Most Guns Ever Made In 2016

American gun manufacturers made more than 11 million firearms in 2016 — the most ever recorded, federal statistics indicate.

The Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report compiled last month shows gun makers distributed 11,497,441 firearms into the commercial market that year, including 4.7 million handguns and 4.2 million rifles.

The year 2016 remains the industry’s strongest on record by several measures. Aside from the manufacturing numbers, background checks topped 27.4 million and publicly-traded gun makers — including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger and Co. — reported record-breaking earnings. Analysts pinpoint Donald Trump’s electoral victory in November for bursting an eight-year sales bubble bolstered by former President Barack Obama’s gun control rhetoric. AFMER data shows gun makers doubled their output between 2009 and 2016.

AFMER releases on a two-year delay and has been tracking firearm manufacturing in the United States for more than 30 years. Manufacturing increased nearly 23 percent over 2015, according to the report, and has nearly quadrupled since 1986 — the first year for data is available.

AFMER 2016 Data

Pistols (by type)

.22: 447,315

.25: 13,141

.32: 10,175

.380: 1,130,459

9mm: 2,281,450

.50: 837,535

Total: 4,720,075

Revolvers (by type)

.22: 320,775

.32: 7,851

.357 MAG: 182,564

.38 SPEC: 248,144

.44 MAG: 51,451

.50: 45,506

Total: 856,291

Rifles: 4,239,335

Shotguns: 848,617

Misc. Firearms: 833,123

source: guns.com

  • JIM NICKERSON

    PEOPLE HAVE AND ARE BECOMING JUST EXACTLY LIKE THE HOLY BIBLE HAS PROPHESIED AND PREDICTED OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO. IMBECILES, DEGENERATES WHO CRAVE POWER OVER OTHERS. TAKE AWAY OUR GUNS LEAVES THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WITH NO WAY TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES. GUNS,MONEY IS POWER OVER THE WEAK MINDED THAT HAVE FOLLOWED OBAMA AND WHO VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON. SO LONG AS THE GREEDY HAVE THIS POWER UNDER THEIR CONTROL. CRIMINALS AND THE POWER HUNGRY WILL ALWAYS HAVE THEIR GUNS….AND THAT IS A TRUE FACT. OBAMA HAS LONG BEEN THE NO. ONE ENEMY OF AMERICA. HILLARY WOULD HAVE FOLLOWED IN HIS FOOTSTEPS AND WOULD HAVE LEAD THIS COUNTRY TO OBLIVION.. TRUMP MAY NOT LAST, BUT HAS GIVEN US A LITTLE MORE TIME ON EARTH. .LIKE A PICTURE ON A WALL SO ONLY A FOOL COULD SEE AND NOT BELIEVE. WHEN JESUS CHRIST WALKED THE FACE OF THE EARTH WITH WITNESSES ALL AROUND, MANY SEEN HIM AND- WOULD STILL NOT BELIEVE HE EXISTED. SO, IT IS TODAY. MAN IS BLIND TO HIS OWN EVIL WAYS AND REMAINS A FOOL. THIS IS HISTORY,NOT FICTION FOLKS. SEARCH YOUR OWN SOUL AND YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH. MANKIND IS A SLAVE UNTO HIMSELF AS HE BECOMES A HABITUAL LIAR AND ALLY OF THE DEVIL. THERE IS A SPIRIT BEYOND THE DIMENSIONS OF MANKIND THAT DOES EXIST NO MATTER HOW SOME ARE IN DENIAL OF IT.

  • John Gillis

    This is fantastic that we’re seeing more firearms produced. I want Colt to start making double action revolvers again…..wait, they did bring back the Cobra, now they need to reintroduce the Python!

  • RC

    My problem with this is that so many firearm manufacturers in this country are foreign owned. We have Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Remington, Savage and a few others that I feel can make just as good or better than those owned by other countries and clam to be American made.

  • JDW

    I do not remember who said that America could be lost within just one generation. It is taking a few extra generations, but I see the destruction. Once, the phrase “Made in America or Made in the USA” meant something. Now, what I see is a removable sticker “made in china” on everything we buy. We have lost our pride in America. Sam Walton has rolled over in his grave in disgust along with many others. I still look for products “Made in America” and they are few and far in between. Sad! Made in America, but foreign owned! How damn sad. Example of this travesty is the new sidearm for the military has is wrought with problems and malfunctions. The list is endless. You can always afford to pay a cheap price for a cheap product, when it fails you again can afford to pay again. Problem, if you had bought a superior product at a higher cost, but less that the double price you just paid for you saved money! Korean War, your chinese buddies help kill over 54,000 American GI’s and the Vietnam War, your chinese buddies helped kill over 58,000 American GI’s. The cheap products have won out undermining our economy.