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.
The ATF reported 12 billion rounds purchased between November 2008 and November 2009.