RCBS is celebrating 75 years in business this month!
RCBS was born in a small 12 by 6 foot room in the back of a laundry mat in Oroville, California in the year 1943. In the early days following the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was a tremendous shortage of bullet-making equipment. RCBS founder, Fred T. Huntington, spent most of his life shooting and hunting, and wanted to make sure he would be able to continue pursuing his passion, even with limited products in his reach.
The first dies were named Rock Chuck Bullet Swage, as they were specifically designed for making jacketed bullets to shoot the Rock Chucks in the Western United States, providing the acronym RCBS that the company would become known by in later years.
By 1950, RCBS reloading equipment was in full production, and the company successfully launched the A-2 Press – an improvement over reloading equipment of the time. By 1958, the RCBS Junior Press and Reloader Special were introduced to customers. These products showcased the secret of RCBS “Precisioneered” quality and the company’s ability to combine the old with the new to bring customers the finest, most efficient, precision-engineered reloading tools available.
In 2015, RCBS became part of the Vista Outdoor portfolio. Shortly after this, RCBS released items to the market, such as the Brass Boss, Vibratory Case Polisher, and the ChargeMaster Lite to customers. With over 150 employees and 75 years of product design and customer service, RCBS still stands proudly in Oroville, California today.
“At RCBS, we continue to work hard to bring exciting products to our consumers. Seventy-five years in business is a spectacular accomplishment. It’s an honor to work with a legacy brand known for dedication to innovation, accuracy and quality.” -Global Product Director, Jason Slinkard.
For more information, please visit www.RCBS.com.