Firearms Sales

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

NSSF on Firearms sales.

  • The estimated total number of firearms in civilian possession from 1986-2018 is 422.9 million, according to data reported in the ATF’s Firearms Commerce Report in the United States 2019 report and including the preliminary 2018 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) figures.
  • 17,740,000 Modern Sporting Rifles are in private ownership today.
  • More than half (54%) of all rifles produced in 2017 were modern sporting rifles.
  • In 2017, 7,901,218 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,411,923 were pistols and revolvers, 2,821,945 were rifles and 667,350 were shotguns.
  • An interim 2018 estimate showed a total 7,660,772 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those 4,277,971 were pistols and revolvers, 2,846,757 were rifles and 535,994 were shotguns. Those are interim reports and will be updated as complete information becomes available.
  • Firearms-ammunition manufacturing accounted for nearly 12,000 employees producing over $4.1 billion in goods shipped in 2017. An estimated 8.1 billion rounds, of all calibers and gauges, were produced in 2018 for the U.S. market.

So how’s that plan to confiscate 18 million MSRs going, controllers?  You think you’ll get them all?

Here is a useful graph from Ammoland.

There has been a general trend upwards for a very long time.  Excel or TableCurve-2D could easily fit a smoothed curve with that data with a decent correlation coefficient.  Do you see that increase right at the end of 2019?  It’s seasonal, no doubt, like the rest of the repeatable perturbations.

But I don’t expect to see it go back down very far or fast in 2020.  I think 2020 is the year you want to be in the firearms manufacturing and sales business.


Comments

  1. On December 5, 2019 at 10:51 am, Fred said:

    I would think, just considering general investment principles, that now is a good time, price wise, to start to accumulate ammo. Prices have steadily fallen since last Pres election, outside of the slight spike for last midterm. I would expect a smooth bottoming out until about six months prior to nov 2020, which ain’t that far away. Investing 101: buy early, before the rush, before prices start to move up. Now is a good window of time for ammo. $.03 per round for 22lr is about as good as it will get. They won’t give the stuff away. Disappointingly .556 is still over $.50 but the folks who come to this blog know why the days of sub fifty cent 556 may be over.

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