Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

U.S. Firearm production sets record in 2012: AR-15 production up over 100%
Daily Caller ^ | 8:39 AM 02/22/2014

Posted on 03/10/2014 8:05:36 PM PDT by Red Steel

By NRA-ILA

The number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. for sale to American customers hit an all-time high in 2012, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE) new Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report. American firearm manufacturers produced roughly 8.3 million firearms for sale in the U.S., a new record, up 33 percent from the 6.2 million produced for American customers in 2011.

The report shows not only that Americans valued firearms in 2012 more than ever before, but also that they particularly valued the kinds of firearms that gun control supporters have tried the hardest to get banned–handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

Production of handguns rose 32 percent to four million in 2012, as compared to 2011, including a 36 percent increase in pistols and an 18 percent increase in revolvers. Production of the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, more than doubled in 2012, to over 825,000, not counting the large numbers made by Remington, Bushmaster and Sturm, Ruger. Total rifle production rose 38 percent, to three million, while shotguns rose 18 percent to 900,000.

We’ve been hearing for some time from those who want to ban guns that Americans aren’t interested in them anymore; that firearm ownership is on the decline. Like their fanciful notions that gun crime is somehow “exploding” or that concealed carry licensees are ticking time bombs, the numbers simply don’t back up their claims.

The anti-gunners are going to need all the “new math” they can muster, because the 2012 report contains figures for only two months of the surge in firearm purchases that began with President Obama’s reelection. Meanwhile, the FBI’s NICS figures indicate that Americans bought even more firearms in 2013 than they did in 2012.

For those who support the Second Amendment and American manufacturing, these figures provide cause for celebration. For those still seeking to ban private possession of firearms, they may want to skip the champagne and head straight for the aspirin.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News
KEYWORDS: ar15; banglist

1 posted on 03/10/2014 8:05:36 PM PDT by Red Steel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

What? No auto ARs yet?


2 posted on 03/10/2014 8:07:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

Where is the corresponding spike in gun violence?


3 posted on 03/10/2014 8:08:40 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

Why are the prices of handguns higher than, say, rifled barrel shotguns?


4 posted on 03/10/2014 8:09:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

Concealed carry


5 posted on 03/10/2014 8:13:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

Whatta’bout AR-10s? AR-12s?


6 posted on 03/10/2014 8:29:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

I do hope all the politicians nationwide are paying close attention to these numbers. Gun grabbing could be a career ending move.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 8:32:10 PM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

Not surprising news...


8 posted on 03/10/2014 8:36:13 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: umgud

ammo prices? ;>}


9 posted on 03/10/2014 8:52:34 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

OK but just checking, isn’t this already one year old?


10 posted on 03/10/2014 8:54:32 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

***the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America,***

And to think, back in 1976 you could not give an AR-15 away(except to me). They were considered an underpowered mouse gun, the gun magazines panned them as inaccurate and of no real use.

Then Mel Tappan began his survival series in GUNS AND AMMO and the world changed! Everyone wanted one! With the Iranian crisis and incompetent Jimmy Carter in office everyone realized they were really on their own in SHTF situations.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 9:01:09 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel
ATTENTION!!!! MICHELLE OBAMA,,,,ATTENTION!!!!

Now here is something for you to be really be proud of.

AMERICANS,,,, DEFENDING LIBERTY!!!!

Now I think I'll go get me a big ole double cheese w/ff's and a milk shake,,,, take them home,,,, grab one of my .223's and get the barrel dirty.

12 posted on 03/10/2014 9:05:13 PM PDT by progunner (no compromise)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

The article is wrong...the 2012 figures only count about 1/2 month of the post - Sandy Hook buying panic, not 2 months. Which makes 2012 that much more awesome and 2013 likely a complete barn-burner.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 10:10:20 PM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

talk about having your plans backfire. Keep on trying to ban those guns liberals, Let’s see how many new firearms sales records you can break in 2014.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 10:23:37 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I purchased my new in the box Colt AR-15/SP-1 in 1976 for $280. Still have it 38 years later, plus a few other AR’s too.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 11:50:55 PM PDT by Lockbar (What Would Vlad The Impaler Do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“***the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America,***”

And what about all the AR’s made with 80% Lowers? Last year it took 6 months to get an unfinished lower


16 posted on 03/11/2014 1:19:41 AM PDT by vette6387
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel

Walmart had Bushmaster ARs for 809.00 dollars....Was sooooo tempted.


17 posted on 03/11/2014 3:25:48 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Yorlik803

People are making plans but I hope there will be enough ammo to support their plan. (I lost all mine in the lake)


18 posted on 03/11/2014 4:53:48 AM PDT by DaveA37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Lockbar

I traded a PPK 32acp for one in 78 then sold it around 85 more then doubled my money.

Decent rifle but I like the later ones better.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 5:18:02 AM PDT by riverrunner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Lockbar

I purchased my first AR in 1971. Wish I still had it. Dummy me.

Now I’ve owned more .223s of various styles than I can shake a cleaning rod at. Wish I had some of them back.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 7:16:58 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Progov
seems to be a common occurrence these days.
I lost all my stuff due to a freak earthquake/sharknado.
21 posted on 03/12/2014 3:17:46 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson