Overview

Lock and load: Industry growth has cooled off as regulations are expected to stabilize

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REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$9bn
Annual Growth
11-16
3.6%
Annual Growth
16-21
Profit
Employment
79,764
Business
6,650

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • New proposals to ban rapid-firing assault weapons spurred a surge in gun sales
  • The number of hunters in the United States has grown, increasing industry demand
  • Intensifying competition from new entrants and department stores will hinder profit growth
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Gun and Ammunition Stores industry has grown over the five years to 2016, in response to greater per capita disposable income and gradual growth in the number of game hunters. The industry inadvertently benefits from sudden spikes in consumer firearm purchases immediately following acts of terror or mass shooter events. The number of gun shops has increased in the five years to 2016, despite heavy competition from sporting goods and outdoor stores, online retailers, gun show vendors and pawn shops.

    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic distribution of industry establishments is highly dependent on regulations governing each state, as well as cultural attitudes toward gun ownership. Industry revenue per capita is also much higher in rural areas where gun ownership is more common. Broader factors such as population distribution and disposable income levels also play a factor in revenue earned in each state or region. The geographic distribution of industry establishments has not shifted noticeably over the past five years; if anything, the industry has become more entrenched in regions where gun and ammunition sales have traditionally been high.

    Southeast

    The industry is highly concentrated toward the Southeast, which accounts for 35.2% of total industry revenue. Thi

    Additional Insights for the Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry are

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Crime rate and Per capita disposable income in the Gun & Ammunition Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry?

    This industry comprises establishments that specialize in retailing guns and ammunition. Industry establishments may also sell a range of accessories and apparel in addition to their main product lines.

    Industry Products
    Pistols
    Revolvers
    Rifles
    Shotguns
    Other firearms
    Ammunition
    Other equipment, apparel and supplies
    Industry Activities
    Retailing handguns
    Retailing rifles
    Retailing shotguns
    Retailing ammunition
    Retailing apparel and accessories

    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
  • Crime rate
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from security services
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • Value of residential construction

  • Current Performance
  • Demand for gun and ammunition stores
  • Legislation and sales
  • Competition and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand drivers
  • Competition and industry profitability
  • Table: Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Footwear Wholesaling
  • Guns & Ammunition Manufacturing
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Ammunition
  • Pistols
  • Rifles
  • Other equipment, apparel and supplies
  • Shotguns
  • Revolvers
  • Other firearms
  • Chart: Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 50 to 64
  • Consumers aged 65 and older
  • Consumers aged 30 to 49
  • Consumers aged 18 to 29
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gun & Ammunition Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Gun & Ammunition Stores 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 Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Crime rate (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Ammunition
  • Primers that are fired from guns, explosive military items like grenades and bombs and any materials that are thrown in fight.
  • Brick-And-Mortar
  • A retailer that has a physical presence of a building or other structure, as opposed to a retailer that only sells products online.
  • Handgun
  • A firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands.
  • Long Gun
  • A firearm with a longer barrel than other classes that is designed to be fired braced against the shoulder.
  • May-Issue
  • A term used to describe a jurisdiction that will grant a legal firearm owner the right to carry a firearm on his person following the approval of a granting government authority.
  • Plinking
  • Recreational target shooting commonly done using paper, metal or nonstandard targets.
  • Shall-Issue
  • A term used to describe a jurisdiction that will grant a legal firearm owner the right to carry a firearm on his person without needing to meet local governing authority's approval.
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