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How long does it take for a firearm factory to produce a handgun? How about rifle and shotgun?

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  • Zim
    Lv 6
    4 years ago
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    varies by factory.

    some factories put emphasis on quality over speed, some factories only get to work when an order comes in, and some factories operate at full speed around the clock.

    and factories vary, ranging from huge plants that cover dozens of acres to someone's garage with a few basic metal-working tools. it depends on what part of the world you are in.

    its hard to give an exact number, or a up to date number, since the number of guns made per year are not publicly accessible information.

    wikipedia suggest globally about 8 million arms are made per year, but this only accounts for legitimate production. this does not include arms made in some guy's garage in florida, or a (literally) underground cartel factory in mexico. or the famous handmade arms by the khyber pass region of afghanistan.

    you can look up the civilian arms factories in america yourself to obtain estimates on annual production. Hi Point Firearms (Beemiller Inc) makes about 100,000 guns a year. Kel Tec Makes around 75,000. Little is known about the details of the factory, like is it 24/7 production or do they operate 9-5 like many offices? how many people are employed in the factory that is only involved in production and not management? do they work M-F or 7 days a week? without this information there is no way to calculate how long it takes for the factory to make a gun.

    One option is if you know someone that works for a arms factory, i guess you could ask them about it. Although they probably signed a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from legally sharing the information.

    for most civilian arms factories high volume production is not the goal and its unlikely they work around the clock at a hectic pace. youtube videos of remington factories i see that quality is placed before production rates. they make parts and assemble it one stage at a time, rather than manufacture all the parts separately at the same time and assemble last like a car factory (Henry Ford's early production line videos- history channel)

    because the specifics are not known there's no easy way to say how long it takes, or even say how many guns are made per day.

    however if you had all the raw materials, the right tools, and the knowledge, you can build a gun from scratch in about a week. if you take a more traditional path with handmade parts rather than having a 5-axis cnc do all the work,it can take 2 months to over a year, such as the infamous khyber pass firearms that are made completely by hand and intended primarily for ceremonial purposes.

    if you have pre-manufactured parts- many civilian arms factories do not work from raw materials- then its more of manufacture receiver and assembly of the gun, and that can vary greatly depending on how much assembly is needed.

    if you were to "build" your own AR from a 80% lower and you got the lower kit, buttstock, and complete upper, you can have a functional firearm within 2 hours.

    similar for AK, if you had the receiver flat and the other parts from a kit, you could have a functional weapon in about 3 hours.

    for many, manufacturing a firearm mostly involves making the receiver from either raw materials or a 80% completed part, then installing parts. depending on the firearm and the intent of the build, it can be a very quick process that takes a few hours to several weeks if you pay extra high attention to quality and precision.

    hypothetically, if you wanted a pistol like a Glock (polymer frame) or a 1911 (milled from metal block frame), you have hte proper tools and you had the other parts on hand, you can make a functional arm in less than a day.

    Source(s): i visited an underground arms plant. that particular "factory" produces up to 50 arms a day despite rudimentary tools and only 4 workers. funny thing, it could be your next door neighbor and you'd never know! bottom line: guns are easy to make, and they don't take alot of time or effort if you just want them to shoot bullets. when you want them to be pretty, then it takes a while.
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  • 3 years ago

    Beemiller Firearms Manufacturers

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  • 5 years ago

    It varies by manufacturer and gun. To give you a sample, I know of a company that makes windows and doors and another company that makes garbage trucks. The window and door company takes 5 days to make a window, meanwhile it takes just over 13 hours to make a garbage truck. A lot depends on the number of components, how much machining and how efficient the company is. It would be impossible to guess what any one manufacturer's production times are for any of their guns.

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  • At one time it took an awful lot of machining, but so much of that is now by CNC, or with polymer completely eliminated. Like all manufacturing has become very very efficient. While there are many companies that make 'hand made' that comes with a huge price. Here's a video of how they make Sig Sauer pistols.

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    • Staap It
      Lv 7
      5 years agoReport

      I just read recently the Brits were producing a Sten Gun in 4.5 hours each. A simple, cheap, but functional firearm. Well proven.

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  • chris
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    From raw martials to an out the door basic product, just a few days. Add in a few more days too weeks for specialty firearms.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    A firearm is a portable gun, being a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles often driven by the action of an explosive force.[1][2][3] The first primitive firearms were invented in 13th century China when the one-person-portable fire lance was combined with projectiles.[4] The technology gradually spread through the rest of East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and then into Europe. In older firearms, the propellant was typically black powder, but modern firearms use smokeless powder or other propellants. Most modern firearms (with the notable exception of smoothbore shotguns) have rifled barrels to impart spin to the projectile for improved flight stability.

    Modern firearms are usually described by their caliber (i.e. their bore diameter, this is given in mm or inches e.g. 7.5mm, .357) or in the case of shotguns their gauge (e.g. 12 ga.); the type of action employed (muzzle, breech, lever, bolt, pump, revolver, semi-automatic, automatic e.t.c.) together with the usual means of deportment (hand-held or mechanical mounting). They may be further distinguished by reference to the type of barrel used (rifled) and the barrel length (19 inch), the design's primary intended use (e.g. hunting rifle), or the commonly accepted name for a particular variation (e.g. Gatling gun). The word firearms usually is used in a sense restricted to small arms (weapons that can be carried by a single person),[5] whereas the word artillery covers larger gunpowder-fired weapons.

    Firearms are aimed visually at their targets by hand using either iron sights or optical sights. The accurate range of pistols is generally limited to 50 metres (55 yd), while most rifles are accurate to 500 metres (550 yd) using iron sights, or longer ranges using optical sights (firearm rounds may be dangerous or lethal well beyond their accurate range; minimum distance for safety is much greater than specified range). Some purpose-built sniper rifles are accurate to ranges of more than 2,000 metres (2,200 yd).

    Types of firearms[edit]



    Main article: Handgun

    A Colt Single Action Army revolver

    A Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol

    The smallest of all firearms is the handgun. There are three common types of handguns: single-shot pistols (more common historically), revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols. Revolvers have a number of firing chambers or "charge holes" in a revolving cylinder; each chamber in the cylinder is loaded with a single cartridge or charge. Semi-automatic pistols have a single fixed firing chamber machined into the rear of the barrel, and a magazine so they can be used to fire more than one round. Each press of the trigger fires a cartridge, using the energy of the cartridge to activate the mechanism so that the next cartridge may be fired immediately. This is opposed to "double-action" revolvers which accomplish the same end using a mechanical action linked to the trigger pull.

    Prior to the 19th century, all handguns were single-shot muzzleloaders. With the invention of the revolver in 1818, handguns capable of holding multiple rounds became popular. Certain designs of auto-loading pistol appeared beginning in the 1870s and had largely supplanted revolvers in military applications by the end of World War I. By the end of the 20th century, most handguns carried regularly by military, police and civilians were semi-automatic, although revolvers were still widely used. Generally speaking, military and police forces use semi-automatic pistols due to their high magazine capacities (10 to 17 or, in some cases, over 25 rounds of ammunition) and ability to rapidly reload by simply removing the empty magazine and inserting a loaded one. Revolvers are very common among handgun hunters because revolver cartridges are usually more powerful than similar caliber semi-automatic pistol cartridges (which are designed for self-defense) and the strength, simplicity and durability of the revolver design is well-suited to outdoor use. Revolvers, especially in .22LR and 38 Special/357 Magnum, are also common concealed weapons in jurisdictions allowing this practice because their simple mechanics make them smaller than many autoloaders while remaining reliable. Both designs are common among civilian gun owners, depending on the owner's intention (self-defense, hunting, target shooting, competitions, collecting, etc.).

    Long guns[edit]

    Main article: Long gun

    A long gun is generally any firearm that is larger than a handgun and is designed to be held and fired with both hands, either from the hip or the shoulder. Long guns typically have a barrel between 10 and 30 inches (there are restrictions on minimum barrel length in many jurisdictions; maximum barrel length is usually a matter of practicality), that along with the receiver and trigger group is mounted into a wood, plastic, metal or composite stock, composed of one or more pieces that form a foregrip, rear grip, and optionally (but typically) a shoulder mount called the butt. Early long arms, from the Renaissance up to the mid-19th century, were generally smoothbore firearms that fired one or more ball shot, called muskets.

    Rifles and shotguns[edit]

    Main articles: Rifle and Shotgun

    Springfield Armory M1903 rifle

    Most modern long guns are either rifles or shotguns. Both are the successors of the musket, diverging from their parent weapon in distinct ways. A rifle is so named for the spiral fluting (Rifling) carved into the inner surface of its barrel, which imparts a self-stabilizing spin to the single bullets it fires. Shotguns are predominantly smoothbore firearms designed to fire a number of shot; pellet sizes commonly ranging between 2 mm #9 birdshot and 8.4 mm #00 (double-aught) buckshot. Shotguns are also capable of firing single slugs, or specialty (often "less lethal") rounds such as bean bags, tear gas or breaching rounds. Rifles have a very small impact area but a long range and high accuracy. Shotguns have a large impact area with considerably less range and accuracy. However, the larger impact area can compensate for reduced accuracy, since shot spreads during flight; consequently, in hunting, shotguns are generally used for flying game.

    Rifles and shotguns are commonly used for hunting and often to defend a home or place of business. Usually, large game are hunted with rifles (although shotguns can be used, particularly with slugs), while birds are hunted with shotguns. Shotguns are sometimes preferred for defending a home or business due to their wide impact area, multiple wound tracks (when using buckshot), shorter range, and reduced penetration of walls (when using lighter shot), which significantly reduces the likelihood of unintended harm, although the handgun is also common.

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