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Firearm production by U.S. manufacturers, 1989 update.

Firearm Production by U.S. Manufacturers, 1989 UPDATE

Total production of firearms by U. S. manufacturers in 1986 was the lowest (3,039,650) recorded for any year in the sixteen years that the BATF has been collecting such data. It was 46% below the high figure of 5,831,744 recorded in 1974.

In 1986 there seemed to be no reason to believe that the factors which made the low numbers for that year had significantly changed - at least to the extent that 1987 would be much better. However, those who did divine that "Things will be better in 1987 and 1988" were right.

With the exception of revolvers, the other three basic gun types - rifles, pistols and shotguns - showed material gains in 1987. Over-all, production increased by 483,000 units. Moreover, whichever factors contributed to the 1987 upturn continued in place during 1988. Final BATF figures for 1988 show a total of 3,944,000 units, with significant gains in production in all basic gun types except revolvers.

For those readers who prefer a comprehensive view of the firearm production situation in the most recent years, the overview array showing the main figures of 1988, 1987 and 1986, is offered. For those who find indepth data to their liking, the graphs and tables in this article can provide an unrivaled perspective of the U.S. gun making industry.

Table : U. S. FIREARM PRODUCTION and EXPORTS: 1988, 1987, 1986, OVERVIEW
Firearm Type 1988 % 1987 % 1986 %
Rifle 1,128,369 29 1,006,100 29 970,541 32
Shotgun 912,338 23 857,949 24 641,482 21
Revolver 691,834 17 695,270 20 734,650 24
Pistol 1,211,791 31 963,562 27 692,977 23
TOTAL 3,944,332 100 3,522,881 100 3,039,650 100
Long gun Total 2,040,707 52 1,864,049 53 1,612,023 53
Handgun Total 1,903,625 48 1,658,832 47 1,427,627 47


Pistol production by caliber:
22 456,287 24 353,257 21 278,611 20
25 225,829 12 228,834 14 167,314 12
32 133,466 7 88,549 5 28,670 2
380 74,131 4 57,198 3 62,338 4
9mm 183,449 10 108,238 7 64,361 5
45 138,629 7 127,486 8 91,683 6


Revolver production by caliber:
22 97,008 5 75,509 5 77,879 6
32 23,011 1 3,707 neg. 15,331 1
38 Spl. 127,785 7 198,994 12 161,888 11
357 Mag. 321,857 17 292,299 18 317,988 22
44 Mag. 114,967 6 116,922 7 144,943 10
45 7,206 neg. 7,839 neg. 16,621 1


Exports by U.S. manufacturers:
Rifle 52,686 21 42,144 18 37,224 17
Shotgun 68,419 27 41,014 17 58,943 27
Revolver 98,099 39 133,859 55 103,890 48
Pistol 32,580 13 24,941 10 16,657 8
TOTAL 251,784 100 241,958 100 216,714 100
Long gun Total 121,105 48 83,158 34 96,167 44
Handgun Total 130,679 52 158,800 66 120,547 56


Total exports as a percent of production:

Long gun 6 5 6 (of all long guns)

Handgun 7 10 9 (of all handguns)

Total (of all firearms) 7 7 7

Table : Total Pistols Manufactured
Manufacturer Pistols
1 Raven Arms 144,600
2 Smith & Wesson 138,834
3 Calwestco 109,862
4 Sturm, Ruger & Co. 100,208
5 Colt 80,654
6 International Die Casting 65,582
7 Davis Industries 64,398
8 Beretta USA 42,492
9 Arcadia Mach. & Tool 31,165
10 FIE 30,663
11 Ranger Mfg. 23,731
12 Excam 20,344
13 K.W. Thompson Tool 19,071
14 Arms Technology 15,211
15 Intratec, USA 14,725
16 S.W. Daniel 12,244
17 Springfield Armory 10,685
18 Auto Ordnance 7,753
19 AMAC 5,714
20 Charter Arms 4,647
21 Kern Instrument & Tool 4,195
22 American Derringer 2,864
23 Federal-Ordnance 2,709
24 Remington Arms Company 2,487
25 Essex Arms 2,041
26 Caspian Arms 1,484
27 Bellmore-Johnson Tool Co. 1,452
28 LAR Manufacturing 1,247
29 L.W. Seecamp Company 1,215


Table : Total Shotguns Manufactured
 Manufacturer Shotguns
1 O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc 229,961
2 Remington Arms Company 208,604
3 New England Firearms Co. 146,056
4 U.S. Repeating Arms Co. 127,744
5 Savage Industries 120,848
6 Kern Instrument & Tool 11,288
7 Sturm, Ruger & Co. 9,482
8 Ithaca Acquisition Corp. 2,434
9 Marlin Firearms Co. 1,042


Table : Total Revolvers Manufactured
 Manufacturer Revolvers
1 Smith & Wesson 402,940
2 Sturm, Ruger & Co. 157,594
3 Charter Arms 35,796
4 Colt 34,594
5 FIE 29,199
6 Dan Wesson 16,600
7 Freedom Arms 10,772
8 New England Firearms Co. 5,156
9 Intratec, USA 2,488


Table : Total Rifles Manufactured
 Manufacturer Rifles
1 Marlin Firearms Co. 370,297
2 Remington Arms Company 220,045
3 Sturm, Ruger & Co. 179,905
4 U.S. Repeating Arms Co. 113,218
5 Savage Industries 65,440
6 Colt 20,132
7 Charter Arms 5,175
8 Excam 4,000
9 Chipmunk Mfg. 3,975
10 Springfield Armory 2,888
11 AMAC, Inc. 2,814
12 Kirnber of Oregon 2,673
13 PWA, Inc. 2,317
14 Feather Industries 1,933
15 K.W. Thompson Tool 1,802
16 Sendra Corp. 1,277
17 Essential Arms 1,213
18 Federal Ordnance 1,124
19 Arcadia Machine & Tool 986
20 Auto Ordnance 939
21 J.H. Friese 772
22 Volunteer Enterprise, Inc. 517


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