US has 434 Million Weapons, 20M ARs, 150M Mags :: Guns.com
The U.S. Firearms Industry Trade Association cracked the numbers and discovered a solid fact: Americans really like guns.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation used data from the ATF, information from the Congressional Research Service, and reports from the US International Trade Commission to get an idea of how many guns are currently in circulation in the country.
That includes an estimated 434 million firearms in civilian possession, approximately half of which 214 million have been on the market since 1991 AR-15 and similar semi-automatic machines referred to by the NSSF as modern sporting rifles make up an estimated 19.8 million, which gives concrete numbers to the argument that such weapons are widely used.
The NSSF has argued that semi-automatic firearms for the commercial market – which accounted for 70 percent of firearms production in recent years – are far from being “weapons of war” as described by gun criminals.
“The modern sporting rifle remains the most popular rifle sold in America. With a circulation of nearly 20 million, it is clearly a jointly owned firearm that is used for legitimate purposes in America every day,” said Joe Bartozzi , NSSF President and CEO in an email to Guns.com. “The continued popularity of handguns shows a keen interest among Americans to protect themselves, their families and homes, and to participate in recreational shooting.”
In terms of general usage, the group estimates that there are approximately 71.2 million pistol magazines that can hold more than 10 cartridges and another 79.2 million rifle magazines that can hold 30 or more cartridges in circulation. Such magazines are often categorized as “large capacity magazines” by progressive politicians and anti-weapon groups, when in fact in most cases they are the standard capacity for the design of the weapon.
As for ammunition numbers, the NSSF estimated that 8.7 billion cartridges of all calibers and gauges were manufactured either domestically or overseas for the U.S. market in 2018. The latest numbers will be that with Vista Outdoors, owner of ammunition brands Federal Premium, CCI, Speer, and others, who said last week they had an order backlog of $ 1 billion – with an ab – backlog.
“These numbers, along with the record-breaking 17.2 million NSSF-adjusted background checks for the sale or transfer of a firearm in the first ten months of 2020, show that Americans have a strong desire to continue buying firearms for legitimate purposes,” said he Bartozzi.