Taking aim: Despite reviving industry growth, imports continue to dominate the market

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite intense import competition, manufacturers are expected to start reshoring operations
  • Manufacturers have struggled to compete with portable video games that provide similar activities
  • As consumer sentiment and incomes improve, industry demand will grow

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Air Gun and Airsoft Gun Manufacturing industry mirrors several other industries within the US manufacturing sector that rely on plastic and steel to produce relatively small, simple goods in that production has moved overseas. As such, imports satisfy a significant portion of domestic demand, while exports are increasingly accounting for a lesser portion of US manufacturers' revenue. Through 2021, imports are forecast to remain a major substitute for industry products. Nonetheless, the pressure to move operations abroad will likely subside as the manufacturing sector as a whole trends towards domestic manufacturing. The easing of international competition is expected to return the industry to growth.


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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Air Gun and Airsoft Gun Manufacturing industry requires a low amount of capital investment, relative to labor costs. This is a bit misleading as most operators within the industry are large manufacturing plants with large source of income from other operations. As a result, these companies spend comparatively less on capital investments than labor, but the nominal value is still significant. The cost of new plants and equipment is sizeable, and product innovation necessitates periodic investment in new technology. On the other hand, a substantial amount of skilled labor is also needed to manufacture industry products and for research and development. Because of the balance between human labor and automation machinery, the industry has moderate capital intensity. Ove..

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    Additional Insights for the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry are

  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Establishment of export markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Trade-weighted index in the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry primarily manufactures air guns and airsoft guns, which are distinct from firearms. Air guns and airsoft guns use air or gas, while firearms burn a propellant. Air guns and airsoft guns are used for hunting, pest control, recreational shooting and competitive sports. Spring-loaded, pneumatic, gas-powered and electric guns are included, but guns designed specifically for paintball are excluded.

    Industry Products
    Air guns
    Airsoft guns
    Repairs and services
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing air guns
    Manufacturing airsoft guns
    Repairs and service for air and airsoft guns

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • World price of steel

  • Current Performance
  • Import competition
  • Key markets
  • Profit and locations
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Imports to remain strong
  • More substitutes
  • Technological opportunities
  • Profit continually pressured
  • Table: Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Lawn & Outdoor Equipment Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Guns & Ammunition Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Machine Shop Services
  • Millwork
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Wire & Spring Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Air guns
  • Airsoft guns
  • Repairs and services
  • Chart: Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Export demand
  • Leisure time
  • Disposable income

  • Major Markets
  • Mass Merchants
  • Dealers
  • Exports
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs, marketing, rent and utilities
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
  • Table: Crosman - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Air Gun & Airsoft Gun Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Trade-weighted index (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Air Gun
  • Any of a type of spring-loaded, pneumatic or CO2-powered pistol, gun or rifle designed for recreation, hunting or competition.
  • Airsoft Gun
  • A type of air-powered gun designed to look like real firearms that fires plastic pellets or discs.
  • Forestock
  • The part of a gun, usually made of wood, running from the front of the trigger guard along the bottom of the barrel to a point about three-fourths of the length of the barrel.
  • Offshore
  • The relocation of a company's business process, such as manufacturing or accounting, from one country to another, whether the work is outsourced or stays within the company.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
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