The Best Gun Manufacturers, Companies, & Brands

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit

What are the best gun brands & manufacturers?

Below we have compiled a list of firearm manufacturers (both American and international). It is not all-encompassing, however, we’re covering major brands, categories (rifles, shotgun, handguns/pistols, etc.) and will be continually adding to this list.

Click on the company name or logo and it will take you to our retail partner’s website to browse their selection.

If you’re new to guns be sure to check out our guide to handguns for beginners –  it should make it easier to decide the right handgun for you when you’re ready to buy.

The Top Firearms Brands

Beretta’s firearms are used worldwide for a variety of civilian, law enforcement, and military purposes. Sporting arms account for 75% of its sales. Amazingly Beretta has been operations since its founding in 1525 and is the oldest active manufacturer of firearm components in the world. Every major European was since 1650 has seen a Beretta on the battlefield.

Utah-based Browning is famous for its firearms and fishing gear. In 1878 brothers John and Matthew Browning, the company designs and manufactures a wide variety of firearms including shotguns, rifles, and pistols. Browning is now part of the Herstal Group, which owns Winchester and FN as well.

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.


FN is a major firearms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium, founded in 1889 and owned by the holding company Herstal Group – which owned by the regional government of Wallonia. FN is one of the largest European military & small arms exporters. Their expertise is in Defense and Law Enforcement arms.

Founded in Germany just after WWII in 1948, HK’s more notable products include the MP5, UMP submachine guns, G36, HK416 assault rifles, and  MP7 personal defense weapon, and the high-precision PSG1 sniper rifle. 

The Austrian firearms manufacturer, Glock, has been making handguns, knives, and accessories since 1963. Glock made famous the now ubiquitous polymer-framed, short recoil-operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistol.

Pennsylvania-based Kahr Arms is known for its small arms and specializes in compact and mid-size semi-automatic pistols, generally in popular cartridges, such as the .380 ACP, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.

New York-based Kimber has designed &  manufactureed small arms such as M1911 pistols, Solo pistols, and rifles since 1979. Kimber is heavily involved in shooting sports and police/special forces as Kimber pistols as used by the USA Shooting Team, Marines assigned to Special Operations Command, and the LAPD SWAT team.

For more than 100 years (founded in 1919) Mossberg is a Conneticut-based firearms manufacturer, known widely for its high-quality shotguns, as well as rifles, scopes, pistol, and firearm accessories.

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.

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 one of the largest manufacturers of firearms in the United States. Check out our list of the best Ruger firearms – highlighting the best Ruger has to offer in the way of revolvers, pistols, rifles & shotguns.

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

Its origins lie in the partnership between Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, dating 1852. The first success came in 1856 with the 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.

Established in 1794 as the official government arsenal, created the famed 1911-A1 to the legendary M1A rifle. Also a large assortment of clothing and accessories. Springfield was closed in 1968 when the government acquisition process was changed. 

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.

The Big List of Firearms Manufacturers

Below is as comprehensive a list as we can compile of gun manufacturers and brands. We’re constantly updating, expanding, and improving this list as brands come and go – and it’s a big list! – but we do our best to keep it up-to-date. 

Popular Posts

More From AFI:

SW1911SC E-Series Round Butt Scandium Frame

S&W PISTOL SW1911TA 45 ACP Review

Smith & Wesson SW1911SC 45 ACP E-Series The classic 1911 in all its glory. View Price Stability:  4.5/5 Accuracy:  5/5 Quality  4.5/5

Read More »

The Best Ankle Holsters

An ankle carry holster lets you carry a gun or backup weapon on your lower leg while keeping your upper torso unencumbered from larger, bulkier

Read More »
Michael Crites

Michael Crites

Michael grew up shooting in the soggy hills around his SW Washington home. Now a father of 3, hobby farmer, & firearms enthusiast living on 10 acres in the Oregon country.

Leave a Reply

Sign up for our Newsletter

Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletters. We’ll send you our best articles on guns, gear, & knowhow.