Global Small Arms Market Size, Trends and Analysis - Forecasts to 2026 By Calibre (9mm, 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 12.7mm, 14.5mm, Others), By Type (Pistol, Revolver, Rifles, Shotgun, Machine Gun, Others), By Cutting Type (Smooth Bore, Threaded/Rifles), By Firing System (Gas-Operated, Recoil-Operated, Manual), By Technology (Guided, Unguided), By Action (Semi-automatic, Automatic), By End-Use (Defence [Military, Law Enforcement], Civil & Commercial [Sporting, Hunting, Self-Defense, Others]), By Region (North America, Asia-Pacific, CSA, Middle East and Africa, Europe), End-User Landscape and Company Market Share Analysis and Competitor Analysis
Small Arms Market Insights
The small arms industry involves the development, manufacturing, and sales of armed weapons. The increasing demand for small arms in various sports such as shooting and self-defense and, the rise in terrorism activities across the globe are a few of the factors boosting the market growth. The increasing incidence of drug and illegal activities along with the changing nature of warfare, growing cross-border firing in the Asia Pacific region, and growing regional unrest across the MEA region are some of the other factors supporting the market growth. Increasing military spending and investments along with the upgrade of local law enforcement institutions are the major drivers of the market growth for small arms.
Small Arms Market: By Calibre
Based on the type of calibre, the market is segmented into 9mm, 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 12.7mm, and 14.5mm. The 5.56mm calibre segment will grow the fastest in the global small arms market during the forecast period. 5.56 mm rifles are commonly used in AR-style handguns and AR-style rifles and are also light in weight and available at a low price compared to other calibre rifles.
Small Arms Market: By Type
Based on the type, the market is divided into a revolver, machine gun, shotgun, pistol, and rifles. The rifles type arms are expected to hold the largest market share in the global market as of 2019. Rifles are available in different types namely shotguns, carbines, machine guns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, and submachine guns among others. Modern sporting rifles hold a significant market share in the rifles type segment. The growing trend for hunting activities among civilians is driving the demand for rifles.
Small Arms Market: By End Use
By end-user, the market is segmented into defense and civil & commercial. The defense sectors will hold a major share in the global market. Favorable government policies and increasing investments in the defense sector across the globe are a few of the supporting factors of the market growth. Political uncertainty, terrorist attacks, and cross-border issues are also boosting the market growth. Furthermore, the growing demand for lightweight weapons in the defense and development of enhanced weapons are propelling market growth.
Small Arms Market: By Region
The North America region will hold the largest market share during the forecast period. The presence of a strong defense and military base in the USA along with increasing investments in these sectors are driving the region’s growth. The presence of leading manufacturers such as Colt’s Manufacturing LLC, Smith & Wesson, Ruger & Co., Inc., and Israel Weapons Industry among others will help the North American market be dominant during the forecast period. The Asia Pacific region will be the fastest-growing region during the forecast period. The increasing investment in arms and ammunition for the defense sector in the Asia Pacific region is the major market driver.
Market Share and Competitive Analysis
Key players operating in the market include Colt’s Manufacturing LLC, GLOCK Ges.m.b.H., Smith & Wesson, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., Israel Weapons Industry (IWI), Heckler & Koch Gmbh, Kalashnikov Group, Èeská Zbrojovka a.s., Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Raytheon among others.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of companies profiled in the report.
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The Global Small Arms Market has been studied from the year 2017 till 2026. However, the CAGR provided in the report is from the year 2018 to 2026. The research methodology involved three stages: Desk research, Primary research, and Analysis & Output from the entire research process.
The desk research involved a robust background study which meant referring to paid and unpaid databases to understand the market dynamics; mapping contracts from press releases; identifying the key players in the market, studying their product portfolio, competition level, annual reports/SEC filings & investor presentations; and learning the demand and supply side analysis for the Small Arms Market.
The primary research activity included telephonic conversations with more than 50 tier 1 industry consultants, distributors, and end-use product manufacturers.
Finally, based on the above thorough research process, an in-depth analysis was carried out considering the following aspects: market attractiveness, current & future market trends, market share analysis, SWOT analysis of the companies and customer analytics.
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