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American Non-Union Firearms & Ammo

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Hoffy, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Hoffy

    Hoffy Well-Known Member

    Are there any firearms manufacturers producing weapons within the United States whose workers are not unionized?

    I know that Colt, Remington, and Winchester are all union shops.

    Smith & Wesson?

    What about ammo manufacturers? Winchester and Remington (see above) are union shops, but what about CCI and Federal?
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Ruger moved his production facilities to Arizona to avoid a union. So far as I know they don't have one now.
  3. gearhead

    gearhead Well-Known Member

    Winchester hasn't been a union shop since the USRAC plant was closed in 2006. All US-made Winchester products come from the non-union FN plant in South Carolina.
  4. lawson4

    lawson4 Well-Known Member

    The same plant that makes the Winchester Model 70 makes the FNP series of handguns and SPR rifles; non-union.

  5. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    CCI and Federal are both owned by ATK, unknown if they are union.

    Colt is a union shop.
  6. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    oh, and winchester ammo, and winchester guns are different companies. The gun are non-union, the ammo may be.
  7. swiftak

    swiftak Well-Known Member

    Old Fuff, Ruger is also in NH
  8. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    I believe the Remington plant in NC is non-union
  9. cavman

    cavman Well-Known Member

    a rifle I have is RRA lower (they may be considered assemblers)..don't know, but highly doubt

    a couple of .45s are Rock River Arms....don't know

    the AR upper is White Oak (again, parts)....don't know, but doubt.

    .45s are Caspian (parts). Made in America....don't know

    Ammo is Missouri Bullet....don't know
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    C'mon folks, it's one thing to try to figure out what shops are union and which aren't, but getting into politics and love/hate for unions just isn't going to fly. If you don't want your posts deleted stay on topic.
  11. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    I know in the mid to late 70s colt also got their steel from a union shop (crucible steel out of CNY) my dad worked there. up until 75 or so he said you could get a discount on colt firearms because of the affiliation.
  12. TexasBill

    TexasBill Well-Known Member

    Beretta is made in Maryland, which is not a right to work state. A machinists' union tried to organize there in the late 1980s but was unsuccessful and I haven't found any record of an active trade union at the plant. However, Beretta is a major sponsor of the Union Sportsman Association.

    Smith & Wesson doesn't have any union employees according to their most recent 10-K filing.

    What's the big deal about union members making firearms? As long as it's a well-made gun, who cares?
  13. MisterMike

    MisterMike Well-Known Member

    I'd agree--if union workers are making a superior product at a competitive price, they will thrive. It's the American way.
  14. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    I try to buy American made ammo and firearms. Unions are the business of the workers and management. Does it really matter? Also, IIRC, Ruger moved to Arizona because of the local taxes, but I may be mistaken.
  15. Mike J

    Mike J Well-Known Member

    A recently retired Ruger employee posted over at rugerforum.com not too long ago. He was asked some questions about QC issues some posters had encountered. One of the things he posted about was labor-namely the difficulty of working Mexican immigrants that don't speak English well.
  16. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure that Kel-Tec is non-union.

    Glad to hear about S&W, I thought they were unionized.

    Does anyone know whether Glock's American facilities are union-free?
  17. Detritus

    Detritus Well-Known Member

    Um, the Madison NC location Is an office complex, containing the corporate headquaters and if i remember correctly no production facilities. on the "employment" section of the remington website the NC Office is listed seperate from the manufacturing jobs.
  18. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    You're right, my mistake - must have been thinking about the plant in KY - (close enough for gov't work)...:D
  19. sideways

    sideways Well-Known Member

    Smith use to make a very nice firearm. It's a shame you need to speak spanish to work for Ruger.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2010
  20. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    (Quoted noise...--Sam)
    I don't believe the merits, or demerits, of a union shop have been brought to bear here. The OP was asking for reasons known to himself. His reasons may or may not be the same as mine, and it doesn't matter. Maybe in some political forum the aspects of this can be better discussed in depth
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 23, 2010

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