spreadsheet of NICS checks in 2021

2021 Sets 2nd-Highest Gun Sales Mark

The total number of 2021 firearm purchases processed through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was the second highest on record.

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October Gun Sales 30 Percent Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Volume of firearm purchases in October that resulted in an FBI NICs background check was the second highest for the 31-day reporting period on record, lagging only behind the scalding pace in 2020 when the pandemic and social unrest drove transfers to all-time highs.

New Quarterly Sales Record for Smith & Wesson

Firearm sales nationwide have cooled compared to last year’s scalding pace, although the latest quarterly report from Smith & Wesson indicates the trend hasn’t affected the legendary firm.

April Gun Sales Indicate Gun Industry Continues to Thrive

Firearm sales for April 2021 indicate that Americans continue to buy guns at record pace.

Firearms Sales Reached Record Numbers in 2020 and Aren't Slowing Down

Firearm-sales records were set, shattered, then set again in 2020, and show no signs of slowing down coming into 2021.

Smith & Wesson Sets Quarterly Net Sales Record, Doubling Last Year’s Figures

Smith & Wesson’s latest quarterly report—issued last week for the three-month period ending Jan. 31—reflects a 102.2 percent increase over the same timeframe last year.

Ruger Spent $3.6 Million to Protect its Staff in 2020

Ruger’s 2020 investment to protect its staff and their families during the pandemic came to light during the company’s Feb. 18 quarterly earnings conference.

Record Firearm and Ammunition Sales

Figures released by the FBI indicate somewhere between 21 and 23 million firearm sales were processed through the agency’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last year.

Smith & Wesson Posts Another Record-Breaking Quarter

Smith & Wesson’s quarterly report for the period that ended Oct. 31 reflected the highest earnings in any three-month period for the gunmaker, shattering all previous highwater marks, including the record-setting sales figures set only 90 days before.

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