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How many firearms in total were owned by civilian population between 1836 and 1912 in USA (cumulatively, not simultaneously)?

The timeframe is what I would consider "Old West" timeframe, but starting with Colt's introduction of his firearm.

If there's no good statistics for total ownership, I am OK with an approximation by adding up all recorded sales to civilians + all recorded sales of military firearms (esp. after Civil War) to other parties.

Ideally, I would like a breakout between handguns and long guns, but that's not required.

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I'm not sure even gun sales were recorded as much then as they are now. –  American Luke May 10 '13 at 18:31
    
@Luke - I'm sure there were books of records at main manufacturers for accounting purposes. –  DVK May 10 '13 at 18:59
    
During the American Civil War they did inventories of the number of firearms so that could be used as a starting point. –  S Vilcans Jun 10 '14 at 8:43

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