Fiocchi ammunition is one of the most historic and successful ammo companies on the globe. With a heritage that dates back to the Napoleonic Europe and firm roots in the American midwest, Fiocchi is a popular ammunition company on both sides of the Atlantic.
Fiocchi has one of the most interesting stories in the ammunition industry. The company was officially founded in 1876, but the lineage of the company is traced all the way back to the early 1800’s, when two members of the Italian family, the Fiocchis, followed Napoleon’s French army when it was invading Italy.
Guilio Fiocchi became a bank manager and was eventually assigned to oversee a loan to a black powder and musket manufacturer. So off went Guilio, on assignment to inspect the manufacturing facility. What he found was a faltering business that was unlikely to repay a loan of any size.
Although he knew almost nothing about ammunition, let along it’s manufacturing process, he saw an opportunity. With his brother, an engineer named Giacomo, Guilio purchased the facility with a loan from his own bank and began manufacturing cased ammunition, which was just starting to come into use.
The company survived the turmoil of both world wars, which saw the facility seized by the Nazis and nearly leveled by American and British bombers. The company, however, made it out of the early 20th century in relatively good shape and was able to rebuild. Eventually, they made it to American shores, or more specifically, American fields.
In the 1950’s, Fiocchi partnered with Smith & Wesson and began production in Alton, Illinois. In 1983, a facility was built by Fiocchi in Springfield, Missouri, further enriching the company’s connection and investment with the United States.
Fiocchi now offers a wide variety of ammunition and reloading supplies to American consumers. Their lineup includes premium options for game bird loads, big game hunting, and more. They also supply self-defense handgun ammunition, reloading materials, and rimfire ammunition, as well as many other products.
Fiocchi can now call itself an American company, although it maintains a dedication to precise quality and craftsmanship that it attributes to an Italian heritage. The company is still owned and operated by the Fiocchi family, making it one of the few ammunition companies that is still run by people whose name is on the box.
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