Gun Industry Report: Almost 18 Million AR-15, AK Type Rifles in Circulation
By Chris Eger
“The Modern Sporting Rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today,” says industry leaders. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The firearms industry trade association on Wednesday released a report on gun numbers in the U.S. and black rifles are in.
The report, compiled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation from data provided by federal regulators, estimated 422 million firearms of all types were produced or imported for the consumer market between 1986 and last year. This included more than 7 million guns in both 2017 and 2018 alone. Another big take away: an estimated 17,740,000 Modern Sporting Rifles are in private hands today.
The MSR term is used for popular semi-auto rifles such as the AR-15 and others.
“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President in a statement. “The Modern Sporting Rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly-owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today.”
In other data from the report, an estimated 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition, of all calibers and gauges, were produced last year for the U.S.