Beretta-logo.pngBeretta founded 1952, 491 years ago. Headquarters Brescia, Italy. By products shotguns, rifles and carbines, submachine pistols and launchers.

Ruger founded 1949, founders wolliam B Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm. By porduct revolvers, pistol, rifles and shotguns.

Heckler & Koch founded 1948, 69 years. founder Edmund Heckler, Theodor Koch and Alex Seidel. By product Firearms and weapons. Umarex logo.svg Umarex® founded 1972, by product air guns, firearms and paintball markers. Brand RAM, Umarex and Tactical Force. Benelli firearms.svgBenelli founded 1967, founder Giovanni Benelli. By product shotguns, rifles and pistols. Headquarters Urbino, Italy Sako.pngSako founded 1921, headquarters Riihimaki, Finland. By product firearms and weapon. Glock Perfection.svgGlock® founded 1963, founder Gaston Glock. Headquarter in Deutsch Wagram Austria. By products handguns, knives and entrenching tool. Steiner founded in 1979, for over 35 years Steiner eOptics. Headquarter USA. By product binoculars, riflescopes, battle sights, laser devices, battle lights, beacons and imagine systems.

Walther® founded 1886 Factory destroyed in World War II New corporation founded in 1953.  Founder Carl Walther and headquarters Ulm and Arnsberg, Germany. By product handguns, air pistol, submachine guns, rifles and knives.

PolyOne was formed on August 31, 2000 from the consolidation of The Geon Company (Geon) and M.A. Hanna Company (Hanna). The merger between M.A. Hanna Company and The Geon Company in 2000 produced PolyOne Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company. Geon’s roots date back to 1927 when BFGoodrich scientist Waldo Semon produced the first usable vinyl polymer. In 1948, BFGoodrich created a vinyl plastic division that was subsequently spun off through a public offering in 1993, creating Geon, a separate publicly held company. Hanna was formed in 1885 as a privately held company and became publicly held in 1927. In the mid-1980s, Hanna began to divest its historic mining and shipping businesses to focus on polymers. Hanna purchased its first polymer company in 1986 and completed its 26th polymer company acquisition in 2000.

After the war, Oliver Winchester renamed New Haven Arms the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The company modified and improved the basic design of the Henry rifle, creating the first Winchester rifle: the Model 1866. It retained the .44 Henry cartridge, was likewise built on a bronze-alloy frame, and had an improved magazine and a wooden forearm. In 1873 Winchester introduced the steel-framed Model 1873 chambering the more potent .44-40 centerfire cartridge. In 1876, in a bid to compete with the powerful single-shot rifles of the time, Winchester brought out the Model 1876 (Centennial Model). While it chambered more powerful cartridges than the 1866 and 1873 models, the toggle link action was not strong enough for the popular high-powered rounds used in Sharps or Remington single-shot rifles. From 1883, John Moses Browning worked in partnership with Winchester, designing a series of rifles and shotguns, most notably the lever-action Winchester Model 1886, Model 1892, Model 1894, and Model 1895 rifles, along with the lever-action Model 1887/1901 shotgun, the pump-action Model 1890 rifle, and the pump-action Model 1893/1897 shotgun.


A separate company was founded in the USA in 1985 with the name Sigarms (until October 2007) to import and distribute SIG Sauer firearms into the United States. Since 2000 SIG Sauer Inc. has been organizationally separate from manufacturer SIG Sauer GmbH. Founded Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.SIG (now known as SIG Holding, AG) no longer has any firearms business. This last was sold to L&O Holding of Emsdetten, Germany and was renamed Swiss Arms.

From 1946 to 1975 Jagemann focused on fulfilling short-run orders manufactured on hand-fed single operation presses. Then in 1975, recognizing that booming automotive ferrule orders would soon surpass the company’s capacity Jagemann Stamping installed the first of many automated transfer presses, machines that stamp circular blanks from coils of metal, then carry the blanks through progressive dies that form each part to the customer’s exacting specifications