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Firearms Manufacturing Breaks 10-Million Mark in 2013

The just-released Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 2015 Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual Statistical Update shows that firearms manufacturing in the U.S. broke the 10-million mark for the first time.

AFMER data is not published until one year after the close of the calendar year reporting period because the proprietary data furnished by filers is protected from immediate disclosure by the Trade Secrets Act. For example, calendar year 2012 data was due to ATF by April 1, 2013, but not published until January 2014.

According to manufacturing data in the report, U.S. gun makers produced a record number of firearms in 2013, a total of 10.884 million, up 26% (2.266 million from the 2012 number of 8.578 million. Perhaps more remarkable, the 2013 total is twice what it was only four years ago. In 2010, around 5.4 million firearms were manufactured.

Other tidbits from the report: The largest segment growth was in Miscellaneous mechanisms, which jumped 62% (188,988) from 2013 (495,142) compared to 2012 (306,154).

The number of shotguns manufactured in 2013 broke the million mark for the first time since 1999—jumping from 949,010 in 2012 to 1.203 million in 2013 (+27%, or 254,062 shotguns).

Pistols make up the bulk of the firearms manufactured, with 3.487 million being built in 2012 compared to 4.4 million produced in 2013 (+27%, or 953,843 pistols).

The number of rifles manufactured also increased, from 3.168 million in 2012 to 3.979 million in 2013 (+26%, or 811,364 rifles).

Revolver manufacturing was also up 9% (+57,925), moving from 667,357 in 2012 to 725,282  in 2013.

The AFMER report excludes production for the U.S. military but includes firearms purchased by domestic law enforcement agencies.

Import and export data for calendar year 2014 was also included in the report, and it showed more than 3.6 million firearms were imported into the United States; 2.1 million of those firearms were handguns.

Beretta rifle, Beretta PX4 Storm pistol, revolver, shotgun

From top: In 2013, the latest year for which data is available, the number of rifles manufactured jumped 26% over 2012 totals. Pistols showed a similar increase of +27%. Revolver manufacturing was up 9% over the 2012 total. The number of shotguns manufactured in 2013 broke the million mark for the first time since 1999 — jumping from 949,010 in 2012 to 1.203 million in 2013, or up 27%.

Why do you think firearms production has nearly doubled since 2010?

   

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Comments (48)

    1. IN RESPONSE TO RECENT SEATTLE, WA. GUN TAX ISSUE, I DRAFTED A REPORT TO THE NSA/HOMELAND SECURITY. ANYONE WHO WANTS A COPY CAN WRITE ME AT 271 CEDAR DRIVE – AZLE, TX. 76020 OR CALL @ (817) 360-6435.

  1. Thanks to all the big drivers of demand for guns – Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Charles Shumer, Michael Bloomberg, Al Sharpton, Ferguson & Baltimore, and the greatest gun salesman in history Barack Obama.

    Feel free to add more – there are SO MANY that I know I must have missed a few at least.

  2. The question is actually more complex than it first appears.

    But the bottom line answer is that people, middle-class households, have witnessed one failure after another of this administration to take our Constitutional rights away. Since a New World Order is in the works, and we, the people of the USA are armed and bound to stay that way, we have become the “bone in the throat” (to quote Nikita Chrushev) of the NWO.

    We don’t trust our own government, or president, to be working in our favor. It’s clear that the only way we the people can be heard is going to be through force of numbers and voting is not the answer.

    Add it up any way you wish, we the people are going to have a government that is responsive to the Constitution and to their constituents.

    NO MORE executive orders;
    NO MORE classified legislation;
    NO MORE lobbyists;
    NO MORE endless terms;
    NO MORE attempts to remove our freedoms because of “security”;

    I could go on but this is a good start.

  3. The question is actually more complex than it first appears.

    But the bottom line answer is that people, middle-class households, have witnessed one failure after another of this administration to take our Constitutional rights away. Since a New World Order is in the works, and we, the people of the USA are armed and bound to stay that way, we have become the “bone in the throat” (to quote Nikita Chrushev) of the NEO.

    We don’t trust our own government, or president, to be working in our favor. It’s clear that the only way we the people can be heard is going to be through force of numbers and voting is not the answer.

    Add it up any way you wish, we the people are going to have a government that is responsive to the Constitution and to their constituents.

    NO MORE executive orders;
    NO MORE classified legislation;
    NO MORE lobbyists;
    NO MORE endless terms;
    NO MORE attempts to remove our freedoms because of “security”;

    I could go on but this is a good start.

    1. The Judge, Roy! Hit it square! Those are my feelings !
      Thanks to the so called PREZ! THANKS! UNCLE JOE!
      Do you think Obummer actually want’s to be Dean Martin?
      Hey Joe! basic gun classes are offered! That’s what we the
      legal, responsible gun owners do! we take classes!

  4. I believe Americans are sick of this run away government . Someday it will have to be dealt with . Our Founding Father always says ,the tree of liberty needs to be cleaned out from time to time .

    1. @Charles Tilley: the actual quote about refreshing the tree of liberty is:

      “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

      It was penned by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William Stephens Smith on Nov.13, 1787 You can read the entire letter at http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/founders/jefferson/thomas-jefferson-letter-to-william-stephens-smith-11-13-1787

      I fear the time for this may be drawing near.

    2. @ Galaxie_Man.

      Only One Problem, Though. CHIT Load of Patriot’s, No One Stupid Enough Too Be the First “Martry” For the Cause!

    3. Just like April 19, 1775; TRUE Patriots do not strike first. Those that spoil for a fight and shoot first are the fringe idiots with warped dreams of glory. They will just be wiped out quickly, buried and forgotten for their stupidity. I consider myself a 3%’er, and follow the four principles of the Three Percent Catechism. They are:

      1). Moral strength
      2). Physical readiness
      3). No first use of force
      4). No targeting of innocents

      Until the government jack-boots start acting like the occupying British Military of the late 18th century, I will lay low and keep to myself. But if the time comes, I will gladly do my duty to defend The Constitution and The Republic against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

      “Don’t fire unless fired upon.” — Captain John Parker, Lexington Minutemen, 19 April 1775.

    4. Galaxie_Man, your attempts to lay low may be defeated by telling folks that’s what you’re doing. Part of what keeps tyranny in check is not knowing with any certainty who or how many will resist.

      Not trying to be critical, sir. Just a suggestion that you phrase things like that as indefinite as to persons in the future – e.g. “Many may choose to lay low and keep to themselves.”. Like the original Black Panthers – nobody knows how many or who, and those who claim they do, aren’t members.

    5. Rev_dave,

      Personally, I see a comparison to “gun-free zones”. If a person wants to shoot random innocent people, they go to a “gun-free zone”. They don’t go to locations where they think they might find resistance (someone who will shoot back). A government is less apt to oppress their citizens if they know that there will be armed resistance. You are correct about “not knowing with any certainty who or how many will resist”, but I don’t agree that posting here as “Galaxie_Man” is telling anyone who he is… which is apparently what you are implying. The government should always be aware that there are citizens who will, if necessary, take up arms in resistance if the government becomes unconstitutionally oppressive. Not WHO those citizens are or exactly how many, but that there ARE those citizens.

  5. Let Obama, Bloomberg, and their minions put that in their pipe and smoke it. Try to remove our rights, and we will respond. I, for one, intend to purchase a bit of that manufactured inventory and I’m sure I’m not alone.

  6. with all the guns that are being sold , you might think there is going to be a 2nd Revolution …….. I can always dream

  7. If manufacturers make things it is only because they expect to be able to sell them. While some folks buy things simply because they want them, most people buy things because they either NEED them now or they EXPECT TO need them in the future. From the volume of gun sales reported since Barak Hussein Obama was elected POTUS, I believe that it is reasonable to infer that a large number of people expect to need a firearm in the not too distant future. Perception is neither right or wrong, it simply is. Rightly or wrongly, it would appear that a large number of U.S. citizens (more than ever before in history?!?!?!) believe that they have a need to own a firearm.

    One may argue the aptness of those people’s perception. What can NOT be argued is the inescapable FACT of that perception.

  8. Obama and Bloomberg must be crapping themselves over this report. All those “horrible” guns in the hands of responsible citizenry. Scary for the Socialists.

  9. Gun salesare increasing because people are very concerned about:
    1. Crime
    2. Government restricting gun ownership

    CCW has also opened a vast new market which now includes women.

  10. A socialist democrat president will ALWAYS mean higher gun sales and people rallying to protect their God given right to bear arms. Hell thanks to Obama I learned this and got my Illinois FOID Card, purchased my first firearm, became a lifetime member of the NRA and lastly got my concealed carry permit. All because I could not stand having a petulant, egotistical, liberal president telling me it was wrong!

    1. @John Franco

      Good for you, Brother!

      At the risk of sounding corny or cliche’ here, THAT is an example of the American spirit. The quickest way to get us to do something, is to try and tell us we can’t.

    2. Most excellent John. I too have bought my first firearm, well since I got rid of mine over 30 years ago, and since Obama took office. I not only bought my first pistol, but a couple others and a collection of various rifles and ammo just because this pathetic little coward of a man that calls himself “President” seems to think he can tell us all how we can and cannot live our lives. If you don`t believe in having a firearm that`s fine. Just don`t tell me I can`t have one, and deny me my 2nd Amendment Constitutional RIGHT! I believe Obama can thank HIMSELF for about 90% of all firearms bought since 2008.

  11. It’s what they call the “Perfect Storm…” All the ingredients are present in an unprecedented environment including 1) BHO the most Liberal Anti-Gun POTUS in the Nation’s History 2) much because of #1 a U.S. that is weaker in every aspect including both National and Personal Security, Terrorism, Racial Divisions etc… 3) lastly, many Americans are just recently “allowed” to exercise their Constitutional Right To Bear Arms and CCW has taken root…Hence, the stats really should come as no surprise…

  12. I hope this isn’t just a trick question. The Washington slash liberal slash east coast slash west coast consortium is totally responsible. It was a wake up call to (half as many as should be NOW paying attention) to exercise your 2nd amendment. Half the US probably still doesn’t get it. The 2nd amendment isn’t there to be reduced/rethought/second guested or interpreted to a more modern meaning. It is what it is. Our right to bare arms. And not to be infringed upon. By the Pres. Obummer or any other entity. Period. Don’t the liberals get it? Nope. They don’t. But the millions of legal gun owners started to gel since the re-election and the end of the year 2012 disaster. I see the influx of newbies at the range. With so many really important issues facing this country it is unfathomable why so much attention is given to the messing up/around with the 2nd amendment. But then the lame stream media is obsessed with feeding the masses with garbage about Caitlyn and other worthless tripe.

  13. bee O bee Your answer… Selective compliance…. is hilarious. I fully agree with you but your response was great. Thank you.

    1. People are afraid of government confiscation or restricted ability to buy and own firearms. The invasion of our privacy by NSA and other government agencies in years since 9-11 is scary. We must fight any legislation that restricts out rights. People are also afraid of becoming a victim of crime. That’s why carry permits are being issued at such a high rate.

  14. Don P, The Mexican cartels don’t buy guns from the U.S. . First, they wait for U.S. government officials to hand over tons of confiscated weapons that have already been modified from semi-automatic, to ‘full auto’. Secondly, they don’t even need to wait for theses stupid individuals. South and Central America is awash with weaponry or all kinds,and dirt cheap. You can pick up a Colt AR-15 for as little as $50.00 US, AKs $35-40 US. Heavy machine guns, M-2 50 cal. about $500.00 M-60s, around $200.00. Then there is Mexico. Their National Armories are virtual shopping centers for guns. Drug cartels don’t really want U.S. guns, unless they have already been modified to ‘full auto’. They have the money and know how to get what they want dirt cheap or free. Too, arms dealers in the middle east furnish at least 1/4 of all cartel weapons. There (in the middle east), military grade weapons can be had for almost nothing. Every variety of weapon can be had for , between $25.00- 500.00 U.S., including air to surface weapons. Fortunately, they haven’t brought these into the mix, but it is only a matter of time.

    1. Roy Holbert,

      First, “The Mexican cartels don’t buy guns from the U.S.”, it is a well known fact that the U.S. government was arranging for firearms from the U.S. to make their way south of the border. Whether or not they made their way to the actual “cartels” is inconsequential to the point that the Obama administration has been at least partially responsible for the death of at least one American due to their incompetency.

      Second, sarcasm eludes you, doesn’t it?

  15. Ironic, isn’t it? The more the liberals attack us, the more defiant we true American Patriots become. We “get it”. We are not buying record numbers of firearms so that we have more to surrender to the tyrants, we are buying more firearms to defend our precious liberty.

    1. Funny. I had someone ask me once why I buy so many guns, because eventually they will be banned I and will have to give them up losing all that money I spent.

      I don’t remember how that conversation ended up, so many years ago. But I know how it will go now. As an active participant in The Armed Civil Disobedience of Non-Compliance; “I will not give up ANYTHING willingly. They will have to be confiscated while stepping over my bullet riddled, bloody carcass. Hopefully along side the bullet riddled bloody carcasses of several tyrants.”

    2. Obams, Holder, Lynch, Lerner, et al equals ‘selective enforcement’.
      Me? Selective compliance. Screw ’em all.

    3. @ Jerry

      The Original Phrase came from a 1972 Bumper Stinker Printer from New Jersey in 1972. What’s your point?

  16. Perhaps when Marxists and their minions rig elections, warp rules and rampage through the government seizing greater central power, whittle away long standing liberties, and engender heightened racial tension and divisiveness and criminality more people decide to prepare to protect themselves and their families

    1. My thoughts exactly, and maybe they got some large orders from the Mexican cartels (more fast & furious).

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