Born in Camaiore (Tuscany, Italy), Giampiero Pardini was a leading athlete in the shooting discipline; during his sport career he competed in all pistol specialties. Driven by a passion for shooting and mechanics, Pardini has subsequently turned himself into manufacturer of sporting guns presenting, within a few years, a complete range of target shooting pistols that has gradually expanded obtaining numerous international successes.
The specialization of production, initially focused solely on pistols and only in recent years extended to air rifles, the small size of the company, which gives maximum production flexibility, and a very efficient after-sales service enable Pardini Armi to be close to the shooters and provide them with innovative and competitive products.
The history of Pardini Firearms begins in 1970, when Giampiero Pardini approaches target shooting obtaining a place in the Italian national team a year later. At the same time he begins to develop the project of a free pistol that will market in 1976 with the name PGP 75. In 1981 appears the first Pardini air pistol, the lever-loading P10 model, while in 1983 the line of pistols will be completed by GPO (rapid fire pistol), SPE (standard and sport pistol) and MP (center fire pistol) models. In 1993 it will then be presented the semi-auto PC series, in 2013 the GPR1 rifle that, in 2017, is presented also in a 16 Joule version.
In its more than 40 years of history, Pardini Armi has evolved from a small workshop with a lathe and a milling machine to a complex industrial company with 14 CNC machines and 20 employees. A large component of the work is still represented by the added value of its skilled labor.
The production includes a line of air guns (pistols and rifles) and a line of pistols for all Olympic events and practical shooting; it is allocated for a 7% to the domestic market while 93% is exported to over 100 countries through Pardini subsidiaries (Pardini USA, Pardini Canada, Pardini Deutschland) or through distributors.
The production facility is in Lido di Camaiore (Lucca, Italy) with an area of 1,000 square meters on three levels. It is currently in the design phase a new plant of 2,000 square meters (Pardini 2), again in Lido di Camaiore, which will allow a considerable expansion of production; all components are manufactured in-house with materials (steels and alloys) produced by specific request of the company.
The Pardini team obtained numerous international successes. Roberto Di Donna and Ralf Schumann, first testimonials of Pardini Armi, won the first two Olympic gold medals in Atlanta 1996. At subsequent Olympics in Sydney, Pardini won a gold in air pistol, one silver and a bronze medal in rapid fire pistol event. With two gold medals (rapid fire pistol and sport pistol), one silver (sport pistol) and a bronze (air pistol women), also at the 2004 Athens Olympics Pardini Armi proves to be a leading manufacturer; in 2008, in Beijing, the Tuscan company wins a silver and a bronze in the rapid fire event, while at the London Games (2012) the dominion of Pardini in academic specialties is achieved with two golds (rapid fire pistol and sport pistol events), two silvers (rapid fire pistol and compressed air pistol men) and two bronzes (rapid fire pistol and sport pistol).
At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, 68 athletes from 32 countries used Pardini weapons with 7 medals won. The first with Niccolò Campriani that, with this performance obtained with the Pardini GPR1 rifle developed by the same athlete with Giampiero Pardini, got the final record (206.1) after setting the Olympic record already in 60 shots Qualification (630.2).
Three medals came thanks to the athletes of the sport pistol event, with the gold of the Greek Anna Korakaki, the silver of the German Monika Karsch and the bronze of the Swiss Heidi Diethelm Gerber.
Three more medals came in the rapid fire pistol event. In this specialty, the domain of Pardini pistols was even more substantial already in qualification, as 88.5% of the shooters had chosen Pardini pistols. 6 out of 6 finalists, once again, used the Italian tools. For the record, Christian Reitz (GER) won over Jean Quiquampoix (FRA) and Yuehong Li (CHN).