The latest figures from the U.S. International Trade Commission show a big jump when comparing February 2021 with the same month in 2020.
The data, compiled and released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, illustrate what a difference a year makes when it comes to the import of commercial sporting arms and ammunition.
Handguns doubled from pre-COVID February 2020 figures of 204,600 units to the more recent 434,204 seen in February 2021, a bump of 112.2 percent.
Meanwhile, rifles were up 71.7 percent from 36,765 to 63,136 units.
When it comes to rifle and handgun cartridges, there was a 27.1 percent growth from 167.7 million to 213.1 million units. Shotgun shells likewise saw a 63.6 percent jump from 2020 to 2021, rising to 16.9 million units as compared to last year’s 10.3 million.
Speaking of shotguns, the largest increase noted is in that category of firearm, with 47,468 units imported in February 2020 versus 235,628 this year, a 396.4 percent increase.