Arizona, A Mecca For Gun Makers


Arizona, a mecca for gun makers.No big surprise that Arizona is a gun friendly state. After all, it made the Colt Single Action Army revolver the state firearm just this year.  It turns out the Grand Canyon State is just as welcoming a place for gun makers.

As the Arizona Republic recently reported, “More than 100 manufacturers of firearms and components [are located] in Arizona…Those manufacturers generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales.  The state has mainstream manufacturers such as Sturm, Ruger & Co., which operates a pistol manufacturing facility in Prescott. It also is home to boutique companies, such as Patriot Ordnance Factory, a Glendale semiautomatic rifle maker, and Coharie Arms Inc., which assembles clones of MP5 semiautomatic rifles in Mesa.”

All told, these businesses provide over 1,000 jobs in the state. “It's a great state for firearms,” said Kelly McMillan, president of McMillan Fiberglass Stocks and an officer in the related McMillan Firearms Manufacturing.  “The politics are pro-firearms, and the weather is as good as it gets for making fiberglass gun stocks.”

Phoenix-based Robar Companies Inc. builds and customizes rifles used by SWAT teams.  Robar founder Robbie Barrkman said the pro-shooting culture is a big draw for manufacturers.

“There is a big shooting public in Arizona,” he said.  “There are lots of gun owners and lots of places were they can shoot.”

Source:  Arizona Republic 7/15/11

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