Fear & Loading: Revolvers Bracket

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posted on March 28, 2016
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American handgunners love semi-automatics and BATFE’s 2014 Annual Firearms and Manufacturing Report, the latest available, is proof. It lists 18 1/2 pages of companies that produced “pistols” that year in the United States, but those that made revolvers had trouble covering a single page.

Here’s a look at the top revolver manufacturers, in descending order, according to the report.

Ruger281,367

Smith & Wesson—268,722

Heritage Arms (and Taurus)—85,464

North American Arms57,514

Charco 2000 Inc. (Charter Arms)—46,146

Colt’s Manufacturing—2,217

Magnum Research (part of the Kahr Firearms Arms group)—1,043

Freedom Arms—446

Axis Machine—402

CZ-USA—350

Cobra Enterprises of Utah—275


Total revolver production for the year was 744,047, compared to 3,633,454 “pistols.” Firms like Bond Arms are stuck in the latter category, where its volume of 20,036 handguns manufactured in 2014 all but disappear in a sea of semi-auto handguns.  

 

 

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