Recently Brügger & Thomet (B&T) updated their international distributor list to include the new US importer ARMATI. Unlike prior importations of B&T accessories, ARMATI will be distributing B&T parts and accessories through local distributors and resellers, rather than selling the items direct to consumers. This minimizes the overall profit for ARMATI but grants a wider supply.
Already confirmed RTG Parts will be carrying a variety of accessories including (but not limited to) items for the AUG, Benelli shotguns, the B&T TP9 in addition to H&K accessories. Local to me, HK Parts will be carrying B&T’s wide array of H&K accessories.
This isn’t the big news, the excitement is in B&T firearms imports. The TP9 may or may not be the first firearm we see in the United States, however I personally would suspect them to be first in since the TP9’s were previously approved for import by the ATF and should not require re-evaluation. The TP9 is a great improvement over the original Steyr TMP and the civilian SPP; compare triggers if you require convincing.
Forms have also been submitted for ATF testing & evaluation of the new B&T APC series. Once approved, the APC9 will be imported as a pistol, with a removable rear sling-swivel block. Removal of the block allows for registered APC’s to be configured as SBR’s (all NFA rules apply). The TP9 and APC9 are not all I anticipate, the APC45, APC223 and APC300 are all expected to be sold in the United States. Military and LE variants are also forthcoming.
It is important to note that all the forms have been submitted to import the entire catalog of qualifying B&T firearms; speculation on what we will see first, is my own opinion. This process is lengthy and costly, receiving any ETA is casual guessing, it is dependent on several factors, most notably the ATF approval process (customs doesn’t speed anything up either). Since ARMATI has already successfully imported firearms from Switzerland, I have little doubt this will all come to fruition.
ARMATI was recently created as a new brand and has been selling Swiss made SG553 weapons made by SAN Swiss Arms. This is the first time a 100% Swiss made SG55x series has been imported for two decades! Though limited in supply, some of the SG553’s with picatinny rail and rear back-up flip sight are still available.