Up until yesterday, if you visited the social media pages of US PALM you would find out that the latest post was made in August 2017 and it was announcing that the company is going out of the business (read the TFB article covering that news). To a great surprise of the firearms industry, the company is probably making a comeback. This statement is an assumption based on the post made by the company yesterday on their Facebook page. That post consists of a single image depicting a zombie rising from its grave that has a tombstone with the company’s logo and the years of its operation.
That picture is the only information/hint known so far. The company’s website is still down and there is literally nothing else known about their plans. I think if they do resume the operations, it will be great news especially for the AK community because the main weapon system that the company was developing products for was the AK platform. For example, the AK grips that they used to make, currently have a high demand and ever since the company closed its doors, the prices of these grips raised and they have become highly desirable items among AK builders and enthusiasts. Hopefully, the company not only will resume making their products but will also introduce their improved versions.
During its lifespan, the US PALM (US Primary Armament Logistical Manufacturing) has passed several dramatic changes. It was founded in 2009 by Robert Anderson. Five years later, in 2014, Anderson purchased the US PALM from its holding company SBC Global Industries. Three years later, in 2017, the company went out of business.
We’ll be following the developments concerning the company’s possible revival and will report the news to our readers. Stay tuned!
Images from /www.facebook.com/USPALM
UPDATE (2018, September 8). Whether it is an acquisition or a merger, Century Arms is the company that revived the US PALM brand. Here is a new announcement posted on US PALM’s social media pages:
Delray Beach, Fla. – (September 10, 2018) – Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, has announced the continuance of the well-known US PALM brand and will be showcasing the brand’s legacy product line at SHOT Show 2019. In cooperation with original founder and product designers, and with the help of Century Arms, US PALM will proceed with the innovative product development that it is known for.“In this area of brand acquisitions and company mergers, there are some brands and products that need to be kept alive and untainted, US PALM is a perfect example,” said Chip Hunnicutt, Century’s Director of Marketing. “As a leading seller of AK rifles for nearly forty years, Century feels it is important to keep US PALM’s brand and level of craftsmanship in producing quality magazines and grips alive, so consumers won’t have to settle for imitations or knockoffs. Working with the original brand co-owners and designers, US PALM legacy magazines, instantly recognizable by their distinctive waffle and tread design, and US PALM grips favored for their exceptional ergonomics, will still be available under the original brand while staying true to their authentic vision.”Century’s involvement will allow US PALM to launch a number of designs and prototypes that never made it to market. “We’re really excited that we were all able to make this happen and to see US PALM continue to deliver the highest quality AK accessories,” said Rob Anderson, the US PALM founder and co-owner. “Century’s significant history with the AK platform made them a logical fit for this effort and their energy regarding this project and insistence on sticking with our original vision has been impressive. The fact that we are heavily involved in this process and not simply being swallowed up by a massive corporate conglomerate was very important to us. We can’t wait to see where Century takes US PALM in the next chapter of its life.”US PALM will be attending the Red Oktober shooting event, Oct 5th – 7th, at the Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range in St. George, Utah. Legacy US PALM products will be on display and the company’s founders will be on hand to meet and greet shooters during the match. “It’s important to us that our supporters and the shooting community at large know this is a direction we not only support, but are excited about,” said Brandon Finch, a US PALM co-owner. “Red Oktober has become an impressive gathering for AK enthusiasts and a logical place for us to close out the year and set the stage for US PALM’s new beginning.”