History of Fiocchi Ammunition
In 1876 Giulio Fiocchi was working for a bank in Milan, Italy. He was sent to Lecco, Italy, to collect on a loan that was given to a black powder and musket manufacturer. Upon researching the situation with the borrower, Giulio determined that the borrower was not able to make repayment. Giulio began to consider ammunition manufacturing as a possible business venture, as metallic ammunition was a new and blossoming market. He contacted his brother Giacomo and together they persuaded Giulio’s bank to loan him the money to buy the insolvent company. In 1877, the Giulio Fiocchi Enterprise began to manufacture ammunition.
The primary focus at Fiocchi began with sporting and hunting ammunition. However, during WWI Fiocchi did produce ammunition for the Italian army. During WWII the factory was seized by the German army, however, as Allied forces began to close in around them, the German army attempted to destroy the factory. They were stopped by the factory employees. Unfortunately, the factory was almost destroyed by Allied bombers soon after.
After WWII, the Fiocchi family decided to rebuild their factory. When they did, it was with the most modern design and technology available. This allowed Fiocchi to produce the most advanced ammunition of the time. These advantages helped Fiocchi to keep pace with the expanding ammunition market of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The company also began to market this new and improved ammunition to a wider audience. This led to a short lived agreement with Smith and Wesson in the 1950’s to produce ammunition at a plant in Alton, Illinois. In 1983, the Fiocchi family returned to the United States, this time to Missouri, where they began to lay the groundwork for a factory that produces virtually all ammunition that is sold in the United States under the Fiocchi name.
Today Fiocchi continues to produce high quality ammunition that is recognized as some of the best available. The company makes shotgun shells for world class shotgun competition and competitors. Fiocchi also produces ammunition that is certified as being within NATO specification.
Fiocchi is also an innovator in the ammunition field, with Cyalume Chemtracer shotgun shells, and the Canned Heat line of products, Fiocchi shows that it is responsive to the needs of the market. Also, the introduction of the Cowboy Action Line and the Tundra Rifle line, Fiocchi shows that it is also aware of the directions the ammunition market is heading.
With a strong history, a commitment to remaining on the leading edge of quality and meeting customers’ needs, Fiocchi will likely continue to expand its’ influence and popularity among the American shooting sports market.
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