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U.S. Firearms Industry Today 2014

U.S. Firearms Industry Today 2014
FOLLOWING RECORD SALES, INDUSTRY
ADJUSTS TO “NORMAL” MARKET.

The U.S. firearms industry is experiencing a bit of whiplash in the summer of 2014. The slowdown of firearm sales, compared to 2013, is requiring a bit of “getting used to,” along with adjustments to sales projections, promotions and marketing and product development.

Very few business executives projected that 2014 would match the sales of 2013. During the latter part of last year, many executives spoke of adjusting to the “new norm,” while pondering just what the new normal was compared to previous sales years.

Prevailing wisdom focused on 2012 as the best hoped-for level of business for 2014. That provided plenty of opportunity, given that 2012 was a pretty good year for firearm sales.

And, according to a number of indicators, firearm sales for the first five months of 2014 have exceeded 2012 levels.

Normalized Levels

During May, NICS conducted 877,655 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks. While this was a 9.9 percent decrease, compared to May 2013, it was the second highest May in NICS history. More importantly, it was a 4 percent increase over May 2012. This trend — a decrease in background checks compared to 2013, but an increase compared to 2012 — is reflected in the early months of 2014. Thus, at least through May, it appears wisdom has prevailed in using 2012 sales numbers as the “new norm.”

In February, Ruger reported a 40 percent growth in sales for 2013. In May, the company reported its 2014 first-quarter sales.

“Our earnings increased 2 percent from the first quarter of 2013 on a 9 percent increase in sales. The main driver of the reduced operating margins was a product mix shift away from unusually strong sales of higher-margin firearms accessories that we enjoyed one year ago. New products represented $41.3 million or 24 percent of firearm sales in the first quarter of 2014,” said Mike Fifer, Ruger CEO.

In March, Smith & Wesson reported that its 2014 third-quarter sales, which ended Jan. 31, increased 7 percent. Excluding Walther products sold in the prior year as part of a distribution agreement, S&W’s net sales growth was 16.7 percent.

“We maintained our focus on increasing market share of our Smith & Wesson M&P polymer pistol family of products, and thereby delivered handgun revenue growth of nearly 30 percent, a solid result when we consider the year-ago quarter reflected a surge in consumer demand,” said James Debney, S&W Holding Corp. president and CEO.

In March, Remington Outdoor Company reported that its firearms sales for the three months ending March 30 decreased 30.7 percent compared to the quarter ending March 31, 2013.

“In late 2013, we began to see sales returning to more normalized levels in most categories, in particular the MSR and 1911 lines, although demand is still above historical levels. Although sales for the three months ending March 30, 2014 are lower than the three months ending March 31, 2013, our sales are still higher as compared to quarters prior to the first quarter of 2013,” according to the company’s financial report.

What brands are top sellers? According to consumer purchasing data from Southwick Associates, Ruger and Smith & Wesson shared the top-selling handgun position for 2013. Savage, Southwick reports, was the top-selling rifle brand in 2013, while Remington dominated 2013 shotgun sales.

U.S. Firearm Production

U.S. firearms manufacturers set a number of production records in 2012, according to the “ATF’s 2012 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report” — the latest data available.

It was the second year in a row U.S. manufacturers set new high marks for total firearm production. In 2011, U.S. manufacturers reported making six million firearms (6,351,479) in a single year for the first time. In 2012, U.S. manufacturers set an even higher mark, producing 8,872,456 firearms. That’s an impressive increase of 2,520,977 firearms, a 40 percent jump over 2011.

During 2012, U.S. manufacturers posted increases in all firearm categories, with rifle production posting the most significant increase. U.S. manufacturers made 3,168,206 rifles during the year, an increase of 37 percent over 2011.

Handgun production also saw an impressive increase, with 4,155,240 guns built in 2012, a 31 percent increase. Shotgun production increased by 10 percent in 2012, with 946,010 guns made — the first time more than 900,000 shotguns have been built since 1999.

In addition, three U.S. manufacturers each built more than a million firearms in 2012: Ruger, Remington and Smith & Wesson — another first, according to our research.

In 2012, Ruger manufactured 1,651,975 firearms; the second year in a row the company built more than a million guns. Ruger’s 2012 production, a 48 percent increase over 2011, placed the company as the number one U.S. firearms manufacturer for the fifth year in a row.

Ruger was the top producing U.S. manufacturer of pistols and revolvers in 2012. The company posted significant growth in pistols (+41%) and revolvers (+31%); however, its most dramatic increase was in rifle production, with an impressive 73 percent increase in 2012.

Remington, also for the second year in a row, built more than a million firearms. In 2012, the company’s production of 1,162,774 firearms was a 13 percent increase over 2011. Ranked as the second top producing U.S. firearms manufacturer, the company was the top rifle maker in 2012.

Smith & Wesson, the third top producing U.S. firearm manufacturer, also hit the million-gun-production level in 2012, building 1,123,767 firearms, a 31 percent increase over 2011. In 2012, Smith & Wesson’s posted impressive growth in pistols, with a 31 percent increase over 2011.

2012 U.S. Production

The top U.S. firearms manufacturers in 2012 and their percentages of change from 2011 were:
• Ruger: 1,651,975 (+48%)
• Remington Arms: 1,162,744 (+13%)
• Smith & Wesson: 1,124,767 (+31%)

The top handgun manufacturers were:
• Ruger: 1,117,611 (+39%)
• Smith & Wesson: 822,232 (+17%)
• SIG SAUER: 532,575 (+49%)

The top pistol manufacturers were:
• Ruger: 865,671 (+41%)
• Smith & Wesson: 606,082 (+31%)
• SIG SAUER: 532,575 (+49%)

The top revolver manufacturers were:
• Ruger: 251,940 (+31%)
• Smith & Wesson: 216,150 (-9%)
• Heritage Mfg.: 89,847 (+32%)

The top rifle producers were:
• Remington Arms: 738,690 (+14%)
• Ruger: 534,333 (+73%)
• Savage Arms: 302,757 (+38)

The top three shotgun companies were:
• Mossberg/Maverick Arms: 534,756 (+26%)
• Remington Arms: 372,421(+8%)
• Savage Arms: 15,332 (+18%)

U.S. Exports, Imports

In foreign trade, U.S. exports decreased 2 percent in 2012, after a 24 percent increase in 2011 (see page 46).

Mossberg/Maverick Arms again was the top U.S. firearms exporter, nearly matching the number of firearms exported in 2011. In 2011, the company posted a 27 percent increase in exports.

Glock had the most impressive jump in U.S. exports in 2012, nearly tripling the number of pistols the company exported compared to 2011.
The top three U.S. exporters for 2012 and their percentages of change from 2011 were:

• Mossberg/Maverick Arms: 61,136 (-1%) Rifles: 19,563, Shotguns: 41,573
• Glock: 52,257 (+142%) Pistols: 52,257
• Ruger: 44,661 (-7%) Pistols: 9,033, Revolvers: 6,690, Rifles: 28,938

During 2013, U.S. companies imported 4,908,860 firearms, a 23 percent increase over 2012 (see pages 48, 50, 51).

Brazil was the top importer in 2013, with a 16 percent increase from the previous year. Germany posted the most dramatic increase in imports during 2013, with a 31 percent jump over 2012.

The top importers in 2013 were:

Brazil: 947,156 (+16%)
• Handguns: 446,062
• Rifles: 404,234
• Shotguns: 96,860
Austria: 940,995 (+14%)
• Handguns: 932,117
• Rifles: 8,260
• Shotguns: 618
Germany: 640,633 (+31%)
• Handguns: 508,911
• Rifles: 130,353
• Shotguns: 1,369 9

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

NSSF-ADJUSTED: NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS JAN. 2011 — MAY 2014
YEAR JAN. FEB MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
2011 784,856 963,746 990,840 843,484 696,947 679,840
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 N/A

YEAR JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC. TOTALS
2011 680,258 815,858 878,345 945,088 1,101,076 1,410,937 10,791,275
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 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5,325,606

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 2011 — APRIL 2014

TOTAL 2011 TOTAL 2012 TOTAL 2013 JAN. & FEB. 2014 MAR. & APR. 2014
CATEGORY BRAND MS* BRAND MS* BRAND MS* BRAND MS* BRAND MS*
Handguns Ruger 17.1% Ruger 17.7% Ruger 17.3% Ruger 18% Ruger 18%
S&W 17.8%
Rifles Remington 16.0% Remington 11.5%
Ruger 11.5%
Shotguns Remington 24.6% Remington 19.7% Remington 24.7% Remington 20% Remington 26%

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*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 2012

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 865,671 251,940 534,333 31 1,651,975
Remington Arms Co. 51,633 738,690 372,421 1,162,744
Smith & Wesson 606,082 216,150 302,343 192 1,124,767
SIG SAUER 532,575 99,001 631,576
Mossberg/Maverick Arms 64,020 534,756 598,776
598,776 302,757 15,332 318,089
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 212,603 212,603
Beretta USA 140,670 8,583 149,253
Glock 131,550 131,550
Burbak Machine 129,984 129,984
Kimber Mfg. 120,152 3,852 124,004
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 82,700 36,300 119,000
Colt Defense 111,247 111,247
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 78,074 14,145 7,362 99,581
Taurus Intl. Mfg. 92,074 92,074
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 89,847 89,847
STAG ARMS 78,367 78,367
Aero Precision 73,172 73,172
Keystone Sporting Arms 512 72,304 3 72,819
Saeilo Inc. 65,427 6,730 72,157
FN Mfg. 56,158 15,360 71,518
Springfield Armory 49,525 19,686 69,211
Rock River Arms 1,500 60,427 61,927
Windham Weaponry 57,659 57,659
North American Arms 588 54,511 55,099

Total U.S. Firearms Production By Type 1993 — 2012

Year Handguns Rifles Shotguns Total
1993 2,655,478 1,171,872 1,148,939 4,976,289
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
Total 36,398,435 32,546,860 17,351,616 86,899,911

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

HANDGUN PRODUCTION BY U.S. MANUFACTURERS 2012

MANUFACTURER PISTOLS REVOLVERS TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 865,671 865,671 1,117,611
Smith & Wesson 606,082 216,150 822,232
SIG SAUER 532,575 532,575
Beretta USA 140,670 140,670
Glock 131,550 131,550
Burbak Machine 129,984 129,984
Kimber Mfg. 120,152 120,152
Taurus Intl. 92,074 92,074
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 89,847 89,847
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 82,700 82,700
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 78,074 78,074
Saeilo Inc. 65,427 65,427
FN Mfg. 56,158 56,158
North American Arms 588 54,511 55,099
Colt’s Mfg. 52,180 1,553 53,944
Jimenez Arms 52,742 52,742
Remington Arms Co. 51,633 51,633
Springfield Armory 49,525 49,525
Arms Technology 48,887 48,887
Cobra Ent. Of Utah 46,307 68 46,988
Charco 2000 36,992 36,992
Nationwide Precision 33,051 33,051
Chiappa Firearms 15,303 14,136 29,439
Haskell Mfg. 29,400 29,400
Iberia Firearms 24,100 24,100
Phoenix Arms 22,000 22,000
SCCY Industries 21,902 21,902
Diamondback Firearms 19,532 19,532
Bond Arms 15,042 15,042
Hi Tech Plastics 14,749 14,749
I.O. Inc. 13,249 13,249
PARA USA 12,621 12,621
Magnum Research 6,959 972 7,931
STI Intl. 4,978 4,978
Heckler & Koch 4,573 4,573
MasterPiece Arms Holding 4,353 4,353
CZ-USA 3,530 763 3,603
Wilson’s Gun Shop 3,130 3,130
Les Baer Custom 2,880 2,880
Ed Brown Products 2,758 2,758
Nighthawk Custom 2,650 2,650
Roe Corporation 2,404 2,404
VLH 2,211 2,211
Leinad 2,100 2,100
Century Arms 2,060 2,060
Caspian Arms 2,023 2,023
CDQ Solutions 2,012 2,012
FMK Firearms 1,871 1,871
Rock River Arms 1,500 1,500
L.W. Seecamp Co. 1,282 1,282
Colt Defense 1,211 1,211
Excel Industries 944 944
Lucid Mfg. 853 853
Foster Industries 683 683
Coonan Inc. 637 637
Keystone Sporting Arms 512 512
Rohrbaugh Firearms 416 416
Velocity 405 405
Freedom Arms 404 404
Excel Manufacturing 347 347
Olympic Arms 277 277
LWRC Intl. 277 277
Total 3,484,035 667,259 4,151,294

PISTOL PRODUCTION BY U.S. MANUFACTURERS 2012

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .25 TO .32 TO .380 TO 9MM TO .50 TOTAL
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 254,991 195,323 314,334 101,023 865,671
Smith & Wesson 34,594 638 133,045 208,072 229,733 606,082
SIG SAUER 110,480 85,018 171,984 165,093 532,575 0
Beretta USA 32,941 142 3,855 96,335 7,397 140,670
Glock 108,604 22,946 131,550
Burbak Machine 74,362 51,192 4,430 129,984
Kimber Mfg. 1,018 425 18,880 99,829 120,152
Taurus Intl. 27,032 1,787 63,255 92,074
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 9,800 72,900 82,700
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 19,291 2,933 10,360 45,490 78,074
Saeilo Inc. 4,031 35,841 25,555 65,427
FN Mfg. 22,596 33,562 56,158
Jimenez Arms 9,826 2,107 842 21,357 18,610 52,742
Colt’s Mfg. 4,608 4,000 42,572 52,180
Remington Arms Co. 51,633 51,633
Springfield Armory 3,797 45,728 49,525
Arms Technology 48,887 48,887
Cobra Ent. Of Utah 8,462 96 1,580 30,886 4,544 739 46,307
Nationwide Precision Pro 33,051 33,051
Haskell Mfg. 29,400 29,400
Iberia Firearms 24,100 24,100
Phoenix Arms 18,364 3,636 22,000
SCCY Industries 21,902 21,902
Diamondback Firearms 7,481 12,051 19,532
Chiappa Firearms 15,159 144 15,303
Bond Arms 234 10 1,878 1,614 11,306 15,042
Hi Tech Plastics 14,749 14,749
I.O. Inc. 13,249 13,249
PARA USA 12,621 12,621
Magnum Research 593 1,115 5,251 6,959
STI Intl. 18 1,953 3,007 4,978
Heckler & Koch 4,573 4,573
MasterPiece Arms Holding 583 66 2894 810 4,353
CZ-USA 1,099 2,431 3,530
Wilson’s Gun Shop 259 2,871 3,130
Les Baer Custom 130 2,750 2,880
Ed Brown Products 85 2,673 2,758
Nighthawk Custom 53 334 2,263 2,650
Roe Corporation 2,404 2,404
VLH 200 2,011 2,211
Leinad 2,100 2,100
Century Arms 2,060 2,060
Caspian Arms 2,023 2,023
CDQ Solutions 2,012 2,012
Total 675,030 9,618 11,093 582,580 1,225,959 980,496 3,484,776

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

REVOLVER PRODUCTION BY U.S. MANUFACTURERS 2012

MANUFACTURER TO .22 TO .32 TO .38 TO .357 TO .44 TO .50 TOTAL
Smith & Wesson 8,599 50 115,909 38,545 12,069 40,978 216,150
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 68,001 832 59,683 82,579 19,002 21,843 251,940
Heritage Mfg. Inc. 88,778 86 1 481 1 500 89,847
North American Arms 54,511 54,511
Charco 2000 2,774 630 26,712 2,064 4,812 36,992
Chiappa Firearms 11,433 2,703 14,136
Colt’s Mfg. 4 11 34 91 1413 1,553
Magnum Research 102 41 45 784 972
Freedom Arms 54 12 68 71 199 404
Cobra Enterprises of Utah 681 681
Turnbull Mfg. Co. 1 1 1 4 26 33
CZ-USA Inc. 73 73
Total 234,151 1,716 202,998 126,589 36,095 65,743 667,292

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

LONG-GUN PRODUCTION BY U.S. MANUFACTURERS 2012

MANUFACTURER RIFLES SHOTGUNS TOTAL
Remington Arms Co. 738,690 372,421 1,111,111
Mossberg/Maverick Arms Inc. 64,020 534,756 598,776
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 534,333 31 534,364
Savage Arms 302,757 15,332 318,089
Smith & Wesson Corp. 302,343 192 302,535
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 212,603 212,603
Colt Defense 111,247 111,247
SIG SAUER 99,001 99,001
STAG ARMS 78,367 78,367
Aero Precision Inc. 73,172 73,172
Keystone Sporting Arms 72,304 3 72,307
Rock River Arms 60,427 60,427
Windham Weaponry 57,659 57,659
Beemiller (Hi-Point) 36,300 36,300
Browning 21,729 2,793 24,522
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 14,145 7,362 21,507
Century Arms Inc. 19,763 19,763
Springfield Armory 19,686 19,686
Areotek Industries 17,779 17,779
Daniel Defense Inc. 16,603 16,603
Del-Ton Inc. 16,439 16,439
FN Mfg. 15,360 15,360
ArmaLite Inc. 14,672 14,672
John W. Heaton Inc. 14,339 14,339
LRB Of Long Island Inc. 13,111 13,111
Good Time Outdoors 12,181 12,181
I.O. Inc. 12,032 12,032
Chiappa Firearms 11,806 4 11,810
Palmetto State Armory 11,297 11,297
LWRC Intl. 10,204 10,204
Olympic Arms Inc. 9,676 9,676
Slabe Machine Products 9,642 9,642
CMMG Inc. 9,004 9,004
Mega Arms LLC 8,640 8,640
Beretta 8,583 8,583
Yampa Precision Mfg. 7,594 7,594
Saeilo Inc. 6,730 6,730
Lewis Machine & Tool 6,278 6,278
Just Right Carbines 5,889 5,889
Patriot Ordnance Factory 5,347 5,347
Black Rain Ordnance 4,719 4,719
Barrett Firearms Mfg. 4,517 4,517
PTR Industries 4,181 4,181
Kimber Mfg. 3,852 3,852
DoubleStar Corp. 3,822 3,822
FMK Firearms 3,542 3,542
Coating Technology 3,206 3,206
Troy Industries 2,922 2,922
Magnum Research 2,782 2,782
Diamondback Firearms 2,732 2,732
TNW Firearms 2,680 2,680
Cooper Firearms Of Montana 2,615 2,615
Austin Precision Products Inc. 2,484 2,484
Ithaca Gun Co. 2,465 2,465
Primary Weapons Systems 2,428 2,428
Weatherby Inc. 2,285 2,285
Noveske Rifleworks LLC 2,280 2,280
WMC Anderson Inc. 2,124 2,124
TDJ Inc. 2,050 2,050
Tempco Mfg. Co. 2,045 2,045
Tactical Weapons Solutions Co. 1,383 1,383
Ohio Ordnance Works 1,375 1,375
Chazkat LLC 1,308 1,308
Total 3,168,206 949,010 4,117,216

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

PISTOLS 2012

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Glock 52,257
Smith & Wesson 23,876
SIG SAUER 15,741
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 9,033
Beretta USA 6,439
Kimber Mfg. 6,284
Colt’s Mfg. 3,459
Taurus Intl. Mfg. 2,105
STI International 2,075
BrazTech International 1,828
FN Mfg. 1,392
PARA USA 853
Les Baer Custom 695
Remington Arms Co. 441
Springfield Armory 299
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 295
Strayer Voigt 129
Saeilo Inc. 121
North American Arms 121
Magnum Research 177
Ed Brown Products 100
Nighthawk Custom 88
FMK Firearms 84
Precision Small Arms 83
Wilson’s Gun Shop 83
JKB Daira 81
Andrew Scott Clyde 60
Colt Defense 55
Meggitt Training Systems 40
Kelbly’s Rifle Range 30
ZDF Import/Export 20
Continental Machine Tool Co. 11
TDJ Inc. 8
LWRC Intl. 7
Century Arms 2
Total Exports 128,313

REVOLVERS 2012

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Smith & Wesson 11,612
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 6,690
Taurus Intl. Mfg. 448
North American Arms 418
Charco 2000 400
Magnum Research 42
Colt’s Mfg. 28
Excell Enterprises 3
Ohio Ordnance Works 2
Total Exports 19,643

SHOTGUNS 2012

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Mossberg/Maverick Arms 41,573
Braztech Intl. 548
Savage Arms 331
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 242
Adaptive Tactical LLC 59
Remington Arms Co. 46
Taser International Inc. 23
Wilson’s Gun Shop 17
Smith & Wesson 5
Ohio Ordnance Works 4
Browning 4
US Equipment 3
R&R Racing 2
Total Exports 42,858

RIFLES 2012

MANUFACTURER EXPORTS
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 28,938
Mossberg/Maverick Arms 19,563
Savage Arms 7,697
Smith & Wesson 5,885
Henry RAC Holding Corp. 5,011
TNW Firearms Inc. 1,903
Colt Defense 1,618
SIG SAUER 1,305
Kel-Tec CNC Industries 1,302
Just Right Carbines 1,218
ZDF Import/Export 879
Braztech Intl. 668
Weatherby Inc. 486
STAG ARMS 414
Daniel Defense 373
Kelbly’s Rifle Range 336
Kimber Mfg. 335
Barrett Firearms Mfg. 316
DS Arms 274
Good Time Outdoors 271
Knight, Charles Reed Jr. 267
Windham Weaponry 235
Seckman, Daniel O’Neil II 189
TDJ Inc. 174
H-S Precision 151
Thureon Defense 146
Pneu Dart Inc. 140
Primary Weapons Systems 136
Magnum Research 116
STI Intl. 103
RPT Consulting 100
Saeilo 99
Desert Technology & Mfg. 75
ArmaLite Inc. 67
Springfield Armory 65
LWRC Intl. 64
Meggitt Training Systems 63
Knight’s Mfg. Co. 48
Remington Arms Co. 34
Gunwerks 31
McMillan Firearms Manufacturing 29
Rock River Arms 27
Ohio Ordnance Works 23
Nosler Inc. 23
Powder River Rifle Co. 20
Bixler, Christopher A 18
Taurus Intl. Mfg. 16
Nienhueser & Associates 16
Campbell, Allen Wayne 13
Rock Ridge Machine Works 10
Alexander Industries 9
C Sharps Arms Co. 6
Borden, James F 5
Aztek Arms 4
US Equipment 4
Bence Defense 4
Camp, Anthony David And Arthur Douglas 4
Montgomery Emory Herschel 4
Cheytac USA 4
Nemesis Arms Inc. 4
Melvin Forbes Enterprises 3
Hayden, Roger Sr. 2
Allen, Kirby Leroy 2
Montana Rifle Company 2
Pierce Engineering Ltd. 2
Total Exports 81,355

Total includes all U.S. manufacturers.

FIREARM IMPORTS

IMPORTS — HANDGUNS BY COUNTRY 2012 & 2013

COUNTRY 2012 2013
Argentina 76,184 82,635
Australia 10
Austria 821,522 932,117
Belgium 10,771 14,476
Brazil 417,387 446,062
Bulgaria 4,686 8,297
Canada 12 56
Costa Rica 38
Croatia 389,014 451,657
Czech Rep. 31,514 36,954
Finland 1
France 452 350
Germany 388,627 508,911
Hungary 818 631
Israel 20,064 23,907
Italy 195,167 224,061
Montenegro 1,000
Norway 2
Pakistan 161
Portugal 20
Poland 8,574 10,853
Romania 3,579 3,655
Russia 11,526 722
Serbia 28,504 50,658
Slovakia 1,281 1,204
South Africa 17
South Korea 1,021 3,879
Spain 451 412
Sweden 45
Switzerland 2,940 4,367
Turkey 24,208 84,981
Ukraine 5,500 4,000
United Arab Emirates 8,359 1,359
U.K. 1
Total 2,533,351 3,037,218

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

IMPORTS — RIFLES BY COUNTRY 2012 & 2013

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO  SEMIAUTO BOLT  BOLT NESOI*  NESOI* RIMFIRE  RIMFIRE TOTAL  TOTAL
2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013
Australia 1 1 1 1
Austria 1 691 373 3 17 5,555 7,869 6,249 8,260
Belgium 20,625 28,559 7 1,353 2 2 6 20,634 29,920
Brazil 1,825 585 316,277 401,824 300 316,577 404,234
Bulgaria 9,790 30,533 1,000 554 10,790 31,087
Canada 3 2 2 267,986 292,394 267,991 292,396
Czech Rep. 3,640 3,017 7,209 18 2 16,589 18,296 23,264 25,507
Finland 3,536 43,853 5 33,536 43,858
France 26 31 35 16 61 47
Germany 45,927 47,146 1,521 4,542 959 17,870 46,942 60,795 95,349 130,353
Israel 1 18,502 1 18,502
Italy 397 694 4,225 11,007 10,303 10,376 5,768 29,618 20,693 51,695
Japan 50,127 51,087 9,265 10,694 12,146 14,618 71,538 76,399
Malaysia 1,800
Mexico 200 200
Philippines 2,437 5,909 2,437 5,909
Poland 127 300 2,043 210 2,170 510
Portugal 250 4 250 4
Romania 39,538 36,734 6,995 8,000 46,533 44,734
Russia 27,139 19,547 17,615 43,550 5,073 7,433 16 49,843 70,530
Serbia 17,895 39,250 742 1,374 295 309 20,320 39,545
Spain 1,222 15 17,767 17,388 18,989 17,403
Sweden 70 114 305 114 375
Switzerland 32 504 136 1,213 1 136 1,750
Taiwan 1,396 919 919 1,396
Turkey 475 475
U.K. 145 180 563 1,850 2,162 1,714 479 182 3,349 3,926
Total 165,473 205,901 115,098 166,332 374,922 495,866 358,527 430,442 1,014,020 1,298,541

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

IMPORTS — SHOTGUNS & COMBINATION GUNS BY COUNTRY  2012 & 2013

COUNTRY SEMIAUTO OVER/UNDER NESOI* TOTAL COMBINATION
2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013
Austria 41 753 565 753 606 1 12
Belgium 20 6 6 131 3 157 9
Brazil 15 85 22,747 19,175 24,298 30,964 47,060 50,224 38,896 46,636
Canada 5 5 5 5 21
China 51 14,278 22,300 17,750 7,705 13,517 30,056 45,545
Czech Rep. 142 142
Denmark 1 1 1
France 4 4 6,279 5 6,283 9 1
Germany 13 1,963 1,039 1,475 275 3,451 1,314 69 55
Hungary 34 34
Ireland 37 2 347 2 21
Italy 102,127 128,684 24,195 23,885 2,003 1,712 128,325 154,281 19 290
Japan 3 404 175 2,213 1,347 2,617 1,525 258
Malaysia 100 100
Netherlands 2 2
Pakistan 19 19
Philippines 5,500 9,800 5,500 9,800
Poland 11
Portugal 1,134 4,615 500 800 1,634 5,415
Russia 26,063 17,694 965 1,010 16,212 15,639 43,240 34,343 1,120 561
South Africa
Spain 340 1,132 536 859 354 11,735 1,486 11
Sweden 222 238 143 238 365
Turkey 77,280 135,889 113,435 133,819 83,170 89,347 403,804 525,546 40,420 47,555

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

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  1. Thank you for the informative article and data.
    I was able to draw several conclusions on numbers of handgun imports.
    Clearly, we import the most handguns from Austria, and a surprisingly high number from Brazil.
    I’m sure 10 years ago we were importing virtually no handguns from Croatia.
    It is interesting to see what countries have been prevented from entering/re-entering the industry due to legalities.

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