Only one manufacturer can lay claim to the title of “America’s Oldest Gun Maker” - Remington Arms, founded in 1816.
In its 200+ years of existence, Remington has created more unique cartridges than any other manufacturer in the world, and continues to this day to produce its original products: arms and ammunition.
Remington's Early Days
The company that today is recognized as Remington Arms started as two companies: E. Remington and Sons and the Union Metallic Cartridge Company. Remington itself was founded by Eliphalet Remington in 1816 based on his belief that he could make a better gun than what was available. It seems he was right, and the company of Remington went on to be the largest provider of rifles to the US government during both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.
Meanwhile, Union Metallic Cartridge Company, or UMC was created in 1867. The late 1800s were a period of extremely rapid technological advancement in firearms cartridges and projectiles. In the span of just 20 years, firearms went from loose powder and round balls to conical projectiles in metal cases. UMC was at the forefront of this development. In 1888, UMC's parent company purchased E. Remington and Sons, renaming the company to Remington Arms. In 1912, UMC and Remington Arms were combined into Remington-UMC.
Under the Remington-UMC banner, the headquarters of both companies was moved to Bridgeport, CT. Remington's firearms manufacturing was kept in Ilion, NY where it still produces guns to this day. The Bridgeport facility was used to manufacture ammunition, including ammo for the US military during World War 1.
Remington During War Time
During the First World War, Remington was one of the largest producers of weapons and ammo. They made everything from Enfields for Great Britain to Mosin-Nagants for Imperial Russia. The collapse of the Russian government due to the communist revolution placed Remington in difficult financial straights, so they decided to focus on the US consumer market. Post World War 1, Remington was bought by DuPont, and shortly after bought the Peters Cartridge Company. That acquisition created the famous "R-P" head stamp on certain cartridges, which is still on some rounds today.
In the build up to World War 2, Remington was contracted by the Army to operate several manufacturing facilities for ammunition, including the famous Lake City plant. Remington operated Lake City until 1985 churning out millions of rounds of ammo for the Army over the course of 45 years. During World War 2, Remington also manufactured the 1903A1 Springfield Rifle for the military.
Remington Ammo's Post-War Innovation
Remington has always been at the forefront of cartridge and projectile development. Their Core-Lokt bullet was first developed in 1939 to provide controlled expansion and increased terminal performance in big game targets. The number of cartridges with "Remington" in the name is almost too many to list, and includes such all time greats as the .22-250 Remington, the .35 Remington, and of course the most popular rifle cartridge in America, the .223 Remington.
Remington stayed strong through the 60s and 70s, and then in 1986 closed their ammunition manufacturing facility in Connecticut. They didn't get out of the ammo business, opening a new facility in Arkansas. This was done as a cost saving measure. By relocating to the middle of the country, Remington was able to reduce their shipping costs for sending ammo out to stores and distributors.
Modern Day Remington Ammunition
The 21st Century is another story. In 2007, Remington was acquired by Cerberus Capital, which became the Freedom Group. Then in 2008, the US consumer ammunition market exploded following the election of President Barack Obama. The demand for 9mm, .223, and .22LR was through the roof. No one could keep up. Remington expanded their centerfire production capacity as much as possible, but still couldn't fill the gaps. In 2013 they began an expansion to their Arkansas ammo facility to meet the continued high demand for their ammunition products.
In 2015 the Freedom Group Holding Company, which owned Remington, DPMS, Bushmaster, and several other brands was renamed as the Remington Outdoor Company.
Through all this, the Remington brand ammunition has been churning off the lines. Along with traditional Remington branded ammo, they continue to produce budget conscious ammo under the UMC brand. UMC branded ammo is available in common rifle and pistol calibers such as 9mm, .45 ACP, and .223.
200 years after its founding, Remington continues to serve American civilian shooters as one of the most recognizable and respected ammo companies around. Stock up today and rest assured you'll have quality rounds, trigger pull after trigger pull.
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5000 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Remington - 40gr LRNThis ammo is cheap and reliable but it fouls barrels full of lead!(Posted on 07/07/2019)
500 Rounds of 40 S&W Ammo by Remington Golden Saber - 180gr BJHPGreat for range and defense. Shoots clean and straight. Excellent performance in FBI ballistic tests. At this price, I can actually afford to practice at the range with my defense ammo. Good deal!!!(Posted on 06/21/2019)
500 Rounds of 10mm Ammo by Remington - 180gr MCShot 1000+ rounds through a Kimber TLE 10mm; had (zero) extraction failures, jams, mis-fires, nor issue of any kind. This is very good value. Just put in an order tor another 2K.(Posted on 06/15/2019)
5000 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Remington - 40gr LRNBought 5000 of these cause they were cheap. Shot about 1000 of them and had several duds. Several weak loads that didn't fully close the bolt. Be careful that you don't have an out of battery discharge. Buyer be aware.(Posted on 06/13/2019)
250 Rounds of 12ga Ammo by Remington Low Recoil - 1 ounce Rifled SlugThis ammo worked great in my Benelli M4 just got the new 7 round mag tube and took it out with this ammo. Recoil is minimal and I had 0 cycle issues. The ammo is fairly priced and works flawlessly. The only con is by the time I pay shipping costs the ammo is not longer a "bargain" but its still low enough that the convenience and quality will keep me as a return customer.(Posted on 05/24/2019)
300 Rounds of .223 Rem Ammo by Remington UMC Freedom Bucket - 55gr FMJThis ammo is very good shot 500 rounds not one jam.(Posted on 04/13/2019)
500 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Remington MIL / LE Contract Overrun - 115gr FMJI had a flawless 500 rounds down range, and I just bought another 5. Nice groups from 7yrds and 25yrds. I shot all ammo through my Glock 45, and it preformed wonderfully. Cheap ammo for a fun day on the range!(Posted on 03/26/2019)
100 Rounds of 12ga Ammo by Remington Managed Recoil - 00 BuckGreat ammo! Good pattern and penetration with minimal recoil. Easily 40% or more reduction in recoil over standard 2-3/4" 00 buck. Fired around 30 rounds so far, perfect feed/fire/eject. Got several 5 ct. boxes but will be ordering this 100 ct. (or two) next. Fired from a Mossberg Shockwave, got the reduced recoil due to rheumatoid arthritis that sometimes hits my wrists. Fired 20+ on a bad wrist day with no problem at all. Recoil about half way between an Aguila mini shell and a standard round.(Posted on 03/15/2019)
5000 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Remington - 40gr LRNWorks flawlessly In my ar-15 with a .22 conversion kit, my Ruger super 6 and my daughters cricket. Will be buying more.(Posted on 03/10/2019)
500 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Remington MIL / LE Contract Overrun - 115gr FMJInexpensive and runs fine. Couple of misfeeds in 400 rounds, but its a new gun, so expected. Maybe its a bit dirtier than, say, Winchester white box, but no more so than other lower priced ammo from Blazer Brass, Federal, or Aquila. I'll buy more.(Posted on 02/23/2019)