The Tanfoglio production has its origins in the defence area, both private and professional, the company's commitment for research and development applied to produce these kind of models is constant and continuous.
Besides the production of models made entirely of steel, it has grown and consolidated the manufacture of models with frame made in techno-polymer: a kind of special high-strength plastic material that gives lightness to the pistol, that is an useful feature for the port continued, and the shape of the polymer frame is ergonomic and ensures an excellent grip.
For defence models the safety system has been studied with accuracy and Tanfoglio has implemented several safety control systems: “cocked and locked” safety mounted on the frame, ambidextrous firing pin safety mounted on the slide that works as a hammer decocker and all models has automatic firing pin safety.
Even the size is important for defence pistols: so Tanfoglio offers size variants of slide, barrel and slide length to cover the different grip needs (Full size, Carry, Compact), that depend on hand size, and to change the overall pistols dimensions, that influence the port.
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The Tanfoglio family is in the firearms business from the first years of ‘900 when Bortolo Tanfoglio, father of Giuseppe, was manufacturing and assembling in his factory in Magno, a little village above Gardone Val Trompia in Brescia County, sidelocks for all the local manufacturers of external hammers shotguns.
This activity continued till the beginning of the Second World War when the shotguns production was closed for war needs.
After the Second World War Tanfoglio Giuseppe was still producing the shotguns sidelocks but in 1948 he formed a company called SATA, joining the Sabatti family, and the new company started producing the shotguns receivers and small shotgun parts for all the manufacturer located in Val Trompia valley.
In 1953 SATA started producing its first semiautomatic pistol in cal. 6,35mm and .22 Short and a few years later an over/under shotgun.
At the end of 1960 SATA company was closed; Tanfoglio Giuseppe formed a new company called Tanfoglio Giuseppe and left the shotguns business to his former partner, Sabatti family.
Tanfoglio Giuseppe company developed and produced in the ‘60’s other semiautomatic pistols in cal. 6,35mm (Titan model), .22lr, 7,65mm and replicas of the Derringer models with 1 (one), 2 (two) and 4 (four) barrels and double action revolver in cal..32S&W.
All the above models were mainly sold in the U.S.A. market where the demand was always higher than the production capacity.
Tanfoglio Giuseppe company continued to produce those models till the beginning of 1992 when it was closed due to the changes of the U.S.A. market.
Because of the high demand of new products in 1969 the Tanfoglio family formed a new company called Fratelli Tanfoglio (Tanfoglio brothers) that developed and produced in the ‘70’s single action revolvers in cal..22lr and .22 Win. Magnum and Derringer with 2 (two) barrels in cal..38Special.
During the ‘70’s Fratelli Tanfoglio developed and produced also semiautomatic pistols in cal..380ACP but it is only at the beginning of the ‘80’s that Fratelli Tanfoglio developed and started producing a new model, the TA90, that was the base of the actual production.
Fratelli Tanfoglio stopped producing single action revolvers and Derringer models in 1990 and the production is now focused on the double action semiautomatic pistols in all the different calibers starting from .22lr to .45ACP with different configuration (Standard and Compact) and with decocking system or with manual safety mounted on the frame.
In 1986 Fratelli Tanfoglio company began the construction of models for sport shooting, in particular for competitions I.P.S.C. and I.D.P.A., in their different types of shooting categories.
Nowadays Tanfoglio Company products are well known in the international market as well as the products that are sold under our customers name as I.M.I. (I.W.I.) Ltd. in Israel, Arms Corporation of the Philippines in the Philippines, Witness in the U.S.A., Alfa Proj in Czech Republic, Sarsilmaz in Turkey and for most of them has been also established the assembling and producing facility.
Tanfoglio production includes 50 different models of semi-automatic pistols.
In addition to models built entirely in steel, which are a sure reference for the guns fans and professional users, Tanfoglio has made a wide range of models of pistols designed with frame in engineering plastics last generation.
The use of the polymeric material allows to combine safety, precision, easy handling and ergonomics that are basic for professional use and port continued.
Tanfoglio products are sold in the civil market by our 60 Distributors worldwide while in the military markets Tanfoglio pistols have been chosen by several Police Dept’s in Italy and in the rest of the world.
Besides the production of defence pistols Tanfoglio Company offers the widest range of sporting guns available on the market, which are the result of constant and passionate research, design, attention to details to obtain the best re