Germany’s ammunition sales increase tenfold

Germany is among the world’s top arms suppliers, and in 2014 they ranked 6:th in the World by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).  Only the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain are ahead.

Germany produces everything from civilian and military firearms and ammunition to battle tanks (The mighty Leopard, for instance) and naval vessels – and they seem very successful at selling what they produce.

Germany’s small arms ammunition sales increased tenfold in the first 6 months of 2016, setting a new record (vs. the same period 2015). That’s quite an increase, and I can only guess that deliveries are a bit late.

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Hungry firearms around the world help Germany tenfold ammunition sales.


Obviously the majority of the sales go to armed forces, but it would be interesting to see how much civilians are stockpiling?

The germans have recently been told to keep food and water for at least 10 days at home, in a civil defense plan. Anyone clever, owning a firearm, would without doubt also include some (or a lot) of ammunition in their personal defense plan.


Above: Heckler & Koch MR223, Made in Germany. 

Government-approved small arms ammunition sales increased from €27 million to €283.8 million.

The majority of sales, €275 million, went to other EU countries or NATO allies or similar “safe” countries like Australia, New Zealand, Japan or Switzerland. A small share were approved for sales to Iraq, most likely to Kurdish militias backed by Germany.

France and Poland are the top destination for the ammunition.


Above: MEN Metallwerk Elisenhütte GmbH, the almighty 300 Win Mag. military grade vs. a poor piece of 12 mm steel at 600 meters. The AP still won.


The sales of weapons (hardware) rose slightly from 2015 to just over €4 billions. However 2015 was a record-breaking year for weapons exports. Turkey is a big buyer.

The forecast? Arms and ammunition sales will continue to rise in 2016 and 2017.

Source: Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA)


Above: Bipodded H&K MR223, Made in Germany, with Swarovski Z6i and Spuhr mount (made elsewhere).

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Dougscamo

    “The germans have recently been told to keep food and water for at least 10 days at home, in a civil defense plan. Anyone clever, owning a firearm, would without doubt also include some (or a lot) of ammunition in their personal defense plan.”

    Hmmm…..German preppers….INTERESTING….

    • .45

      But it is supposedly being endorsed and encouraged by the government, whwhich is a far cry from the normal prepper scene…

      • Dougscamo

        But which scenario is more frightening?…..Maybe I’m getting paranoid….but even paranoid people have enemies…..

      • valorius

        The US govt had a campaign a few years ago encouraging citizens to prep for disasters. I have the T-Shirt and official CDC posters.

        “Don’t be a zombie, be prepared.”

        • Bill

          It’s still a thing, both the CDC and FEMA support preparedness, in a non-armed-compound/buy-gold-bars sort of way. Then there are the CERT teams and amateur radio types, that can be a mite “unusual” in their own way.

          • valorius

            I’m as ready as one can be without a six figure preparedness budget.

          • mbrd

            yeah, i can’t afford to build a bunker either… i want to stay as close as i can to ground zero just to be swept away by the first strike. i don’t want to be a half charred, half lit zombie fighting in the street for a can of beans…

          • valorius

            I moved far from the cities into the mountains (mostly because i love the mountains). I’ve got enough canned food stocked for six months, well water, 2 generators, a 500 gallon propane tank, a level IIIA safe room, several high quality flash lights, fishing poles and tackle, small game traps, and 5000rds of ammo for my various firearms.

            Short of a big inheritance or hitting the lottery, i’m done.

    • n0truscotsman

      Im not surprised at all. There is a lot of uncertainy regarding possibilities of unrest (think brexit, immigration, or the eurozone situation) or war involving Russia.

      • Dougscamo

        I’m not surprised by the practice…but 10 days of food and water will only help with a mild case of natural disaster…after that, all bets are off….

  • xebat

    German Here. All these weapons and ammo being produced and sold and here i am sitting on my ass with nothing but a blank gun because this country treats it’s citizens like children.
    The moment i finish my education i’m f***ing out of here. Moving to the Czech Republic or if i somehow get lucky move to the United States one day. I’m so blue balled regarding firearms it’s not funny.

    • Dougscamo

      I supposed that it does suck with Germany selling all of the firearms and ammunition….and not trusting their citizens with the same….was hoping that there would be a German perspective in the comments….

    • Dukeblue91

      That’s what I did in 1985.
      Von Mainz nach NC.

      • xebat

        How did you do it ? Did you find a job at an American company or did you find an American woman to marry ;D ?

        • valorius

          finding an american woman shouldnt be hard at all, especially if you have a good career or money.

        • Dukeblue91

          I started out on vacation and met a young lady.
          I was supposed to stay 8 weeks but ended up staying 6 months.
          When I went back home, I didn’t like it anymore and sold everything I owned and came back to NC on a visitor visa and ended up getting married to the young lady and started the Immigration process.
          Well now I’m a citizen and have lived here longer than in Germany.
          I was 20 when I started my vacation.

    • valorius

      be dilligent as to what part of the US you move to. Some parts are FAR more free than others.

      Pick a battleground state that could use more conservatives, and move there. 🙂

      • xebat

        IF i someday get lucky i know that i’m moving to Texas. Come and take it ;D

        • valorius

          Texas is a good choice as long as you don’t mind heat.

          • xebat

            ACs are something i really miss from my two trips to the US. For the few hot days we have here in Germany it can be really gruling since ACs are virtually non-existent here I also miss the Rootbeer and Cream Soda sooo much.

          • valorius

            Pennsylvania is also a great choice- much more Teutonic than texas. We have plenty of heat in the summer, great gun rights, and no fire ants! 🙂

          • Ian

            Not so fast chief, the Texas Hill Country is over-flowing with German descendants and traditions. A large percentage of settlers there were German. New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, & Wurstfest!

          • valorius

            avoid any big cities, they’re all controlled by leftists in the US, and are riddled with drugs, corruption, crime and blight.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I really hope you’re able to make the move!

    • Max Müller

      Koffer packen und dann ab nach Vermont oder Georgia oder so. 2nd amendment statt kleiner Waffenschein für lächerliches Pfefferspray.

      • buzzman1

        Now you cant even get hornet spray in Germany which is better than pepper spray.

    • Gary Kirk

      Best of luck to you in your journey brother.. World needs more like you

    • will_ford

      People do not realize how many FREEDOMS they DON’T have until it is to late. GOOD 4 YOU!

    • Nunya Bidniz

      Xebat: come for a visit [I know all you Deutschers are crazy for Death Valley! 😉 ] and make some friends. America always needs more right-thinking folk, the anti-freedom crowd are always trying to strip our rights away. Anyway, you sound like you would have no trouble finding a sponsor if you chose to immigrate. Tchuss!

  • I M Deplorable

    Wow, 12mm steel plate. My AR500 1/4″ steel targets don’t stand a chance. I ding them with 308 but someone at the range always has to punch it with their 300WM.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    All of the “refugees” flooding into Europe is probably boosting firearm and ammunition sales as well. They’re preparing for civil war and self-defense.

    • DaveP.

      Yep. Gosh-darn Methodists.

    • xebat

      Not really. The amount of people who legally own guns in Germany is miniscule. Also it is actually illegal to keep your gun outside of your safe at home. If someone were to attack you either on the streets or at your home you would go to prison for using your weapon which is supposed to be used for Hunting or Sportshooting only.

      • Russ Kell

        This. I will never understand this.

        This is the state saying “You should just lay down and die”.

        What people elected themselves into a situation where you were just supposed to bite the pillow so some bad guy can have his way? (Yes, that is a rhetorical question)

      • Lange

        That’s not entirely true. The right to self-defense is actually quite broad even by american standards. You can shoot someone in your own home (if you’re threatened that is, not while he’s running away) and suffer no consequences. People did that. In fact, the nature of the legal system here would even allow you to defend yourself with an illegally acquired gun and be punished only for its possession, not the act of self defence.

  • valorius

    I love me some german machinery.

    • Bill

      Guns, cars, motorcycles, optics, sausage…

      • valorius

        Some of my favorite things: My HK P7, my Porsche 928S and my Swarovski rifle scope (austrian, but close enough for me, lol)

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        If you classify your sausage as machinery…

  • Hinermad

    Anyone who speaks English with a European accent has an automatic advantage with American women. That’s why I ended up engaged to a Canadian woman. (grin)

  • Bob

    I have an HK USP45, I prefer the FN-FNX-45 and the Kimber Polymer Target 1911 (which is no longer made). I fired a friends HK91 (or was it HK93) years ago and I thought the ergonomics on it were poor. I much prefer and FN/FAL or a M1A.
    Wife had two BMW X-5’s and they were both totally UNRELIABLE and so was the dealer.

  • walter12

    It is far time for Germany to get over its 71 year old guilt trip about WWII. Most Germans had no idea what was going on with the incredible secrecy in a totalitarian government that they had in 1939. Even today, Germany is terrified of allowing it own citizens having firearms, just the same as when under the Hilter.

  • Nunya Bidniz

    I think the obvious connection between Germany’s 10-fold increase in ammo sales, with the bulk of it going to trading partners, and the recent relief after 5 years of the 22lr ammo drought Stateside is being overlooked in this article… 😉