U.S. Firearms Industry 2017

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Facing A Softened Market, Industry Has Case For Optimism

By Jade Moldae

The U.S. firearms industry has experienced its fair share of ups and downs over the past 20 years. Following a high-octane, record-breaking 2016, sales have cooled across most of the industry during the first half of 2017.

Today’s contracted market can largely be attributed to the results of the 2016 election season — which has removed the fear-induced environment as a sales driver among consumers.

Yes, sales may be down across specific segments, but some dealers and manufacturers have reported they’re “up” in certain categories from where they were in 2016 — such as revolvers, self-defense handguns and concealed-carry accessories. In the case of MSRs it has become a buyer’s market, with a lot of inventory in the channel following President Trump’s surprise victory. Suppressor sales are sluggish as well, as consumers wait to see how the Hearing Protection Act progresses through Congress. These challenges represent “growing pains” as the industry adjusts to a normalized market.

Economic Impact, Background Checks

In April, NSSF released its 2017 Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report. Since 2008 the industry has posted commendable growth across several measures. Most notably, the industry’s overall economic impact surged from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.3 billion in 2016 (169%). The number of jobs in the industry has expanded by 81 percent, (from 166,200 to 301,123), while total wages more than doubled (137%) from $6.4 billion to $15.2 billion.

In May, NICS conducted 988,473 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks, a 6.5 percent increase compared to May 2016. (This is the highest May on record.) While NICS checks are down through the first five months of 2017 compared to 2016, from 6,179,528 to 5,793,571 (-6.2%), there have been encouraging signs. For example, amidst fears of a “Trump Slump,” NICS background checks in three of the first five months of 2017 have exceeded those reported in the parallel months of 2016.

Comparing the first five months of 2017 to 2015 (which was the second-largest year for U.S. firearms manufacturing), the industry is performing well. NICS background checks increased by 6.7 percent (from 5,427,494 to 5,793,571) from Jan.–May 2017 compared to the corresponding months in 2015.

Financial Performance

The early-year performances of the industry’s publicly traded firearm companies reveal some telling trends impacting the industry.

Insights from Ruger’s latest earnings report (Q1 2017) exhibit improving sales, despite challenges in today’s sales environment. The company reported net sales of $167.4 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to net sales of $173.1 million in the same quarter in 2016 (-3.3%).

At the Ruger Annual Meeting of Shareholders in May, President and COO Chris Killoy succeeded Mike Fifer as Ruger’s fourth CEO following his planned retirement; Fifer remains on Ruger’s board. The company previously announced Killoy’s promotion in August 2016.

While Ruger’s Q1 2017 net sales were up 3.5 percent over Q4 2016 ($161.8 million), it had its challenges, Killoy shared during the meeting.

“It’s a very promotionally charged environment. First quarter is always where we have promotions for our distributors and retailers. This year was no exception. Coming out of the election, you saw a lot of inventory. So we had to be aggressive on our promotions,” Killoy said.

In December 2016, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. shared the holding company’s name had been changed to American Outdoor Brands Corp. (AOBC).

In March, AOBC announced strong financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, which ended Jan. 31, 2017. AOBC reported third quarter net sales of $233.5 million, a 10.8 percent increase over the Q3 2016 ($210.8 million). Generating $197 million in sales, the Firearms Division constituted 84 percent of the company’s total sales in this period — a modest 1.2 percent improvement over Q3 2016 ($194.7 million).

“Toward the end of the quarter, consumer firearm purchasing began to cool — a trend that underscores the importance of remaining focused on our strategy to continue growing and balancing our business across the shooting, hunting and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets,” said James Debney, AOBC president and CEO.

Further insights can be found in Remington Outdoor Company’s quarterly report, for the three-month period ending April 2, 2017. Net sales of firearms were $84 million, down from the corresponding three months in 2016 ($115.3 million) — a 27.1 percent decrease. MSR sales decreased by $29 million, while sales of handguns, rimfire and centerfire rifles dropped by $3.8 million. These decreases were partially offset by increased sales of shotguns ($0.8 million).

“We believe our customers in the market are adjusting their inventories to current market tendencies with lower purchasing volumes, and utilizing advertising and promotional activities to improve sell through rates,” the company said in its report.

In May, Vista Outdoor reported overall sales of $579 million during its fourth quarter ending March 31, a 5 percent decline from the same quarter in 2016, and a drop of 21 percent organically.

“We are experiencing unprecedented decline in demand for ammunition and firearms following the presidential election and softness in the retail environment. In order to address ongoing market headwinds, we are taking actions on several fronts,” said Mark DeYoung, Vista Outdoor chairman, CEO, citing expansion of e-commerce, adjusting its workforce, reducing inventory, along with other measures.

“We remain confident in our ability to compete and win with a broad portfolio of exciting brands and products, and in our ability to deliver growth and value over the long term,” DeYoung said.

U.S. Firearm Production In 2015

The 2015 business year represented a “recovery” year for the industry. After a challenging 2014, the industry rebounded across several categories. NICS background checks increased from 13,090,383 (NSSF-adjusted) to 14,244,240 (NSSF-adjusted) — an 8.8 percent climb. Correlating with the rise in background checks, U.S. firearms production in 2015 posted an increase over the previous year.

Total firearms production expanded from 8,692,461 in 2014 to 8,911,530 in 2015, according to the ATF’s 2015 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export report — the latest data available. This is below the record-breaking 2013 business year, when over 10 million firearms were produced for the first time, but a welcome growth of 2.5 percent over 2014.

The 4,442,458 handguns built in 2015 represented a narrow 1.5 percent increase over 2014. In pistols, production fell 2.1 percent (from 3,633,454 to 3,557,199), while revolver production surged by 19 percent (from 744,047 to 885,259). A notable source of growth in revolver production can be attributed to Heritage Manufacturing Inc. The company’s production nearly doubled (91.8%) from 85,464 to 163,933 revolvers. Of interest: all but 1,408 of Heritage’s revolvers were chambered in .22 LR, 2015’s leading revolver caliber.

Rifle production experienced a boost as well, posting a 9.2 percent increase compared to 2014 (from 3,379,549 to 3,691,799). This represented a welcome turnaround, as rifle production fell 15 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Shotgun manufacturing was the only category experiencing a decline (-16.9%) from 935,411 to 777,273. The 2015 total marked the first time less than 850,000 shotguns were produced in a year since 2010.

For the eighth year in a row, Ruger was the top U.S. firearms manufacturer. In 2015, the company manufactured 1,667,820 firearms — a slight decline (-2.7%) from 2014’s total of 1,714,097. The company posted a 3.6 percent increase in pistol manufacturing, with growth in .22-, .380- and 9mm-caliber handguns (8.8%, 6.1% and 7.5%, respectively). Ruger’s rifle production experienced a modest 6.2 percent decrease (from 706,192 to 662,444), yet still placed the company in the second spot of U.S. rifle production in 2015.

As the top handgun producer, Smith & Wesson regained its 2013 position as the second-largest U.S. firearms manufacturer with 1,473,352 firearms in 2015. More than two-thirds (68.2%) of Smith & Wesson’s total firearms were handguns: 989,853 pistols and 274,136 revolvers. S&W’s 9mm pistol production enjoyed a healthy 34.8 percent increase (409,932 to 552,482), while revolvers chambered in .22 and .357 saw sizeable increases of 256.5 and 78.3 percent, respectively.

Remington, the third largest manufacturer in 2015, was the leading rifle producer with 774,180. This was a 16.7 percent decrease from 2014. Combined with shotguns, Remington was the largest producer of long guns in the U.S. (1,107,622).

Close Look: Top Producers

The top U.S. firearms manufacturers in 2015 and their percentages of change from 2014:
• Ruger: 1,667,820 (-2.7%)
• Smith & Wesson: 1,473,352 (9.7%)
• Remington Arms: 1,143,671 (-18.8%)

Top handgun manufacturers:
• Smith & Wesson: 1,263,989 (6.8%)
• Ruger: 1,004,549 (0.1%)
• SIG SAUER: 459,655 (5.9%)

Top pistol manufacturers:
• Smith & Wesson: 989,853 (8.2%)
• Ruger: 748,364 (3.6%)
• SIG SAUER: 459,655 (5.9%)

Top revolver manufacturers:
• Smith & Wesson: 274,136 (2.0%)
• Ruger: 256,185 (-8.9%)
• Heritage Mfg.: 163,933 (91.8%)

Top rifle producers:
• Remington: 774,180 (-16.7%)
• Ruger: 662,444 (-6.2%)
• Savage Arms: 381,695 (24.8%)

Top shotgun companies:
• Mossberg/Maverick Arms: 347,658 (-6.4%)
• Remington: 333,442 (-19.4%)
• Kel-Tec: 38,163 (-2.7%)

U.S. Export, Import Insights

In international business, the industry’s exports dropped 18.6 percent, decreasing from 420,148 total exports in 2014 to 341,957 in 2015 (see p.30). In a positive trend, however, pistol exports increased by 11.5 percent (from 126,316 to 140,787).

For the second year running, Ruger was the top U.S. firearms exporter in 2015. Compared to 2014, there was a shake-up at the top: with Cobra Enterprises Of Utah and SIG SAUER replacing Savage and Maverick Arms as the second and third largest U.S. exporters.

Top three U.S. firearms exporters of 2015 and their percentage of change from 2014:
• Ruger: 64,197 (-17.5%)
• Pistols: 1,895
• Revolvers: 4,410
• Rifles: 57,876
• Shotguns: 16
Cobra Enterprises Of Utah: 39,762 (No exports reported in 2014)
• Pistols: 39,515
• Revolvers: 247
• SIG SAUER: 35,627 (-0.8%)
• Pistols: 31,486
• Rifles: 4,141

In 2016 U.S. imports reached 4,762,828 firearms, a 35.5 percent increase over 2015 (see pp. 32–33). Handguns experienced a surge in particular, with U.S. companies importing 3,616,983 — a 49.8 percent increase. The top three importing countries from 2015 maintained their same placements in 2016. Austria, as it was in 2015, was the top overall importer.

The top importing countries in 2016 and their percentages of change from 2015:
• Austria: 1,321,536 (42.8%)
• Handguns: 1,318,204
• Rifles: 3,324
• Shotguns: 8
• Brazil: 711,708 (19.4%)
• Handguns: 656,557
• Rifles: 31,204
• Shotguns: 23,947
• Croatia: 574,486 (69.7%)
• Handguns: 574,486

NSSF-ADJUSTED: NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS JAN. 2014 — MAY 2017
YEAR JAN. FEB MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
2014 970,510 1,264,010 1,224,705 988,726 877,655 805,571
2015 1,052,441 1,280,825 1,187,823 987,698 918,707 886,825
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

YEAR JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. TOTALS
2014 816,588 989,337 1,024,272 1,174,797 1,329,688 1,624,524 13,090,383
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 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5,793,571

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.

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Total U.S. Firearm Production By Type 1996 — 2015

Year Handguns Rifles Shotguns Total
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
2014 4,377,501 3,379,549 935,411 8,692,461
2015 4,442,458 3,691,799 777,273 8,911,530
Total 43,425,033 39,660,967 16,686,549 99,772,549

Top 25 U.S. Manufactures 2015

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 748,364 256,185 662,444 827 1,667,820
Smith & Wesson Corp. 989,853 274,136 209,180 183 1,473,352
Remington Arms Co. 36,049 774,180 333,442 1,143,671
O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc./Maverick Arms 156,839 347,658 504,497
SIG SAUER Inc. 459,655 37,563 497,218
Savage Arms Inc. 381,695 381,695
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 306,607 306,607
WM. C. Anderson Inc. 300,390 300,390
GLOCK Inc. 216,616 216,616
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 163,933 163,933
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 65,417 1,492 79,565 146,474
Strassell’s Machine Inc. (Hi-Point) 86,800 54,000 140,800
Kimber Mfg. 131,924 8,824 140,748
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.. 63,000 31,881 38,163 133,044
Beretta USA Corp. 94,183 1,970 28,362 124,515
SCCY Industries 116,998 116,998
The Southern Die Casting Corp. 91,453 91,453
Taurus International Mfg. Inc. 91,386 91,386
Springfield Armory Inc. 57,579 23,912 81,491
Kemlab 69,214 69,214
Century Arms Inc. 2,093 65,687 67,780
Keystone Sporting Arms 1,025 61,739 62,764
Arms Technology Inc. 59,320 2,794 62,114
North American Arms Inc. 322 53,783 54,105
Jimenez Arms Inc. 45,328 45,328

Handgun Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2015

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 989,853 274,136 274,136
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 748,364 256,185 1,004,549
SIG SAUER Inc. 459,655 459,655
GLOCK Inc. 216,616 216,616
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 163,933 163,933
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 131,924 131,924
SCCY Industries 116,998 116,998
Beretta USA Corp. 94,183 94,183
The Southern Die Casting Corp. 91,453 91,453
Taurus International Mfg. Inc. 91,386 91,386
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 65,417 1,492 66,909
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 63,000 63,000
Arms Technology Inc. 59,320 59,320
Springfield Armory Inc. 57,579 57,579
North American Arms 322 53,783 54,105
Jimenez Arms Inc. 45,328 45,328
Charco 2000 Inc. 41,221 41,221
Cobra Ent. Of Utah Inc. 39,493 247 39,740
Remington Arms Co. 36,049 36,049
FN America 32,749 32,749
Haskell Mfg. Inc. 27,300 27,300
Saeilo Inc. 25,444 25,444
Phoenix Arms 23,850 23,850
Iberia Firearms Inc. 21,500 21,500
Bond Arms Inc. 15,697 15,697
Diamondback Firearms 10,321 10,321
CZ-USA Inc. 8,962 278 9,240
FMK Firearms Inc. 8,138 8,138
STI International Inc. 6,908 6,908
Magnum Research Inc. 5,339 925 6,264
Azimuth Technology 6,232 6,232
Wilson’s Gun Shop Inc. 5,052 5,052
Heckler & Koch Inc. 4,904 4,904
American Tactical Imports Inc. 3,543 3,543
Tanury Industries Inc. 2,376 681 3,057
Nighthawk Custom 3,022 3,022
VLH Inc. 2,960 2,960
Radical Firearms 2,896 2,896
Les Baer Custom Inc. 2,878 2,878
Masterpiece Arms Holding Co. 2,192 2,192
Century Arms Inc. 2,093 2,093
Ed Brown Products Inc. 1,894 1,894
Hi Tech Plastics Inc. 1,798 1,798
Coonan Inc. 1,694 1,694
Whalley Precision Inc. 1,494 1,494
Caspian Arms Ltd.. 1,387 1,387
Kriss USA Inc. 1,374 1,374
Extar 1,235 1,235
Cobray Firearms Of Tennessee 1,039 1,039
Keystone Sporting Arms 1,025 1,025
Daniel Defense Inc. 1,012 1,012
Tactical Solutions Inc. 988 988
Federal Armament 867 867
V Custom Inc. 709 709
Foster Industries Inc. 699 699
US Firearms Mfg. Co. 670 670
CMMG Inc. 565 565
Freedom Arms Inc. 38 499 537
Lucid Mfg. Inc. 496 496
Palmetto State Armory 489 489
PTR Industries Inc. 471 471
Rock River Arms Inc. 467
Hohman Plating & Mfg . 434 434
Excel Industries Inc. 386 386
Velocity 355 355
Good Time Outdoors Inc. 355 355
Windham Weaponry Inc 320 320
New England Metal Services Co. 306 306
Adams Arms 289 289
Guncrafter Industries 288 288
Axis Machine 288 288
LWRC International 256 256
AR1510 251 251
Primary Weapons Systems Inc. 247 247
Turnbull Mfg. Co. 247 247
Salient Security Services Inc. 200 200
Brethren Armament 198 198
US Armament Corp. 198 198
Excel Mfg. Inc. 193 193
Republic Forge 184 184
Republic Forge 184 184
PARA USA 142 142
Andro Corp. Industries 138 138
Bravo Company Mfg. Inc 133 133
Barnes Precision Machine Inc. 132 132
Penn United Technologies Inc. 127 127
Miltac Industries 124 124
Cabot Gun Company 118 118
Oriskany Arms Inc. 111 111
Meggitt Training Systems Inc 90 15 105
Hardened Arms 93 93
Olympic Arms Inc. 92 92
Walther Mfg. Inc. 91 91
Alex Pro Firearms 84 84
Precision Small Arms Inc. 78 78
Christensen Arms 74/td>

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Deer Country Archery Inc. 73 73
Farro’s Lead Farm 68 2 70
Luxus Arms 66 66
Carolina Arms Group 65 65
Total 3,557,199 885,259 4,442,458

Pistol Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2015

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .25 TO .32 TO .380 TO 9MM TO .50 TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 23,299 157,266 552,482 256,806 989,853
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 216,206 169,083 272,551 90,524 748,364
SIG SAUER 6,386 2,759 89,972 234,962 125,576 459,655
GLOCK Inc. 150,008 47,504 19,104 216,616
SCCY Industries 116,998 116,998
Beretta USA Corp. 15,368 862 18,658 58,775 520 94,183
Taurus International Mfg. Inc. 13,649 452 77,285 91,386
Strassell’s Machine Inc. (Hi-Point) 21,700 65,100 86,800
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 2 5,352 12,662 47,401 65,417
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 41,968 3,309 4,057 13,666 63,000
Arms Technology Inc. 49,607 9,713 59,320
Springfield Armory Inc. 6,198 41,381 57,579
Jimenez Arms Inc. 7,273 779 972 18,825 17,479 45,328
Cobra Enterprises Of Utah Inc. 7,510 82 335 18,270 13,085 211 39,493
Remington Arms Co. 17,714 99 18,236 36,049
FN America 14,624 18,125 32,749
Haskell Mfg. Inc. 27,300 27,300
Saeilo Inc. 7,981 10,933 6,530 25,444
Phoenix Arms 20,034 3,816 23,850
Iberia Firearms Inc. 21,500 21,500
Bond Arms Inc. 90 28 1,972 540 13,067 15,697
Diamondback Firearms 2,038 6,924 8,962
CZ-USA Inc. 2,038 6,924 8,962
FMK Firearms Inc. 8,138 8,138
STI International Inc. 2 3,304 3,602 6,908
Azimuth Technology 12,500 697 2,138 3,397 6,232
Magnum Research Inc. 284 198 4,857 5,339
Wilson’s Gun Shop Inc. 1,262 3,790 5,052
Heckler & Koch Inc. 4,904 4,904
American Tactical Imports Inc. 3,543 3,543
Nighthawk Custom 858 2,164 3,022
VLH Inc. 808 2,152 2,960
Radical Firearms 1,861 973 62 2,896
Les Baer Custom Inc 274 2,604 2,878
Tanury Industries Inc. 1,391 32 953 2,376
Masterpiece Arms Holding Co. 240 1,628 324 2,192
Century Arms Inc. 2,093 2,093
Ed Brown Products Inc. 542 225 1,669 1,894
Hi Tech Plastics Inc. 1,798 1,798
Coonan Inc. 1,694 1,694
Whalley Precision Inc. 1 814 679 1,494
Caspian Arms Ltd. 1,387 1,387
Kriss USA Inc. 899 475 1,374
Extar 1,235 1,235
Cobray Firearms Of Tennessee 420 619 1,039
Keystone Sporting Arms 1025 1025
Daniel Defense Inc. 653 359 1,012
Tactical Solutions Inc. 988 988
Federal Armament 1 866 867
V Custom Inc. 709 709
Foster Industries Inc. 699 699
US Firearms Mfg. Co. 670 670
CMMG Inc. 1 64 269 231 565
Lucid Mfg. Inc. 496 496
Palmetto State Armory 450 39 489
Rock River Arms Inc 387 1 42 37 434
Hohman Plating & Mfg. 434 434
Excel Industries Inc. 357 29 386
Velocity 204 172 376
Good Time Outdoors Inc. 355 355
North American Arms Inc. 8 108 206 322
Windham Weaponry Inc. 215 105 320
New England Metal Services Co. Inc. 306 306
Adams Arms 289 289
Guncrafter Industries 55 233 288
LWRC International 231 25 256
AR1510 205 46 251
Primary Weapons Systems Inc. 188 59 247
Turnbull Mfg. Co. 247 247
Salient Security Services Inc. 200 200
Brethren Armament 3 20 175 198
US Armament Corp. 198 198
Excel Mfg. Inc. 193 193
Republic Forge 193 15 169 184
PARA USA 193 142 142
Andro Corp. Industries 138 138
Bravo Company Mfg. Inc. 133 133
Barnes Precision Machine Inc. 91 41 132
Penn United Technologies Inc. 127 127
Miltac Industries 83 41 124
Cabot Gun Company 118 118
Oriskany Arms Inc. 111 111
Hardened Arms 49 44 93
Olympic Arms Inc. 13 26 3 4 46 92
Walther Mfg. Inc. 91 91
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 90 90
Alex Pro Firearms 32 52 84
Precision Small Arms Inc. 78 78
Christensen Arms 74 74
Deer Country Archery Inc. 71 2 73
Farro’s Lead Farm 5 14 48 1 68
Luxus Arms 66 66
Carolina Arms Group 4 61 65
American Derringer Corp. 6 2 17 7 26 58
KSC Enterprises 6 3 53 56
Black Rain Ordnance Inc. 53 53
DSArms Inc. 52 52
BK Guns N Stuff 30 2 1 9 9 51
Total 413,230 11,567 14,763 819,103 1,531,065 767,471 3,557,199

Revolver Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2015

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .32 TO .357 TO .38 TO .44 TO .50 TOTAL
Smith & Wesson Corp. 19,127 122 71,852 141,811 22,326 18,898 274,136
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 38,340 8,379 106,765 57,742 22,279 22,680 256,185
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 162,525 670 738 163,933
The Southern Die Casting Corp 91,453 91,453
North American Arms Inc. 53,783 53,783
Charco 2000 Inc. 4,908 746 6,072 25,673 3,330 492 41,221
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 1 6 238 13 50 1,184 1,492
Magnum Research Inc. 145 21 759 925
Tanury Industries Inc. 679 2 681
Freedom Arms Inc. 48 13 70 134 234 499
Axis Machine 278 278
CZ-USA Inc. 278 278
Cobra Ent. Of Utah Inc. 247 247
BC Engineering 46 46
I.O. Inc. 18 18
Meggitt Training Systems Inc 15 15
Reeder, Gary Nelson 1 9 2 12
Gemini Customs 6 4 10
Wild West Guns 6 6
Ballistic Arms 5 5
Greeley, Kevin P. 1 3 4
Oglesby & Oglesby Gunmakers Inc. 4 4
Excell Enterprises Inc 3 3
Farro’s Lead Farm 1 1 2
Kidder, Ryan Lavalley 2 2
Powers Metal Works 1 1 2
Taylor’s & Company Inc. 1 1 2
Biagiotti, George 1 1
C&R Gun Shop Ltd. Co 1 1
Cathcart, Jim A. 1 1
Guardian Firearms 1 1
Gunshooter Enterprises 1 1
Salem 6 Arms 1 1
White, Melton Ray 1 1
Total 278,784 9,413 186,655 225,782 48,170 136,455 885,259

Long-Gun Production By U.S. Manufacturers 2015

MANUFACTURER RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Remington 774,180 333,442 1,107,622
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. r 662,444 827 663,271
O.F. Mossberg/Maverick Arms 156,839 347,658 504,497
Savage Arms Inc. 381,695 13,161 394,856
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 306,607 306,607
WM C Anderson Inc. 300,390 300,390
Smith & Wesson Corp. 209,180 183 209,363
Colt’s Mfg. 79,565 79,565
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 31,881 38,163 70,044
Kemlab 69,214 69,214
Century Arms Inc. 65,687 65,687
Keystone Sporting Arms 61,739 61,739
Strassell’s Machine Inc. 54,000 54,000
SIG SAUER Inc.. 37,563 37,563
Windham Weaponry Inc. 34,824 34,824
Beretta USA Corp. 1,970 28,362 30,332
Del-Ton Inc. 28,443 28,443
American Tactical Imports Inc 27,476 1 27,477
Daniel Defense Inc. 24,721 24,721
Springfield Armory Inc. 23,912 23,912
Henry Wisconsin 23,157 23,157
Browning 14,815 1,477 16,292
AR1510 15,030 15,030
IWI US Inc. 14,935 14,935
Rock River Arms Inc. 14,406 14,406
Good Time Outdoors Inc. 14,399 14,399
I.O. Inc. 13,406 13,406
Palmetto State Armory 12,255 12,255
Stag Arms 11,816 1,816
Bravo Company Mfg. Inc. 11,512 11,512
FN America 11,483 11,483
Aerotek Industries 9,924 9,924
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 8,824 8,824
LWRC International 8,329 8,329
Diamondback Firearms 7,889 7,889
Saeilo Inc. 7,646 7,646
John W. Heaton Inc. 7,643 7,643
Standard Mfg. Co. 274 6,618 6,892
Adams Arms 6,182 6,182
Production Speed Fixtures 5,618 5,618
Mega Arms 4,914 4,914
CMMG Inc. 4,839 4,839
Christensen Arms 4,186 4,186
PTR Industries Inc. 4,012 4,012
FMK Firearms Inc. 3,979 3,979
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 3,578 3,578
Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc. 3,413 3,413
Radical Firearms 3,297 3,297
Weatherby Inc. 3,036 3,036
Troy Industries Inc. 2,969 2,969
Just Right Carbines 2,901 2,901
Arms Technology Inc. 2,794 2,794
Magnum Research Inc. 2,488 2,488
Alex Pro Firearms 2,226 2,226
Cooper Firearms Of Montana Inc 2,165 2,165
UTAS-USA Ltd. 2,137 2,137
Steyr Arms Inc. 2,129 2,129
Primary Weapons Systems Inc. 2,103 2,103
Heckler & Koch Inc. 2,051 2,051
Nosler Inc. 1,980 1,980
Wilson’s Gun Shop Inc. 1,764 139 1,903
Bear Creek Arsenal 1,792 1,792
Austin Precision Products Inc. 1,738 1,738
Tactical Solutions Inc. 1,710 1,710
Knight’s Mfg. Co. 1,679 1,679
KRISS USA Inc. 1,632 1,632
Pauway Corp. 930 696 1,626 5
DSArms Inc. 1,567 1,567
Valley Steel Stamp Inc. 1,564 1,564
Olympic Arms Inc. 1,560 1,560
TNW Firearms Inc. 1,508 1,508
Montana Rifle Co. 1,473 1,473
Pneu-Dart Inc. 1,436 1,436
Ares Defense Systems Inc. 1,414 1,414
V Custom Inc 1,306 1,306
Federal Armament 410 822 1,232
Chazkat 1,209 1,209
JP Enterprises Inc. 1,120 1,120
Aero Precision 1,118 1,118
Noveske Rifleworks 1,074 1,074
Black Rain Ordnance Inc. 1,036 1,036
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. 1,025 1,025
Velocity 957 957
Ithaca Gun Co. 948
Barnes Precision Machine Inc. 939 939
Alexander Industries Inc. 935 935
Tl Technologies Inc. 923 923
Kidd Innovative Design 896 896
Luxus Arms 763 763
Nemo Arms Inc. 720 720
Desert Tech 709 709
Good, William J. 670 670
Excel Industries Inc. 666 666
G.A. Precision 651 651
Dark Storm Industries 643 643
Bar-S Machine Inc. 625 625
Rock Ridge Machine Works Inc. 625 625
Safeside Tactical 590 590
H-S Precision Inc 578 578
Gunwerks 572 572
Total 3,691,799 777,273 4,469,072

Exports: Pistols 2015

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Cobra Enterprises Of Utah Inc. 39,515
GLOCK Inc. 35,529
SIG SAUER Inc. 31,486
Smith & Wesson Corp. 12,084
Kriss USA Inc. 9,405
Beretta USA Corp. 3,636
STI International 2,101
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 1,895
Kimber Mfg. Inc. 1,562
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 761
Colt’s Manufacturing Co 697
Les Baer Custom Inc. 418
Magnum Research Inc. 350
Taurus International Mfg. Inc 343
Wilson’s Gun Shop Inc. 153
FN America 152
Nighthawk Custom 147
Precision Small Arms Inc. 78
FMK Firearms Inc. 77
Saeilo Inc. 76
Ed Brown Products 68
BK Guns N Stuff 51
Evans Machining Service Inc. 41
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 41
Bearing Arms Gun & Tactical 15
Amchar Wholesale Inc 12
Lone Wolf R&D 22
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. 12
V Custom Inc. 10
Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. 8
Letts, Craig A. 7
Primary Weapons Systems Inc 5
Rex Agency 5
Tactical Superiority Inc. 5
Aegis Tactical 4
Exeter Gunslingers Inc. 3
Shamrock Sentinel Corp. 3
Synergistic Digital Solutions Inc. 3
Moorman, Fred A. 2
Volkmann Precision 2
ZDF Import/Export 2
All American MD 1
BDC Gun Room Inc. 1
BHA Inc. 1
Bobcat Weapons Inc. 1
Hill Country Black Rifles 1
Performance Armament Corp. 1
Rogue Enterprises 1
Western Firearms Inc. 1
White, Melton Ray 1
Total Exports 140,787

Exports: Revolvers 2015

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Smith & Wesson Corp. 17,358
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 4,410
North American Arms Inc. 496
Cobra Enterprises Of Utah Inc 247
Magnum Research Inc. 92
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 25
Meggitt Training Systems Inc 14
Ballistic Arms 6
Wild West Guns 6
Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. 6
Surgeon Rifles 2
Taylor’s & Company Inc. 2
Aegis Tactical 1
White, Melton Ray 1
Total Exports 22,666

Exports Shotguns 2015

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Maverick Arms Inc. 16,803
Beretta USA Corp. 686
Savage Arms Inc. 646
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 585
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 16
R&R Racing Inc 15
Wilson’s Gun Shop Inc. 14
Smith & Wesson Corp. 10
Adaptive Tactical 9
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 5
Nighthawk Custom 3
White, Melton Ray 3
Browning Arms Co 2
Total Exports 18,797

Exports: Rifles 2015

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. 57,876
Savage Arms Inc. 33,365
Henry Rac Holding Corp. 18,444
Colt’s Manufacturing Co. 18,036
Maverick Arms Inc. 8,012
FN America 17,980
SIG SAUER Inc. 4,141
Smith & Wesson Corp. 2,386
SIG SAUER Inc. 4,625
Smith & Wesson Corp. 2,386
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. 1,678
Bar-S Machine Inc. 625
Kimber Mfg. Inc 496
Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc. 489
Armalite Inc. 893
ZDF Import/Export 470
Pneu-Dart Inc 404
Stag Arms 375
Weatherby Inc. 355
Primary Weapons Systems Inc. 333
KRISS USA Inc 316
Daniel Defense Inc. 307
DSArms Inc. 279
Meggitt Training Systems Inc. 272
Troy Industries Inc. 172
Magnum Research Inc 155
AR1510 149
Wild West Guns 149
Knight, Charles Reed Jr. 145
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 129
Christensen Arms 114
Desert Tech 112
Nosler Inc. 112
Impact Specialties 108
H-S Precision Inc. 97
Kelbly’s Rifle Range Inc. 92
To, Chang 86
McMillan Firearms Mfg. 81
BK Guns N Stuff 56
Collins, James M. 48
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. 48
Red Rock Precision 48
All American MD . 46
V Custom Inc. 45
Shamrock Sentinel Corp 42
Bixler, Christopher A. 39
Beretta USA Corp. 28
Engage Armament 27
Good Time Outdoors Inc. 26
Defense Research & Development 25
Powder River Rifle Co. Inc. 25
Gunwerks 24
Jard Inc. 21
Remington Arms Co. 20
Meridian Ordnance 19
Letts, Craig A. 18
Blue Tuna Gunsmithing 16
Bobcat Weapons Inc. 13
White, Melton Ray 16
Echo Firearm Refinishing And Armory 15
Knight’s Mfg. Co. 15
Provance, Scott Martin 15
Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. 140
Raleigh, Darin Eugene 14
AMBIMJB 11
Ballistic Arms 11
Black Forest Gunwurks 11
Applied Tactical Technologies Inc. 10
JK Ammo & GUNS 10
LRB Of Long Island Inc 10
M+M Inc. 10
Best Shot 9
Powell, Dennis Glen 9
Desoto Defense Armory 8
Fairbanks And Fairbanks Inc. 8
Huskins Guns & Ammo 8
Joellson, Michael Russo 8
K2 Precision Gunsmithing 8
C Sharps Arms Co. Inc. 7
Adcor Industries Inc. 6
Black Widow Guns And Ammo 6
Copeland, Clifford D. 6
Veteran Guns & Gunsmithing 6
AWC Systems Technology 5
Exeter Gunslingers Inc. 5
Lagendyk, Jeffrey M 5
Red, White And Blue Innovations Inc. 5
Veteran Guns & Gunsmithing 6
Wayne’s Precision 5
Beaver Creek Service Center Inc. 4
Conklin, Wesley Scott 4
Kaufman, Christopher Darby 4
Wilson’s Gun Shop Inc. 4
Aero Precision 3
Browning Arms Co. 3
Melvin Forbes Enterprises 3
Southern Star Suppliers 3
STI International 3
Titus, Dan L. 3
Advanced Weapons & Firearms 2
Alexander Industries Inc. 2
Austin Precision Products Inc. 2
BML Tool & Mfg. Corp. 2
Bachant, William 2
Bar-Nel Inc. 2
BDC Gun Room Inc. 2
Cow House Enterprises 2
Grayskull Armory 2
Kelsey, Ryan B. 2
Kunz, Joshua M.. 2
Les Baer Custom Inc. 2
LWRC International 2
Roberts, Curtis 2
Saeilo Inc 2
Shillig, Theodore Robert 2
Tactical Professionals Inc. 2
Thomas, Brian Keith 2
11 11 1
Adams Arms 1
Alan & William Arms Inc 1
Allen, Kirby Leroy 1
Ashbury International Group Inc. 1
Backgrounds Unlimited Inc. 1
Bohemoth Customs 1
George, David 1
Heinkel, Jason 1
Hill Country Black Rifles 1
Horan, John Dennis 1
Lupara 1
Nammo Tactical Ammunition Co 1
Patriot Weaponry 1
Psyconsul 1
Skyarms 1
Smith, Frederick Adam 1
Taylors & Company Inc. 1
Warthog Firearms 1
Weigh Of The Bullet 1
Total Exports 159,707

Imports — Handguns By Country 2015 & 2016

COUNTRY 2015 2016
Argentina 42,304 75,834
Australia 29
Austria 923,951 1,318,204
Belgium 18,662 25,297
Brazil 482,480 656,557
Bulgaria 6,230 4,031
Burma 19
Canada 15 1
Chile 4
Croatia 338,535 574,486
Czech Republic 71,691 107,308
Finland 4
France 350 447
Germany 236,512 439,514
Hungary 1,665 738
Israel 15,765 22,180
Italy 94,752 181,304
Mexico 50
Norway 28 23
Pakistan 575 175
Philippines 79,457 97,166
Poland 9,188 11
Portugal 432
Romania 9,460 5,272
Russia 60
Serbia 18,066 12,823
Slovakia 1,075 1,223
Slovenia 1,058 7,083
South Korea 47
Spain 177 1,202
Sweden 8
Switzerland 3,914 2,262
Tokelau 40
Turkey 58,870 83,006
United Arab Emirates 110
U.K. 58 85
Total 2,415,157 3,616,983

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

Imports — Rifles By Country 2014 & 2015

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO SEMIAUTO BOLT BOLT NESOI* NESOI* RIMFIRE RIMFIRE TOTAL TOTAL
2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016
Australia 1 50 52
Austria 449 191 6 45 1 43 450 3,045 906 3,324
Belgium 26,133 18,247 28,356 39,790 1 4 7 88 54,497 58,129
Brazil 78,585 31,204 78,585 31,204
Bulgaria 5,100 288 2 5,100 290
Canada 1 610 1,376 83 1 276,038 223,591 276,731 224,969
Czech Rep. 9,155 10,789 138 207 18,832 20,389 28,125 31,385
Finland 135 50,459 56,459 2 50,472 56,594
France 446 172 34 25 480 197
Germany 1,779 2,501 1,189 3,450 540 310 12,190 23,448 15,698 29,709
Ireland 5 5
Israel 23,203 2 4,300 1,762 4,302 24,965
Italy 9,998 4,894 975 400 12,147 6,226 2,022 5,231 25,142 16,751
Japan 57,459 67,898 15,527 18,616 14,026 11,810 87,012 98,324
New Zealand 3 3
Philippines 5,603 4,847 5,603 4,847
Poland 5 527 537 5
Portugal 1,971 896 146 946 2,117 1,842
Romania 17,870 8,220 17,870 8,220
Russia 4,380 8,420 24 412 4,404 8,832
Serbia 15,250 16,400 2,107 1,139 17,357 17,539
South Africa 4 4 4 4 8
South Korea 2 2 2 2
Spain 16 1 22,013 26,148 29 22,058 26,149
Sweden 52 547 61 5 113 552
Switzerland 107 168 16 262 356 385 524
Turkey 339 2,400 28 339 2,428
United Arab Emirates 6 6
U.K. 1,489 1,981 2,257 3,576 681 66 4,427 5,623
Total 83,194 85,804 152,587 185,204 136,260 88,550 330,140 292,923 702,256 652,478

Imports — Shotguns & Combination Guns By Country 2015 & 2016

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO OVER/UNDER NESOI* TOTAL COMBINATION
2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016
Austria 8 8 716 57
Belgium 405 350 303 25 7 170 715 545 1
Brazil 17,019 13,882 13,628 10,065 30,647 23,947 4,388 4,906
Bulgaria 3 3
Canada 191 32 191 32 1
China 2,091 1,470 11,879 15,289 13,970 16,759
Czech Rep. 109 13 109 13 9
Finland 35
France 5 11 17 73 22 84 1
Germany 5 4 620 1,491 219 723 844 2,218 703 157
Hungry 50 50
Ireland 19 19
Italy 115,331 110,999 43,241 30,418 1,197 1,017 159,769 142,434 447 1,047
Japan 638 760 269 1 907 761
Netherlands 2 2
Pakistan 335 335
Philippines 6,400 6,100 6,400 6,100
Portugal 1,810 68 900 10 2,710 78
Russia 5,150 8,168 4,252 5,150 12,420
Spain 538 761 17 15 135 1,833 690 2,609 7
Sweden 2 183 2 183
Switzerland
Turkey 83,989 120,150 71,604 83,207 19,900 78,881 175,493 282,238 14 5
U.K. 209 2,110 367 756 576 2,866 2 1,174
Total 209,319 241,970 134,556 131,951 54,657 119,446 398,532 493,367 6,279 7,391

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

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