The Big Picture

    This diagram shows the relationships of some of the larger companies within the gun industry and how they’re connected to whom, and what comprises different groups of companies. In other words the “Big Picture” of the origins of the firearms we all love and enjoy. From a business standpoint, this is fascinating to see how the companies are connected and why some companies would be in direct competition with others. It also explains how within these specific groups, products might be similar, and this because the various companies are trading technologies off with each other for a cheaper product on the consumer end. Note that this chart does not show any Independent manufacturers as they would be far too numerous to list. This list mainly concentrates on American based firearms manufacturers but there are some international companies as well.

    Gun Company Structure

    Image created by Miles Vining


    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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