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The BATFE recently released U.S. firearm manufacturer production data showing that during 2008, AR-15s accounted for eight percent of all firearms and 22 percent of all rifles made in the U.S. and not exported. The number of AR-15s in 2008 -- over 337,000 -- is staggering, but may have been topped in 2009. And, at the current rate of production, the total number of AR-15s in the U.S. will exceed 2.5 million some time this year, and that doesn't even count production before 1986, the figures for which are not available.
 

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The gun companies sure made a pretty penny off the election, best thing that happened to them. Talked to someone who went to a show in Nashville. A dealer was selling AR's for 2500 in the middle of the frenzy, nothing special, and was not taking a dime off according to some of the other dealers he talked to. Sold a whole stack of them in two days.
 

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Does not surprise me at all. Especially with some of the newer calibers available for them that are more appropriate for hunting. I believe we will see more of them in the woods. My next build will be a hunting rifle. I wonder if that number includes the parts kits or stripped lowers that are bought. Also, you can buy the incomplete lowers and finish them yourself. I have seen one of these rigs, but have never tried it.
 
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