8 Guns That Are 100% Made in America

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As American As "Mom And Apple Pie

I recently asked a friend how many firearms in his extensive collection were 100% American-made. "Three," he replied.

That seems like very few considering that, as of 2023, around 393 million firearms were in the hands of U.S. citizens. So just how many of them are 100% manufactured in "The Land of the Free?"

Only eight, it turns out. That's because many American gun manufacturers, though predominantly U.S.-based, still incorporate imported parts in their production.

However, for enthusiasts eager to go full patriotic with their firearms, there are still brands that pride themselves on being American to the T.

Here are the 8 gun manufacturers that are 100% domestically manufactured.

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Picanox / Wikipedia

1. Henry Repeating Arms

Going by the motto "Made in America, or Not Made at All," gun enthusiasts can rest assured that Henry Repeating Arms is deeply rooted in local tradition. The lever-action long gun company, located in Bayonne, New Jersey, may not have been the pioneer in producing repeating rifles, but it definitely was the one that popularized and contributed to the evolution of the weapon. It all started with a young gunsmith named Benjamin Tyler Henry working for the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company in the mid-1850s. Frustrated by the failures of Volcanic rifles, young Henry designed a revolutionary lever-action rifle with a 16-round magazine, forever changing the landscape of firearms. This rifle's rapid fire gave Union troops an edge in the Civil War, solidifying its legend. Though the company folded after the war, in 1996, a new Henry Repeating Arms was revived, dedicated to hand-crafting high-quality lever-action rifles using American materials and techniques. Today, the "Henry rifle" is a top pick for hunters, shooters, and collectors alike who appreciate the "All American' vibe."

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danieldefense.com

2. Daniel Defense

Few companies have seen as meteoric a rise in a short period of time as Daniel Defense has. Founded in 2002 by Marty Daniel in Savannah, Georgia, the company made its mark initially by landing a contract with the U.S. Army Special Forces. This early vote of confidence from elite operators spurred Daniel Defense's rapid growth, leading them to expand to a new facility in Black Creek, Georgia in 2009. With their sprawling facilities and iconic rifles like the DDM4, they're not just favorites in the tactical world; they're also precision innovators with the Delta 5 bolt-action rifle. In-house CNC machining and a strong 'Made in the USA' ethos fuel their ascent, appealing to everyone from Special Forces to keen range enthusiasts.

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Zullom1 / Wikipedia

3. Bond Arms

Taking great pride in their 'Made in Texas, by Texans' motto, Bond Arms has been producing robust, double-barrel derringer-style firearms for over a quarter-century. The Granbury-based company is the largest manufacturer of derringers in the firearms industry. It offers a diverse lineup, including nearly 30 models of handguns with interchangeable barrels that are primarily chambered for .45 Colt and .410 shotgun shells. Adding to their range, they've recently introduced a semi-automatic Bullpup 9mm pistol. At the January 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Bond Arms unveiled its latest addition—the Cyclops, initially chambered in .45-70 Gov't and signaling future expansions with calibers like .454 Casull, .44 Magnum, and .50 Action Express.

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Jeff dean / Wikipedia

4. Sturm, Ruger & Co

When you think of 100% American firearms, Ruger—officially known as Sturm, Ruger & Co.—immediately comes to mind. Founded in 1949 by enthusiastic gun makers in Connecticut, Ruger has remained faithful to its American roots, ensuring that everything from design to production is handled in the USA. Their extensive catalog features a variety of firearms including bolt-action and semi-automatic rifles, single-shot rifles, shotguns, semi-automatic pistols, as well as both single- and double-action revolvers. According to 2015 ATF statistics, Ruger was recognized as America's largest firearm manufacturer. Furthermore, they are the second-largest producer in the U.S. of pistols, revolvers, and rifles, coming in behind Smith & Wesson for pistols and revolvers, and trailing Remington for rifles.

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christensenarms.com

5. Christensen Arms

Christensen Arms, a true American success story in the firearms industry, started in the small town of Gunnison, Utah, in 1995 and revolutionized the market with its innovative use of carbon fiber, first in rifle barrels and then in stocks. They are particularly acclaimed among hunters for their precision and performance. In addition to their pioneering work with carbon fiber in rifle barrels and stocks, they also offer a lineup of 22 LR rifles, catering to a wide range of shooting enthusiasts.

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Michael E. Cumpston / Wikipedia

6. Kahr Arms

Kahr Arms has been a stalwart in the compact and mid-size semi-automatic pistol market since it was founded in 1996. Offering a variety of pistols in calibers that gun enthusiasts love, Kahr Arms is a key player in the Kahr Firearms Group, which also includes names like Thompson Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research. Founded by Justin Moon, this quintessentially American company operates from Greeley, Pennsylvania, and Worcester, Massachusetts, exemplifying the spirit of American gun manufacturing.

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Gunscom / YouTube

7. Honor Defense

Honor Defense stands out in the firearms market offering handguns that are 100% American-made, ensuring that no foreign components are used. Based in Gainesville, Georgia, the company specializes in single-stack 9mm pistols, which form the core of their product line. Additionally, they're making waves with their own brand of frangible self-defense ammunition. This commitment to domestic manufacturing and product development highlights their dedication to quality and national industry support

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Picanox / Wikipedia

8. Charter Arms

Founded in 1964 by Douglas McClenahan, Charter Arms prides itself as an "All-American" manufacturer of revolvers, known for innovative designs like the .44 Special Bulldog and .38 Special Bulldog Pug. Based in Shelton, Connecticut, Charter Arms has undergone changes, including bankruptcy and revival, while maintaining a commitment to quality and innovation in handgun manufacturing.

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