2022 BATFE Report Highlights Handgun Trends

by
posted on June 7, 2022
BATFE report firearm sales chart graph

A May 5, 2022 report issued by the Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dives deep into firearm and ammunition purchasing preferences for the period between years 2000 and 2020. The section on pistol trends includes some interesting tidbits.

Among other things, it found, “Pistol manufacturing dominance has continued every year since 2010, with the exception of 2015 when rifles outpaced pistols by slightly more than 1 percent.” The shift to handguns has been dramatic, too. “In 2000, the total rifles manufactured (1,599,890) was 59 percent more than pistols (1,005,198). By 2020, the number of pistols manufactured (5,509,151) was 100 percent more than rifles manufactured and distributed into domestic commerce (2,760,263).”

Three companies dominate the market. “Smith and Wesson, Sturm Ruger, and Sig Sauer parent entities collectively reported manufacturing 60 percent (12,806,696) of all domestically manufactured pistols (21,229,067) between 2016 and 2020,” it states. “In total, 52 parent entities reported producing pistols. Of these licensed pistol manufacturers, the top ten parent entities reported manufacturing 85 percent (18,029,529) of all domestically manufactured pistols that were distributed into domestic commerce during that time.”

Only 9 percent of handguns sold were revolvers in 2020, according to the assessment, but there’s been a dramatic shift in the chambering preferred by enthusiasts during the study period. The report notes, “…the manufacture of revolvers in calibers of up to .22 cal. began to show dominance in 2012. In 2010, the number of .22-cal. revolvers manufactured (131,545) constituted 24 percent of all revolvers manufactured (559,674). In 2020, the number of up to .22-cal. revolvers manufactured (597,014) constituted 60 percent of all revolvers manufactured (993,077).” The demand, it explains, is a 354 percent increase, accompanied by a “…simultaneous downward trend of more than 7 percent in the annual manufacturing of revolvers in all other caliber ranges.”

Latest

Smith Wesson Logo Stacked F
Smith Wesson Logo Stacked F

Smith & Wesson CEO Issues Strong Statement In The Face Of 2nd Amendment Attacks

Amid an unprecedented and unjustified attack on the firearm industry, Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. President & CEO Mark Smith responded Monday with the following statement.

Preview: Talley Mfg. Anti-Cant Indicator

An easy upgrade for Talley’s factory scope rings is the company’s anti-cant indicator, a simple accessory that helps shooters get on target—especially distant ones.

Easy-Packin’ Powerhouses: The Taurus Defender 605 & Model 327

This latest pair of double-action revolvers from Taurus, descendants of its Model 856, represent an effective blend of quality and value from a maker with deepening roots in American manufacturing technology.

The Armed Citizen® Aug. 15, 2022

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

New For 2022: Stevens Model 555 Sporting

Stevens Shotguns has introduced a new addition to its lineup of over-and-under shotguns, with the Model 555 Sporting.

Preview: Rock River 20" Stainless Steel Varmint Barrel Assembly

Stabilizing standard and heavy-for-caliber bullets, Rock River’s Varmint Barrel Assembly is designed for high-volume shooting at pesky critters.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.