U.S. Exports of Arms and Ammunition, 1994-1998: 

U.S. Census Bureau Data


The table below of certain categories of U.S. arms, mostly guns and ammunition but also including missiles and other munitions, is composed of U.S. Census Bureau data from 1994-1998, as found on the Government Information Sharing Project on July 6, 2000.  According to their website:

"The export statistics we compile and publish reflect, in general, both government and non-government exports of domestic and foreign merchandise (including non-monetary gold and silver,) from U.S. Foreign Trade Zones, the U.S. Customs districts (includes the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), and the U.S. Virgin Islands to foreign countries, whether the exportation involves a commercial transaction or not. The statistics, therefore, include shipments under the Department of Defense Military Sales and Grant-Aid Programs, shipments for economic assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act and shipments under P.L. 480 (The Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, as amended) and related laws.  

[...]The official U.S. export statistics are compiled by the Bureau of the Census from copies of Shipper's Export Declarations (SEDs), which are required to be filed with local Customs officials at the time the merchandise is exported from the country."

For data on arms exported to specific recipients, or from specific districts of export, go to the Government Information Sharing Project's page on "Arms and Ammunition, Parts and Accessories" and select a recipient country or port city.  Other Census categories with significant numbers of military equipment are the "Aircraft, Spacecraft, and Parts", which covers both military and commercial aircraft, and "Special Classification Provisions, NESOI", which include military wearing apparel and military equipment "not identified by kind."  

Categories within "Arms and Ammunition" (click to go to yearly total exports-- scroll down for exciting items liked guided missiles, bombs, torpedos, swords and bayonets!):

Military Rifles Military Shotguns Self Propelled Guns, Howitzers, and Mortar > 30 mm
Other Guns, Howitzers, and Mortars w/Bore > 30 mm Machine Guns w/ a Bore Diameter of < 30-mm mltry. Guns, Howitzers, and Mortars w/a Bore of 30 mm or <
Missile and Rocket Launchers and Similar Projectors Military Weapons, NESOI Revolvers and Pistols
Muzzle-Loading Forearms Shotguns for Sporting, Hunting, or Target-Shooting Combination Shotgun-Rifles
Centerfire Sporting Rifles, Valued Between $25-$50 Rimfire Sporting Rifles, Valued Between $25-$50 Centerfire Sporting, Hunt/Trg Shooting Rifle, NESOI
Rimfire Sporting, Hunt/Trg Shooting Rifles, NESOI Pistols and Revolvers Fire Blank Cartridge or Ammunition Firearms and Similar Devices, NESOI
Other Arms, Spring, Air/Gas Pistol etc. Parts and accessories, revolvers/pistols Shotgun barrels
Parts of Shotguns/Rifles  Parts and Accessories for Rifles Parts and Accessories for Shotguns
Parts of Guns, Howitzers, and Mortars, 30 mm or < Parts and Accessories, NESOI Parts except Shotguns or Rifles
Parts and Accessories of Articles, NESOI Cartridges for Riveting or Similar Tools and Parts Shotgun Cartridges and Parts
Air Gun Pellets, NESOI Cartridges for Rifle or Pistols, .22 Caliber Cartridges for Rifle or Pistols, NESOI
Cartridges Containing a Projectile, NESOI Empty Cartridge Shells for Rifles or Pistols Empty Cartridge Shells, NESOI
Cartridges with Other than Projectile, NESOI Parts of Cartridges, NESOI Guided Missiles
Bombs, Grenades, Torpedos, and Similar Munitions of War Parts for Guided Missiles Parts for Bombs, Grenades, and Similar Munitions of War, Swords, Cutlasses, Bayonets, and Similar Arms and Parts
 

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
MILITARY RIFLES                                   
(HS: 9301003000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            57,243       27,033,331               10,209          530,419
 1995            14,917        6,814,424               11,467          797,599
 1996           110,827      168,562,235                  146           52,943
 1997           131,542       53,627,633               17,801          888,209
 1998           104,076       45,809,820                1,083          293,008

MILITARY SHOTGUNS                                 
(HS: 9301006000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            20,559        3,654,186                1,121          141,823
 1995             5,932          942,759                  661           87,625
 1996            19,219        1,628,344                1,014          131,100
 1997             3,801          617,391                  128           19,595
 1998             4,553          689,191                    8            5,598

SELF PROPELLED GUNS, HOWITZERS, AND MORTAR > 30-MM
(HS: 9301009010)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            13,518       55,313,226                    0                0
 1995             5,055        4,554,871                  293          301,000
 1996             2,972        5,219,470                    0                0
 1997             2,651       52,083,073                    1          100,000
 1998             1,783       36,669,565                    1            5,500

OTHER GUNS, HOWITZERS, AND MORTARS W/ BORE > 30-MM
(HS: 9301009020)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994             2,628        4,883,119                   47           70,400
 1995             4,908       23,272,366                   26           47,400
 1996             5,735       33,023,193                   14           22,081
 1997             5,200       11,508,723                2,175        2,258,115
 1998            22,214       19,061,828                  406          361,704

MACHINE GUNS W/ A BORE DIAMETER OF < 30-MM MLTRY  
(HS: 9301009030)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            12,760        2,872,509                   20           33,508
 1995             3,116        8,684,096                   64           35,622
 1996             2,799        3,255,793                   29           36,900
 1997             3,063       10,117,695                   16           23,200
 1998             6,358       18,438,220                   76          113,597

GUNS, HOWITZERS, & MORTARS W/ A BORE OF 30-MM OR <
(HS: 9301009040)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            25,071       38,964,752                   20           42,672
 1995             8,575       27,066,097                  377          337,100
 1996            19,141       39,350,702                    0                0
 1997             4,086       47,667,457                  244          215,368
 1998             6,169       15,356,947                   23           14,864

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
MISSILE & ROCKET LAUNCHERS AND SIMILAR PROJECTORS 
(HS: 9301009050)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            64,955      183,191,134                    2           31,548
 1995            11,467       95,286,812                  481        4,786,289
 1996            28,469      215,402,906                  154        6,878,244
 1997            57,618      222,606,803                  255        7,038,152
 1998            78,203      351,954,023                  408       19,233,365

MILITARY WEAPONS, EXC ARMS OF HEADING 9307, NESOI 
(HS: 9301009090)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            17,577        7,891,383                  168          351,796
 1995            19,522       17,678,291                1,663          554,701
 1996            40,972        8,532,766                    8           43,084
 1997            12,772        6,969,317                1,682          519,000
 1998           272,003      103,726,012                   62           21,190

REVOLVERS & PISTOLS, EXC OF HEADING 9303 OR 9304  
(HS: 9302000000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994           178,021       49,506,258               17,853        5,293,206
 1995           204,171       51,882,235               14,655        4,162,963
 1996           183,459       47,205,090               10,217        3,031,419
 1997           135,060       33,696,545               12,963        4,743,927
 1998           114,042       27,259,778               10,253        2,852,103

MUZZLE-LOADING FIREARMS                           
(HS: 9303100000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            31,076        2,664,731                  796          107,121
 1995             3,929          682,291                  680           96,593
 1996            15,400        2,139,530                  709          108,962
 1997            24,933        4,168,003                5,671          286,548
 1998            10,358        1,311,442                  890          135,530

SHOTGUNS FOR SPORTING, HUNTING OR TARGET-SHOOTING 
(HS: 9303200010)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994           150,132       25,261,358                8,518        1,741,093
 1995           109,169       17,284,359               11,558        2,449,740
 1996            98,868       16,418,279                9,006        2,116,795
 1997            96,019       16,665,827                8,543        2,022,444
 1998           111,512       18,206,580               16,129        3,685,322

COMBINATION SHOTGUN-RIFLES                        
(HS: 9303200080)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994             4,676          709,016                  571           41,368
 1995             3,372          590,958                  422          169,137
 1996             5,883        1,130,009                1,715          667,733
 1997             1,544          267,115                  229           42,194
 1998             5,803          666,508                2,718          368,518

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
CENTERFIRE SPORTING RIFLES VAL OV $25 NOT OV $50  
(HS: 9303304020)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994             7,940          462,573                  120            5,400
 1995             9,061          574,804                  395           24,880
 1996            17,593        1,044,843                  514           28,855
 1997            16,673        1,033,162                  547           30,600
 1998             6,361          402,854                  346           23,200

RIMFIRE SPORTING  RIFLES OV $25 NOT OV $50 EA     
(HS: 9303304030)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994             5,253        1,142,642                                      
 1995             3,545          658,814                                      
 1996             1,982          334,422                                      
 1997             1,860          254,287                                      
 1998             5,021          739,783                                      

CENTERFIRE SPORTING, HUNT/TRG SHOOTING RIFLE,NESOI
(HS: 9303308020)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            53,960       13,050,555               14,005        2,346,753
 1995            55,319       14,593,021                9,586        1,815,287
 1996            53,256       14,961,377                5,155        1,263,589
 1997            51,087       14,865,056                5,058        1,195,682
 1998            36,735       10,909,384                6,448        1,404,963

RIMFIRE SPORTING, HUNT/TRG SHOOTING RIFLES, NESOI 
(HS: 9303308030)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            49,168        5,294,927                  579           74,668
 1995            28,477        3,232,631                  234           46,507
 1996            22,256        3,141,886                1,235          182,984
 1997            30,733        4,495,950                  849          125,970
 1998            30,653        4,124,679                  186           28,047

PISTOLS & REVOLVERS FIRE BLANK CARTRIDGE OR AMMUNT
(HS: 9303904000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            11,506        1,938,077                    0                0
 1995            10,877        1,520,218                   90           21,135
 1996            12,074        1,877,134                3,223          368,738
 1997            20,800        3,896,823                   30           13,666
 1998             6,297          912,824                   30           14,807

FIREARMS & SIMILAR DEVICES, NESOI                 
(HS: 9303908000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994            98,520        4,661,317                1,037           69,112
 1995           215,451        5,748,684                  803           61,786
 1996           127,497        7,002,129                3,014          149,044
 1997           200,872        6,403,516               17,099          357,374
 1998           170,193        5,092,633                  145           44,800

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
OTH ARMS, SPRING, AIR/GAS & PISTOL ETC,EXC OF 9301
(HS: 9304000000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994           577,238       11,801,255               16,088          449,696
 1995         1,084,970       10,786,555                9,241          294,233
 1996           436,383        9,290,264                4,873          195,730
 1997           383,366        8,539,121                6,126          217,354
 1998           682,134       14,925,107                8,043          268,640

PTS & ACCESSORIES, REVOLVERS/PISTOLS, OF 9301-9304
(HS: 9305100000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0        7,859,517                    0          106,683
 1995                 0        8,139,911                    0          215,457
 1996                 0       16,316,244                    0          242,298
 1997                 0        7,846,922                    0          331,915
 1998                 0        7,327,974                    0          255,744

SHOTGUN BARRELS OF HEADING 9303                   
(HS: 9305210000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994           146,262          562,354                2,437           85,940
 1995           140,512          830,454                5,914           95,504
 1996             7,615          655,197                6,625           92,065
 1997             5,923          387,168                  265            2,641
 1998         2,113,476          475,318                1,795           31,280

PTS, OF SHOTGUNS/RIFLES OF 9303 EXC SHOTGUN BARREL
(HS: 9305290000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0       11,515,832                    0          647,086
 1995                 0       10,868,323                    0        1,577,457
 1996                 0       16,727,378                    0        1,529,279
 1997                 0       29,201,139                    0        1,113,049
 1998                 0       13,976,001                    0          692,035

PARTS AND ACCESSORIES FOR RIFLES OF HEADING 9301  
(HS: 9305901000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0        2,726,641                    0           28,254
 1995                 0        2,725,935                    0            3,000
 1996                 0        3,641,653                    0          174,834
 1997                 0        4,481,868                    0            8,665
 1998                 0        3,439,141                    0           23,658

PARTS AND ACCESSORIES FOR SHOTGUNS OF HEADING 9301
(HS: 9305902000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0          193,979                    0                0
 1995                 0          566,537                    0                0
 1996                 0          408,289                    0           46,000
 1997                 0          926,677                    0                0
 1998                 0          160,273                    0                0

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
PTS, OF GUNS, HOWITZERS & MORTARS, 30MM OR <, 9301
(HS: 9305903010)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0       72,605,223                    0          189,400
 1995                 0       81,038,006                    0                0
 1996                 0       40,868,819                    0           22,250
 1997                 0       25,208,704                    0          105,700
 1998                 0       16,827,518                    0          378,014

PART AND ACCESSORIES OF HEADING 9301, NESOI       
(HS: 9305903030)  (SIC: 3489)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0      145,072,479                    0          511,571
 1995                 0      133,085,464                    0          786,424
 1996                 0      196,642,463                    0          248,614
 1997                 0       76,601,669                    0        6,267,453
 1998                 0      108,576,087                    0        2,914,167

PARTS OF HEADING 9303 EXCEPT SHOTGUNS OR RIFLES   
(HS: 9305904000)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0          691,528                    0            8,050
 1995                 0          150,567                    0           25,560
 1996                 0        1,160,353                    0           11,161
 1997                 0        1,327,740                    0            8,483
 1998                 0          116,672                    0                0

PTS & ACCESSORIES, OF ARTICLES, OF 9301-9304,NESOI
(HS: 9305905500)  (SIC: 3484)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0       28,049,774                    0           90,950
 1995                 0       23,977,303                    0          167,404
 1996                 0       37,576,596                    0          177,614
 1997                 0       23,516,414                    0          445,365
 1998                 0       44,711,696                    0        3,342,995

CARTRIDGES FOR RIVETING OR SIMILAR TOOLS & PARTS  
(HS: 9306100000)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994        12,698,158        9,978,372            1,871,440           66,418
 1995        17,315,100       11,538,498               20,592          212,037
 1996        19,007,544       11,633,824                6,642           94,487
 1997        14,284,527       15,441,674              191,283          563,870
 1998         9,855,263       16,133,030              157,672          144,355

SHOTGUN CARTRIDGES AND PARTS THEREOF              
(HS: 9306210000)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994           119,126       16,894,095                  933          138,794
 1995           118,934       22,455,336                5,440          734,094
 1996            92,561       13,820,694                2,558          407,367
 1997           133,002       19,316,287                   75            9,961
 1998           122,078       18,525,980                   60            7,973

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
AIR GUN PELLETS, NESOI                            
(HS: 9306290000)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0       16,436,490                    0           60,666
 1995                 0       44,095,920                    0           49,841
 1996                 0       13,775,444                    0          194,034
 1997                 0       13,648,047                    0          186,811
 1998                 0        8,991,877                    0           23,647

CARTRIDGES FOR RIFLE OR PISTOLS .22 CALIBER       
(HS: 9306304010)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994            97,245        5,847,791                   40            9,200
 1995           210,892        9,971,071                   13            2,938
 1996           178,777        6,931,350                  155           35,820
 1997           218,395       14,116,198                    0                0
 1998           179,212        9,117,523                2,180          498,775

CARTRIDGES FOR RIFLE OR PISTOLS, NESOI            
(HS: 9306304020)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994           345,168       33,842,387                  666          242,466
 1995           257,164       68,589,924                1,735          581,817
 1996           168,423       40,246,939                4,626          664,585
 1997           208,282       38,571,705                4,793        1,488,103
 1998           348,379       44,145,988                4,364          702,916

CARTRIDGES CONTAINING A PROJECTILE, NESOI         
(HS: 9306304030)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994           520,133       74,198,710                  557          210,345
 1995           615,187      103,600,857                1,339          519,923
 1996           213,818       55,959,125                1,201          405,737
 1997           267,337       65,741,826                1,474          556,695
 1998           170,926       56,926,949                  125           42,648

EMPTY CARTRIDGES SHELLS FOR RIFLES OR PISTOLS     
(HS: 9306304040)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994            24,823        1,534,284                  648          114,120
 1995            19,704        1,691,083                    0                0
 1996            19,128        2,295,929                2,000           60,000
 1997            20,484        2,224,210                   30            5,178
 1998            38,382        3,937,810                  873          196,641

EMPTY CARTRIDGE SHELLS, NESOI                     
(HS: 9306304050)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994            26,747        5,747,047                    1            4,923
 1995             2,193          578,238                    0                0
 1996         1,021,487        2,629,713                    0                0
 1997             5,291          482,566                1,000          208,000
 1998             9,448        2,282,458                    0                0

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
CARTRIDGES WITH OTHER THAN PROJECTILE, NESOI      
(HS: 9306304060)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Thousands                         
 1994            18,627        6,539,377                    3            9,493
 1995             9,136        3,437,436                    2            7,408
 1996            11,910        5,410,110                    2           18,031
 1997            31,579       17,779,399                   12           36,943
 1998            30,665        9,227,773                  805           28,325

PARTS OF CARTRIDGES, NESOI                        
(HS: 9306308000)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0       43,266,167                    0           15,500
 1995                 0       38,698,876                    0          172,895
 1996                 0       54,231,374                    0           67,874
 1997                 0       22,359,717                    0          208,516
 1998                 0       47,507,279                    0          128,454

GUIDED MISSLES                                    
(HS: 9306900020)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Number                            
 1994             2,692      351,785,176                    0                0
 1995             2,994      702,154,475                    0                0
 1996             3,851      503,911,228                    6          414,600
 1997             9,455      453,191,324                    0                0
 1998             9,018      490,874,758                   28        1,653,702

BOMBS, GRENADES, TORPEDOS, & SIML MUNITIONS OF WAR
(HS: 9306900040)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0      155,511,629                    0        2,362,899
 1995                 0      256,792,003                    0          394,581
 1996                 0      179,369,254                    0          113,782
 1997                 0      210,670,147                    0          893,011
 1998                 0      315,882,180                    0        2,596,585

PARTS FOR GUIDED MISSILES                         
(HS: 9306900060)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0      743,810,588                    0        1,639,859
 1995                 0      765,313,808                    0        7,946,789
 1996                 0      683,554,348                    0        4,184,886
 1997                 0      690,408,828                    0        3,096,813
 1998                 0      430,793,394                    0        6,634,999

PARTS FOR BOMBS, GRENADES, & SIML MUNITIONS OF WAR
(HS: 9306900080)  (SIC: 3482)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0      132,640,929                    0           58,777
 1995                 0      112,268,804                    0          178,110
 1996                 0      127,173,122                    0          502,480
 1997                 0      161,623,985                    0          164,840
 1998                 0      149,334,923                    0          529,642

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                  Domestic Exports                      Foreign Exports
 Year          Quantity            Value             Quantity            Value
SWORDS, CUTLASSES, BAYONETS, & SIML ARMS & PARTS  
(HS: 9307000000)  (SIC: 3421)
 Unit of Quantity -- Not Applicable                    
 1994                 0        1,113,354                    0          156,059
 1995                 0        2,287,061                    0          207,121
 1996                 0        1,698,680                    0          324,033
 1997                 0        2,355,926                    0          215,343
 1998                 0        1,558,282                    0          484,783


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