American Rifleman - May 2010 - (Page 54)

FEATURE PARA USA Founded in Canada a quartercentury ago on a friendship and a clever idea, Para-Ordnance has moved to the United States and become Para USA. It is still committed to the evolution of classic firearms—and hopes to soon have designs all its own. BY BRIAN C. SHEETZ, Senior Executive Editor COMING TO AMERICA lthough the pre x “para” is often taken to mean “related to,” it also can be construed as “beyond.” That second sense more appropriately characterizes the rearm company that today is based in Charlotte, N.C., and is known as Para USA, but that only 25 years ago was an upstart in an Ontario, Canada, suburb making a single, unique, non- rearm product. Para-Ordnance, as it was then known, was built on a partnership between two friends and on the idea that unique, innovative products would capture the imagination of shooters looking for something different. While its rst foray into things that shoot was less than commercially successful, it nonetheless established the founders’ talents for combining innovative design with compelling marketing. By the second time around, that formula proved to be dead-on and aimed at no less a target than the reinvention of the greatest rearm in its category. A AY Para USA Goes Beyond Innovation 54 M 2010 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG Photo by Hannele Lahti http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - May 2010

American Rifleman - May 2010
Editor’s Letter
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
One On One With Ted Nugent
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
American Marksman: A First-Timer’s Guide To 3-Gunning
Bushmaster ACR: A Transformative Firearm
Coming To America: Para USA Goes Beyond Innovation
The 2010 Golden Bullseye Awards
Magnum Maximization: Ruger’s Extra-Capacity .327 Revolvers
NRA LED: A Half Century Of Service
Annual Meetings
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - May 2010