In 2012, with a goal of expanding its handgun line, Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) acquired Para USA (Para), a company that specialized in the production of competition, high-capacity, and double-action 1911-style pistols. Following Remington’s acquisition, Para, which had been experiencing quality control issues, saw a steep decline in warranty claims.
In 2014, ROC announced its new firearms center of excellence in Huntsville, Ala. At that facility Remington is integrating product development, engineering, production, and quality control—a first in Remington’s 200-year history. The integration of modern sporting rifles, suppressors, and Remington pistols commenced immediately, and Para is scheduled to move to Huntsville next month.
Para’s products have a strong following due to their key technical and performance features, which are different than many 1911s, including Remington’s own R1 line. ROC intends to keep these features and benefits while transferring Para’s operations to Huntsville and rebranding Para to Remington.
A Remington spokesperson said, "At ROC we develop, manufacture and market the highest quality firearms, ammunition, and related products. We have built ROC by acquiring and cultivating great brands and products, such as the Remington 870 and 700, DPMS rifles, AAC suppressors, Barnes Bullets ammunition, Para USA handguns, and more while continuously investing in our people and facilities. In 2011 Remington re-entered the handgun market with the critically acclaimed R1 1911, an updated version of the 1911 Remington that was made for the U.S. government in World War I. Most of ROC’s new product launches and acquisitions have gone well, but they aren’t always perfect and, candidly, we did a poor job with the Marlin factory relocation and the R51 launch. These were expensive but valuable lessons.
"We have learned from our mistakes, listened to our customers, and have a clear plan to smoothly integrate Para. This includes keeping popular Para products, characteristics, and names such as the 'Warthog,' while improving quality with state-of-the art machining and engineering in Huntsville."
ROC says it will recognize and continue to support Para’s Lifetime Warranty promise on all Para handguns.
For assistance with Para warranty inquiries, please call (888) 999-9386 or email [email protected]