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

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...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Forecast Growth 16-21
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

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 Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    LicensingThe biggest barriers that may limit potential new entrants from entering the industry pertain to federal and state licensing requirements. Federal law stipulates that only licensed dealers may engage in the business of selling firearms. Once licensed, a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) may purchase may engage in the manufacture, importation and sale of firearms. Several classes of FFLs distinguish entities as either a dealer, collector, pawnbroker, manufacturer or importer of the industry's products. FFL holders are also required to maintain registries of sales through regulated recordkeeping methods defined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)...purchase to read more.

    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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    What's in this report

    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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

  • 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
    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
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    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
    Table: Industry Data for the Gun & Ammunition Stores Industry
  • 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
  • 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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