Armscor can trace its beginnings all the way back to 1905, when the first Squires, Bingham & Co. headquarters was established in the Philippines. After years of trading clothing, firearms, ammunition, and other items; the company was eventually bought and renamed “Sportsmen’s Headquarters” in 1930. After a decade of business, visionary entrepreneur Don Celso Tuason bought the company at the start of WWII. In 1952 his company was renamed “Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc.” and helped rebuild the post-war Philippines by obtaining the first firearms manufacturing license from the government and opening plants across the country. In the 1960’s he saw his eldest son, Demetrio “Bolo” Tuason, had a strong interest in the business and started grooming him to take the reigns of the company. Not much later, his two younger sons, Carlos “Butch” Tuason and Severo “Conkoy” Tuason joined the business as well. The Armscor brand that the world knows and loves didn’t come into existence until 1980 after Squires Bingham Manufacturing was reorganized and renamed “Arms Corporation of the Philippines.”
North American ExpansionIn 1985, Armscor Precision International opened its first United States office in Pahrump, Nevada. A short while later, Armscor acquired the Rock Island Armory brand, a leading M1911 manufacturer and developer. The future looks very bright as Martin Tuason, the third generation of the family, prepares to lead the company forward. With an unprecedented focus on customer service and satisfaction, Armscor is rapidly becoming a driving force in the American and worldwide firearms industry. Today, the company exports to over 50 countries on 6 continents.
Building the Brand
In 2011, the big news was Armscor’s opening of brand new production facilities in Stevensville, Montana. But a more noticeable change is the updated brand look and simplified structure of the company. The restructuring of the business resulted in Armscor becoming the official ammunition producer of the family owned company that’s “Right on target. Right on the Price.” As a result, Rock Island Armory is now the sole producer of firearms in the Armscor family under the tagline of “Solid as a rock.”