Armscor USA

USA office opened in 1985
Nevada, Montana

Armscor history in Philippines

  • 1941 – Don Celso Tuason purchases Sportsman’s Headquarters
  • 1952 – In postwar Philippines, Don Celso Tuason obtains the first license in his country to begin firearm and ammunition manufacturing
  • 1952 – The company is renamed Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc.
  • 1965 – Don Celso turns over control of the company to his three sons: Bolo, Butch, Concoy
  • 1980 – Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc. is reorganized
    – becomes Arms Corporation of the Philippines (ARMSCOR)
    – Demetrio “Bolo” Tuason is named Chairman and President
  • Armscor bult 1911s for
    – Charles Daly
    – Tanfoglio
    – Rock Island Armory


  • 1985 – Armscor Precision International opens its first office in the US
  • 1985 – acquires the Rock Island Armory brand
    – partly outsourced to IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil)
    – distributed in the U.S. by SARCO
    – rebranded Armscor  1911s
  • 1997 – the second manufacturer awarded the ISO 9001 certification
  • 2011 – new production facilities in Stevensville, Montana
    – Armscor USA Ammo
  • 2012 – Martin Tuason becomes new president
  • 2016 – Open US Manufacturing plant in Pahrump, NV
  • 2017  M200 .38 caliber revolver


Armscor USA and Rock Island Armory
150 North Smart Way
Pahrump, NV 89060

(775) 537-1444

Gemtech

Gemini Technologies – Gemtech

 since 1976
Idaho, Massachusetts

  •  founded by Phil Dater in Eagle, Idaho
  • 1993 Greg Latka was president
  • 1994-2016 manufactured by GSL Technology in Michigan
  • 2011 developed subsonic .22 Long Rifle ammunition
  • 2011 instrumental in forming the American Suppressor Association (ASA)
  • July 2017 purchased by Smith & Wesson
  • 2017 moved to Massachusetts

 

gemtech.com

 

 

Rock Island Armory

USA office opened in 1985
Nevada, Montana

Armscor history in Philippines

  • 1941 – Don Celso Tuason purchases Sportsman’s Headquarters
  • 1952 – In postwar Philippines, Don Celso Tuason obtains the first license in his country to begin firearm and ammunition manufacturing
  • 1952 – The company is renamed Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc.
  • 1965 – Don Celso turns over control of the company to his three sons: Bolo, Butch, Concoy
  • 1980 – Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc. is reorganized
    – becomes Arms Corporation of the Philippines (ARMSCOR)
    – Demetrio “Bolo” Tuason is named Chairman and President
  • Armscor bult 1911s for
    – Charles Daly
    – Tanfoglio
    – Rock Island Armory


  • 1985 – Armscor Precision International opens its first office in the US
  • 1985 – acquires the Rock Island Armory brand
    – partly outsourced to IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil)
    – distributed in the U.S. by SARCO
    – rebranded Armscor  1911s
  • 1997 – the second manufacturer awarded the ISO 9001 certification
  • 2011 – new production facilities in Stevensville, Montana
    – Armscor USA Ammo
  • 2012 – Martin Tuason becomes new president
  • 2016 – Open US Manufacturing plant in Pahrump, NV
  • 2017  M200 .38 caliber revolver

 


Armscor USA and Rock Island Armory
150 North Smart Way
Pahrump, NV 89060

(775) 537-1444

CCI

Cascade Cartridge Inc

 founded in 1951
Lewiston, Idaho

  • 1951 founded by Dick Speer (1915-1994) in Lewiston, Idaho
    – machinist at Boeing Aircraft’s Seattle plant
    – brother of Vernon Speer, who founded Speer Bullets
    – there was money to be made in reloading
  • provided a steady source of component primers
  • bought a 17-acre chicken ranch next to the Lewiston Gun Club
    – a mile south of brother Vernon’s bullet works
    –  production began in a renovated chicken coop
  • When the Lewiston Gun Club moved, Speer bought the adjoining property
  • February 2015 bought by Vista Outdoor

CCI/Blazer
2299 Snake River Ave.
Lewiston, ID 83501

1-866-286-7436

cci-ammunition.com

Hornady

started in 1949

“Accurate, deadly, dependable”

 

  • World War II Joyce Hornady trained marksmanship to the security force at the Grand Island Arsenal
  • Hornady acquired the first of many Waterbury Farrell assembly presses,
  • 1949 a two-man operation
  • Hornady Sporting Goods Company
  • 1958 built the 8,000-square-foot plant
  • 1964 Frontier Ammunition surplus military brass with Hornady bullets
  • 1960 new manufacturing space 25,000 square feet
  • 1970 Steve Hornady, Joyce’s youngest son, joined the company
  • 1971 acquired Pacific reloading Tool Company
    – thry invented the “C” type reloading press in 1928
  • January 1981 Joyce Hornady and his companions died ina plane crash en route to SHOT Show
  • Steve Hornady became president

 

Hornady Manufacturing
3625 West Old Potash Hwy
Grand Island, NE 68803

800-338-3220

hornady.com

Nosler

began in 1948
in Bend, Oregon

“Quality First”

 

  • April 4, 1913 John Amos Nosler was born
  • 1946 unsuccessful moose hunt inspired Nosler to develop a new bullet design
  • Nosler Partition bullets used a specially designed jacket enclosing two separate lead alloy cores
  • 1948 Nosler began to sell the partition bullets commercially, forming Nosler Partition Bullet Co in in Ashland, Oregon
  • 1958 moved to 6,000 sq. ft. building in Bend, Oregon
  • 1963 Norma became Nosler’s first commercial loader.
  • 1969 Nosler Partition Bullet Co. became Nosler Bullets, Inc.
  • 1974 Federal Cartridge Company commercially loaded Nosler bullets for the first time
  • 1976 Reloading Guide #1 was released
  • 1981 Reloading Guide #2 was released
  • 1982 moved to Bend, Oregon
  • 1988 John Nosler sold the production facilities to his son
  • 1989 Reloading Guide #3 was released
  • 1990 Nosler Bullets, Inc. became Nosler, Inc
  • 2002 Reloading Guide #5 was released.
  • October 10, 2010 John Nosler died (97)
  • 2011 Nosler gains ISO 9001: 2008 certification
  • 2012 Bob Nosler elected to NRA Board of Directors
  • 2013 Nosler® Defense Ammunition was introduced
  • 2014 M48 Patriot and Heritage rifles introduced
  • 2020 Nosler Rifles production moves to Redmond, Oregon

Nosler
107 SW Columbia St
Bend, Oregon

1-800-285-3701

nosler.com

Sierra Bullets

founded in 1947
California

  • Frank Snow, Jim Spive, Loren Harbor, Clint Harris
  • in the Harris Machine Shop in Whittier, California
  • 1963 moved to a new plant in Santa Fe Springs, California
    – 30,000 square feet
  • 1968 the Leisure Group bought Sierra Bullets
    – hired Robert Hayden from Remington Arms, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant
  • 1990 moved to Sedalia, Missouri

Sierra Bullets
1400 W Henry St
Sedalia, MO 65301

(888) 223-3006

sierrabullets.com

Weatherby

 founded in 1945
California, Wyoming

  • 1945 founded by Roy Weatherby in Huntington Park, California
    – Weatherby’s Sporting Goods
  • original rifles  built on commercial Mauser actions
  • 1956  contracted Sako to build firearms
  • 1958 introduced the Mark V bolt action
  • 1964 .22 rimfire Mark XXII
  • 1967  first Weatherby over/under shotgun
  • April 4, 1988 Roy E. Weatherby passed
  • 1988 Weatherby Foundation International created
    – formed to“to educate youth and the non-hunting public on the beneficial role of ethical sport hunting and its contribution to wildlife conservation, and to protect our constitutional right to do so”
    https://www.weatherbyfoundation.com/
  • January, 2018 relocated from Paso Robles, California to Sheridan, Wyoming

high-powered magnum cartridges

  • .257 Weatherby Magnum
  • .270 Weatherby Magnum
  • .300 Weatherby Magnum
  • .340 Weatherby Magnum
  • .460 Weatherby Magnum.


Weatherby, Inc.
1550 Yellowtail Dr
Sheridan, WY 82801

307.675.7840

weatherby.com

Olin

started 1944
Connecticut, Missouri

  • 1898 Franklin Olin formed the Western Cartridge Company
    – competitors got suppliers to limit raw materials
    – Olin diversified
  • 1931 Western bought the Winchester Company.
  • 1935 formed Winchester-Western
  • 1944 Franklin Olin companies organized under Olin Industries, Inc
  • 1954 Olin Industries and Mathieson Chemical merged
    – Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • 1963 John Olin retired
  • 1964  “re-tooled” the Winchester line, which damaged their reputation of quality
  • 1969 became the Olin Corporation
    – sold off many of its acquired businesses
  •  December 12, 1980  Olin sold Winchester firearms to the employees
    – with the name US Repeating Arms Company
    – Olin kept the Winchester brand and licensed it to US Repeating Arms Company
  •  2006 entered a new license with Browning Arms Company
    – to make Winchester rifles and shotguns

Speer

started in 1943
Lewiston, Idaho

  • 1943 Vernon Speer started building bullets
    –  reloaders couldn’t get components from ammo companies during World War II
  •  initially focused on hunting rifle bullets
  • he also built the first mass-produced jacketed handgun bullets for hunting and law enforcement
  • 1960 Lawman line
  • Speer Gold Dot
  • Vista Outdoor

Speer
2299 Snake River Ave.
Lewiston, ID 83501

1-866-286-7436

speer.com