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June 19, 2014: United Nations Fifth Biennial Meeting of States

Richard Patterson, Managing Director
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. spoke at the United Nations Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action in New York. View the text of his speech.

October 29, 2013: First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations

Richard Patterson, Managing Director
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. spoke at the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. View the text of his speech.

March 21, 2013: United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty

Richard Patterson, Managing Director
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. spoke at the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York. View the text of his speech.

August 29, 2012: United Nations Review Conference on Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (PoA)

Richard Patterson, Managing Director
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. spoke at the UN Review Conference on Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (PoA) in New York. View the text of his speech.

July 11, 2012: United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty

Richard Patterson, Managing Director
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. spoke at the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York. View the text of his speech.

March 21, 2012: SAAMI Withdraws Its Name From Tainted U.N. Program

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), a registered United Nations non-governmental organization (NGO) with roster status, has taken the regrettable but necessary step of withdrawing any reference of SAAMI association from the U.N. agency project to create "International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS)." Read more about SAAMI's decision.


Sporting Ammunition
and the Firefighter

Welcome

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) is an association of the nation's leading manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and components. SAAMI was founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with:

  • Creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality

  • Coordinating technical data

  • Promoting safe and responsible firearms use

The work at SAAMI is accomplished by its committees. Technical excellence is always our goal and safety is always the prerequisite.

SAAMI supports science-based solutions to the many issues related to firearms, ammunition and components. Who We Are contains specific information and a description of the function of each committee.

This Web site also contains a glossary of terms, a chart of unsafe firearm and ammunition combinations, a catalog of SAAMI publications, a list of SAAMI member companies (including links to their Web sites) and links to member companies' product manuals.

 

Firearms Safety Rules:

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  2. Firearms should be unloaded when not in use
  3. Don't rely on your firearm's safety
  4. Be sure of your target and what's beyond
  5. Use the correct ammunition
  6. If your firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, HANDLE WITH CARE!
  7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
  8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
  9. Don't alter or modify your firearm, and have firearms serviced regularly
  10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm before using it