TALO is a wholesale buying group that works with premier vendors in the industry to create products and programs to offer to their dealer customer base. Since 1965, TALO has serviced dealers throughout the United States with special programs and buys. In more recent times, TALO has become more specialized in custom designed firearms and accessories. We are incredibly proud that collectors and customers have enjoyed our products and put their trust in us to provide value and collectability. TALO programs and special editions have raised over a million dollars for non-profits including USA Shooting Team, Semper Fi Fund, Navy Seals Foundation, Navy Seals Museum, Mule Deer Foundation and Marine Raider Foundation.
The distributor members of TALO include Bill Hicks & Co., Camfour, Davidson’s, Gunarama, Hill Country, Iron Valley Supply, Lipsey’s, Rileys, RSR, V.F. Grace, and Zanders. These are the amazing partners that supply local firearms dealers with TALO products. TALO operates with a director that leads the overall direction of the company and handles the everyday business of creating special editions and getting them into production and, ultimately, into the hands of consumers. We are governed by a board of directors that includes leaders in our member distributor companies. Decades upon decades of experience in the firearms industry is what makes up the TALO DNA. We are incredibly lucky to have amazing people in our group that understand the business side as well as the creative aspect of what we do. When the TALO membership gets together, you would be hard pressed to find a better group of friends and collaborators. What makes us unique is each member and their contributions to our industry and future.
TALO commissioned private label Savage rifles and Mossberg pump shotguns in the early years and, beginning in 1997, TALO began embellishing Colt 1911’s and Walther PPKS’s that were very popular. We like to think the design and popularity has grown since then. Today, there is a large collection of both short and long-term editions of popular firearms. The scale and popularity of TALO editions really changed in 2006 with the Ruger John Wayne Vaquero. The first edition of 3,500 units was featured as an American Rifleman magazine Editor’s Pick. We are incredibly proud of the partnerships we have with major manufacturers in the industry. We have many ongoing, popular products. Some of these have been best sellers for years. We also enjoy doing limited collector runs of certain firearms that lend themselves to themes, fundraising, and functional and aesthetic upgrades. There are many stories behind the editions and ways they come to fruition. We hope to continue to share these for those interested.