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Posted on 10/25/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT by marktwain
Someone stopped by searching for guns manufactured in usa 2011.
Unfortunately, the ATF say they cannot release production numbers for fourteen months after the end of the year, so we cannot expect that number until April, 2013. However, I can come up with an estimate.
According to the ATFs 2012 Firearms in Commerce Update, there were 5,459,240 guns made in the United States during 2010.
Judging by firearms taxes collected, the total number of guns manufactured in the United States during 2011 was slightly more than 7,100,000 guns.
That is somewhat confirmed by 2011′s 24/7 gun production from virtually all American gun makers, and the consistent increase in the number of NICS checks.
In addition to domestic manufacture, ATF says there were 3,252,404 guns imported during 2011, for a total of approximately 10,350.000 new guns made and imported, less some 250,000 firearms exported.
Therefore, I estimate there were about 10,100,000 new guns sold in the United States during 2011, along with almost 5,000,000 used and refurbished guns.
With almost 13,200,000 NICS checks completed in through August September of 2012, the total for 2012 will almost certainly top eleven million new guns and five million used guns sold in the United States with no market saturation in sight.
Many have decided that guns and ammunition offer a store of value for a wide spectrum of future scenarios.
I have a related question. How many bullets/shells were manufactured over the same time period (broken out by military and civilian use if possible)? The reason I ask is because people who wish to restrict 2nd Amendment rights talk about guns as if their primary purpose or use is to kill people. I’d like to be able to show them that some figure such as 99.99% of all ammunition is used for recreation. I figure I take the number of people wounded or killed during crimes committed with the use of guns, multiply it by some fudge factor to account for missed shots (say, 1.5) and then divide that by the total amount of ammunition sold in the U.S. during that time period. I can do the same thing with guns to show that only a miniscule number of guns were used for the same purpose.
During the early stages of WW1 and WW2 the USA found itself running a shortage of enough weapons to supply our troops in such a large scale conflict. Today, if called upon, a large portion of our population could supply their own weapons in defense of our country, and that is what this country was founded on.
The ATF reported 12 billion rounds purchased between November 2008 and November 2009.
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