The list of the top the top 25 U.S. firearm manufacturers, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation's "Industry Intelligence Reports" for 2012, has been released and the information is telling about the United States. Using data from collected in 2010, the NSSF compiled their list from ATF reports, manufacturer data, and other input. The top five companies: Ruger, S&W, Remington, Maverick/Mossberg, and SIG Sauer came as no surprise. However, you would be pleased to know another familiar name appeared on the list and was rather high up there.
Hi-Point ranked in Firearms Sales
Overall Beemiller Inc., the parent company of Hi-Point firearms listed sales of 115,200 handguns and rifles (carbines). This is some 315 per day, or about one every four minutes. This ranked Hi-Point 12th overall, just three thousand sales behind Kel-Tec. The companies ranked 13th-25 included H&R, Kimber, Thompson Center, DPMS, Colt, NAA, FN, Bushmaster, and Springfield.
Of those 115,200 firearms Hi-Points sold in the figures, most, almost 80,000 were handguns. When you compare just the pistol sales of the other top manufacturers, Hi-Point comes in at 8th place behind Ruger, S&W, SIG, Beretta, Taurus, Kimber, and Kel-Tec respectively. This isn't too shabby when you see that the humble Hi-Point pistol series sold almost the same number of pistols as Colt, Springfield, and FN combined in 2010. Kahr, listed as Saeilo also sold more than 25% fewer pistols than the often-derided Hi-Point.
Hi-Point's sale of some 35,300 of their durable 995, 4095, and 4595 pistol caliber carbines is impressive to say the least. When you compare this to the amount of AR-15 style carbines sold by DPMS (46,000) and Bushmaster (40,000) you see just how close the Planet of the Apes gun is to cutting into their market share. In fact, the most renowned of AR makers, Colt, sold only 11,000 of their black guns or about one for every 3 Hi-Point carbines. Come to think of it, you can buy three Hi-Point carbines for the price of one Colt AR-- and still have some money left for ammo.
It seems like the People's Champion may be based in Ohio and not in New England after all.