Relocating Gun Manufacturers | Rifles for Sale
The great gun manufacturers migration continues to more gun friendly states. Stag Arms intended location remains unnamed at this time, citing the availability of workforce, and local gun laws as the determining factor for their decision. Stag Arms is a manufacturer of the AR-15 family of rifles for sale.
Not only has stricter gun legislation driven manufacturers from the north, it has also spurred the growth of start-up manufacturers across the southern U.S., companies like Barrett in TN, Kel-Tec in FL, Wilson Combat in AR, Daniel Defense in GA and SC, and Red Dot Arms in AL. All of whom manufacture among other products the AR family of rifles for sale.
Foreign manufacturers have joined the migration, such as Steyr and Taurus, as well as Para USA who moved their complete operation from Canada to NC several years back.
Including domestic, foreign and start-up manufacturers, the south now claims at least 37 manufacturers in the gun industry. The list of those companies is greater when you consider other gun friendly states that have benefited from gun manufacturers leaving states with anti-gun policies. Those who chose the south for relocation as well as start-up operations are as follows:
- American Derringer, Waco, TX
- American Tactical Imports, Summerville, SC
- Ashbury Precision Ordnance, Ruckersville, VA
- Barrett, Murfreesboro, TN
- Beretta, Gallatin, TN
- Bond Arms, Granbury, TX
- BPI Outdoors, Duluth, GA
- Colt, Breckenride, TX
- Daisy Manufacturing, Rogers, Arkansas
- Daniel Defense, Ridgeland, SC
- Daniel Defense, Black Creek, GA
- Diamondback, Cocoa, FLDoublestar, Winchester, KY
- FNH USA/ Winchester, Columbia, SC
- Heritage Manufacturing, Miami, FL
- High Standard/AMT, Houston, TX
- Ithaca Gun, Aynor, SC
- Kahr Pike Co., Pennsylvania
- Kel-Tec, Cocoa, FL
- Knight’s Armament, Titusville, FL
- Les Baer Custom, LeClaire, Iowa
- Lewis Machine & Tool, Davenport, Iowa
- Lothar Walthar Precision, Cumming, GA
- Magpul Industries, North-central, TX
- MasterPiece Arms, Comer, GA
- O. F. Mossberg & Sons, Eagle Pass TX
- Para USA, Pineville, NC
- PTR Industries, Aynor, SC
- Red Dot Arms, Calera, AL
- Remington Arms, Huntsville, AL
- Remington/Marlin, Mayfield, KY
- Steyr Arms, Bessemer, AL
- STI International, Georgetown, TX
- Sturm, Ruger & Co., Mayodan,NC
- Taurus/Rossi, Miami, FL
- Walther Arms, Fort Smith, Arkansas
- Wilson Combat, Berryville, Arkansas
Competition among the states has been strong with offers of lower taxes, assistance with costs and other incentives. It a win-win situation for manufacturers of any product, guns included. In return, the states receive jobs and tax money, and citizens are happy that some of their favorite handguns and rifles for sale are made locally.
Texas has achieved the highest gain with six gun manufacturers, five each for Florida and South Carolina, with the remainder divided among other mostly southern states.
Gun manufacturers aren’t alone in the migration. Boeing, BMW, Honda and Michelin Tires have chosen to relocate to South Carolina.
In Alabama the last few decades have seen a large influx of manufacturers flock to the state. Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Air Bus, Toyota Engines, Lockheed Martin’s Cruise missile plant expansion to name a few.
Peterbilt, GM, International and Toyota chose Texas and the economic growth is even sweeter with a recent tally of 41 manufacturers including new and those who are expanding.
The future looks good in the south with wages nearing those of union based workers. This boon is in a region where the cost of living is well below most northern areas. Guns in general are selling well, and popular rifles for sale won’t be the only manufactured goods going south. Nor is the trend expected to stop anytime soon with hundreds of manufacturers looking south for expansions and relocation.
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