Small Arms Market - By Application, By Type , By Technology , By Caliber , By Cutting Type , By Firing Systems & Global Region - Market Size, Trends, Share & Forecast 2020-2025

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  • Published on: Jan 2021
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Small Arms in general do not have a universal definition of their own but can be referred to any weapons which are compact, man-portable and which can be used by individuals; or sometimes crew members. These include but are not limited to: revolvers, self-loading pistols, rifles, carbines, sub-machine guns, assault rifles and light machine guns. This market, from around $5 Billion in 2019 is estimated to reach at around $6.6 Billion by the end of 2027 at an approximate CAGR of 3.96%.


The growth of this market is attributed towards the growth of various related factors such as increase in participation in hunting, shooting sports, rise in demand for self-defense, law enforcement, increase in terrorist activities and political instability etc.

Moreover, increase and development in the 3D printing technology in the form of DMLS and FDM, bring to the industries; advantages such as improved efficiency, higher customization levels, material saving, prototyping and design etc. Also with this, Smart Guns are being introduced to the market with integrated fingerprint readers, biometric-sensors, radio frequency identification and other functions to eliminate unauthorized access to these weapons, making the industry as a whole relatively safer in regards to the ever exposing illicit trading taking place on a global scale.

Furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic has stretched up the sales to a new high because of the rise in demand in self-defense concerns, with The U.S. being the country having the highest number of firearms in civilian hands after an all-time high sales in March, 2020. At the same time, it has also hindered the growth of the market in terms of sales because of restriction in supply across borders and also pertaining to the government orders regarding public safety.

Therefore, all-in-all, with already over one billion small arms distributed globally, advancement in technologies, growing civilian demands and needs, controlling terrorism, strengthening of military, law enforcement are all factors that direct this market towards a growth level which is targeted to be on a safer side for the best interest of the public and for meeting necessities that ought to be fulfilled.


Global Small Arms Market, By Application

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hunting
  • Sports
  • Self-defense

Global Small Arms Market, By Type

  • Pistol
  • Revolver
  • Rifle
  • Machine Gun
  • Shotgun
  • Others

Global Small Arms Market, By Technology

  • Guided
  • Unguided

Global Small Arms Market, By Caliber

  • 5.56mm
  • 7.62mm
  • 9mm
  • 12.7mm
  • 14.5mm
  • Others

Global Small Arms Market, By Cutting Type

  • Smooth Bore
  • Threaded

Global Small Arms Market, By Firing Systems

  • Gas-operated
  • Recoil-operated
  • Manually-operated

Global Small Arms Market, By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East and Africa ).


The Asia-Pacific region is expected to exhibit remarkable growth in the small arms market during the next decade or so. This rapid growth can be seen as a result of the increasing military expenditures of major economies in the region, including China and India, high number of wars and cross-border disputes in the region, rising civilian participation in shooting sports, and increasing investments by governments for modernization of military as well as law enforcement forces. The market holding of small arms by civilians in major countries of this region is reported to be above 200 million.

The North American Region is set to be the largest market capturer in the global small arms market as a result of increasing number of shooting ranges, combat operations, high defence budget, presence of key market players in the U.S and Canada.

With the European and the LAMEA region expected to see moderate amount of growth, the global market could, however, be affected by certain major restraints in the coming years, which could include strict regulations across major countries of the world, and declining defense budgets of advanced economies of the world, such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, and so on.


  • Orbital ATK (U.S.)
  • Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (U.S.)
  • Sturm, Ruger, & Co., Inc. (U.S.)
  • Freedom Group (U.S.)
  • Fabricca Darmi Pietro Beretta
  • Colt Manufacturing Company LLC.
  • HS Produkt
  • Israeli Weapon Industries
  • SIG Sauer
  • Other Players


  • In April 2019, The U.S customs and border protection signed a contract with Glock, Inc. worth $85 million to provide next generation standard duty handgun for CBP law enforcement personals.
  •  In December 2019, French Ministry of Defense signed a contract of worth $ 111.74 million with FN Herstal to provide around 2,600 semi-automatic sniper rifles chambered for 7.62 x51 mm, 3.15 million armor-piercing rounds, 3.15 million match-grade rounds, 1,800 night-vision sights and 1000 thermal weapon sights.
  •  In Sep 2020, Russia’s Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering were reported to develop a new collimator sight with advantages including a quick releasing mechanism, monolithic body without additional adapters and screws, original adapter mechanism, ability to use two power supply and many more.
  • In October 2020, Small Arms Commission revealed that there was a surge in demand for small arms in Ghana because of the citizen’s lack of trust in their army and as a result of taking personal safety into their own hands.

Timeline Considered for Analysis:

- 2019: Base Year

- 2020: Estimated Year

- 2020 to 2025: Forecast Period

Research Scope and Deliverables

Overview & Executive Summary

Market Drivers, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Market Size and Forecast Projections

Macroeconomic Indicators of Various Countries Impacting the Growth of the Market

Extensive Coverage of Industry Players including Recent Product Launches and Market Activities

Porter’s Five Force Analysis

Market Segmentation Analysis:

Industry report analyses the global small arms market by the following segments:

- Application

- Type

- Technology

- Caliber

- Cutting Type

- Firing Systems

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Key Questions Answered in the Global Small Arms Industry Report

  • What is the overall market size in 2019? What will be the market growth during the forecast period i.e. 2020-2025?
  • Which region would have high demand for product in the upcoming years?
  • What are the factors driving the growth of the market?
  • Which sub-market will make the most significant contribution to the market?
  • What are the market opportunities for existing and entry-level players?
  • What are various long-term and short-term strategies adopted by the market players?

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