AR15 sales and makes


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mp5a3
July 16, 2009, 10:45 AM
I dug this up, it's pretty old so I just wanted to see how todays numbers stack up and if the brands listed would be about the same..

AR 15 TYPE RIFLES MANUFACTURED - YEAR 2000
# of Rifles Manufacturer
39,932 BUSHMASTER FIREARMS, INC.
29,950 COLT'S MANUFACTURING CO.
8,475 ARMALITE, INC.
5,869 DPMS ARMS, INC.
3,910 OLYMPIC ARMS, INC.
2,964 PWA, INC.
2,614 PROFESSIONAL ORDNANCE, INC.
967 HESSE, LTD.
191 ROCK RIVER ARMS, INC.

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cbrgator
July 16, 2009, 11:16 AM
I can tell you with certainty that DPMS and RRA make far more than that. There is a .gov website, I'd assume ATF, that wil tell you the number of guns manufactured by each company in America, and it's yearly.

asknight
July 16, 2009, 04:58 PM
Top 10 from 2007 ;)

Company and # of Rifles

Bushmaster Firearms 59,399

DPMS 58,674

Stag Arms 25,768

Rock River Arms 22,668

Armalite 12,693

Coltís Mfg. 11,138

Olympic Arms 7,594

Double Star 6,884

Runningman
July 16, 2009, 09:01 PM
Those numbers are not true numbers of production rate because they only count BATF registered AR sales in the US. They don't not included US military and foreign contract sales. For instance about 1 year ago Colt was making 800 M4, M16 AR ect, per working day. Figuring 20 working days in a month Colt would be making close to 16,000 rifles a month!

DPMSAR
July 18, 2009, 04:12 PM
Running man you bring up a good point, but he asked about AR-15, not the M-16, M-4 and AR but in a strait production count over all Colt crushes every one. For ARs (retail and LE) Bushmaster is top of AR at about 700 a day, DPMS is second at 500 they are the only 2 I know for sure.

This includes Bushmaster making the Rem R-15s And DPMS making the R-25s

FlyinBryan
July 18, 2009, 04:33 PM
This includes Bushmaster making the Rem R-15s And DPMS making the R-25s

are they actually made by bushmaster and dpms? or are they just owned by the same company?

the reason i ask is some time ago there was an older gentleman having problems with an r-15 next to me at the range. turns out it was his 1st ar and was brand new and very dry. upon my inspection (i stripped it and lubed it for him) it didnt seem to even be close to the quality of my bushmasters. granted they are older models than his was.

i didnt say anything to him about it. it wouldnt have been appropriate, and would have hurt his feelings. it did run better after getting slicked up, but it sure didnt feel like mine.

DPMSAR
July 18, 2009, 06:11 PM
yes they are, but the major parts come from Rem, all the camo parts and barrels they are just put together at bush and DPMS

kwelz
July 18, 2009, 06:28 PM
yes they are, but the major parts come from Rem, all the camo parts and barrels they are just put together at bush and DPMS

Sorry this is nor the case. These guns are pretty much standard BM and DPMS with a different Roll mark and Camo applied.

DPMS and Bushmaster make all of Remingtons Rifles.

I was just corrected on the above information. My apologies. Back when I was a wholesaler It was my understanding from my Remington Rep that these were going to be complete DPMS guns just re branded. That is the information I was going on.

FlyinBryan
July 18, 2009, 07:05 PM
Sorry this is nor the case. These guns are pretty much standard BM and DPMS with a different Roll mark and Camo applied.
DPMS and Bushmaster make all of Remingtons Rifles.

this is not from me, i just copied and pasted this.

In a nut shell, this is a way different gun than the Bushmasters and is the first AR designed from the ground up to accomodate the predator hunter. I know this becasue I helped design it. Like I said earlier, comparisons of this rifle with Bushies and others is expected and welcomed but believe me when I say these are not Bushmaster rifles with a Remington roll mark on them.

1. Different barrels (length and contour) button rifled.
2. Different float tube (drilled and tapped for light rail which is included)
3. Nice single stage trigger (Two Stage available on signature gun)
4. Different bolt carrier
5. Camo is standard.
6. Less expensive.
6. also available in .204

I'm not offended that the R-15 is compared to the Bushmaster at all, in fact I think of it as a compliment to the R-15. Remington doesn't hide the fact that Bushmaster was leaned on to an extent for the develoment and production of this rifle. I believe this was a very smart move. I'm not saying any of this in an attempt to distance the R-15 from Bushmaster but simply to say the R-15 is not a Bushmaster with a Remington name taped over it. If you will compare its features you will see it is a completetly different rifle." Byron South

lol, i thought it was funny because you both said "roll mark".

fal 4 me
July 18, 2009, 07:26 PM
They don't not included US military and foreign contract sales. For instance about 1 year ago Colt was making 800 M4, M16 AR ect, per working day. Figuring 20 working days in a month Colt would be making close to 16,000 rifles a month!

Colt Defense may have been doing that, but the numbers reported are for Colt Manufacturing, which, legally speaking is a seperate company.

BlackHand1917
July 18, 2009, 11:13 PM
I seem to remember that a large number of Bushmaster semi-auto AR-15 types were in Georgian hands during the recent war between Russia and Georgia courtesy of Uncle Sam. I wonder if these rifles count in these statistics?

sarduy
July 19, 2009, 12:09 AM
what about cmmg ? ;)

SHvar
July 19, 2009, 02:49 AM
According to last statistics I read Bushmaster then DPMS are the worlds largest manufacturers of AR15/M16 type rifles. This was true before they were both bought by the same company, also before Remington was bought by the same company
The R15 is a Bushmaster with Remington specific parts and features.
The R25 is a DPMS with Remington specific parts and features.
I havent checked Colts production statistics yet, but their primary production was M4s for military contracts from around the world.
Remember that a few big companies make most of the parts for most of the other companies.
Id say Colt, Bushmaster, DPMS, CMMG, LMT, manufacture complete rifles on their own, very few others do more than make specific parts only.
Ive heard that maybe 6 companies actually manufacture complete rifles on their own, and supply the rest of the companies with most of what they use.

benEzra
July 19, 2009, 09:16 AM
Don't forget, the BATFE list is the number produced PER FACILITY, not per company. Bushmaster has at least three such facilities, and others have mulriples as well.

In 2006 or so (before the recent sales surge), I went through the list and identified ~30 AR manufacturers collectively producing close to a quarter million per year, as I recall. I'm sure the production numbers are significantly higher now.

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