Tanfoglio

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Fratelli Tanfoglio S.N.C.
Type Private
Industry firearms
Predecessor(s) Fabbrica d'armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe
Founded 1940s
Founder(s) Giuseppe Tanfoglio
Headquarters Gardone Val Trompia, Italy
Area served Worldwide
Products Pistols
Website www.tanfoglio.it

Fratelli Tanfoglio S.N.C. is an Italian gun manufacturing company. Their current weapons are used extensively in sport competitions and for personal defence. Tanfoglio is located in Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia) - Italy, and is known for its broad sport pistol catalogue.[1] Tanfoglio Pistols are popular firearms across Europe; they also are imported into United States by European American Armory Corporation (EAA) and Australia by NVT Pty Ltd.[2][3]

History[edit]

The Tanfoglio Company was founded in the 1940s just after World War II. The production started with gun parts such as receivers and hammers. After 8 years the firm "Fabbrica d'armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe" was founded. As time progressed the company activity expanded and started to produce replica guns and handguns of their own design like Tanfoglio GT27. In the 1980s Tanfoglio started to produce clones of CZ 75 made for IPSC and action shooting. Nowadays the Tanfoglio factory produces approximately 90,000 pistols per year of which 85% are exported. Related brand names include FIE and EXCAM.[4]

Subcontractor for Israel Military Industries[edit]

The original Israel Military Industries (IMI) Jericho 941 (CZ 75 copy) semi-automatic pistols were built using parts supplied by the Italian arms house Tanfoglio. Using a well-tested design allowed IMI to avoid the teething problems most new pistol designs experience, and subcontracting much of the basic fabrication work to Tanfoglio allowed IMI to quickly and economically put into production a pistol that would have enough Israeli content to satisfy government contract requirements.

European importer for Caracal International L.L.C.[edit]

Since 2009 Tanfoglio is the European importer for the Caracal pistol product line. These polymer framed semi-automatic pistols are produced by Caracal International L.L.C. from the United Arab Emirates and have been introduced on the Italian civilian/sport shooters market during the 2009 EXA expo (Brescia, 18–21 April 2009).

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