In 2013, Smith & Wesson’s most impressive growth was in pistols, with a 54 percent increase over 2012.

Remington, the third largest firearms manufacturer in 2013, increased its production in 2013 by 21 percent. Remington’s top growth was in shotguns, with a 23 percent jump over 2012, followed by a 19 percent increase in rifles.

2013 U.S. Production

The top U.S. firearms manufacturers in 2013 and their percentages of change from 2012 were:
• Ruger: 2,180,780 (+32%)
• Smith & Wesson: 1,505,963 (+34%)
• Remington Arms: 1,401,380 (+21%)

The top handgun manufacturers were:
• Ruger: 1,410,178 (+26%)
• Smith & Wesson: 1,156,993 (+41%)
• SIG SAUER: 551,001 (+3%)

The top pistol manufacturers were:
• Ruger: 1,114,535 (+29%)
• Smith & Wesson: 931,216 (+54)
• SIG SAUER: 551,001 (+3%)

The top revolver manufacturers were:
• Ruger: 295,653 (+17%)
• Smith & Wesson: 225,777 (+4)
• Heritage Mfg.: 90,016 (+0.2%)

The top rifle producers were:
• Remington Arms: 879,761 (+19%)
• Ruger: 768,284 (+44%)
• Savage Arms: 370,509 (+22%)

The top three shotgun companies were:
• Mossberg/Maverick Arms: 524,104 (-2%)
• Remington Arms: 457,359 (+23%)
• Savage Arms: 154,103 (+905%)

U.S. Exports, Imports

In foreign trade, U.S. exports increased 36 percent in 2013, after a mild 2 percent increase in 2012 (see page 40).

GLOCK was the top U.S. firearms exporter in 2013, with an impressive 81 percent increase over its 2012 exports, which were 142 percent higher than 2011.

Savage Arms jumped into the top three U.S. exporter category with a staggering 662 percent increase in exports over 2012.

The top three U.S. exporters for 2013 and their percentages of change from 2012 were:

• GLOCK: 94,564 (+81%)
Pistols: 94,564
• Savage: 61,194 (+662%)
Rifles: 55,071,
Shotguns: 6,123
• Ruger: 60,470 (+35%)
Pistols: 9,043,
Revolvers: 5,789,
Rifles: 45,638

During 2014, U.S. companies imported 3,272,631 firearms, a 33 percent decrease from 2013. (see pages 42, 43, 44).

Austria was the top importer in 2014, with a 15 percent decrease from the previous year. During 2014, Brazil and Germany, perennial top importers, did not make it into the list of the three highest importers of firearms.
The top importers in 2014 and their percentages of change from 2013 were:

Austria: 796,846 (-15%)
• Handguns: 794,469
• Rifles: 2,343
• Shotguns: 34

Croatia: 441,337 (-2%)
• Handguns: 441,337

Italy: 344,047 (-20%)
• Handguns: 154,926
• Rifles: 25,349
• Shotguns: 163,772

Holly Parker, Shooting Industry’s former editorial assistant, contributed significantly to the production of this report.

NSSF-ADJUSTED: NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS JAN. 2012 — MAY 2015
YEAR JAN. FEB MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
2012 920,840 1,266,344 1,189,344 931,660 840,412 846,437
2013 1,790,154 1,634,309 1,501,730 1,185,231 974,457 872,025
2014 970,510 1,264,010 1,224,705 988,726 877,655 805,571
2015 1,052,441 1,280,825 1,187,823 987,698 918,707 N/A

YEAR JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. TOTALS
2012 853,355 1,042,924 1,007,259 1,118,994 1,525,177­ ­2,237,731 13,780,283
2013 855,259 1,016,559 1,034,701 1,113,818 1,308,100 1,520,529 14,796,872
2014 816,588 989,337 1,024,272 1,174,797 1,329,688 1,624,524 13,090,383
2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5,427,494

NSSF removes NICS purpose codes used by several states for CCW 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.

SOUTHWICK — TOP-SELLING FIREARMS 2012 — APRIL 2015

TOTAL 2012 TOTAL 2013 TOTAL 2014 JAN. & FEB. 2015 MAR. & APR. 2015
CATEGORY BRAND MS* BRAND MS* BRAND MS* BRAND MS* BRAND MS*
Handguns Ruger 17.7% Ruger 17.3% S&W 17.4% Ruger 17% Ruger 18%
S&W 17.8%
Rifles Remington 11.5% Savage 10.2% Remington 18% Ruger 16% Ruger 18%
Ruger 11.5% Ruger 19%
Shotguns Remington 19.7% Remington 24.7% Remington 22.1% Remington 18% Mossberg 15%

*Marketshare. Source: www.huntersurvey.com and www.shootersurvey.com, monthly
consumer monitoring services conducted by Southwick Associates.

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Top 25 U.S. Manufacturers 2013

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Ruger 1,114,537 295,661 768,284 2,298 2,180,780
Smith & Wesson Corp. 931,416 225,777 348,731 39 1,505,963
Remington Arms Co. 64,260 879,761 457,359 1,401,380
SIG SAUER Inc. 551,001 121,242 672,243
O.F. Mossberg/Maverick Arms 85,234 524,104 609,338
Savage Arms Inc. 370,509 154,102 524,611
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 304,491 304,491
GLOCK Inc. 204,481 204,481
Beretta USA Corp. 163,233 15,450 178,683
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 146,832 3,898 150,730
Colt Defense 147,177 147,177
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 93,200 43,200 136,400
FN Mfg. 110,279 8,918 119,197
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 81,714 17,067 18,775 117,556
Taurus International Mfg. 116,045 116,045
Burbak Machine Corp. 107,569 107,569
Keystone Sporting Arms 1,917 89,410 1 91,328
Saeilo Inc. 81,598 9,097 90,695
Heritage Mfg. 90,016 90,016
Cobra Enterprises of Utah Inc. 82,041 281 82,322
Colt’s Mfg. 69,808 978 70,786
Jimenez Arms Inc. 60,416 60,416
Arms Technology Inc. 58,387 798 59,185
North American Arms 687 56,426 57,113
PARA USA 57,003 57,003

Total U.S. Firearms Production By Type 1994-2013

Year Handguns Rifles Shotguns Total
1994 2,581,961 1,324,240 1,254,926 5,161,127
1995 1,722,930 1,440,699 1,176,958 4,340,587
1996 1,484,477 1,424,319 926,732 3,835,528
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
Total 38,909,965 35,354,558 17,405,749 92,273,272

The 20-year graph and chart have been updated, based on new data released by the ATF.

Handgun Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2013

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 1,114,535 295,643 1,410,178
Smith & Wesson 931,216 225,777 1,156,993
SIG SAUER 551,001 551,001
GLOCK Inc. 204,481 204,481
Beretta USA 163,233 163,233
Kimber Mfg. 146,832 146,832
Taurus Intl. 116,045 116,045
FN Mfg. 110,279 110,279
Burbak Machine 107,569 107,569
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 93,200 93,200
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 90,016 90,016
Cobra Ent. Of Utah 82,041 281 82,322
Kel-Tec CNC 81,714 81,714
Saeilo Inc. 81,598 81,598
Colt’s Mfg. 69,808 978 70,786
Remington Arms Co. 64,260 64,260
Jimenez Arms Inc. 60,416 60,416
Arms Technology Inc. 58,387 58,387
PARA USA 57,003 57,003
North American Arms 687 56,246 56,933
Charco 2000 50,733 50,733
Springfield Armory Inc. 43,300 43,300
Haskell Mfg. 30,200 30,200
Phoenix Arms 29,000 29,000
Iberia Firearms 26,700 26,700
Diamondback Firearms 23,579 23,579
Heckler & Koch 17,114 17,114
Azimuth Technology 16,417 16,417
Bond Arms 15,092 15,092
Engineering & Cycle Co. 10,073 1,222 11,295
STI Intl. 6,155 6,155
Chiappa Firearms Ltd. 1,761 3,156 4,917
Wilsons Gun Shop 4,012 4,012
CZ-USA 3,724 4 3,728
Leinad 3,700 3,700
FMK Firearms Inc. 3,571 3,245
VLH Inc. 3,211 3,211
Les Baer Custom Inc. 3,144 3,144
Nighthawk Custom 2,646 2,646
Century Arms Inc. 2,587 2,587
Hi Tech Plastics Inc. 2,480 2,480
Iver Johnson Arms Inc. 2,345 2,345
Rock River Arms Inc. 2,129 2,129
Keystone Sporting Arms 1,917 1,917
KRISS USA Inc. 1,895 1,895
Extar 1,800 1,800
Caspian Arms Ltd. 1,741 1,741
CDQ Solutions 1,585 1,585
LW Seecamp Co Inc. 1,286 1,286
Coonan Inc. 1,286 1,286
Boberg Arms Corp. 879 879
V Custom Inc. 863 863
Olympic Arms Inc. 639 639
Velocity 531 531
Foster Industries Inc. 473 473
Freedom Arms Inc. 33 437 470
Advanced Armament Corp. 469 469
LWRC International 462 1 463
Black Rain Ordnance Inc. 405 405
TDJ Inc. 375 375
Primary Weapons Systems 373 373
Axis Machine 319 319
Strayer Voigt Inc. 314 314
Turnbull Mfg. Co. 218 28 246
Meggitt Training Systems 174 2 176
Total 4,441,726 725,282 5,167,008

Pistol Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2013

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .25 TO .32 TO .380 TO 9MM TO .50 TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 319,678 324,987 323,443 146,429 1,114,537
Smith & Wesson 36,503 204 206,662 386,457 301,590 931,416
SIG SAUER 1,715 83,030 286,251 180,005 551,001
GLOCK Inc. 15,011 133,927 55,543 204,481
Beretta USA Corp. 31,969 54 228 21 119,348 11,613 163,233
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 26,614 2,180 87,251 116,045
FN Mfg. 40,707 69,572 110,279
Burbak Machine Corp. 76,935 30,634 107,569
Beemiller Inc. 17,200 76,000 93,200
Cobra Enterprises of Utah Inc. 17,373 404 1,614 39,295 22,730 625 82,041
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 22,875 1,688 17,784 39,367 81,714
Saeilo, Inc. 5,559 42,899 33,140 81,598
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 12,515 56,335 958 69,808
Colt’s Mfg. 4,608 4,000 42,572 52,180
Remington Arms Co. 64,260 64,260
Jimenez Arms Inc. 8,897 2,866 1,478 25,709 21,466 60,416
Arms Technology 58,387 58,387
Para USA 342 56,661 57,003
Springfield Armory Inc. 5,399 45,458 50,857
SCCY Industries 43,300 43,300
Haskell Mfg. Inc. 30,200 30,200
Phoenix Arms 23,168 5,832 29,000
Iberia Firearms Inc. 26,700 26,700
Diamondback Firearms 14,341 9,238 23,579
Heckler & Koch Inc. 15,159 17,114 17,114
Azimuth Technology 234 7,963 8,454 16,417
Bond Arms Inc. 29 13 551 34 14,465 15,092
Engineering & Cycle Co. Inc. 1,898 64 7,996 2,190 12,148
Magnum Research Inc. 1,091 931 8,051 10,073
STI International Inc. 2,253 3,902 6,155
Wilsons Gun Shop Inc. 1,152 2,860 4,012
CZ-USA Inc. 656 3,068 3,724
Leinad Inc. 600 3,100 3,700
FMK Firearms Inc. 3,571 3,571
Ed Brown Products Inc. 2 12 3,231 3,245
VLH Inc. 508 2,703 3,211
Les Baer Custom Inc. 118 3,026 3,144
Nighthawk Custom 59 307 2,280 2,646
Century Arms Inc. 2,587 2,587
Hi Tech Plastics Inc. 2,480 2,480
Iver Johnson Arms Inc. 295 2,050 2,345
Rock River Arms Inc. 2,037 82 10 2,129
Total 635,744 18,578 6,591 852,727 1,697,509 1,230,577 4,441,726

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Revolver Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2013

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .32 TO .38 TO .357 TO .44 TO .50 TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 70,141 681 73,097 103,943 27,876 19,923 295,661
Smith & Wesson Corp. 6,421 259 124,091 41,810 13,314 39,882 225,777
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 89,397 25 338 256 90,016
North American Arms 56,426 56,426
Charco 2000 2,797 809 40,575 1,800 4,752 50,733
Chiappa Firearms 1,340 1,726 90 3,156
Magnum Research Inc. 130 42 1,050 1,222
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 8 37 17 916 978
Freedom Arms Inc. 52 9 61 92 223 437
Axis Machine 319 319
Cobra Enterprises of Utah 281 281
Micro Might Inc. 106 106
Total 226,749 1,914 238,384 149,730 46,466 62,039 725,282

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Long-Gun Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2013

MANUFACTURER RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Remington 879,761 457,359 1,337,120
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 768,284 2,298 770,582
O.F. Mossberg/Maverick Arms 85,234 524,104 609,338
Smith & Wesson Corp. 348,731 39 348,770
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 304,491 304,491
Colt Defense 147,177 147,177
SIG SAUER Inc. 121,242 121,242
Keystone Sporting Arms 89,410 1 89,411
Windham Weaponry Inc. 74,013 74,013
STAG ARMS 62,590 62,590
Keystone Sporting Arms 72,304 3 72,307
Rock River Arms 58,400 58,400
Beemiller Inc. 43,200 43,200
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 17,067 8,775 35,842
Diamondback Firearms LLC 32,639 32,639
Daniel Defense Inc. 30,168 30,168
Century Arms Inc. 27,136 27,136
FMK Firearms Inc. 25,796 25,796
Areotek Industries 17,779 17,779
Good Time Outdoors Inc. 23,785 23,785
Browning 20,223 2,279 22,502
Coating Technology Inc. 9,313 11,577 20,890
LWRC International 17,999 17,999
Armalite Inc. 15,761 15,761
Del-Ton Inc. 15,451 15,451
Beretta USA Corp. 15,450 15,450
John W Heaton Inc. 14,666 14,666
IWI US Inc. 14,599 14,599
Olympic Arms Inc. 12,999 12,999
CMMG Inc. 12,679 12,679
Just Right Carbines 12,610 12,610
Mega Arms 12,564 12,564
Palmetto State Armory 10,848 10,848
Yampa Precision Mfg. Inc. 10,366 10,366
Windham Weaponry Inc. 10,180 10,180
Adams Arms 9,807 9,807
Tempco Mfg. Co. Inc. 9,795 9,795
Patriot Ordnance Factory 9,475 9,475
Saeilo Inc. 9,097 9,097
FN Mfg. 8,918 8,918
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 8,727 8,727
LRB of Long Island Inc. 8,408 8,408
Investment Development 8,378 8,378
Aerotek Industries 8,195 8,195
Knights Mfg. Co. 7,548 7,548
Badger Ordnance Inc. 7,371 7,371
Adcor Defense Inc. 6,561 6,561
Advanced Armament Corp. 6,477 6,477
Chazkat 6,223 6,223
Magnum Research Inc. 5,736 5,736
Heckler & Koch Inc. 5,569 5,569
Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc. 5,437 5,437
WM C Anderson Inc. 5,342 5,342
KRISS USA Inc. 4,698 4,698
Chazkat 4,647 4,647
American Tactical Imports 4,581 4,581
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 3,898 3,898
Cooper Firearms Of Montana 3,829 3,829
IO Inc. 3,656 3,656
Microtool Incorporated 3,611 3,611
TDJ Inc. 3,440 3,440
DS Arms Inc. 3,402 3,402
Double Star Corp. 3,387 3,387
TNW Firearms Inc. 3,225 3,225
Total 3,979,570 1,203,072 5,182,642

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

Exports: Pistols 2013

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
GLOCK Inc. 94,564
SIG SAUER Inc. 26,239
Smith & Wesson Corp. 12,869
Ruger 9,043
KRISS USA Inc. 5,335
Beretta USA Corp. 4,281
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 4,280
Colt Mfg. 2,609
STI International 2,507
Remington Arms Co. 1,502
Taurus International 1,110
PARA USA 536
Magnum Research Inc. 483
Les Baer Custom Inc 361
FMK Firearms 233
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 210
Nighthawk Custom 189
Strayer Voigt Inc. 186
DJ Getz Firearms Co. 177
FN Mfg. 165
Ed Brown Products 154
Boberg Arms Corp. 124
Saeilo Inc. 91
Precision Small Arms Inc. 88
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 75
Walther Arms 61
TDJ Inc. 38
North American Arms Inc. 35
L&M Precision Gunworks 29
Wilsons Gun Shop 22
Ohio Ordnance Works 13
Volkmann Precision 12
Amchar Wholesale Inc. 10
DS Arms Inc. 6
Tazewell Enterprises Inc. 6
Total Exports 167,653

Exports: Revolvers 2013

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Smith & Wesson 14,668
Ruger 5,789
North American Arms 589
Magnum Research 83
H-S Precision Inc. 56
Meggitt Training Systems 46
Colt’s Mfg. 4
Ohio Ordnance Works 1
Ohio Ordnance Works 2
Total Exports 21,236

Exports Shotguns 2013

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Maverick Arms Inc. 39,958
Savage Arms Inc. 6,123
Beretta USA Corp. 2,381
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 1,154
Taser International Inc. 50
Ithaca Gun Co. 33
Iver Johnson Arms Inc. 20
Wilsons Gun Shop Inc. 18
Nighthawk Custom 12
R&R Racing Inc. 6
Tar Hunt Custom Rifles Inc. 4
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 3
Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. 3
Bixler, Christopher A. 1
Total Exports 49,766

Exports: Rifles 2013

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Savage Arms Inc. 55,071
Ruger 19,563
Maverick Arms Inc. 5,753
Smith & Wesson Corp. 5,392
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 2,769
SIG SAUER Inc. 2,593
Colt Defense 2,237
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 1,520
Just Right Carbines 1,520
ZDF Import/Export 1,045
Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc. 792
Daniel Defense Inc. 689
Weatherby Inc. 616
Windham Weaponry 496
STAG ARMS 451
Saeilo Inc.. 422
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 410
Desert Tech 407
TNW Firearms 320
DS Arms Inc. 299
Colt’s Mfg. Co. 298
Magnum Research Inc. 286
Primary Weapons Systems Inc. 285
KRISS USA Inc. 282
TDJ Inc. 216
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 214
Thureon Defense 134
STI International Inc. 128
Good Time Outdoors Inc. 125
Montana Rifle Co 102
Arak Guns 102
DJ Getz Firearms Co. 90
High Standard Fierarms LTD 88
Armalite Inc. 79
McMillan Firearms Mfg. 71
Mack’s Sport Shop 60
Kelbly’s Rifle Range Inc. 59
Troy Industries Inc 52
Rock River Arms Inc. 51
War Sport industries 48
Gunwerks 44
Knights Manufacturing Co. 40
7.62mm Firearms 34
Wolfe, Jonathan York 33
Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. 32
American Precision Arms 27
Kasbarian, Hrant 24
Powder River Rifle Co. 23
Simpson, John Frederick 20
Bixler, Christopher A. 18
Mitchell, Ronald 18
Meridian Ordnance 16
East Texas Armory 15
Enterbras Enterprise Inc. 10
One Of A Kind 10
Miller, Jeffery Allen 10
Reeves, Robby Dale 9
Alexander Industries Inc. 2
Kstarky Enterprises 9
Ashbury International Group Inc. 8
DIV 3 Inc. 7
Cactus Armory 6
RJC Firearms 6
Long Creek Firearms Investments 6
C Sharps Arms Co. Inc. 6
Total Exports 131,718

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

FIREARM IMPORTS

IMPORTS — HANDGUNS BY COUNTRY 2013 & 2014

COUNTRY 2013 2014
Argentina 82,635 43,310
Austria 932,117 794,469
Belgium 14,476 18,371
Brazil 446,062 208,102
Bulgaria 8,297 333
Canada 56 132
Croatia 451,657 441,337
Czech Republic 36,954 47,482
France 350 163
Germany 508,626 291,925
Hungary 631 1,098
Israel 23,907 13,270
Italy 224,061 154,926
Norway 1
Pakistan 161 250
Philippines 140,813 71,021
Portugal 20
Poland 10,853 11,322
Romania 3,655 5,800
Russia 722
Serbia 50,658 10,180
Slovakia 1,204 417
South Africa 17
South Korea 3,879 62
Spain 412 10,385
Sweden 9
Switzerland 4,337 1,894
Turkey 84,981 15,242
Ukraine 4,000
United Arab Emirates 909 47
United Arab Emirates 909 47
U.K. 1 83
Total 3,036,452 2,141,630

Import data is provided by the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.

IMPORTS — RIFLES BY COUNTRY 2013 & 2014

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO SEMIAUTO BOLT BOLT NESOI* NESOI* RIMFIRE RIMFIRE TOTAL TOTAL
2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014
Australia 1 1
Austria 1 859 373 1,051 17 243 7,869 190 8,260 2,343
Belgium 28,559 24,432 1,353 9,371 2 263 6 1 29,920 34,067
Brazil 1,825 50 585 401,824 56,361 404,234 56,411
Bulgaria 30,533 12,900 554 31,087 12,900
Canada 2 187 292,394 258,610 292,396 258,797
China 3,897 1,050 152 1,050 4,049
Czech Rep. 7,209 7,783 2 22 18,296 17,599 25,507 25,404
Finland 43,853 40,153 5 9 43,858 40,162
France 31 38 16 11 47 49
Germany 47,146 8,652 5,171 4,033 17,870 1,253 60,795 23,574 130,353 37,512
Israel 6 1 18,502 27,764 18,502 27,771
Italy 694 916 11,007 3,709 10,426 8,554 29,618 12,170 51,695 25,349
Japan 51,087 60,205 10,694 14,951 14,618 14,501 76,399 89,657
Mexico 800 200 200 200
Norway 19 15 2 36
Poland 300 210 1,454 510 1,454
Portugal 4 1,250 48 4 1,298
Romania 36,734 12,539 8,000 1,500 44,734 14,039
Russia 19,547 28,653 43,550 7,433 215 70,530 28,868
Serbia 39,250 11,920 200 295 39,545 12,120
Spain 250 15 369 17,388 8,709 83 17,403 9,411
Sweden 70 305 758 375 758
Switzerland 32 504 1,213 2,647 1 1,750 2,647
Taiwan 1,396 1 1,396 1
Turkey 15 15
U.K. 180 1,850 886 1,714 3,829 182 300 3,926 5,015
Total 205,901 107,158 166,961 128,050 496,966 128,697 430,442 334,463 1,298,541 698,368

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

IMPORTS — SHOTGUNS & COMBINATION GUNS BY COUNTRY 2013 & 2014

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO OVER/UNDER NESOI* TOTAL COMBINATION
2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014
Austria 41 17 565 16 606 33 12 1
Belgium 1,176 6 5 3 194 9 1,375
Brazil 85 90 19,175 17,888 30,964 20,174 50,224 38,152 46,636 11,963
Canada 5 5
China 14,278 17,750 13,517 7,023 45,545 7,023
Czech Rep. 142 34 142 34 16
Denmark 1 1
Finland 22
France 4 5 5 3 9 8 1 1
Germany 1,039 676 275 475 1,314 1,151 55 32
Ireland 2 2
Italy 128,684 132,693 23,885 29,737 1,712 1,293 154,281 163,723 290 49
Japan 3 28 175 117 1,347 508 1,525 653
Netherlands 2 2
Pakistan 19 19
Philippines 9,800 6,496 9,800 6,496
Portugal 4,615 1,783 800 400 5,415 2,183
Russia 17,694 21,775 ,010 2 15,639 53 34,343 21,830 561
South Africa
Spain 1,132 1,421 49 354 302 1,486 1,772
Sweden 222 143 228 365 228
Switzerland 1 1
Turkey 135,889 106,449 63,681 50,571 13,723 18,382 213,293 175,402
U.K. 7,262 41 1,616 443 7,160 484 1
Total 302,380 265,415 135,051 99,508 89,833 55,625 525,546 420,548 47,555 12,085

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

4 thoughts on “U.S. Firearms Industry Today 2015

  1. Chip Miller

    The tables in your July 2015 volume have at least one error. Ruger is listed as the #1 long gun manufacturer (p. 39) but those figures are for Remington.

    Also, where are the long gun figures for USRAC? I know FN owns them, but the figures for FN are far too small for USRAC, and no shotgun sales are shown.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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  2. James Jarmon

    Where are all the AR lower producers? Anderson, Spikes, Mag Tachtical. Anderson alone is releasing over 50 thousand lowers a year.

    Reply
    1. Jade Molde

      James, thank you for your comment and for reading Shooting Industry. The data we reported on was derived from the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report for 2013, the latest information available when this report was produced in July 2015. In 2013, Anderson manufactured 5,324 rifles under the name “WM C Anderson Inc.” In 2014, Anderson’s production increased significantly, which you’ll see in the July 2016 issue’s “U.S. Firearms Today” report.

      To answer your question on lowers, the ATF defines “production” as: “firearms, including separate frames or receivers, actions or barreled actions, manufactured and disposed of in commerce during the calendar year.”

      If you have any further questions, please respond to this comment or send an email to editor@nullshootingindustry.com.
      —Jade Moldé, SI Editor

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