“Military Cartridges for American Patriots”; “Sic Semper Tyrannis”; “Be a Citizen, Not a Subject”; “Close Quarters Troubleshooting”: These are among the catch-phrases, taglines, and campaign slogans with which ZQC subsidiaries ZQI Ammunition and Zenith Firearms have grown to prominence, since 2013, in the U.S. firearms industry.
In 1791, the United States adopted Amendment II to its Constitution, and in doing so codified the right of the people to keep and bear arms — intended as a protection against unbearable oppression at the hands of a future sitting government. While nine or so other nations in modern history have drawn inspiration from the U.S. Second Amendment and constitutionally recognized a similar right for their citizens, seven of them subsequently overturned that recognition, and in the two where it remains it functions poorly in comparison to the American ideal. Not surprisingly, then, America has the highest per capita firearms ownership in the world, and incubates the planet’s largest civilian-oriented firearms industry.
Against this backdrop, ZQC leveraged its relationship with Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK) in Turkey to import high-quality and hotly demanded ammunition and firearms for sale in the United States market — to the result of major economic benefits for both nations. Beginning in 2013, an ammunition contract with Walmart enabled ZQC to import and distribute 111 million rounds of NATO-spec small arms cartridges through more than 3,500 stores nationwide. And in 2014, Zenith Firearms began an aggressive ascent within the roller-delayed blowback firearms market, to where today it is the market share leader for 9mm variants of that platform. Accordingly, importing, marketing, and distributing firearms is ZQC’s current primary focus in the United States. With near-term plans to acquire manufacturing equipment for its 2017-built 84,000 square foot facility, and arrangements with MKEK for an increased, regular supply of its best-selling products, the company is poised to innovate, grow, and set the pace forward within its product niche.