Not surprised by who is number 1...they make a lot of good stuff...nor am I surprised by those who follow behind...with the exception of SIG and Glock, no slight to SIG they make nice stuff I just haven't gotten around to something of theirs, but I expect they have a loyal following, especially among certain former military types...and Glock I thought would rank higher but being a semi-auto pistol maker only and considering the American market is pretty eclectic to start with...upon reflection I think being the 4th largest among pistol makers on this list seems about right after all.
What is surprising is where Beretta fell off to? Are they off the list at 11th...or lower?
The manufacturer list totals to just 6,508,531 where the annual table captures 8,911,530, the 2,402,999 gap no doubt has Beretta and all the other AR makers, 1911 makers like Kimber, Les Baer etc and everybody else making anyting that goes bang in it.
Compare that 2015 data to the NICS number for the same year - 23,141,970 - and obviously not everything made in one year is sold in that year...but consider 2016's NICS of an even higher 27,538,673 and the runnup to both periods it is clear in the Hussein years it is more than first time buyers gobbling up supply, there is a lot of repeat customers...some we know personally!
Now things are slacking off, which may be good for buying opportunities for weapons and ammo...I do not agree that a slacking off is wise...people shouldn't be feeling secure now...we a re still a heartbeat away from God-knows-what...