Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Firearms & Ammunition

On Target for Firearms

In 2013, Thermold Magazines announced it would relocate its headquarters and assembly operations from North Carolina to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Daisy Outdoor Products, makers of the iconic BB guns, are also headquartered and assembled in Arkansas and Remington Arms Company established an ammunition facility in 1969. The company has continued to see success in Arkansas and announced a $32 million expansion in 2013. Additionally, the International Defensive Pistol Association was founded in Arkansas in 1996. 

With 42 registered firearms for every 1,000 residents, Forbes ranks Arkansas as America's third most gun-friendly state. Known as the duck hunting capital of the world, Arkansas embraces a culture of hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

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420+ new firearms manufacturing jobs added in four years

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According to Ducks Unlimited, eastern Arkansas is one of the 15 Greatest Places to Hunt Waterfowl.

Steven Lamm

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  • Income Tax Credits
  • Infrastructure Grants
  • Payroll Rebates
  • Sales Tax Credits & Refunds
  • 13% of the state’s workforce is employed in manufacturing
  • 2nd highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the south and 3rd highest in the nation
  • Skilled and trained labor force of nearly 1.3 million 
  • Arkansas is home to 23 four-year colleges and universities and 22 two-year public colleges
Available Buildings and Sites
  • 200+ LEED Certified facilities
  • 100+ available buildings of Class A office space ranging from 10,000 to 370,000 square feet
  • 275+ available industrial buildings ranging from 10,000 to 2.1 million square feet
  • Competitive purchase prices and lease rates
  • Sites ranging from 10 to 10,200 acres available across the state
  • 175+ sites with interstate access
  • 40 sites that are rail served
Transportation & Infrastructure

Arkansas is centrally located between Mexico City and Montreal, offering easy access to 40% of the U.S. population. The state's transportation infrastructure provides a variety of efficient options to get products to market. Major market centers in the region include Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and St. Louis.


  • I-40, reaching from North Carolina to California, runs through Arkansas
  • I-55 links eastern Arkansas to St. Louis & Chicago to the north and New Orleans to the south
  • I-30 connects Arkansas with markets to the southwest, including Texas and Mexico


  • 3 Class I Systems: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Union Pacific operates major yards in Little Rock and Pine Bluff
  • 22 smaller railroads operate over more than 2,700 miles of track
  • 40 available sites which are rail served


  • Major commercial airports are located in Central and Northwest Arkansas: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has 120+ flight arrivals and departures each day, with non-stop jet service to 14 national/international gateway cities. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides non-stop service to 14 national/international gateway cities on nearly 50 flights each day.
  • Memphis International Airport is located less than 15 miles from the Arkansas state line
  • 6 regional airports located throughout the state


  • 3 ports located along the Arkansas River: Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith 
  • 4 Mississippi River terminals: Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and McGehee