As The Daily Caller reports, a record 8.3 million firearms were produced by U.S. manufacturers in 2012, a 33 percent increase from the 6.2 million produced in 2011.
More specifically, handgun production increased by 32 percent in 2012, including a 36 percent increase in pistols and an 18 percent increase in revolvers. In addition, production of the AR-15 more than doubled in 2012 to over 825,000, not including the large numbers made by Remington, Bushmaster and Ruger. In all, rifle production increased by 38 percent. Meanwhile, shotgun production increased by 18 percent 900,000.