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In 1996, the world-renowned Pachmayr brand came on board, bringing leadership in recoil pads and handgun grips. Founded in 1929 by Frank Pachmayr, the company has earned the respect of shooters, law enforcement professionals and gunsmiths alike. The Pachmayr family had generations of custom gunsmithing experience with Frank Pachmayr having learned the trade from his father and grandfather who were trained in the rigorous, old world school of German gunsmithing.

Initially the company marketed a wide variety of outdoor products as well as doing defense work during World War II. As time went on, the Pachmayr gunsmithing tradition inspired the direction of the company. 1949 saw the introduction of the first Pachmayr recoil pad. As the company grew, it expanded its role in the shooting sports by supplying gunsmiths and sportsmen with more styles of recoil pads and superior gunsmithing tools. This close-knit working relationship with both gun makers and stock makers continues today. Pachmayr has designed and produced the most respected recoil pads available used by companies such as Browning, Serbu and MacMillan.

Pachmayr rubber handgun grips, introduced to the market in the early 1960’s, revolutionized the handgun market. Innovative, patented designs and materials have been the foundation of the grip line. One of Frank Pachmayr’s proudest accomplishments was the fact that scores of police officers around the country chose to privately purchase Pachmayr grips for their guns in a time when police departments did not provide guns for their personnel. The grips also found favor with competition handgun shooters including such well-known names as Ray Chapman, Ross Seyfried, Rob Leatham, Jeff Cooper, and Ken Hackathorn. Pachmayr’s custom gun shop, located in Los Angeles, was a popular stop for film companies and celebrity personalities like Steve Miller and Hank Williams, Jr.

Pachmayr custom guns, specifically its flagship the 1911 Combat Special, while achieving great success in the hands of competition shooters, also spawned a look that has been sought after by the public and duplicated by gun manufacturers since its introduction in the 1970s.

In 2014, Pachmayr relocated its manufacturing plant to Prescott Valley, AZ., where they continue to grow and expand by listening to their customers and developing new products to meet their needs. Recoil pads and handgun grips using patented technology form the foundation of a line built on the idea that a product should not only perform well in reducing recoil, but improve your shooting, be easy to install and look good. In the last three years Pachmayr has introduced several new grip lines forwarding these ideas. The Diamond Pro line of revolver grips, the G10 and Renegade lines for handguns and revolvers, and the re-introduction of the classic American Legend Grip line have expanded the company’s reach to cover almost every style of grip for every type of handgun shooter.

Gunsmiths and hobbyists around the world have benefited from the experience designed into Pachmayr products and still turn to Pachmayr first for the recoil pads, handgun grips, tools and accessories they need.