Wednesday, March 24, 2010

USPFA and USFA Company and Firearm History

I needed to get some facts together so that I could make gun acquisitions in an intelligent and informed way. Unfortunately there was a dearth of information out there. Even one well known writer limited his suggestion to saying that I shouldn't get guns with the Italian parts. So, this is what I've got.

From this article, "All American Sixguns United States Fire-arms", in Shoot Magazine, I found this information.
From 1986 to 1997, foreign made parts were used in the production of firearms. After 1997, all parts were American (i.e. in the U.S.) made.
In 1993 the US Firearms Manufacturing Company was formed to provide historically correct firearms to discriminating buyers. Production has been limited to exacting duplicates of classic single-action Colts.

From Dennis Russell, author of Percussion Colt Revolvers – The Second Generation – Collector’s Handbook & Price Guide.
The original name for USFA was United States Patent Fire Arms (USPFA). Colt sued them because USPFA was too close to Colt’s original name – Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Company. Additionally, USPFA held no patents for the firearms they were producing.

Note: To order Percussion Colt Revolvers – The Second Generation – Collector’s Handbook & Price Guide by Dennis Russell send your $29.95 check or USPS Money Order payable to Jared Press at Jared Press, 3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 260 – 607, Marietta, Georgia 30062

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