Firearm Imports Droop
PHOENIX, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you: Nothing. After all, it’s only hundreds of millions of dollars in business this quarter.
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that: The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that “overall U.S. quarterly imports (in U.S. dollars) of all sporting arms and ammunition declined 19 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2010.”
That’s a reduction to $273 million, from April to June, down from $337.1 million last year. Rifles however were up 26.3 percent, from $27.1 million to $34.2 million. Shotgun imports also increased 23.4 percent, from $38.3 million to $47.2 million, and even muzzleloaders scored a 7 percent increase, from $6 million to $6.5 million.
Ammunition dropped 42.2 percent, from $151.2 million to $87.4 million, and shotgun-shells fell 48.7 percent, from $5 million to $2.5 million. Handgun imports were down 13.1 percent, from $109.5 million to $95.1 million.
The shooting sports are the number two participant sport in the nation, ahead of golf, yet for reasons that were unexplained at press time, golf-industry figures are frequently in the “news” but gun-industry numbers never are.
One observer suggests that ammo imports are down because people bought so much inventory during the Obama Ammo Rush of late 2008 and 2009, they have no place to stash any more.
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