Top gun manufacturers in the world by 2019/2020

Top gun manufacturers in the world by 2019/2020

Do you need a gun? Or you want to invest in the gun producer? Maybe you just want to feed your need for knowledge about history in the industry? You are in the right place now. In this article, we cover the most important information about gun history and firearms industry. Let’s take a look at all of this knowledge we gathered and put together for you.

1. Introduction

Through the years guns began to be part of everyday life in a lot of parts of the world. Since the beginning in China and the invention of gunpowder the global firearms market began to form. Nowadays gun availability and gun possession are controlled by various international and local regulations and laws. In most parts of the world, you are not allowed to carry your pistol in the public, in some you cannot even buy one. There are of course regions like Texas where those laws do not apply and you can freely buy and carry your handgun in most places of the state. There are various opinions about the need of gun availability and its regulations – some people say that we need guns to defend ourselves, on the other side we have people who say that gun possession is unnecessary and it will make crime rates higher because of availability.

But let’s do not dig in the politics and regulations deeper. In this article, we will cover a little of firearms history and present to you some gun manufacturers that are on the international market today. Let’s begin!

2. History of guns

When we look at the medieval combats and ancient combats there is no huge difference. There was of course cavalry, infantry, etc. but the weaponry was basically the same: swords, spears, and bows. Of course, there are many more “innovative” weapons in those time but most of them were invented on the battlefield and used only a few times. We also do not talk about war machines like ballistas and trebuchets. What we are covering here is the weapons that changed the war and the world that we know today. We present just a brief look at the history of firearms: when it all began, how fast it was spread all over the world, where the race culminated and how it is today.

It all began in China

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We don’t really know the origins of the first gun. but the answer to the question: when were guns invented is pretty easy: with Chinese invention of gunpowder. The ancestor of the firearms we know today is the 10th-century Chinese fire-lance. It was used as the form of a flamethrower with (sometimes) shrapnel hidden inside that flew off along with the flames and causing damage to the enemy. Years passed and Chinese inventors tried to make their weapons more portable, more effective, and more deadly. This led to the creation of cannons and hand cannons – single shot weapons that are way more similar to the guns we know today. The art of war from this moment gained speed and started something we know today: the armaments race. In 13th-14th centuries gunpowder made its way to the Middle East and Europe, which change the world forever.

War…War never changes

With the development of science and technology, we started to create more and more innovations to firearms and guns. Made them more portable, more accurate, more deadly, more destructive. During the 14th-18th centuries, there were so many gun forms, ideas, and producers that it is very hard to write about them and keep the right track.

During these years the most notable inventions are the repeatable guns and rifles, semi-automatic and full auto firearms which also make a huge impact in the history of the firearms.

What we can say about the history of guns is that the biggest culmination of the armaments race is dated from the first World War to the fall of the Soviet Union, which is exactly 77 years. 77 years of fast development, huge researches, tests, wars, and regulations. The dark years in human history, which was tragic and blood written. Of course, there are other fields of science that also developed with the help of weapons development and researches. But nothing can erase the tragic history of millions, who died because of them.

A new hope

During, and after the wars, people have seen how tragic are the effects of firearm use. Not only soldiers suffered from them. Civilians without the guns suffered probably even more. This led to the creation of various regulations that restrict, limit or fully ban the usage of various weapons during the war and peace. In the 21st century, there are still military conflicts all around the world (mostly on middle east now) but the world governments try to end them. Do this mean we are all safe? Well, regulations and laws help, but we cannot say that the world is safe now. With the hi-tech, we have today the production of guns is much more precise and faster than 70 years ago.

Firearms were invented to defense our species but it functions changed through the centuries. The safety level increased because of them, but we have to remember how deadly they can be.

3. Gun industry

The gun industry is a thing since the invention of gunpowder. China sold its technology to others and the development process began. Throughout the years the market has grown, competition has shown up and technology changed. Gun industry is still growing nowadays. Gun companies are still working to create their best gun, new companies are made, new research centers are built. Gun manufacturers even under multiple regulations are still working to create more effective arms. Today we have 55 worldwide gun manufacturers. Some of them are freshly made, some have a long history since the 18th-19th centuries. In the United States alone gun industry made $51.3B to the American economy, which is a huge part of overall. Despite not being as important as other manufacturing (food, clothing, electronics) and services, the gun industry is an important part of various economies in the world.

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A lot of gun manufacturers also produce other goods like sporting goods, clothing, survival/bushcraft equipment, safety tools, touristic equipment, ammunition and more. Why do gun manufacturers enter different markets? The first factor is the money of course, but take a look at the fields they are expanding to. Most of them are somehow related to the gun industry, like hunting or sport shooting. They can also do more research on various fields and make their products better, which is key to overcome the competition nowadays.

In short summary: the gun industry is huge, rich and still growing, and because of the development of technology, this trend will prevail.

4. Top 20 gun brands in the world

Below you will find the top of the top gun brands in the world. They are not sorted in any way because of the differences between them. We gathered together the most important data about them and created this listing, so you can easily find exactly what are you looking for. You will read about a little the history of each of these brands and get the actual data about them. Let’s check it out!

4.1 Smith & Wesson

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logo owner: Smith & Wesson

S&W is a well-known gun brand all over the world. They acquired their fame with Smith & Wesson Model 1, which was one of the first repeatable revolvers in history. They also produced weapons for soldiers during the American Civil War (S&W Model 2). After the years they expanded to other countries like Russia, where they achieved great success and gained popularity. Through the years they started to produce other weapons like rifles and standard pistols, along with the ammunition. Nowadays the company is known as Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation and is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. For this moment it is one of the biggest gun producers in history.

Founded: 1852

Chairman/CEO: P. James Debney

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: Various firearms, ammunition, and restraints

Revenue: US$903 million

Employees: over 2.200

4.2 Remington Outdoor

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logo owner: Remington Outdoor

One of the oldest gun brands here founded 203 years ago. Formerly Remington Arms, later acquired by the Freedom Group, and renamed in 2015 for Remington Outdoor. One of the first guns it produced was the flintlock rifle, which was shown in the shooting match used by the builder himself. The quality of the build shocked the competitors and organization so, months later Remington joined the market as Remington Arms and started to produce its firearms to the public. Nowadays it operates as a part of Freedom Group which was founded in 2007.

Founded: 1816

Chairman/CEO: Cerberus Capital Management

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: various firearms, long and short ranged, ammunition, clothing

Revenue: US$ 865.1 million

Employees: over 3000

4.3 Sturm, Ruger & Co.

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logo owner: Sturm, Ruger & Co

The main competitor of the 2 earlier mentioned brands. Sturm, Ruger & Co. is relatively young gun manufacture (created after second World War). It’s known better as Ruger, and is well known worldwide. In 2015 it became the largest overall gun producer in the USA. The first gun produced by Ruger was Ruger Standard, which was .22 caliber pistol which was the mix of 9mm German Luger and Colt Woodsman. The sales of it were so successful that it pushed the entire company forward. Today it produces various types of pistols and rifles well recognized around the globe, used by military and security services.

Founded: 1949

Chairman/CEO: Christopher J. Killoy

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: various firearms

Revenue: $664 million

Employees: over 2100

4.4 SIG Sauer

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logo owner: SIG Sauer

The first company of different origin on our list, and also one of the youngest. Formed in Germany, before the fall of Berlin Wall SIG Sauer was created in the fusion process between Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) and Sauer & Sohn. These two companies were created much earlier but decided to mix their forces to create something new. SIG Sauer is now well-known firearms brands around the globe, with many successful models used by various services and military.

Founded: 1976

Chairman/CEO: Ron Cohen

Country of Origin: Germany
Produces: various handguns and rifles, ammunition

Revenue: Data unavailable

Employees: over 1200

4.5 Heckler and Koch

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logo owner: Heckler & Koch

Founded in Germany right after the WW2, formerly as machine tool producers. In 1956-61 after response to the German government it started manufacturing new weapons for Bundeswehr. Nowadays H&K produce various types of firearms used around the world and is known by its innovations and new ideas to the industry.

Founded: 1948

Chairman/CEO: Andreas Heeschen

Country of Origin: Germany
Produces: various firearms and weapons

Revenue: € 182.038

Employees: over 700

4.6 Mossberg

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logo owner: Mossberg

A 100 years old gun manufacturer from the USA with a very colorful history. Founded by Swedish emigrant it gained popularity with its small pistol called Brownie, which was designed for hunters and trappers for the humane killing of wounded animals. Nowadays the company is led by sons of the original founder and produce a wide range of firearms and scopes used around the globe.

Founded: 1919

Chairman/CEO: Alan I. Mossberg

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: various firearms and scopes

Revenue: no data available

Employees: over 500

4.7 Colt Defense

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We put Colt Defense on this list to honor its history and greatness. Because of bad decisions the company as far as we know the company is under bankruptcy state but still operating. The long story of this gun producer began with Colt First Model Ring Lever rifle, which was the first firearm produced in the company before it was named Colt Defense (in 1837). Colt was the major weapons supplier for U.S. Army from the 1850s to first World War. Nowadays it is mostly known by the great M1911 pistol used by the USA during first WW, and it’s later version M1911A1 used in second WW. Later it gained more popularity with AR-15, M16, and M4 carbines, which are still used to this day by various defense services in multiple countries.

Founded: 1846

Chairman/CEO: Zilkha & Co

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: various firearms, weapons

Revenue: no data available (bankruptcy)

Employees: no data available (bankruptcy)

4.8 Beretta Holding

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logo owner: Beretta

The international producer of small firearms and weapons which originates from Italy. Beretta was created earlier, in 1972, but later it became part of the holding. The most popular models were Beretta 92F (as M9 the basic short firearm used by U.S. Army) and Beretta 92FS. Berettas are very popular amongst the police are over the world because of their quality and durability.

Founded: 1995

Chairman/CEO: Pietro Gussalli Beretta

Country of Origin: Italy
Produces: small firearms, clothing, optoelectronics, sporting goods

Revenue: €679.40 million

Employees: over 2900

4.9 Springfield Armory, Inc.

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logo owner: Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory was formerly the national gun manufacturer of USA. Since 1777 it developed and produced many recognizable weapons such as M1911 pistol (along with Colt) and M1903 model rifle, which are used to this day. Nowadays under the license, it still produces the rebuilds of the classic weapons (mostly for collectors) and much newer firearms.

Founded: 1974 (re-opened, under name license)

Chairman/CEO: Dennis Reese, Thomas Reese

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: various firearms

Revenue: no data available

Employees: no data available

4.10 Savage Arms

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logo owner: Savage Arms

Very old American gun producer, which played a role in the production of M1911 pistol. It is best known for (no longer produced) Savage Model 99 lever action rifle, which was extremely popular amongst hunters and trappers, especially in Canada, where it was also used in first World War. Nowadays it produces much more different firearms, and popular shotguns.

Founded: 1894

Chairman/CEO: Ron Johnson

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: various firearms

Revenue: no data available

Employees: 367

4.11 Barrett Firearms

Gun manufacturer from Tennessee, one of the youngest on our list. Mostly known for its powerful and very effective BMG sniper rifles, used by U.S Military. Operate to this day and producing sniper rifles, semi-automatic rifles, machine guns, optics, and ammunition, mostly for military use.

Founded: 1982

Chairman/CEO: Ronnie Barrett

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: firearms

Revenue: no data available

Employees: no data available

4.12 FN Herstal

This gun factory is part of the Herstal Group, which owns also Winchester Arms and Browning. The interesting part in the history of this company is that it also produced cars (for 35 years) and motorcycles (for 65 years) for everyday use. It is also known that the gun made in by this manufacturer (Model 1910) was the one used for the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which led to the first World War.

Founded: 1889

Chairman/CEO: Jean-Sébastien Belle

Country of Origin: Belgium
Produces: firearms, ammunition

Revenue: no data available

Employees: over 3000 worldwide

4.13 Taurus International

Known also as Forjas Taurus. One of the most exotic gun manufacturer on our list that made it to worldwide. Mostly recognizable by .357 Taurus revolver. Fairly young manufacturer amongst the other and not as popular as the others on this list.

Founded: 1939

Chairman/CEO: Dennis Braz Gonçalves

Country of Origin: Brazil
Produces: firearms

Revenue: US$342.1 million

Employees: over 3100

4.14 Browning Arms Company

For this moment Browning Arms is a part of the Herstal Group, amongst Winchester and FN Herstal. Along with the firearms, the company produces fishing rods and reels, knives, bicycles, and sports bows. Mostly known for their A-Bolt and X-Bolt action rifles and BAR semi-automatic rifle.

Founded: 1878

Chairman/CEO: Philippe Claessens (Herstal Group)

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: firearms, sport equipment

Revenue: no data available

Employees: no data available

4.15 Winchester Repeating Arms

Amongst the Browning and FN Herstal, Winchester is now part of the Herstal Group. Mostly known for the very popular lever action rifles, M1 rifle used during WWII and .50 BMG ammunition.

Founded: 1866

Chairman/CEO: Philippe Claessens (Herstal Group)

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: firearms, ammunition

Revenue: no data available

Employees: no data available

4.16 Glock Ges.m.b.H

Another youngster on our list. Glock is the now most popular manufacturer of sidearms used by various law enforcement agencies and military. They are also very popular amongst civilians for home defense and concealed/open carry. Glock pistols gained their fame because of their durability, quality of construction, ability to function in extreme conditions and ability to fire a wide range of ammunition.

Founded: 1963

Chairman/CEO: Gaston Glock

Country of Origin: Austria
Produces: firearms, knives, apparel

Revenue: no data available

Employees: over 1200

4.17 Benelli

Started as an auto service and motorcycle builders Benelli is nearly as young as Glock. Recognition was brought to the company by very popular M4 Super 90 semi-automatic, gas operating shotgun.

Founded: 1967

Chairman/CEO/Key people: Bruno Civolani

Country of Origin: Italy
Produces: shotguns, rifles, and pistols

Revenue: no data available

Employees: no data available

4.18 Walther arms

Walther is on the market for more than 100 years, producing high-quality handguns for military, law enforcement and civilians. It also produces air guns which are very popular in hunting, sports and even ASG games (using BB pellets).

Founded: 1886

Chairman/CEO/Key people: PW Group

Country of Origin: Germany
Produces: firearms and sporting goods

Revenue: no data available

Employees: over 200

4.19 CZ

CZ is an abbreviation of Česká zbrojovka which is the main firearm manufacturer of Czech Republic. Mostly known in Europe, but operates worldwide. CZ produces a wide range of weapons including pistols, rifles, machine and submachine guns and accessories for them.

Founded: 1919

Chairman/CEO: Lubomír Kovařík

Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Produces: firearms

Revenue: no data available

Employees: over 1800

4.20 Henry Repeating Arms

The leading lever action rifle manufacturer. Henry firearms manufacture operates under the motto: “Made in America and Priced Right”. Theoretically the youngest manufacturer on our list, but it’s because reboot of the company. The first Henry Repeating Arms was formed by Benjamin Tyler Henry, who also made the first rifle of the company. Nowadays it produces wide range of rifles and shotguns, used mostly by various services, hunters and for sport shooting.

Founded: 1996

Chairman/CEO: Anthony Imperato

Country of Origin: USA
Produces: firearms

Revenue: no data available

Employees: over 500

5. Summary

In this article, we covered the topic of the top gun manufacturers, gun history and the gun industry. We presented a brief overview of gun origins and created a list of the most popular gun brands today. The gun industry is, of course, huge and rich, but also very hard to compete and stay in. There are many companies with hundreds of years of gun making traditions and other obstacles such as the morality of this industry. This is business for decided people who know what they want and know how they want to do it before they do anything with it. It requires nerves of steel, passion, and knowledge, along with the wisdom and courage to embrace every consequence. If you have those characteristics then you can consider jumping in. If not, better stay away from this business.

We hope that you found what you searched for in our article. Thank you for your attention and time, and see you in the next text.

Source of information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_firearm

https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/technique/gun-timeline/

https://historycooperative.org/the-history-of-guns/

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/g1002/the-11-most-important-guns-in-history/

https://www.marketing91.com/top-17-gun-brands/

https://www.ranker.com/list/best-gun-brands/werner-brandes?page=2

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