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On The Relative Size Of The Police And The Civilian Firearms Markets
Extrano's Alley, a gun blog ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Stranger

Posted on 02/23/2013 7:05:32 AM PST by marktwain

During 2012, Americans purchased more than 18,500,000 new and used firearms. From all appearances, more than 11,000,000 (eleven million) of those guns were new.

The total number of guns sold to the police and the military is less certain, but some things can be inferred. To begin with, there are approximately 800,000 police officers. If their guns are replaced every ten years, that is a total of 80,000 guns a year. If you add other municipal employees who regularly carry, such as animal control officers and some inspectors, you have a potential market of 100,000 guns a year.

Civilian market 11,000,000 guns vs Police market 100,000 guns

For progressives and other numerically challenged individuals, the police market amounted to just 0.009 percent of the total market for guns. A total that is, in the greater scheme of things, a fraction of the monthly increase in gun sales under Obama.

At this time, almost anything that can be persuaded to shoot will sell, but good times do not last forever. Success in the tough times depends on customer loyalties carefully built during the flush times. A gun company that ignores individual gun buyers in order to sell to police and other State sponsored paramilitaries does so at its own peril.

While the public may well forgive a company that says “we will honor our contracts but that is all;” a company that essentially tells the buying public to go to perdition is likely to be very “lite” indeed. “Lite” of customers.

And no, Byron, that AR we have been discussing will not make a Saturday appearance at the range in the next few weeks. Or ever.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; citizens; cnsf; guncontrol; gunmarket; police; secondamendment
An enlightening number... less than .01 percent of the citizen market...
1 posted on 02/23/2013 7:05:37 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

1 divided by 110 is 0.009090909 ~ that is just less than 1% ~

2 posted on 02/23/2013 7:22:02 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: marktwain

I wonder what the ratio will be if we add in Obama’s upcoming civilian defense force to the Police side of the equation.

3 posted on 02/23/2013 7:49:38 AM PST by Imnidiot (This space for Rent)
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To: Imnidiot

The CDF is not really “upcoming” It is here. It has several divisions named “TSA” and “BATF” and FEMA” and even “HSS” and probably “SIEU.” It is all the coalescing equivalent of the old Soviet MVD, a separate army for internal use and for insurance against the regular army which the soviets, like all leftists, did not fully trust.

4 posted on 02/23/2013 8:06:39 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE
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To: marktwain

If LEOS WERE smart, that ratio would tell them not to frig with the American law abiding armed citizen.

5 posted on 02/23/2013 8:08:21 AM PST by Renegade
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To: muawiyah
You are correct. I posted from my motel room this morning. I had intuition that the numbers were off, but ... post in haste, regret at leisure...
6 posted on 02/23/2013 10:15:54 AM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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