BREAKING NEWS: Remington Announces Para Integration

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Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) has announced that they will be absorbing Para USA under the Remington umbrella. They will be getting rid of the Para name but keeping the products and re-branding them as Remington pistols.

Here is the press release:

 

At Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”) we develop, manufacture and market the highest quality firearms, ammunition, and related products. We have built ROC by acquiring and cultivating great brands and products, such as the Remington 870 and 700, DPMS rifles, AAC suppressors, Barnes Bullets ammunition, Para USA handguns, and more while continuously investing in our people and facilities. In 2011 Remington re-entered the handgun market with the critically acclaimed R1 1911, an updated version of the 1911 Remington made for the US government in World War I. Most of ROC’s new product launches and acquisitions have gone well, but they aren’t always perfect and, candidly, we did a poor job with the Marlin factory relocation and the R51 launch. These were expensive but valuable lessons.

In 2012, with a goal of expanding its handgun line, ROC acquired Para USA (“Para”), a company that specialized in the production of competition, high capacity, and double action 1911-style pistols. Following Remington’s acquisition, Para, which had been experiencing quality control issues, saw a steep decline in warranty claims.

In 2014, ROC announced its new, world-class firearms center of excellence in Huntsville, Alabama. Here, Remington is integrating product development, engineering, production, and quality control – a first in Remington’s 200-year history. The integration of modern sporting rifles, suppressors, and Remington pistols commenced immediately, and Para is scheduled to move to Huntsville next month.

Para’s products have a strong following due to their key technical and performance features, which are different than many 1911s, including Remington’s own R1 line. ROC intends to keep these features and benefits that our customers have come to trust, while transferring Para’s operations to Huntsville and rebranding Para to Remington. We have learned from our mistakes, listened to our customers, and have a clear plan to smoothly integrate Para. This includes keeping popular Para products, characteristics, and names such as the “Warthog,” while improving quality with state-of-the art machining and engineering in Huntsville, AL.

Further, ROC will recognize and continue to support Para’s Lifetime Warranty promise on all Para handguns.

For assistance with Para warranty inquires, please call 888-999-9386 or email us at contact@para-usa.com.

Phil Note:

Some readers are under the impression Remington just purchased Para. The fact is Remington Outdoors has owned Para for some time. The only change will be the name on the side of the slide. This move has been in the works for months.



Nicholas C

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  • Forest C. Adcock

    Yay, this makes life even easier for me. One company who’s pistols I won’t buy is absorbing another company who’s pistols I won’t buy… This means one less counter at the gun shop that I have to completely ignore when I’m shopping.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Having handled Para USA 1911s quite frequently at work I do find some of their pistol designs to be intriguing for the price. Like the Para Elite Target. Rear adjustable sights, fiber front sight, feed ramped match barrel. You only see that in the R1 enhanced.

  • Riot

    Isn’t rebranding anything with remington a mistake these days?

  • Aono

    RIA double stacks have never looked better.

    • ProjectThor

      RIA(Armscor) used to make the “Expert” line for Para….

  • tazman66gt

    Biggest fking mistake they could make. I feel sorry for the employees, too bad someone couldn’t buy them out and keep Para their own brand.

    • sauerquint

      Agreed, it is a huge mistake. Although I do remember when Para bought out that rifle company and eventually killed it. I also agree about the employees, I’ve been through that ‘process’.

    • floppyscience

      Hopefully the people in the Para plant will be able to buy the location and start their own company, like Bushmaster employees did with Windham Weaponry when Remington fired them all and closed the factory.

  • SH

    Picked up a Para 1911 Expert in stainless for $350 after rebate. It’s my first 1911 and it’s been flawless so far. Definitely worth the price I paid. Now that they’re Remington, won’t even consider them now.

  • Aono

    This is a pretty transparent decision from a marketing perspective. Remington obviously felt that keeping the Para name alive would make it seem to consumers that it was a premium alternative to Remington branded items, thus cheapening the value of the Remington line. They’re evaporating the Para name just to avoid “diluting” the Remington brand any further than their publicly traded wisdom already has.

    Interesting that they’re actually owning up to wrecking Marlin and the R1. Long overdue “staunch the bleeding” defensive PR. I wonder if it came from the same office as The Douche About Guns. I doubt it.

    The kicker is whether they’ll actually improve the value of Para’s products, or just keep selling RIA quality at Dan Wesson prices. Note to big green: I didn’t say “shareholder value.”

  • echelon

    The big green monster eats another one…

    • Remington already owned Para they just dropped the name and will stamp them Remington.

      • BrianM

        tell that to the nice people in Pineville

        • aj

          If the nice people in Pineville were producing quality pistols, maybe they wouldn’t be getting the pink slip. I like Para, but their standards of customer service and quality have dropped a bit in recent years. This is Remington’s attempt to solve the problem. Should Remington keep these people around despite the decline in quality control……you know…….like a welfare program? They’ve had years to tighten up their act. They haven’t. Clearly, something needs to be changed in the culture of that company. They didn’t make the change themselves. So Remington is going to do it for them.

      • echelon

        I am aware of this. Now, like an anaconda, they have slowly constricted their victim and finished swallowing them whole.

  • Pastafarian

    What the hell did Remington ever do to you ladies to bunch up your panties so?

    I own an R1, and a model11 shotgun, and I’ll pit them against your pretty Kimber purse guns and Lady Binelli 28 gauges with recoil reducing maxi pads any day.

    • My daily pistol is an R1 Carry!

    • RocketScientist

      You can’t deny that Remington has had some SERIOUS quality issues recently (Marlin quality, trigger recalls, shotgun recalls, R51 debacle). You know its bad when a company has to acknowledge how badly they effed up in a press release about an unrelated topic. I don’t have any particular bias against Remington as a brand, though I certainly wont be adding any new ones to my collection in the near future, until they have demonstrated they have sorted out their QC issues. Not trying to say I think there will be any change in PARA quality since, as the article mentions, they’ve been owned by Remington for years. Was just answering your question about why a lot of people have some negative feelings towards Remington and the Freedom Group in general.

      • Guest

        The screaming has gone on for weeks that they are “in denial” and “trying to ignore it and make it go away”,so now they admit there were issues and you criticize them for that. Pick one. 😛

        • RocketScientist

          I wasn’t criticizing them for it, in fact I think it’s a really good sign they’re aware of the issues, and the type of attitude they should have had from the start. The point of that comment was that a problem must be REALLY significant for a major corporation to acknowledge it in a press release, which are almost always full of overly-positive fluff. I was making the point that this shows the problem is actually real, not just overblown internet hype.

      • Ethan

        I think what people don’t stop and think about is that a big company with 80+ different lines of firearms spread out over a dozen different facilities has 10 times the opportunities to get a black eye than a small company that makes only 8-10 different guns.

        Just my $0.02 mind you.

        • floppyscience

          Maybe they wouldn’t get so many “black eyes” if they didn’t cannibalize every brand they bought and try to make all those lines themselves. I’m sure the NEF, Bushmaster, Para, Marlin and AAC employees were more than able to make their guns in their own plants. Remington making eleventy billion different types of guns in their own factories is something they did to themselves, not a sad, unavoidable situation they’ve been unfairly saddled with.

          • Ethan

            …um, they didn’t. Those factories haven’t been moved to my knowledge. Those company’s employees were still likely the ones making those guns. The Huntsville facility is still in its early stages from what I’ve read, i’m not sure if that’s what you’re referring to.

      • floppyscience

        There may be a change in quality, for better or for worse. Rem left Para alone in their own factory until now, but production is moving to a Rem plant next month.

    • floppyscience

      I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not fond of their Cousteau-esque dive in quality and propensity for buying brands I like, closing the factories, firing all the workers, and making bastard clones in the Remington plant. Cerberus/Freedom/ROC/whatever they call themselves now to shed their past is a plague on the industry.

      RIP Marlin, H&R, NEF, Para, Bushmaster, and AAC, not to mention Remington itself.

      • Guest

        You are very misinformed.

        • floppyscience

          Are you going to tell me how, or…?

    • Scott P

      My R1 was the biggest piece of crap that I traded it for a pile of AK gun parts. Yea I would rather have that pile of gun parts than the R1 because at least the pile of gun parts can be built into a functional firearm!!!

      But hey keep living with your head in the sand that you are buying and own “quality” products. Funny how my “crappy” Eastern Bloc guns did not require a break-in period, more durable, and never had a jam or malfunction that my R1 was plagued with.

      • aj

        That’s like saying that you traded a junk Chevy for a reliable boat because the power steering pump failed on the Chevy, but the boat runs fine on the river. Any comparison between a 1911 and AK-47 is ridiculous. The AK is designed to work with very loose tolerances. It takes no skill too build a reliable one. 1911s have very tight tolerances comparatively. It actually does take skill to build a reliable one. If you don’t know how to tune a 1911, either buy a Glock or spend $2000 on a high-end 1911. I’m not a huge fan of the R1, but it’s no worse than any other run-of-the-mill 1911 made by anybody else.

  • Bill

    This will really help me streamline my avoidance of Remington and Para USA.

  • Bob

    They needed something they could slap r-51 on.

  • Bob

    I’m betting the majority of the anti-Remington posters here are the same types who spend hours each weekend taking magazine quality photos of their seldom used and pristine 1911’s replete with fiber optic light in the barrel to give the weapon that added “oooooh” look to the photo. And if they accidentally leave a single flake of skin cell on their 1911, they’d strip it down to the bare frame and clean/lube it all over again. Tsk tsk tsk.

    • Don’t Drone Me Bro

      Or they actually like for their firearms to work. There are guns made in caves that have higher QC than some of the crap produced by ROC.

  • kgallerno

    Para has been garbage ever since they moved the factory from Canada to the States. The 1911’s made in Canada were half decent quality. Can’t say that about them now.

    • floppyscience

      From what I remember the quality took a hit during and directly after the transition, but picked up soon after. They’ve been making decently stuff lately, even after Remington bought them, no doubt due to Rem’s gracious and benevolent decision to let them keep their factory and workers until now.

  • David169

    I own 3 Paras and some Springfield 1911s. Although Paras look outwardly like 1911s in battery they have and additional safety feature which is the forward part of the ramped barrel slides into a notch in the frame effectively locking it between the frame and the slide along with the link. When a Para has a fitted barrel and link the accuracy is excellent.

  • Frank Lanza

    That’s how big companies stay viable, by buying and integrating small companies (see L3).

    • Cleophus

      “WE ARE REMINGTON. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE, YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED”……………

  • Cleophus

    Remington’s new motto: “REMINGTON……Ruining Everything We Touch.”

  • Guest

    Not demise. Re-brand. Same guns, different engraving. 🙂

    • floppyscience

      Read again. Rem is doing what they’ve done to everyone else: firing all the workers and closing the plant. Next month Para will be closed and Rem will take over making rebranded Para designs in the Remington plant.

    • uisconfruzed

      I doubt it. I’ve had two remington guns separate at the receiver when the trigger was pulled, two match barrels ruined by their ammo and multiple times their centerfire ammo casings had to be extracted due to improperly annealed brass.
      If it comes in a green box I want nothing to do with it.
      Have you also heard of their R51?
      No Thanks

  • floppyscience

    I would say something about another good brand biting the dust, but Para was dead the moment Remington bought them.

    Also is rebranding Para as Remington such a good move? The Remington name doesn’t have the greatest reputation these days. I’m curious what they’re trying to accomplish with this.

    Also also, “We have learned from our mistakes…”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Sure, haven’t heard that before. It’s kind of hard to say you’re listening to customers and learning from your mistakes in the same press release officially announcing the killing off of another brand you’ve bought up and sucked dry, especially when that behaviour is the number one complaint amongst your critics and fans.

  • ProjectThor

    I’ve run 1500+ rounds through my R1E without a single hiccup…dead on/accurate as hell.

  • ProjectThor

    Get one now…before the name fades into history. Just bought a Black Ops 14.45…so far, so good but i’ve only run about 300 rounds…

  • Carlos Velazquez

    Out of all the guns I’ve owned, only two have had a recall on them. And both were made by Remington. One gun was sent back for the recall for the sole purpose of selling it once it got back from the manufacturer. I installed a Timney trigger in the other to avoid sending it back.

  • aj

    You missed the key part of that comment…..FOR THE PRICE. You can get all of those features anywhere. And pay twice as much for them.