60 years, it's a long time for a gun company to be in business. Most don't make it, for many reasons. Navy Arms is no different, we have faced the typical struggles of many family-owned businesses going into our second generation of ownership.
We faced legal fights, financing issues and an ever-evolving business landscape. And, we made it... We made it thanks to the tireless efforts of Navy Arms' staff, the patience and strong sense of partnership we have with our vendors, distributors and dealers. Most of all, we made it because of you, our customer.
As I begin my 25th year in the firearms business, I still marvel at how many people tell me about the Navy Arms guns they own, many adding that the first gun they ever bought was from Navy Arms. For years, I would listen to people tell these stories to my father, and now, they tell me and I relish ever story.
What Dad started sixty years ago in his basement was just this crazy little idea he had to build high quality replicas of the classic designs of Winchester, Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson among others. His idea created not just Navy Arms, but the replica industry itself.
In 1956 when Navy Arms started, no other gun manufacturer built the classic designs of their pasts. Now, Colt makes Colt replicas. Now, Winchester makes Winchester replicas. Now, Smith & Wesson makes Smith & Wesson replicas. Now, Remington makes Remington replicas. All, because of Navy Arms and its founder, my father, my namesake, Val J. Forgett, Jr.
THAT is what makes Val J. Forgett, Jr. "The Father of the replica firearms industry" and Navy Arms "First with the finest in quality replica firearms".