Para Ordnance moving HQ stateside


Canadian pistol manufacturer Para Ordnance are moving their headquarters and manufacturing to Charlotte NC. Charlotte Business Journal reports:

The company leased a Pineville facility and estimates 35 to 40 jobs will be filled, mostly in manufacturing and machining.

Para Chief Executive Thanos Polyzos says the company wanted to establish a U.S. headquarters to be eligible for more military and law-enforcement contracts.

How much of its manufacturing, if any, will remain in Canada is not clear.

UPDATE: JR @ Keyboard and a .45 has just point out that this also allows them to get round any import restrictions, now or in the future.

Hat Tip: I can’t remember where I saw this link! If it was your blog let me know



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  • Guess this would make it a little easier for them as well if congress start’s instituting ban’s/restrictions, since they won’t be “importing” anything if its manufactured here and they are based in the US.

    — Florian

    • Florian, I think you are right, JR just emailed me saying the same thing. Should have occurred to me.

  • Windy Wilson

    Maybe it’s just the American in me, but I think no firearms manufacturer should have its HQ in a country (or a state) where the mass of its citizenry cannot purchase the individual arms it manufactures. I don’t expect this of a bazooka manufacturer, or a towed gun, or even RPG, but it is the Sine Qua Non of rifle, shotgun and pistol manufacturers.

  • tarkan

    Paraordonance P 1445 is a real hit over 1911 ACP concept,big gain for usa.

  • JJ

    “Maybe it’s just the American in me, but I think no firearms manufacturer should have its HQ in a country (or a state) where the mass of its citizenry cannot purchase the individual arms it manufactures. I don’t expect this of a bazooka manufacturer, or a towed gun, or even RPG, but it is the Sine Qua Non of rifle, shotgun and pistol manufacturers.”

    Just to clarify, Canadian citizens are allowed to own and use handguns. Aside from a few models that don’t fit the regulations, Para Ordnance products are readily available for purchase by Canadians. (As are many other firearms that are mistakenly thought to be banned here, including many not available in the US)

  • I have a P10. I don’t see any info on them

  • i’m looking for some help and opinions from owners of para’s warthog – the 3in bbl model.
    is it common to have feed problems? esp using ball ammo, it will not even chamber the first cartridge.
    it appears to come up at too steep of an angle, and jams to the top of the chamber. hollow points are not much better.
    should i just send it back to the factory?

    i had a Ruger Mk3 that had a similar problem, and read on here that it is symptomatic of their magazines and that altering the feed lips solves the problem.
    I don’t want to have to alter anything on a brand new firearm to have it work right, especially one (Para) that I paid $700 for.

    thanks for any and all opinions.