Published: Sep-2022|  Format: PDF | MBI Research |  Number of pages: 138 | Code: MBI-3927436

Commercial Small Caliber Ammunition Market Size, Share, Growth & Demand Analysis Report by Caliber (45 Auto/ACP, 308 Winchester, 9mm Luger, 223 Remington, 357 Magnum, 380 ACP, 12 Gauge, 10 Gauge and Other) By Application (Homeland security, Military, and Law enforcement organizations) Forecast Report 2022-2030

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Market Introduction:

The Global Commercial Small Caliber Ammunition Market size was valued at USD 7.95 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach a value of USD 10.15 billion by 2030, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.9% over the forecast period (2022-2030).

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), worldwide military spending for security and development interests has increased by 2.6%. This is likely to have a direct impact on the demand for ammunition, thus accelerating the growth of the market.

Worldwide spending on this sector is primarily driven by the increased focus of the major DoD on peacekeeping missions, counter-terrorism, regional conflicts, and counter-insurgency operations. Most countries are spending significantly on the purchase of smart weapons and precision-guided weapons, which in turn has driven the demand for related ammunition over the years. This trend is expected to continue during 2022-2030.

Smaller caliber ammunition is .50 caliber or less. Different caliber ammunition is used for different applications depending on the end users, some companies also offer customization as per customer demand. Conventional ammunition was limited to firing using only rifles, guns, and other weapons. However, recent developments have resulted in the development of ammunition with lower weight cases, lower range, luminance trace that is one-way, next-generation projectiles, and many more.

At present, there are mainly three categories of small calibers that are in use such as battle reserve ammunition for combat operations, standard ammunition for training as well as operational purposes, and unique ammunition for training purposes only. Training of and cannot be used for fighting. The development is being done to ensure the soldier's advantage in terms of mobility, lethality, survivability, and an edge over the enemy.

What are the Global Commercial Small Caliber Ammunition Market Drivers?

The incidents of terrorism, war, and issues related to armed conflict around the world have created a constant demand for ammunition globally. This has resulted in the recent global trend of increasing defense budgets by countries around the world with the intention of increasing military strength, modernizing the armed forces, and procuring modern equipment.

Growing application in sporting and hunting activities as well as greater awareness of self-defense has further accelerated the growth of the market. Rising demand from developing economies, technological advancements, and investments in research and development is projected to provide growth opportunities over the forecast period.

However, there has been an increase in the purchase of ammunition for self-defense during the Covid-19 pandemic. Factors such as supportive government regulations, increasing military spending, and the development of efficient ammunition are expected to drive the commercial small caliber ammunition market post-Covid-19.

What are the Global Commercial Small Caliber Ammunition Market Restraints?

Different governments have different laws and regulations that allow the possession of arms and ammunition. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of small arms and ammunition face difficulties due to stringent government regulations and lengthy certification processes.

The strictest firearms laws in the world are found in India. In India, potential gun owners must demonstrate their training and keep their weapons in gun lockers in case they are shot down. The worldwide trade in small-caliber ammunition is strictly regulated by several regulatory bodies, including homeland security and law enforcement. As a result, it inhibits the expansion of the commercial small caliber ammunition market.

Who are the Major Companies in the Global Commercial Small Caliber Ammunition Market?

The global commercial small caliber ammunition market is highly fragmented and competitive. In order to maintain a competitive edge, key industry players are continuously implementing various growth strategies. These players have adopted innovation, mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, and partnerships to thrive in the competitive market. In order to provide the most effective and cost-effective solutions to industries, major players in the market are also continuously focusing on R&D.

  • Aguila Ammunition (Mexico)
  • Nammo AS (Norway)
  • BAE Systems (UK)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (US)
  • Olin Corporation (US)
  • Denel SOC Ltd (South Africa)
  • General Dynamics Corporation (US)
  • RAUG Group (Switzerland)
  • Thales Group (France)
  • Vista Outdoor, Inc. (US)
  • Remington Arms Company LLC (US)
  • KNDS N.V. (France)
  • Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel)

The Global Commercial Small Caliber Ammunition Market Segmentation:

The global commercial small caliber ammunition market is segmented on the basis of caliber type, application, and region.

Caliber Analysis

On the basis of caliber, the market is segmented as 45 Auto/ACP, 308 Winchester, 9mm Luger, 223 Remington, 357 Magnum, 380 ACP, 12 Gauge, 10 Gauge, 40 S&W, 20 Gauge, 50 BMG, 22LR, and others.

Due to the increasing popularity of the caliber in both handguns and rifles across the globe, the 22LR caliber segment will retain the largest market share for small-caliber ammunition during the forecast period. The expansion of commercial and military use of handguns and rifles will further boost segmental development 

Application Analysis:

On the basis of application, the market is segmented as homeland security, military, and law enforcement organizations.

Of these, the military segment is projected to grow rapidly. Growing demand for Small-caliber ammunition for military modernization projects, and a number of countries across the globe are spending more on defense.

Regional Analysis:

The global commercial small caliber ammunition market is categorized into regions such as Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia-pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

North America is projected to contribute significantly to the global revenue during the forecast period due to the presence of major market players leading to fewer government restrictions on the use of self-defense guns and ease of licensing in the region. Additionally, government and private companies are investing heavily in building technologies that can support military and armed forecasting.

The Asia-Pacific region dominates the global market, due to increasing terrorist activities and growing regional conflicts between countries. For example, India, China, and Japan are continuously investing in their military due to border issues with neighboring countries.

Regions Covered:

  • North America (United States, Canada)
  • Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Rest of LATAM)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), NORDIC (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland), Russia, Poland, Rest of Europe)
  • The Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Oman), South Africa, North Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, South Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)



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