Patriotic Firepower: Six All-American Gun Companies
There are dozens of USA-based firearms manufacturers cranking out quality firearms with Made in America rollmarks. While we appreciate every company that chooses to manufacture in the States, here are a handful of the most patriotically dedicated from the list.
1. Henry Repeating Arms
Henry Repeating Arms commits American-made firearms.
When we think American-made, Henry Repeating Arms is one of the first to come to mind. With a “Made in America, or Not Made at All” guarantee, the lever-action long gun company has made its home base in Bayonne, New Jersey.
The majority of Henry’s recognizable highly-polished brass receiver models and rimfires hail from the Garden State while its centerfires come from its second factory in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Henry sources all their components from America, including the fine American Walnut used for the stocks.
Henry’s special edition rifles, along with the many charitable “Guns for Great Causes” further embody the company’s American pride.
The Magnum Research Desert Eagle pistol. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Whether in the market for wheelguns like the BFR — that’s Biggest, Finest, Revolver — or hulky Desert Eagle semi-automatic pistols, the true hand cannons from Magnum Research are currently made entirely in the USA.
Walloping calibers like the 50 AE and .45-70 Govt, among many others, set the tone for overbuilt handguns with appeal to both hunters and hardcore plinkers. While the majority have been made in Pillager, Minnesota for many years, the company announced full USA production of their guns in early 2019.
“We believe in the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs here in the United States and are proud to offer American-made products to our customers,” says Kahr Firearms Group Marketing Director Jodi DePorter.
Ruger, as they’ve come to be known over the years, began in 1949 with its founders William Ruger and Alexander Sturm in Connecticut. The rest, as they say, is history. Ruger has long been the dominant force in the rimfire market with both pistols and rifles, but also continue to produce well-respected hunting rifles and handguns, as well as competition guns.
From polymer frames to stainless steel beauties, Ruger’s wide range of both rimfire and centerfire pistols and rifles are all manufactured stateside. Ruger operates two manufacturing facilities — the original and largest in Newport, Connecticut and a newer setup in Prescott, Arizona.
Sturm, Ruger, & Co, Inc is a publicly held corporation on the New York Stock Exchange, proof that even the largest companies can master the American business model.
Daniel Defense began in the early 200s and is based in Georgia though a second facility was built in South Carolina to assist with manufacturing.
Founded in 2002 by Marty Daniel, rifle manufacturer Daniel Defense continues to call Georgia its home base. With the bulk of operations in Black Creek, Georgia, the company has grown so quickly that they’ve expanded into a second facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina.
While the bulk of Daniel Defense’s products are AR-platform rifles and pistols, they recently launched the sub-MOA capable bolt action Delta 5 rifle as well. Their acquisition of advanced CNC machining centers allows them to build their components in-house, including cold hammer-forged barrels.
Daniel Defense even builds NFA items, including SBR’s and suppressors, right here in the States. Check out Guns.com’s behind the scenes look at Daniel Defense’s Georgia-based factory.
Honor Defense offers American-made 9mm pistols as well as ammunition. (Photo: Honor Defense)
While many companies label their products “American made,” foreign components often make their way to the assembly line. Honor Defense, however, brings 100% American-made handguns to consumers with no parts outsourced from other foreign companies.
The Gainesville, Georgia based company’s single stack 9mm pistols are the bread and butter of the company’s business, though their branded line of frangible self-defense ammunition is also gaining traction.
The Honor Defense website allows shooters to design their custom pistol online, along with a nice discount for Military, LE, Fire, and Rescue folks. Honor Defense pistols are assembled by veterans, tested with +P loads, and carry a lifetime warranty.
Bond Arms Mama Bear and box. (Photo: Jacki Billings)
Texas pride runs deep in many hunting and shooting areas, but few products scream Lone Star State like the pocket-sized powerhouse Bond Arms handguns. Bond’s headquarters in Granbury, Texas has been turning out the well-recognized and beefy double-barrel derringer-style protectors for 25-years.
Bond offers nearly 30 different models of interchangeable barrel handguns, the majority chambering both .45 Colt and .410 shotgun. Recently, however, a semi-auto Bullpup 9mm pistol has been added to the stable.
“We made a choice when we started 25 years ago that we would do everything right here in the USA including all the parts and manufacturing,” says Bond Arms founder and president Gordon Bond.