Firearms Links

 Government Links & Resources


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):

ATF Firearms Publications:

ATF Firearm Statistics:

ATF Field Office Contacts:

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide 2005:

FBI Statistics & Research:

National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) Program

Library of Congress:

US National Archives:

US House of Representatives:

US Senate:

Report Illegal Firearms Activity: 1-800-ATF-GUNS

Firearms Theft Hotline: 1-888-930-9275

Federal Law – Firearms 

Federal Form 4473
[A Firearms Transaction Record, or Federal Form 4473, is a United States government form that must be filled out when a person buys a firearm from a Federal Firearm License holder (such as a gun store). For knowingly making any false statement or representation on Federal Form 4473, the penalty is 10 years]

Report links

Dr. Edgar A. Suter MD, National Chair, Doctors for Integrity in Policy Research Inc., responds to the study that stated that home guns are “43 times more likely to kill a family member than an intruder.”

Firearms Appraisals – antique and modern firearms


Firearms groups

  1. National Rifle Association
  2. Gun Owners of America
  3. Concealed Carry Association
  4. American Self Defense Institute
  5. Jews for the Preservation of firearms ownership
  6. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America
  7. Second amendment foundation
  8. National Shooting Sports Foundation
  9. US Practical Shooting Association
  10. Open Carry
  11. Handgun Law


American Firearms Defense

National Rifle Association Education & Training

NRA Safety & Training

Firearms Links

Sniper Central

How bullets fly:

Wound Ballistics:

Shooting Range National Directory (from NRA):

Firearm review & reference Guide:

Carry License Reciprocity State by State:

Demystifying +P

Exploded Firearms Drawings

Firearms Publications

                Pro 2nd Amendment Publication – The Independent


Firearms Accessories
Collectors Firearms-Simpsons:
Delray Shooting Center:

Sinclair International Reloading Equipment

Beast Ammo –


Find an offender in your area


Criminal Justice Career information




Article – All About the Legal Right to Bear Arms

Reviews and news on the gun industry

Misc Links

Credit Repair 


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Gun Manufacturers

Firearm and Handgun Manufacturers

 Gun Manufacturers

Below we have compiled a list of gun manufacturers, it is not all encompassing. However we are always adding to this list. Click on the company name, or logo and it will take you to the manufacturer’s website. Be sure to visit Guns by Brand & Specifications section, it is full of knowledge and will increase your expertise of guns.

A+B Arms

American Built Arms Company, a veteran-owned, Type 07 U.S. manufacturer of firearms and firearms parts and accessories to the defense industry

Adcor defense

Adcor defense

 Adcor Defense

Alexander Arms

Manufacturer of Firearms and Rifle Components


The original Armalite was a division of the Fairchild Aircraft Company, and developed the AR-15.They sold the rights to that rifle to Colt. The Current Armalite company makes AR-15, AR-180 and AR-10 Rifles.

American Tactical Imports

American Tactical is a worldwide importer of high quality firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment. Exclusively representing superior manufacturers, ATI is …

Anderson Manufacturing

Anderson Rifles manufacture of parts and the inventor of the world’s only AR-15 that never needs oiling.

Auto-Ordnance Corp

Founded in 1916 by John T. Thompson and others. Their Products included various models of Thompson machine gun. The company was associated with Savage Arms Corp. from 1939 and then Merged with Maguire Industries in 1944.


This company was established to manufacture the Barrett Light Fifty (known as the M82A1 in military use.) The company now makes AR-15 rifles in 6.8mm and a prototype semi-automatic 20mm grenade launcher.

Bear Creek Arsenal

Family owned company located in Sanford, North Carolina


Benelli Armi SpA was founded in 1911 with production focused on motorcycles. In the mid-1960’s the firearms business was started. THe company manufactures shotguns, rifles and pistols.

Black Rain Ordnance

Is a precision firearms manufacturer specializing in the modern sporting rifle design.


Guns manufactured by Browning

Browning is part of the Herstal Group, commercializes the Browning and Winchester trademarks and is a leader in hunting, shooting and outdoor.

C&H Precision Weapons

Custom rifle maker and specializing in hand crafting Authentic USMC M40 Series Rifles

Cadillac Gage

Manufactured many Vietnam-era military vehicles and artillery pieces.American military contractor that manufactures armored vehicles, turrets, advanced marine craft, surface effects ships, and other weapon systems. It is owned by Textron, and was formed in the merger between Cadillac Gage and Textron Marine in 1994.


Based in Oregon, Calico produces firearms that use the top mounted, helical feed magazine that can take between 50 and 100 rounds.

Charles Daly

Shooting sports specialists offering shotguns, rifles, and pistols.


Guns Manufactured by Colt

Founded in 1836 by Samuel Colt to manufacture his handgun design, Colt went on to rifles, pistols and machine guns and produced huge volumes of all for the US Military in World Wars I an II, Korea and Vietnam, Colt is the main producer of M16 an M4 today. In 2002 the company was split between Colt Manufacturing Company.

Dillon Aero

A new manufacturer to the small arms business, Dillon Aero re-designed and manufactured new parts for existing miniguns, and then went on to produce new ones when the US government found there were not enough of the old ones.

Dixie Gun Works




FN Herstal

Guns Manufactured by FN Herstal

FN Herstal is part of the Herstal Group  whose expertise lies in Defense and Law Enforcement business


Official site of GLOCK, the manufacturer of handguns, knives, and accessories. Get information about GLOCK pistols and products, firearm safety, or the company and its history. In English and German.

High Standard Co.

Founded  in Connecticut in 1926. In 1932 the company purchased Hartford Arms and Equipment Company. It was purchased by Leisure Group in the 1960s and subsequently bought out by the management in 1978. In 1993, the company was acquired by High Standard Manufacturing Company Inc.

Marlin Firearms Co

Founded in 1870 by John M. Marlin. In 1915 a New York syndicate bought the company and named it Marlin Rockwell Corporation. In 2000 Marlin bought the assets of H&R 1871, A US manufacturer of shotguns and rifles.

Olympic Arms

Produces the AR-15’s, 1911 pistols and sporter barrels.

Remington Firearms

Guns Manufactured by Remington

Founded in 1816 by Eliphalet remington. The first production was flintlock rifles. It continues to produce both arms and ammunition. It is one of the oldest manufacturing concerns in the US.

Ruger Firearms

Guns Manufactured by Ruger

The late BIll Ruger was a weapons designer in World War II. He founded his firm in 1949, and pioneered the use of stampings and investment castings in US arms production. It is now the largest manufacturer of firearms in the United States.


Manufactures hunting and target rifles.

Savage Arms

Founded in 1894. As with many sporting foods manufacturers, Savage manufactured weapons for the war effort, in both World War I and World War II. Their primary product in peacetime was (and still is) a lever action hunting rifle, although they produce arms for other activities such as law enforcement.

Sig Sauer

Guns Manufactured by Sig Sauer

Designs and builds firearms for the military, law enforcement, security agencies, self-defense, hunting, and competition.

Smith & Wesson

Guns Manufactured by Smith & Wesson

Its origins lie in the partnership between Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, dating 1852. First success came in 1856 with manufacture of the .22 rimfire revolver. It was an important producer of firearms during the American CIvil War and later during World Wars I and II. It is now the largest producer of handguns in the United States.

Springfield Armory

Established in 1794 as the official government arsenal, Springfield was closed in 1968 when the government acquisition process was changed.

Stag Arms LLC

Specializes in the development of left-handed AR15 rifles


Guns Manufactured by Taurus

Forjas Taurus was established in Brazil in Porto Alegre in 1937. It opened an affiliated company in Miami, USA, in 1968 Taurus International began to produce Beretta pistols under licence. From the 1990s it began to produce its own range of pistols and revolvers in both countries.

Winchester Guns

Winchester is part of the Herstal Group, designs, manufactures and distributes a full range of firearms and associated products for defense, law enforcement, hunting, and shooting.

 More Firearm Manufacturers in Alphabetical Order

  • Christensen Arms Makers of lightweight, graphite barreled rifles.
  • Cobra Firearms Manufactures an assortment of compact handguns for personal protection. Site includes online sales to order parts and shooting accessories, also search for local dealers.
  • Daisy Manufacturing Company, Inc. Manufacturer of airguns, ammo, and accessories.
  • Dillon Precision Manufacturer, distributor, and mail order source for reloading equipment and accessories.
  • Edward Arms Company Manufacturer of custom and single build AR15 style rifles and accessories.
  • European American Armory Corp. Official site for EAA Corp, manufacture of pistols, shotguns, airguns, revolvers, and target rifles. Find firearm specifications along with manuals, safety tips, parts, and accessories.
  • G. L. Jones, Fine Custom Rifles and Hand Engraving Makers of historically accurate and reproduction colonial firearms, flintlocks, and fowlers.
  • Heckler & Koch, Inc. U.S. subsidiary of Heckler & Koch, GmbH.
  • Heritage Manufacturing, Inc. Manufacturer of single action revolvers and semi automatic pistols.
  • Kahr Arms Makers of high quality 9mm and .40 caliber compact semi-autos pistols designed for concealed carry.
  • Ken Moody Hunting Enterprises Offers trips in Tennessee, Alabama, and Africa. Also offers videos, arrows, and rifles.
  • Kimber of America Manufacturer of rifles and pistols.
  • LaserMax Manufacturer of laser gun sights for law enforcement and the shooting sports community.
  • Lazzeroni Arms Company Manufactures longe range hunting rifles and proprietary maximum velocity ammunition.
  • Marlin Rifle manufacturer with information on dealers and a catalog of firearms.
  • Mauser-Werke Oberndorf Company home.
  • MTM Case-Gard Manufactures Case-Gard shooting sports accessories and products.
  • North American Arms, Inc. Makers of the 5-shot mini-revovler in .22 caliber.
  • O.F. Mossberg Manufacturer of pump-action shotguns.
  • Ronald Wharton Riflemaker Provides transfers of firearms through U.K. customs at all major airports in addition to sales of double and secondhand bolt action rifles and shotguns.
  • SKB Shotguns Manufacturer of Side by Side and Over and Under Shotguns.
  • Springfield Armory From the famed 1911-A1 to the legendary M1A rifle. Also a large assortment of clothing and accessories.
  • SSK Industries Manufactures and markets hunting handguns and ammunition.
  • Sturm, Ruger and Company (NYSE:RGR) Arms makers for responsible sportsmen.
  • Valkyrie Arms, Ltd. Manufactures semi-automatic versions of classic military machine guns such as the Browning 1919A4.
  • Vector Arms Manufacturer, distributor, and dealer of weaponry, accessories, and ammunition, including UZI style guns.
  • Weatherby Firearms manufacturer.
  • Wilson Combat Whether it’s a Tactical Pistol on a crack house raid in the hands of a SWAT Team point-man or a Special ACCU-COMP capturing the national championship, you can count on Wilson custom guns.
  • Winchester Rifles and Shotguns Manufacturer of rifles, shotguns, gun cases, and shooting gear.
  • ZDF Import/Export, Inc. Importer of VEPR Rifle (based on Kalashnikov series) and manufacturer of M96 Expeditionary Rifle (based on Stoner 63 Weapons System).

Compiled from various lists and sources: “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guns” by Fowler, North, Stronge & Sweeney. Published by Metro Books, New York ISBN 978-1-4351-1729-7   All trademarks and names are property of the respective trademark owner.



 Scroll down and you will find:
  • Introduction
  • American Firearm Institute’s Approach to 
    Statistical Research
  • Societal problems and the misuse of firearms 
    – the real issue
  • Firearm Research
  • Firearms and Firearm Ownership
  • Trends in Violent Crime
  • Defensive Gun Use
  • The source of guns seized in crimes in America
  • Suicide and Firearms
  • Suicide rates per 100,000 by country, year and sex
  • Firearm Suicide, By Race/Ethnicity and Age-U.S. 1999-2002
  • Violent Crime in Europe and the USA
  • Crime and firearms
  • The top ten guns used in crime
  • Juvenile Crime and firearms
  • Crime Statistics
  • Weapons and violent crime
  • Types of Accidental Deaths, USA 2002
  • Homicide Demographics in the USA
  • Firearm injury in the US
  • The role of alcohol in crime victimization
  • Weapon Use and Violent Crime
  • Where does armed violence occur
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Annual Household Income
  • Time of incident
  • Activity and location
  • Victim-offender relationship
  • Trends
  • Race
  • Victim Self Defense
  • Cycle of Violence
  • Psychosocial Repercussions
  • The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
  • Firearm Statistical Data Sources
  • Leading Causes of Death in the U.S. (We all die)


There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

This well-known saying is part of a phrase attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (former British prime minister in the 1800s) and popularized by Mark Twain. The statement refers to the persuasive power of numbers, and powerfully describes how even accurate statistics can be used to bolster inaccurate arguments.

Statistic truth is in the eye of the prepared – the source of the survey. Statistics can be generated to bolster any argument even in the face of insurmountable indicators against it. Statistic generation wade through the mud of variables which like a herd of cats are near impossible to control. For example, statistical surveys are influenced by the researcher’s

  • bias,
  • personal opinion,
  • preparation, research and collection methods,
  • sex,
  • education,
  • religion
  • politics
  • client
  • rate of pay
  • experience in life
  • experience with the topic in question

Among others

The survey to collect the information can be influenced by:

  • geographic location
  • questionnaire type and length
  • inflection of the interviewer
  • audience demographics
  • weather
  • compilation methods
  • analysis,
  • computation and
  • delivery.

Among others.

In other words statistics can be made to say anything.

When we look at the audience being questioned two glaring anomalies arise that have proven to be true in the experience of interviewing people over time:

  1. People often lie, their answer often does not reflect the truth or their true feelings, as they may be embarrassed by them.
  2. People like to give a pleasing answer to the interviewer telling them what they think they want to hear.

Our researchers at AFI provide extensive and ongoing research into the cause and effects of gun ownership and violence. Why? To counter the heavy slant in the media against gun-owners and gun ownership.

One common thread throughout all of our investigation can be found early in the literature being analyzed and that that is the bias of the researcher who compiled the numbers, who believe it or not, are usually anti-gun. Once that has been determined, you realize, the numbers presented are statistically and practically useless because of their inherent skew.

After wading through countless studies, research and medical papers about firearms and gun control, they all – with a tiny exception – enter their research pre-determined to prove that firearms are bad. And that legal firearm holders are irresponsible and need to be controlled. Their research methodology -who they interviewed, when and how, – leaves a lot be desired.

vector-statistics-chart-element-preview-by-dragonartAmerican Firearm Institute’s Approach to Statistical Research
To counter this bias our researchers examine indirect resorts that don’t have firearms as their primary focus. For example, crime statistics from the Department of Justice. Similar numbers from the World Heath Organization and Governmental numbers from the Home Office in Britain. They are then cross checked with other reports and we garner our conclusions from that.

Societal problems and the mis-use of firearms – the real issue
On close examination of the much touted reports connecting crime and homicide with firearms, are glaring issues that are completely ignored even through they exist as if surrounded by flashing neon lights.
Crime and homicide survive in the following fertile breeding grounds:

  1. Poverty
  2. Alcohol abuse
  3. Drug use
  4. Inner City Cycle of Violence

Firearms are brought into the equation as means of protection and enforcement. Tackle these issues of 1 – 4 and you’ll solve, to a large degree, the problems of violence in society. But they go ignored. They easier route is to “ban the gun” and in doing so what happens? Nothing.

For firearms critics guns are tangible and visible and attacking them, vilifying them polarizes voters into agreeing to something that seeks to provide a quick fix to a problem that will not go away. Tackling issues 1 through 4 above are too difficult, their range and lifecycle too long for a 4-year politician to tackle. Politicians survive from visible sound-bite issues like gun control. And so these issues go unresolved and 150 million American firearm owners pay the price as they are pushed step by step through increasingly oppressive gun control toward becoming unwitting and unwilling criminals.

Firearm Research

In the United States, research into firearms and violent crime is fraught with difficulties, associated with limited data on gun ownership and use, firearms markets, and aggregation of crime data. Research studies into gun violence have primarily taken one of two approaches: case-control studies and social ecology. Gun ownership is usually determined through surveys, proxy variables, and sometimes with production and import figures. In statistical analysis of homicides and other types of crime which are rare events, these data tend to have poisson distributions, which also presents methodological challenges to researchers. With data aggregation, it is difficult to make inferences about individual behavior. This problem, known as ecological fallacy, is not always handled properly by researchers, leading some to jump to conclusions that their data do not necessarily support. []

Firearms and firearm ownership
Depending on what statistics you read:

  • there are 250 – 280 million firearms in the US
  • 40 – 50% of US homes own a firearm, that’s 120 – 150 million people

Trends in Violent Crime

The late 1990s saw promising decreases in violent crime in large cities, providing an important opportunity to identify factors that might be used to further reduce firearm violence. The decrease was likely the result of several factors that include:

  • The collection of location-specific crime data, the analysis of those data, and the
  • development of strategies to efficiently allocate police resources.
  • Improving troubled neighborhoods.
  • Stricter sentencing and stricter laws to keep felons from obtaining firearms.

[Blumstein A, Rosenfeld R. Assessing the recent ups and downs in US homicide rates. National Institute of Justice Journal, October 1998: 9-11. Full article Available: The Journal of Law and Criminology, 1998; 88(4).] (more…)

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