POF Triples Ammunition Output

Right on the heels of Iran’s state ammunition factory doubling ammunition output, Pakistani Ordnance Factory (POF) announced a three fold increase in ammunition due to expanding POF’s brass mil. At first glance this could be a strategic measure, amping up for more fighting in the FATA areas or even preparing for conflicts with India. But as cited by Quwa, it probably has more to do with POF exporting ammunition to Saudi Arabia (also a strategic measure on the Saudi side in the Yemen fight), in addition to competing to supply brass to Italian gunmaker Fiocchi. There might also be a local civilian factor as specifically quoted by the Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif while visiting the new production facilities. Most of the news reports about this development appear to show that the output is just in brass, and isn’t whole cartridges for issue. Which probably points more to the overseas exporting to companies like Fiocchi that would then use the brass to load their own rounds. One would suspect that the brass is in 7.62x39mm but this could possibly not be the case if Fiocchi is involved.

Whether it is tripling ammunition output, or upgrading to the CZ Bren, Pakistan is in the process of upgrading small arms across the board. From Pakistan’s strategic location between India and Afghanistan, there is much to pay attention to in terms of the countries defense industry.





Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Johnsmyname

    I wonder if this means we’ll see better prices in the US? Even if it’s mostly brass they’re producing, it should have a trickle down effect.

    • Blake

      I highly highly doubt it. First off, it’s just one factory from one supplier. Next, companies don’t pass savings on to customers unless they are trying to edge out a competitor or enter a new market. If an ammo manufacturer starts getting brass for cheaper their ammo isn’t going to drop in price, unless it’s a massive price drop.

      • Johnsmyname

        All good points Blake. Do they only sell to Fiocchi? I was hoping mass production would help like the the Serb PPU did with obscure and mil type calibers. It would be great to see more “surplus” ammo floating around. We’ve seen a bunch of .308 recently and a fair share of 5.56 prior to that.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “…competing to supply brass to Italian gunmaker Fiocchi.”

    I always wondered why Fiocchi sucked so hard.

    • Johnsmyname

      I’ve had very good luck with their .223 ammo? The ballistic tip varmint stuff is an absolute tack driver in one of my AR’s and the limited amount of pistol I have run was fine (also reloads fine for me). Have you had bad experiences with them?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I bought ten boxes of .380 at a friends suggestion on sale and they FTF or FTE in my P238, PPK and Bodyguard.
        I sampled from each box.

        I admit that is my only experience with the brand but it was a bad first impression.

        • Johnsmyname

          Yikes, I see why you would feel that way!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            That was a while ago so maybe it was just a bad lot or something.

          • nighthawk9983

            Fiocchi handgun ammunition is loaded in the United States, Missouri to be specific.

  • Saint Stephen the Obvious

    More preparations for Armageddon.

    😉