Friday, June 17, 2022

March 2022 – Firearm & Ammunition Imports

NSSF® tracks and reports monthly U.S. import units for several sporting arms, ammunition, and optics categories from the US International Trade Commission. Below are the results for March 2022 compared to March 2021. Additionally, first quarter (January-March) 2022 total units imported in the four sporting arms categories dropped 18.8 percent while the two ammunition categories increased 8.5 percent over the same time period in 2022.

  • March Handgun imports decreased 2.7 percent from 472,668 to 459,928 units. Within the handgun category, Pistol import units dropped 3.4 percent from 441,537 to 426,465 units while imported Revolver units increased 7.5 percent from 31,131 to 33,463 units.
    First quarter handgun imports dropped 1.8 percent from 1,242,709 to 1,220,855 units.
  • March Rifle imports were down 8.2 percent from 100,863 to 92,584 units. This category has been adjusted to exclude HTS codes 9303304010 & 9303308005 (Telescopic Sights Imported with Rifles).
    Imported rifle units for the first quarter increased a total of 15.6 percent from 229,386 units to 265,096.
  • March Shotgun category posted a 67.2 percent decrease in imported units from 355,040 to 116,291.
    Shotgun imports were down in the first quarter from 851,404 to 402,755 units – a decrease of 52.7 percent.
  • March Muzzleloader category decreased 43.6 percent from 17,271 to 9,733 units. For muzzleloaders, first quarter import units dropped 21.7 percent from 33,783 to 26,458.
  • March Other Cartridges (excluding Shotgun cartridges) category decreased 14.0 percent from 438.4 million to 376.9 million units.
    First quarter imports of Other Cartridges in 2022 increased by 8.8 percent from 960.1 million units to 1.0 billion units.
  • March Shotgun Cartridges category decreased by 20.2 percent dropping to 41.0 million units as compared to last year’s 51.4 million.
    The total 2022 first quarter Shotgun Cartridge units imported were up 5.7 percent from 94.6 million in 2020 to 99.9 million units.
  • Telescopic Sights:
    • March Telescopic sights with rifles (HTS codes 9303304010 and HTS 9303308005, defined as telescopic sights or other optical devices suitable for use with arms, if mounted on a firearm or entered with the firearm on which they are designed to be mounted) increased 51.9 percent from 2,752 units to 4,180.
      The 2022 first quarter total of 9,943 units imported for Telescopic sights was an increase of 67.6 percent compared to the 5,934 units imported in 2021.
    • March Telescopic sights for rifles (HTS code 9013101000, defined as telescopic sights for rifles not designed for use with infrared light) increased 3.3 percent from 466,230 units to 481,534.
      The first quarter imported units for Telescopic sights in 2022 increased by 6.6 percent from 1.1 million units to 1.2 million.
    • March Telescopic sights for rifles (HTS code 9013103000, defined as telescopic sights for rifles not elsewhere specified or included [NESOI]) rose 22.5 percent from 68,380 units to 83,770.
      Telescopic sights for rifles imported first quarter 2022 rose by 33.2 percent from 156,594 units in 2021 to 208,604 units.
  • Binoculars:
    • March Prism Binoculars [not for use with infrared light] (HTS code 9005100040) increased 9.0 percent from 296,347 units to 323,153.
    • March Binoculars HTS code 9005100080 [Other Binoculars, NESOI] decreased 20.1 percent from 141,221 units to 112,849.
    • First quarter 2022 figures: Prism Binoculars [not for use with infrared light] (HTS code 9005100040) increased 38.5 percent from 597,170 to 827,091. Binoculars HTS code 9005100080 [Other Binoculars, NESOI] increased 22.8 percent from 446,752 units to 548,442 units.
  • Hunting Knives (with fixed blades and wood handles) category rose by 133.6 percent from 54,916 units to 128,308 units.
    • The total first quarter 2022 Hunting Knives (with fixed blades and wood handles) category increased 50.1 percent from 167,322 units to 251,218 units.

Source: US International Trade Commission