Supply lines are critical in any military operation, and when self-defense-firearm sales soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, gun makers were caught in a historic battle to meet that demand. Their efforts were nothing short of heroic—often quite creative—and Shooting Illustrated asked several experts how they did it and if more problems are looming.
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.
Firearm sales for April 2021 indicate that Americans continue to buy guns at record pace.
Firearm-sales records were set, shattered, then set again in 2020, and show no signs of slowing down coming into 2021.
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’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.