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Top 30 Largest USA Firearm Manufacturers of 2022

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May 20, 2024

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The ATF publishes its Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER), revealing all firearms produced or exported by manufacturers during the previous calendar year. This data is published one year plus in arrears. The 2022 report was released in April of 2024.

Following the recent release of ATF’s 2022 AFMER Final Report, we have reviewed production data from over 3,000 Manufacturing FFLs to compile a list of the top 30 largest USA firearm manufacturers of 2022 – responsible for 9.8 million of more than 11.2 million reported firearms manufactured in the USA (87%). This data excludes firearms manufactured outside the USA and imported to the USA.

Note: ATF 2022 AFMER data is self-reported by manufacturers and does not include firearms still in possession of FFLs (i.e., produced but not distributed into commerce or exported) as of December 31, 2022. There are instances when manufacturers do not submit AFMER data. In our data tables, any missing submissions are indicated as N/A. Per our discussion with a few of the manufacturers, the data reported by the FFL differed slightly from the ATF presentation. Our analysis below is based on the updated information provided by the FFL to Orchid.


Top 30 Firearm Manufacturers of 2022

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30

Total Firearms: 60,269

The U.S. company opened its doors in 1996 with only four employees and launched its Crickett shotgun. Keystone Sporting Arms then purchased the Rogue Rifle Co in 2007, which was the maker of the Chipmunk rifle. With this purchase, KSA absorbed its biggest competitor and became the leading firearm supplier in the youth market. | keystonesportingarmsllc.com

29

Total Firearms: 69,053 Powered by Orchid

Manufactured under parent company TDJ Buyer and founded in 1995, Christensen Arms, based in Gunnison, UT, makes some of the best hunting and long-range precision rifles known. In 1995, Roland Christensen, a world-class engineer, used patented aerospace technology to create the world’s first carbon fiber rifle barrel. Nearly three decades later, Christensen Arms continues to innovate and manufacture some of the most lightweight, precise and accurate rifles. | christensenarms.com

28

Total Firearms: 64,562

American Tactical is a firearms manufacturer and importer based in Summerville, SC. In addition to the products made in the U.S., ATI also works closely with gun manufacturers worldwide to import products from Germany, Italy, and Turkey. | americantactical.com

27

Total Firearms: 75,310 Powered by Orchid

Built upon the history of Interarmco and Howa, Legacy Sports International is a leading manufacturer, importer, and exporter of firearms from various brands in the U.S. and worldwide. | legacysports.com

26

Total Firearms: 76,685 Powered by Orchid

Based in Plano, TX, Shadow Systems was founded in 2017 to manufacture highly customized and configurable 9mm polymer pistols and high-end components for popular polymer pistols. The first stock catalog products were launched in 2018. Shadow is now among the Top 10 largest manufacturers of 9mm polymer pistols with a full range of sub-compact, compact, and full-size pistols for concealed carry, self-defense, competitive shooting, and professional duty use | shadowsystemscorp.com

25

Total Firearms: 81,435 Powered by Orchid

The company’s first innovative product was the “Big Hole Upper,” a flat-top upper receiver for the AR-style rifle. In 2002, its 12”-rail system was being used by the Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) at Fort Benning. GA and the company won its first military contract in 2005 to supply SOCOM’s RIS II forend rail system. Daniel Defense launched its first rifle, the DDM4, in 2009 and was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014). In 2017, a new 300,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was opened in Black Creek, SC, for the production of rifles, pistols, and suppressors. | danieldefense.com

24

Total Firearms: 87,800

Manufactured under the parent company Strassell’s Machine, Hi-Point Firearms has produced 100% American-made, affordable, and durable firearms for the working man for over 30 years. | hi-pointfirearms.com

23

Total Firearms: 106,970 Powered by Orchid

Importer of AK-style rifles, MP5 pistols, bullpup shotguns, and Canik brand firearms from Turkey and Eastern Europe, Century Arms also manufactures American-made AKs. | centuryarms.com

22

Total Firearms: 113,159 Powered by Orchid

Made completely in-house and in the U.S., SCCY’s engineering technology enables the Florida-based manufacturer to combine quality and value to guarantee a superior pistol. | sccy.com

21

Total Firearms: 121,600 Powered by Orchid

From sourcing inexpensive parts to building low-cost custom rifles, Radical Firearms has grown its operations and become best known for its economic AR-15 style rifles. | radicalfirearms.com

20

Total Firearms: 123,025 Powered by Orchid

Born out of sister company, Diamondback Airboats, Diamondback Firearms is a family-owned and operated manufacturer of innovative and reliable rifles, pistols and revolvers. | diamondbackfirearms.com

19

Total Firearms: 138,595 Powered by Orchid

A global leader in military and law enforcement firearms, FN America is the U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal (Belgium) and a manufacturer of defense and tactical pistols, rifles, suppressors and accessories. | fnamerica.com

18

Total Firearms: 155,999 Powered by Orchid

Founded in 1816 in Ilion, NY, Remington is America’s oldest continuously operating manufacturing company. The company celebrated its 200th Bicentennial Anniversary in 2016. Following financial struggles and multiple bankruptcies, the company’s assets were divided and sold to various buyers in 2020. RemArms has opened a new facility in LaGrange, GA, to manufacture hunting rifles and shotguns. The Ilion, NY facility was closed in March of 2024. RemArms is making a strong comeback and is once again among the top firearm manufacturers. | remarms.com    

17

Total Firearms: 157,264 Powered by Orchid

Family-owned and Kentucky proud, Anderson Manufacturing produces some of the industry’s highest-quality, value-priced AR-style rifles, pistols, parts, and accessories. | andersonmanufacturing.com

16

Total Firearms: 158,797 Powered by Orchid

Acquired by the CZ Group in 2021, Colt is a historic defense and civilian firearm brand recognized for its AR-15 rifles, 1911 pistols, Snake series, and SAA revolvers. | colt.com

15

Total Firearms: 180,447 Powered by Orchid

The stateside subsidiary of the oldest firearm brand in the world, Beretta USA maintains a catalog of classic, modern, and premium sporting shotguns and defensive pistols. | beretta.com

14

Total Firearms: 196,118 Powered by Orchid

For over 30 years, Florida-based Kel Tec has pioneered firearm innovation with cutting-edge handgun, rifle, and shotgun designs intended for professionals and firearm enthusiasts alike. Kel Tec was the modern pioneer of the .380 caliber micro-pistol and their innovative KSG bullpup shotgun. | keltecweapons.com

13

Total Firearms: 202,265 Powered by Orchid

With roots deeply tied to aerospace, it’s no surprise Aero Precision firearm components, suppressors, and rifles are built with superior engineering and technical perfection. | aeroprecisionusa.com

12

Total Firearms: 230,325 Powered by Orchid

Founded in 1979, Kimber produces quality sporting and defense pistols, revolvers, and rifles without compromise, including micro 1911 pistols and 6-shot .357 Magnum revolvers. | kimberamerica.com

11

Total Firearms: 287,650 Powered by Orchid

Owned by Brazilian small arms manufacturer Taurus Armas, Taurus Holdings is a Georgia-based company producing an array of pistols and revolvers. | taurususa.com

10

Total Firearms: 308,040 Powered by Orchid

Owned by Taurus Holdings, Heritage Manufacturing has been making modern revolvers that tell a story of the American Wild West and have stood the test of time since 1922. | heritagemfg.com

9

Total Firearms: 365,867 Powered by Orchid

Dating back to 1860, Henry Repeating Arms is the leading manufacturer of lever action rifles and produces classic pump action and single-shot long guns. | henryusa.com

8

Total Firearms: 452,092 Powered by Orchid

Mossberg is the perennial leading manufacturer of shotguns driven by its ubiquitous Model 500 pump-action shotgun and the Model 590 Shockwave shotgun. Though most of its shotguns, rifles and handguns are produced by its affiliate Maverick Arms, Mossberg firearms have shaped American shooting sports for generations. | mossberg.com

7

Total Firearms: 465,117

From Austria to the U.S., GLOCK has been the standard for performance, durability, and reliability by which all other handguns are compared for over 30 years. Glock has been the preferred duty weapon for law enforcement in the U.S. and globally for decades. In addition to the firearms manufactured in the U.S., Glock imports a significant quantity of pistols from Austria.  us.glock.com

6

Total Firearms: 551,448 Powered by Orchid

Located in Columbia, SC, Palmetto State Armory manufactures a broad range of AR-style and AK-style rifles, pistols, rifle accessories, parts, and polymer handguns. | palmettostatearmory.com

5

Total Firearms: 562,446 Powered by Orchid

A firearm manufacturer and importer, Springfield Armory produces historically significant and modern handguns and rifles while honoring the American heritage of its namesake. In addition to its U.S. productions, Springfield Armory also imports a significant quantity of pistols from Croatia. | springfield-armory.com

4

Total Firearms: 719,641 Powered by Orchid

Located in Westfield, MA, and with over 125 years of history, Savage Arms balances its celebrated past and today’s modern technology to produce purpose-built, no-nonsense, performance firearms, including rifles, pistols, and shotguns. | savagearms.com

3

Total Firearms: 973,944 Powered by Orchid

Since 1852, Smith & Wesson pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns have empowered Americans with the freedom, equality, and security the Bill of Rights guaranteed. In October of 2023, Smith & Wesson hosted the grand opening of its new Maryville, TN headquarters. Loved by competitive shooters, hunters, plinkers, 2nd Amendment advocates, concealed carry users, and law enforcement, Smith & Wesson has been a leader in the firearms industry for pistols and rifles year after year. | smith-wesson.com

2

Total Firearms: 1,134,718 Powered by Orchid

The weapons of choice for U.S. and global military, law enforcement, and commercial users, SIG SAUER leads the industry in innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. | sigsauer.com

1

Total Firearms: 1,565,743 Powered by Orchid

A leading manufacturer of rugged, reliable, American-made sporting firearms, Ruger and the recently acquired Marlin brand offer 800 variations of pistols, revolvers, hunting rifles, AR-style rifles, and lever-action rifles. Ruger is the perennial manufacturing leader in the rifle segment as well as a strong contender in pistols and revolvers. In 2024, Ruger is celebrating its 75thanniversary. | ruger.com


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Top Manufacturer Rankings: 2020, 2021, and 2022

The tables below compare firearm production data reported in 2022, 2021, and 2020 ATF AFMER final Reports. In addition, we have included the top manufacturers and ranking for pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns.

Top 30 Ranking - Total Firearms

USA Total Firearm Production
2022 RANK
MANUFACTURER
2022
2021
2020
2021 RANK
2020 RANK
CHANGE ('22 vs '21)
1
Ruger
1,565,743
2,078,013
1,662,565
2
2
+1
2
SIG SAUER
1,134,718
1,293,532
1,077,019
3
3
+1
3
Smith & Wesson
973,944
2,317,792
2,324,717
1
1
-2
4
Savage Arms
719,641
406,867
N/A
9
N/A
+5
5
Springfield Armory
562,446
590,750
394,099
4
7
-1
6
Palmetto State Armory
551,448
N/A
379,594
N/A
8
N/A
7
GLOCK
465,117
581,944
445,442
5
5
-2
8
Mossberg
452,092
492,444
418,517
8
6
0
9
Henry Repeating Arms
365,867
320,603
251,905
10
10
+1
10
Heritage Manufacturing
308,040
505,601
306,159
7
9
-3
11
Taurus
287,650
290,780
100,678
12
19
+1
12
Kimber
230,325
294,750
227,813
11
11
-1
13
Aero Precision
202,265
177,059
143,987
16
15
+3
14
Kel Tec
196,118
215,804
185,654
14
12
0
15
Beretta USA
180,447
155,352
107,989
19
17
+4
16
Colt
158,797
151,771
89,837
20
20
+4
17
Anderson Manufacturing
157,264
505,635
462,401
6
4
-11
18
RemArms
155,999
86,594
2,111
26
152
+8
19
FN America
138,595
169,407
106,526
17
18
-2
20
Diamondback Firearms
123,025
163,195
131,460
18
16
-2
21
Radical Firearms
121,600
126,040
67,296
22
24
+1
22
SCCY
113,159
216,932
185,616
13
13
-9
23
Century Arms
106,970
132,705
76,148
21
22
-2
24
Hi-Point Firearms
87,800
106,807
74,746
24
23
0
25
Daniel Defense
81,435
76,729
51,877
29
26
+4
26
Shadow Systems
76,685
59,615
17,659
31
48
+5
27
Legacy Sports International
75,310
214,258
157,253
15
14
-12
28
American Tactical
64,562
53,055
81,298
34
22
+6
29
Christensen Arms
63,053
72,983
31,888
30
33
+1
30
Keystone Sporting Arms
60,269
81,897
48,055
27
30
-3
All USA Manufacturers
11,228,774
13,804,920
11,064,079

Top Pistol Manufacturers

USA Total Pistol Production
2022 RANK
MANUFACTURER
2022
2021
2020
2021 RANK
2020 RANK
CHANGE ('22 vs '21)
1
SIG SAUER
1,048,432
1,213,403
1,017,440
2
2
+1
2
Ruger
692,655
1,058,205
772,382
3
3
+1
3
Smith & Wesson
626,461
1,649,540
1,559,856
1
1
-2
4
GLOCK
465,117
581,944
445,442
4
4
0
5
Taurus
287,650
290,780
100,678
5
8
0
6
Springfield
258,101
148,264
161,991
8
7
+2
7
Kimber
210,418
274,599
212,395
6
6
-1
8
Palmetto State Armory
137,105
N/A
29,619
N/A
19
N/A
9
Beretta
125,588
129,965
91,663
10
9
+1
10
SCCY
113,159
216,932
185,616
7
5
-3
11
FN America
103,451
132,205
90,624
9
10
-2
12
Kel Tec
85,151
100,398
80,315
11
11
-1
13
Shadow Systems
76,685
59,615
17,659
14
26
+1
14
Bond Arms
52,104
80,093
49,274
12
12
-2
15
Browning Arms
47,974
44,491
32,276
16
15
+1
16
Hi-Point
41,900
61,807
44,775
13
14
-3
17
Colt
34,727
25,200
31,141
20
16
+3
18
Diamondback Firearms
31,866
28,977
19,086
18
24
0
19
Staccato
30,390
22,362
15,931
22
28
+3
20
Walther
29,861
22,158
13,229
23
30
+3
All USA Manufacturers
5,011,167
6,751,919
5,509,183

Top Revolver Manufacturers

USA Total Revolver Production
2022 RANK
MANUFACTURER
2022
2021
2020
2021 RANK
2020 RANK
CHANGE ('22 vs '21)
1
Heritage Manufacturing
287,283
492,584
306,159
1
1
0
2
Smith & Wesson
208,737
232,476
267,651
3
3
+1
3
Ruger
174,947
276,999
269,211
2
2
-1
4
Colt
98,839
65,062
33,539
4
5
0
5
Kimber
15,853
16,975
12,634
6
8
+1
6
Diamondback Firearms
12,458
437
N/A
11
N/A
+5
7
North American Arms
10,765
57,142
50,562
5
4
-2
8
Standard Manufacturing Co
8,203
11,602
17,254
7
7
-1
9
Bearman Industries
3,866
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
10
Automated Finishing Co
2,487
2,053
867
8
11
-2
N/A
Charter Arms
N/A
N/A
30,571
N/A
6
N/A
All USA Manufacturers
830,787
1,159,918
993,078

Top Rifle Manufacturers

USA Total Rifle Production
2022 RANK
MANUFACTURER
2022
2021
2020
2021 RANK
2020 RANK
CHANGE ('22 vs '21)
1
Ruger
694,397
736,664
617,725
1
1
0
2
Savage Arms
608,509
392,880
N/A
4
N/A
+2
3
Henry Repeating Arms
334,805
296,948
228,840
5
4
+2
4
Springfield
304,365
442,486
232,108
2
3
-2
5
Smith & Wesson
130,681
427,523
493,257
3
2
-2
6
Radical Firearms
102,537
99,954
52,243
7
10
+1
7
Palmetto State Armory
101,358
N/A
60,438
N/A
8
N/A
8
Diamondback Firearms
78,036
133,162
111,504
6
5
-2
9
Mossberg
74,309
70,700
75,392
11
6
+2
10
SIG SAUER
72,132
80,129
58,879
8
9
-2
11
Kel Tec
69,874
68,669
66,823
13
7
+2
12
Daniel Defense
61,923
76,729
29,180
10
18
-2
13
Christensen Arms
60,270
65,901
30,850
14
16
+1
14
Keystone Sporting Arms
54,200
76,860
46,461
9
11
-5
15
Hi-Point
45,900
45,000
29,971
17
17
+2
16
Century Arms
43,146
61,103
34,304
15
13
-1
17
Legacy Sports International
41,564
47,252
38,070
16
12
-1
18
RemArms
41,434
23,444
1,620
25
80
+7
19
FN America
35,144
37,202
15,902
19
25
0
20
American Tactical
32,077
20,729
21,433
29
22
+9
N/A
All USA Manufacturers
3,505,820
3,934,375
2,760,392
0

Top Shotgun Manufacturers

USA Total Shotgun Production
2022 RANK
MANUFACTURER
2022
2021
2020
2021 RANK
2020 RANK
CHANGE ('22 vs '21)
1
Mossberg
266,382
293,089
246,038
1
1
0
2
Savage Arms
102,288
13,352
N/A
8
N/A
+6
3
RemArms
83,781
45,277
404
4
19
+1
4
Beretta USA
54,859
24,210
16,326
5
4
+1
5
Kel Tec
41,093
46,737
38,516
3
3
-2
6
Legacy Sports International
31,626
161,099
108,265
2
2
-4
7
Outdoor Colors
21,163
5,296
12,882
13
5
+6
8
Henry Repeating Arms
20,039
15,878
15,629
7
4
-1
9
Smith & Wesson
7,389
2,774
199
17
23
+8
10
Accord Manufacturing
7,078
2,833
-
16
N/A
+6
11
IWI US
5,595
15,965
12,122
6
6
-5
12
Keystone Sporting Arms
4,391
3,951
953
14
13
+2
13
Standard Manufacturing Co
3,925
9,435
6,524
10
8
-3
14
RWC Group
2,643
5,999
5,181
12
10
-2
15
Devil Dog Armaments
1,251
-
-
-
N/A
N/A
All USA Manufacturers
662,350
675,426
476,683

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