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How Minnesota Ranks in Gun Manufacturing

Firearm manufacturingHome to many of the world’s largest gunmakers, the United States is a global leader in firearms production. Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives shows that over 13.8 million firearms were manufactured in the U.S. in 2021 alone.

While a small portion of American-made firearms are exported and sold abroad, our nation’s $32 billion a year arms and ammunition industry caters primarily to the domestic market, as consumer demand for firearms in the U.S. is second to none. According to the industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation, there are over 434 million guns in circulation in the United States. And with a population of 335 million, the U.S. is the only country in the world with more civilian-owned firearms than people.

There were over 3,200 federally licensed gunmakers in the U.S. in 2021. And while these companies are spread out across the 50 states, American firearm manufacturing is heavily concentrated in certain parts of the country.

According to the ATF, there were 37 active firearm manufacturing facilities in Minnesota in 2021. Between them, output totaled 46,584 firearms in 2021, the 25th fewest among the 50 states.

The state’s single largest firearm manufacturing facility, as measured by annual output, is located in Pillager and run by Magnum Research Inc. This plant alone accounted for 31.3% of all guns produced in Minnesota in 2021.

Rank State Firearms manufactured in state, 2021 Gunmakers in state, 2021 Largest gunmaker in state, 2021 Largest gunmaker output, 2021 (firearms produced)
1 Missouri 2,467,145 93 Smith & Wesson 2,316,857
2 New Hampshire 1,992,731 27 Sig Sauer Inc. 1,293,532
3 Georgia 1,496,877 105 Glock Inc. 581,944
4 North Carolina 894,882 152 Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. 604,941
5 Texas 814,838 401 Maverick Arms, Inc. 492,167
6 Arizona 699,100 192 Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. 603,500
7 Florida 671,359 198 SCCY Industries LLC 216,932
8 Illinois 647,423 43 Springfield Inc. 590,750
9 Kentucky 510,679 39 WM C Anderson Inc. 505,635
10 Massachusetts 435,514 27 Savage Arms, Inc. 406,867
11 Alabama 294,166 52 Kimber Mfg Inc. 275,325
12 Utah 271,862 103 TDJ Buyer, LLC 72,983
13 Nevada 262,086 56 Legacy Sports International Inc. 214,258
14 Washington 242,736 62 Aero Precision LLC 174,662
15 South Carolina 240,114 55 FN America, LLC 169,407
16 Pennsylvania 228,400 110 IWI US Inc. 96,662
17 New Jersey 209,770 11 Henry RAC Holding Corp. 208,423
18 Tennessee 185,720 82 Beretta USA Corp. 155,352
19 Connecticut 184,633 33 Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC 151,771
20 Wisconsin 137,397 80 Henry RAC Holding Corp. 112,180
21 Vermont 135,030 20 Century Arms Inc. 132,705
22 Ohio 130,848 117 Strassells Machine Inc. 106,807
23 New York 128,276 61 RemArms LLC 86,594
24 California 82,532 76 Senga Engineering Inc. 23,324
25 Arkansas 73,351 47 Wilsons Gun Shop Inc. 41,746
26 Minnesota 46,584 37 Magnum Research Inc. 14,586
27 Idaho 43,241 75 FM Products Inc. 18,593
28 Indiana 41,498 60 Tippmann Arms Company LLC 15,113
29 Maryland 30,358 24 LWRC International 27,331
30 Montana 26,446 55 Noreen Firearms LLC 16,296
31 Michigan 26,424 73 Great Lakes Firearms and Ammunition LLC 22,388
32 Iowa 25,326 47 Brownells Inc. 11,024
33 Maine 23,226 21 Windham Weaponry Inc. 22,930
34 Kansas 19,287 46 CZ-USA 14,383
35 Virginia 17,890 84 Kriss USA, Inc. 12,809
36 Oregon 16,619 50 TNW Firearms Inc. 4,004
37 Oklahoma 14,654 69 International Firearm Corporation LLC 11,423
38 Wyoming 10,341 52 Weatherby Inc. 7,630
39 West Virginia 6,941 28 Childers Guns LLC 5,108
40 Nebraska 6,882 26 Zermatt Arms Inc. 4,076
41 Colorado 3,109 75 M+M Inc. 1,712
42 Mississippi 3,003 39 JMS Manufacturing Inc. 1,289
43 Louisiana 2,658 43 Brothers LA Arms, LLC 640
44 North Dakota 1,301 10 Roughrider Arms LLC 1,167
45 South Dakota 906 20 West River Rifle Company LLC 277
46 New Mexico 281 24 Farnsworth, Dustin Robert and Angie J 81
47 Alaska 258 21 Annex Industries, LLC 50
48 Rhode Island 144 5 Ocean State Armory LLC 50
49 Delaware 11 2 Gusovsky Gunsmithing LLC 8
50 Hawaii 8 2 Koffin Wurks LLC 7
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