For the third year running, Anderson Manufacturing has once again claimed the #1 spot in “Miscellaneous Firearms Production.” This unprecedented accomplishment follows on the heels of two previous years where Anderson Manufacturing produced well over 300,000 firearms outranking other firearms giants like Brownells, Ruger, Mossberg, and Palmetto State Armory.
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Anderson Manufacturing has been one of the nation’s largest firearms producers especially with respect to rifles. As reported in Shooting Industry magazine, Anderson Manufacturing produced 342,271 miscellaneous firearms in 2019 beating its previous year’s record of 322,546. The ATF classifies miscellaneous firearms as ones that are not included in other categories of their reporting which includes firearms frames or receivers that aren’t otherwise identified as a particular type of firearm.
The ATF tracks industry data like this in their annual reports and makes distinctions between rifles, shotguns, and handguns but currently doesn’t have a separate category for firearms receivers which are sold as a standalone product. Anderson has been a popular and inexpensive choice for first-time AR-15 builders and while there are certainly higher-tier options out there for similar prices, Anderson continues to be one of the most frequently seen.
It will be interesting to see how their 2020 and 2021 numbers stack up when the ATF produces their new reports. I have a sneaking suspicion that their numbers might drop down quite a bit due to last year’s hysteria and the increasing prices of materials and the general chaos that has been surrounding the firearms industry. A quick check of Anderson’s web page will reveal that they are still running on all cylinders and are in fact experiencing backups due to increased demand for rifles and parts produced by them.
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