Hey Ben, just so I can address your question and to run this train off the rails :D Lots of firearms are still manufactured here but for various reasons. Firearms are a lot like cars, in the sense that you have some really high quality foreign companies that have manufacturing sites here within the US. Think Mercedes Benz (german car) and Beretta (italian firearms) One of the largest purchasers of firearms is of course, the US military. Though we would like to think we are arming our troops with the best technology and quality there is, such is not the case. One of the biggest reasons why our troops use a beretta m9 as their standard side arm, as opposed to the sig p226, a far superior swiss firearm which performed better during military testing, was because beretta was willing to open up more manufacturing plants in the US if granted the contract. So i guess guns are still built here because, hey they provide jobs, and are a requirement by the biggest buyer there is.
Not really sure we will see many people buying chinese firearms...lets face it, the country is not synonymous with quality control, and I highly doubt anyone would want to handle something as sensitive as firearm if it had the risk of failing or even injuring the user even when used properly. Which company would take the risk of manufacturing firearms in China, to be sold in the US? The lawsuits would be out of control!!
But back to the discussion. Buying American strictly because it is American, has it costs and benefits in my mind. Yes, it supports the local economy, which we should do, especially in such times. On the other hand, if Americans strictly bought American, then i think innovation would be curtailed. To play a lil devils advocate and illustrate the argument, lets say I choose to buy a foreign product because it offers the same quality, but is cheaper than the American counterpart. I would hope this behavior would force an American company to rise above the competition by making their product more sophisticated, so that they could justify the price difference (assuming American products cost more due to onshore labor, overhead, etc) Buying foreign keeps competition up, promotes change in the market, and hopefully stimulates new ideas. I personally find myself buying products strictly based on the specs and features, or quality guarantee. This came up a while ago, when I was out looking for a Patagonia R1 and someone suggested that I buy a melanzana product because its made here. Well I honestly considered both, but after seeing how the melanzana (which was cheaper, and used the same materials) did not fit in a way that I thought optimized the use of Polartec powerdry material, I went with the foreign made patagonia product. It didn't make sense to me to by a less innovative product just because it was made in America. Its the same reason why I will never buy a Ford. On the other hand, i'd gladly buy a Caddy :)
I'm curious to know how people feel about foreign companies such as Montbell, which also provide jobs to Americans through retail locations/flagship stores...does this change anything/everything?
Some US manufacturers not mentioned already, that I like because they offer products that justify their high costs are Kifaru, Cilogear, and ColdColdWorld packs