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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
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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
    
American Gun Makers will get you started, with a list of all of the American gun makers, starting in the 1700s. Sorry, no production figures are known for most of them. But some have summaries of the US Government production contracts. – Peter Diehr Jun 18 at 17:13
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Guns in America: A historical reader discusses Gun Production, starting on p. 30. It includes statistics for guns made at the Federal arsenals at Harper's Ferry and Springfield, 1795-1870, by decade. – Peter Diehr Jun 18 at 17:21

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