Confirmed: Barack Obama The Best Thing That Ever Happened to the U.S. Firearms Industry

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Time to light-up a celebratory cigar. “Gun production has more than doubled under President Barack Obama’s administration, according to a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” reports. “The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report includes the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. with data going back to 1986.” My J school professor told me to never to put stats in the lead ‘graph (one course, I swear). So you’ll have to click on the link or make the jump to savor the data. Suffice it to say, not only have gun rights advocates pushed back the anti-gunners on the national level and expanded gun rights in half a dozen states (though losing ground in the usual places), they’ve also . . .

bolstered the production of firearms. No small thanks to the anti-gunners who not only bring countless bloody example of firearms-related crime to the nation’s attention, but constantly tie the victimization to the threat of civilian disarmament. By the numbers:

The report shows an increase in firearms manufacturing of more than 100 percent within the last four years. In 2010, more than 5.4 million firearms were manufactured. That number grew to 10.8 million in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available.

In comparison, the number of guns manufactured declined by 9 percent under Bill Clinton and grew 18 percent under George W. Bush. Obama’s two terms have seen an increase of 140 percent to 10.8 million firearms, The Hill reports.

Pistols are the most popular type of gun, accounting for 4.4 million of the firearms made in 2013, according to the report. Meanwhile, gun manufacturers produced 3.9 million rifles and 1.2 million shotguns. Both of those figures represent a massive upswing under the Obama administration.

That last stat continues a nearly ten-year trend: pistols rule. And that’s because they are arguably the best firearm for personal defense. Unless, of course, you’re defending against government tyranny in the worst of all possible worlds. Which could be why “assault rifle” sales are almost as robust.

So the next time you’re infuriated by anti-gun agitprop, just remember it’s working for people interested in the truth about guns.


  1. avatar Joe R. says:


    as in despite OBama, as (also) in the phrase “America is a great country DESPITE the sh_t-a_ _ President, and his evil blue house of (D) party and all the little butt-nuggets that vote or lean that way.”

    1. avatar Ray Ficara says:

      GREAT image! An Arturo Fuente Opus X maduro cigar AND a 1911. What could be better?

      1. avatar Tim says:

        That’s not an Opus X, just a regular old Fuente cigar of some nature.

        1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          I was thinking Double Chateau but it may be a little short for that. Looking at the green band, maybe an 8-5-8?

  2. avatar Ralph says:

    This culture war is being fought on many fronts. Naturally, we tend to focus on the legislative and judicial, where we win some and lose some. But on the financial front, we’re not just winning, we’re winning big. Very big. Huge.

    That’s why the leftards want to dump firearm manufacturers’ stocks from public pension funds. Because money talks, and everything else walks. God bless the USA.

    1. avatar foodog says:

      Leftards want to hold up the gun manufacturers for bribes, just as they have the banks and insurance companies. What infuriates them is the gun makers ignore them.

      Or better, move out of the area, to more hospitable business climates.

  3. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Amen to the CNC machine, modular platform of the AR and the creativity of the armament industry.

    As for the anti matter gun grabbers and infringers of 2A…..


    1. avatar John L. says:

      I see what you did there… 🙂

  4. avatar JJ48 says:

    “In 2010, more than 5.4 firearms were manufactured. That number grew to 10.8 million in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available.”

    So there were 2,000,000 times more firearms in 2013 than in 2010? Also, how does one manufacture four tenths of a firearm?

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      4/10ths. of a firearm = AR lower unit with trigger.

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        Oh great, now I have to remember not only what an “80%” lower is, but also what 4/10ths of a firearms is?!?! (sarc)

        1. avatar Researcher says:

          It must be a unit of 3 80% recievers, as that adds up to 2.4 receivers.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      I bought a couple of those 5.4 firearms, which didn’t leave many for the rest of the country. Sorry ’bout that.

  5. avatar TX says:

    Article needs edit pass, particularly para 3 and 4.

    1. avatar dlj95118 says:

      …got that right. I think someone was way too excited over the news and pressed the publish button before the article was ready.

  6. avatar NineShooter says:

    Another way to look at the numbers for 2013 (latest year we have data):

    Total number of firearms domestically made/sold in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 was 10,814,431; the year 2013 beat that 3-year combined total with 10,844,792 produced.

    1. avatar ACP_arms says:


      1. avatar NineShooter says:

        It’s even more impressive when you add-in the imported firearms (the above numbers are domestically-produced only).

        In 2013 we imported 5,539,539 firearms; if you add those to the 2013 domestic production total (10,844,792), that means Americans “consumed” more than 16.3 million firearms in a single calendar year.

        1. avatar NineShooter says:

          To clarify, I should mention that if you add-in the imports for 2005-2007, then 2013 no longer beats that 3-year combo.

        2. avatar Reef Blastbody says:

          Yep. And there are a LOT of quality manufacturers who are eager to get in on the US market, like MKE and Canik/Sarsilmaz out of Turkey and their phenomenal quality H&K and CZ pattern pistols. I’m hoping MKE can bring their new MPT-76 here in semi-auto form.

        3. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          Article here on how many guns are in the US. It’s estimated over 350 million last year. Probably over 365 million now. The latest ATF published manufactured/imported statistics were from 2012 when this was written. If you look at the graph, just imagine a bar on the left going over 16 million for 2013. Quite a sharp rise since Obama has taken office. According to the FBI, NICS checks (used for firearms purchases as well as carry licenses) are still running high. We do have those current numbers. This might be the “new normal” for a while.

  7. avatar Bob Watson says:

    Despite Fast and Furious, Operation Choke Point and the liberal use of his pen will our Dear Leader go to his grave wondering why firearms production doubled and citizens with concealed carry permits tripled during his administration?

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      That’s not even counting the ones that came over the border illegally, or were built and sold at gun shows.

  8. What about sales of Bibles?

    1. avatar PeterW says:

      I bought more guns than bibles under BHO by about a 2 to 1 margin

    2. avatar Pete says:

      I’ve bought as many bibles during the Obama presidency as during the previous four administrations combined.

      1. avatar Zke says:

        Um why?.. .22 proof vests?

  9. avatar dj trip says:

    Excuse me for not cheering anything that even sarcastically puts anything this sandinista does in a positive light. Any benefit to firearms production is in spite of his best efforts. And while he’s lost the battle, structurally, he’s created many conditions for winning the war (such as engendering government dependency as an acceptable way of life, and creating a whole new generation of gimmiedats). America will sadly never be the same.

  10. avatar Gman says:

    That number grew to 10.8 million in 2013
    Pistols are the most popular type of gun, accounting for 4.4 million of the firearms made in 2013, according to the report. Meanwhile, gun manufacturers produced 3.9 million rifles and 1.2 million shotguns.
    10.8m minus 4.4m minus 3.9m minus 1.2m = 1.3 million
    What is the 4th kind?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Phased plasma rifles in the 40 watt range.

      1. avatar NineShooter says:

        Gman, in the current reports, there are two more categories; Revolvers and Misc Firearms. 725,282 Revolvers were produced in 2013, along with 495,142 Misc Firearms; together, these total 1.2 million, with the difference probably just due to rounding.

        I believe Misc Firearms would include stripped AR lower receivers, AOWs, machineguns (new ones are still legal for Law Enforcement sales), and similar firearms.

  11. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Well I did my part…and Barry Soetoro keeps giving. Look for the lamest of evillame duckery from the immaculated one…like he took over healthcare and is attempting to destroy coal and nukes at the stroke of a pen. I feel like buying a gun and sending $ to the NRA…

  12. avatar MiniMe says:

    I know that I’ve done my part the last 4 years by investing on several guns that were on my wish list.
    Normally I purchase 1 or 2 per year, but just this year I’m up to 4 and have another one that I’m searching for.

    Anti-gun control freaks can kiss the darkest part of my suave caramel tuckus. 😀

  13. avatar JWM says:

    While barry deserves a great big slice of the sh*t pie for ramping up gun sales in this country I’d like to take a moment to also thank his mindless little minions for helping to build a stronger gun culture in the US.

    Willy Lunchmeat and God. Keeping the anger of the POTG up and focussing our attention on the problem we don’t get complacent and let the fascisexuals over ride us.

    Keep commenting here you sh*tstains and watch our momentum and gun culture grow.

    1. avatar Tom in Georgia says:

      Haven’t seen those two in a few days now that you mention it. Trolls can be a bit of an oxymoron. You really know you shouldn’t feed them, but sometimes their antipathy is just so repulsive, so visceral, that it can’t help but push decent folks away. As with Obama, the unintended consequence is to our benefit.


      PS: I hope they’re gone for good, truth be told.

  14. avatar Mark Lee says:

    In my experience Obama didn’t do squat compared to what Clinton did – how about a comparison between the two administrations in respect to arms sales?

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Having lived through both presidents, the Obama buying surge was at least (IMO) 4x what we saw under Clinton.

      Especially on “assault weapons.” During the 1994 ban, there was brisk “assault weapons” sales. But you could find ammo – everywhere, all the time. There was no shortage of AR’s or AK’s to be found, the prices just went up.

      During Obama’s term, the AR15 market had expanded by a vast margin over Clinton’s, and yet with all the new suppliers, Obama’s buying surge depleted the market to a point where parts were difficult to come by.

      Further, even parts for non-“assault” type guns went into short supply. I’ve never, ever had a problem getting custom barrels for a rifle. I don’t mean the “drop-in” type of barrel you get for an AR. I’m talking of barrel blanks for custom-built hunting or accuracy rifles. A barrel “blank” is 1.25″ in diameter, 28″ long, and has a rifled hole down the center of it. I saw the wait time for barrel blanks go from three weeks to nine months after Obama started flapping his soup cooler. 1903 and Mauser 98 actions (surplus) went from “always available” to “out” in a matter of weeks.

      People laid in a huge amount of iron under Obama and not just ugly guns in a flat black finish. A lot of people who know their buttocks from a warm rock laid in a lot of supply of barrels, actions, bullets and powder for rifles that are shot at long distance. That never happened under Clinton.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        “I saw the wait time for barrel blanks go from three weeks to nine months after Obama started flapping his soup cooler. 1903 and Mauser 98 actions (surplus) went from “always available” to “out” in a matter of weeks”

        Well, maybe I should hate my gunsmith less. He does amazing work, but for a while there, dang it was taking forever. That said, I have a Kimber with him going on 2 years now.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          Gunsmiths are a notoriously finicky lot – the competent and caring ones, anyway. It is either done right, or not at all.

          A more extreme example was Harry M. Pope. He was one of the most respected gunsmiths of his day 100 years ago, a great experimenter in the accuracy rifle game, especially with .22LR target rifles. He made his own deep hole drilling and rifling machines, and played extensively with rifling twists and gain twist barrels.

          Pope had a sign in his shop that said effectively “No delivery date promised. If you ask when you’re gun is done, it is done now, take it with you on the way out; take it to someone else.”

          His shop was up on the fourth or fifth floor of a commercial building – without air conditioning – in Jersey City. When people would come to his shop after usual hours, you’d have to shout up four floors to get Pope to come down. There are tales of the neighbors having sport with this – they’d take up the call for Pope, shouting out their windows, up off the street, etc for Pope to come down as well. He was quite the character, and he built a fine rifle with a very fine barrel, even by today’s standards.

  15. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    The ATF was very late with this year’s report. It usually comes out in Mar or Apr I think. I’ve been waiting for this for months.

  16. avatar Rick K says:

    As my gramps used to say “Don’t start no $h!t, won’t be no $h!t”. Barry would have been better served to just STFU, but as my gramps also used to say “There is woefully little hope for the stupid among us”.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Your grandfather was obviously a very wise man.

  17. avatar meccastreisand says:

    did anyone actually read the report? the really impressive stuff isn’t the increase in gun sales, it’s in the increases in NFA stuff. I would highly suggest people read reports before writing about them. You’ll miss the really stunning information less often that way.

    1. avatar NineShooter says:

      I concur.

      For instance, almost no one is talking about the 5,539,539 firearms that were imported in 2013. If you add those to the 2013 domestic production total (10,844,792), that means Americans “consumed” more than 16.3 million firearms in a single calendar year.

  18. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Ammunition is cheap. I’m stocking up!!

  19. avatar Accur81 says:

    Good news, but the Amercan public may be dumb enough to vote Hillary in. The Republican Party has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before, and they are perfectly capable of doing it again.

    To paraphrase slow Joe: “Buy ammo! Buy ammo.” We all know “ARs are hard to aim.” It’s probably best to have 25K-100K rounds or so for a rainy day.

  20. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    Not that anyone but me noticed, but there was a 40,000 gun error in the 2013 domestic production numbers.

    Yeah, I do the math for you so you don’t have to.

  21. avatar Dave says:

    I know your J-school professor also told you NOT to use 20 dollar words like “agitprop.” Good read, nonetheless.

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