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U.S. Gun Manufacturers Are Being Swallowed Up

Written by Gary North on December 6, 2011

A mysterious company, privately owned, is buying up small American manufacturers of guns.

Its financial backer is a private investment organization. Very little is known about who the owners are. It is very big.

It has bought Remington. It has bought Bushmaster. It has bought DPMS, the military style semiautomatics.

It is like the Lone Ranger. “Who was that masked man?” The Freedom Group. It sells over a million guns a year. It sells 2.6 billion rounds of ammunition.

Yet nobody seems to know who is in charge, or what its plans are.

The backer is Cerberus Capital Management.

Cerberus is part of one of the signature Wall Street businesses of the past decade: private equity. Buyout kings like Feinberg, 51, try to acquire undervalued companies, often with borrowed money, fix them up and either take them public or sell at a profit to someone else. . . .

Today, Feinberg presides over a private empire that rivals some of the mightiest public companies in the land. Cerberus manages more than $20 billion in capital. Together, the companies it owns generate annual revenue of about $40 billion – more than either Amazon or Coca-Cola last year.

Why gun companies?

“There’s much less competition for buying these companies,” says Steven N. Kaplan, a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a private equity expert. “They must have decided there is an opportunity to make money by investing in the firearms industry and trying to build a big company.”

Whatever the reason, Cerberus, through the Freedom Group, is now a major player.

What is Cerberus? “The longtime chairman of its global investments group is Dan Quayle, the former vice president.” Dan Quayle! Have I got a Dan Quayle story for you! It happened to me in 1977.

Next, the Freedom Group in rapid succession went after other firearms companies: DPMS; Marlin Firearms, a classic maker that came with two niche shotgun brands, Harrington & Richardson and L.C. Smith; and Dakota Arms. The Freedom Group also bought S&K industries, which supplies wood and laminate for gun stocks, as well as the Advanced Armament Corp., which makes silencers. It acquired Barnes Bullets, which makes copper-jacketed bullets popular with precision shooters and police departments.

These people think guns are going to be bigger than ever. So do I.

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39 thoughts on “U.S. Gun Manufacturers Are Being Swallowed Up

  1. URKiddinMee says:

    We're in deep doo doo if this is a Soros backed group.

  2. if they can't stop us from buying guns , they'll stop making them .

  3. I really hate to see this happening. You know what they say about putting all your eggs in one basket. These manufacturers need the competition between themselves in order to keep prices reasonable. And I certainly hope this isn't some underhanded conspiratorial liberal ploy to eventually shut down all manufacturing of guns and ammo.

  4. Victor Barney says:


  5. Big money? Yes,but If I own it I can shut it down or control production volume as well.Another means of gun control.

  6. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. By 1987 that figure had risen to 61,911,000.

    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952 10,076,000 political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated in Kuomintang China, and by 1987 another 35,236,000 exterminations were carried out under the Communists.

    GUN CONTROL WORKS ask the experts: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot

    Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Luke 22:36 – Jesus Christ

    Luke 10:18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
    In ancient Hebrew the word for lightning is barack, the word for heaven or the
    heights is bama and to connect the words either an “a” or an “o” is used.

    2 Thessalonians 2:3 (King James Version)
    3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there
    come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    Political Correctness a term first seen in Mao’s Little Red Book, a communist engendered abomination that is instituting censorship little by little.

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”- George Washington

    Carl Marx, once wrote that, the goal of the Communists was to quote,. “enter into men’s minds and cast God down from his throne.”

    Matthew 12:31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.


    In ancient Babylon their economy was based on usury.
    “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. Exodus 22:25
    Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:13
    Usury is unlawful; expressly prohibited by GOD!
     Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that only the Congress can print and coin money! 

    The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was slipped thru congress during the Christmas break with the majority of it’s members absent. 

    The Federal Reserve is self serving and privately owned in violation to the Constitution, charging interest on illegally printed money. Money printed from nothing!
    In America On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. Five months later A UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY was MURDERED BY COMMUNIST!
    “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. Exodus 22:25
    Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:13
    Usury is unlawful; expressly prohibited by GOD!
    In ancient Babylon their priest sacrificed babies to their gods baal, and molech.  
    In America the communist under their socialist programs have sacrificed over 50 million American babies to their god satan!
    Leviticus 20:2-5
    2Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel , Whosoever he be of the children of Israel , or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel , that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
    3And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
    4And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
    5Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
    Luke 22:35-36 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. 36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
    Jeremiah 50:16Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the SICKLE in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
    Jeremiah 50:23How is the HAMMER OF THE WHOLE EARTH CUT ASUNDER AND BROKEN! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
    Jeremiah 50:14 “ Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around, All you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare no arrows, For she has sinned against the LORD.

    All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. Psalm 118:10


    “The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!”. George Washington



  7. Patriot Diva says:

    I'll bet George Soros' fingerprints are all over this. Buy your guns and ammo now people before it's too late!

  8. Get 'em while you can!

  9. This too will pass. Cerberus started buying up these companies right after we elected an illegal alien Marxist Muslim as POTUS, causing gun and ammo sales and prices to go through the roof. It looked like a great investment, except that after two + years of panic, American patriots' hunger for safety seems to have been satisfied. Gun and ammo sales have slumped and prices are dropping. We will know for certain over the next year if Cerberus has invested in free enterprise or if they are investing in Marxism, because if you go and read the 10-K's of their various businesses, you will see that their biggest ammo customers are Wal*Mart, which does NOT make long term commitments, and the U.S. Government, which can't be trusted with a nickel. If Wal*Mart blinks, Cerberus either divests or they choke on their cash flow. If they are indeed evil, they will sit tight and not care about losses.

  10. Either getting a monopoly – or buying up to destroy the industry so guns will not be available to US citizenry…

  11. Mayflower Decendent says:

    Are you sure someone isn't buying them all up just to shut them down?? De-Arm the public and we all become the servants Washington wants us to be!

  12. This/these company(ies) are owned and controlled by George Soros. His idea is to close out gun sales to individuals, just like the demidogs' ideas. Check out the companies buying the gun companies and see who owns them.

  13. Patriots Pledge says:

    Is this a deal to make money or a way to control the type of guns being sold we may find that we can't buy semi-auto's only bolt action single shots or we may find that after they buy up the gun companies that they quit producing guns entirely. The elite have bought up all the TV, newpapers giving them total control of the News media. What have you heard about the passing of S.1867 that totally deprives the American people of the protection of the bill of right's? America was founded on competition not monoplies. To me this is a very dangerous and needs investagating!

  14. Bob Marshall says:

    Citizens can't arm themselves if there are no arms to sell. Hillary Clinton told the UN Assembly that the governments two main priority was gun and population control. 'The men who possess the real power in this country have no intention of ending the cold war." Albert Einstein. I believe today he would have substituted the "War on Terror." IN 2007 Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Us Senate that the "War on Terror" was a mythical histroical narrative," in other words, a complete fiction. If America is eventually unarmed we have only ourselves to blame.

  15. I just hope this isn't some kind of wealthy liberal gunhater like Soros who is just going to one day, shut them all down.

  16. Fighting Grandma says:

    This doesn't make sense. Gun sales are higher than ever ~ off the charts…why are our heritage gun makers selling out to an "unknown" buyer? Please help me understand this!!! All of us are in the same "2nd Amendment" boat. Especially with the anti-gun tyrants? Do we really think this is in our best interest for survival as a country? Or, are there other interests that are buying up our gun manufacturers?

  17. Cerebus is also a previous owner of Chrysler that took over after Diamler raped Chrysler. They then gave it to the government, screwed the shareholders and walked away with a bunch of more money. These armament manufacturers better be wary and watch their finances.

  18. Well, if they close down some companies, it will give a new company an opportunity to get established. Maybe I'll investigate what it would take to do just that.

  19. Is George Sorros (Schwartz György) working with the UN on this?

  20. Patrick Duffy says:

    One way or the other the 'beast' is going to get the gun control it desires. Taking away the guns is a statement that "government is god", and it forces the people to "bow down" to this false god. If they cannot get what they want with legislation (and the LORD knows they have tried), they will get it economically, by making it impossible to purchase a gun by limiting the supply.

  21. Don DeHoff says:

    Congress needs to get into the middle of this and find out just who is involved. We need laws that prohibit foreign direct or indirect control of any U.S. industry that provides equipment and supplies to our armed forces or agencies involved in national security. In all such suppliers, a super majority of say, 70 percent of controlling stock must remain in the hands of U.S. citizens. Such companies would include, but not be limited to, those that provide arms, software/hardware (and chips), clothing, incuding boots, foodstuffs, medicines, airplanes, tanks, etc. Also, no U.S. company should ever have direct or indirect control of any company outside of the U.S. I realize that all of this requires much fine tunning.

  22. Is this company buying out all of the American made gun companies so that it can stop production of guns and "back-door" the Democrat's platform promise to repeal the Second Ammendment.?

  23. Could this be the Dumocraps in disguise setting up to cut off the flow of guns and ammo to the american public????
    Dan Quayle ??????
    Democrap right????

  24. In that case I bet it gets censored

  25. I am glad to hear its Dan Quale and not soros

  26. This sounds pretty damned scary………….but so what else is new, this whole damned country is going down the sewer, we got all the big guns(pardon the pun) saying "I didn't know what was going on with FAST AND FURIOUS, NOBODY KNEW ANYTHING, that just proves beyond a reasonable doubt THAT THIS COMMIE OUTFIT WE HAVE IN THE ADMINISTRATION, DO NOT NEED TO BE AT THE HELM OF ANYTHING, BUT MAYBE A SEWER PLANT!!!

  27. Patrioticnut says:

    The not knowing part of this makes me a bit more than a little uneasy. This could be the end of our firearms industry or could be a smart company planning for the robust sales that are taking place now and may increase soon. Who knows, but I'll buy while I can.

  28. Has no one figured out Cerebrus is part of George Soros's empire???

  29. I read someplace else Cerebrus is affiliated with Soros…let the conspiracy begin.

  30. ColoradoRick says:

    Bravo on a story that is in part almost 4 years old, maybe 2 at the newest? Its run by Republicans affiliated with GWBush and Dan Quayle, so its either for money purposes only, OR its to lessen the flow of guns to the people who will no doubt come after the rich and snooty after they have completely ruined our economy for their own profits. Now, try and connect them with George Soros, like others have, and complete your journey to the Dark Side…

  31. Richard Gibbard says:

    Cerberus…didn't they once own Chrysler Corporation?

  32. I read about this some months ago and the source alleged that its primary source and backer is George Soros. That the Freedom Group was a front for left wing policies and other exremists groups. If that be the case the gun owners of this country will have a problem buying guns and ammunition if under their control. I think that it is a possibility of their gun control methods. I don't know how far this possible intrusionof the 2nd amendment goes into preventing Americans not able to buy guns or ammunition for guns we own. We better find out who and why these companies are being purchased and having a monopoly on these items. I think that there is somethingfishy going on.

  33. I see no problem with this as long as it is not someone like George Soros, setting them all up for a downfall in another backhanded attempt at gun control like Fast and Furious.

  34. Ed Williams says:

    Invest in precious metal- buy lead!

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  38. JimL: Walmart is in PARTNERSHIP with DHS (the Gov't), that right there is PROOF enough for me that The MARXIST of Our Country are in Control of Cerberus (or George Soros).

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