About SAAMI

About SAAMI

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

 SAAMI Strategic Goals

1).  Create and maintain technically-correct standards for terminology, performance, interchangeability, and safety regarding firearms and ammunition.

2).  Continually improve and share our expertise with policy makers and strategic partners related to technical performance and safety regarding firearms and ammunition manufacturers’ issues.

3).  Continually improve the forum by which members consider and analyze appropriate standards and policies regarding firearms and ammunition.

4).  Monitor, anticipate, and address new technology, opportunities, challenges, and emerging trends impacting the mission of SAAMI.

5).  Increase SAAMI’s public visibility as “the experts” in our fields.


Our Mission

To create and promulgate technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition, and components; and to be the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage, and use of these products.