Armscor (Philippines)

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Armscor Precision International
Formerly called
Squires Bingham Manufacturing, Inc.
Private
Industry Firearms
Founded 1905; 112 years ago (1905)
Founder Ray Squires, William Bingham
Headquarters Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines
Area served
worldwide
Key people
Martin Tuason (President)
Products Ammunitions, Revolvers, Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns
Subsidiaries Armscor International, Inc.
Website armscor.com

The Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor) is a firearms manufacturing company headquartered in the Philippines. The company is known for its inexpensive 1911-pattern pistols, revolvers, shotguns, sporting rifles, firearms parts and ammunition.

History[edit]

Armscor traces its roots to a Manila printshop Squires Bingham & Co., that was founded in 1905, the printshop also running imported and sold motorcycles and various sporting goods, which including firearms and ammunitions. The company was bought by the Tuason family in 1941 and began making firearms through the present corporation in 1952. Armscor manufactures its own line of firearms and holds manufacturing contracts for other companies' firearm lines, such as Twin Pines' Rock Island Armory (RIA) pistols. In addition to the Rock Island Armory 1911 series pistols, Armscor is the source of pistols for STI's Spartan, Cimarron Firearms pre-1923 Model 1911,[1] Charles Daly and Auto Ordnance 1911 style pistols. Armscor is an ISO 9001 certified compliant company which manufactures weapons using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) equipment.

The company is headquartered in Marikina, Philippines and represented in the United States by its subsidiary Armscor International, Inc, located in Pahrump, Nevada with facilities in Stevensville, Montana.[2]

Armscor became a registered trademark on Feb 24, 2009.[3]

Ownership/Management[edit]

Armscor is owned by the Squires Bingham Co. Inc, a holding company for the family of Don Celso Tuason. Don Celso's eldest son Demetrio "Bolo" Tuason is the Chairman Emeritus. Younger brother Daniel "Concoy" oversees production and plant operation. Bolo's son, Martin, is currently the president and CEO of the company.[4]

Products[edit]

While it is primarily known as a manufacturer of M1911 pistols, Armscor manufactures and markets a number of other handgun, revolver, shotgun and rifle models as well as ammunition and accessories.[4]

Revolvers[edit]

  • M200
  • M202
  • M206

Handguns[edit]

Armscor's handguns are based on the Colt M1911A1 design and Tanfoglio versions of the CZ-75.[3][4]

Armscor 1911A1 9mm FS GI
Armscor 1911A1 9mm FS PS
Armscor 1911A1-FS PS .45

Shotguns[edit]

Based on design of High Standard Flite King shotgun.[3][5]

Rifles[edit]

The company has been making bolt-action and rimfire rifles since 1980.[3]

  • MAK 22
  • M1600
  • M1400TS
  • M1400E
  • M1500TM
  • M1700
  • MIG 22 Standard
  • MIG 22 Target
  • TCM 22 Rifle

Innovations[edit]

Armscor introduced a new propriety caliber named the .22 TCM (Tuason Craig Micromag) based on the 1911 pistol. The cartridge is essentially a 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge shortened to 1.265 in. total length with a 40-grain jacketed hollow point bullet. Its main characteristics are its high velocity and low recoil, allowing for repeated accurate shots.[6]

More recently the company has released a bolt-action rifle chambered for this cartridge.[4]

AFP (Armscor) Arsenal Battalion[edit]

Due to the nature of the Business of ARMSCOR, it has been tapped by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be one of its partners as an "Affiliate Reserve Unit". The company was designated as the 1st (ARMSCOR) Arsenal Battalion (Reserve) and placed under the operation control of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command.[3][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shideler, Dan (20 August 2010). Guns Illustrated 2011: The Latest Guns, Specs & Prices. Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 1-4402-1624-X. 
  2. ^ Huntington, Roy (July 1, 2013). "Armscor Expands, Doubles Capabilities". Shooting Industry  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 
  3. ^ a b c d e Lucas, Daxim L. (June 24, 2012). "Third generation clan members take control of lucrative firm". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  4. ^ a b c d Abuyuan, Abuyuan (November 10, 2013). "Top Shot". Manila Bulletin  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 
  5. ^ "51329 - M5 Shotgun". Armscor USA. Armscor USA. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Review of the TCM Ammunition and pistol". January 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Another Arms Cache Found". Manila Bulletin  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). December 6, 2009. 

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