The FABARM factory is launched around 1900 by the Galesi family, one of the great Brescian dynasties. The name FABARM comes from FABBRICA BRESCIANA DI ARMI, literally Arms Manufacturer in Brescia. During the first decades of the twentieth century, production is mainly side-by-side shotguns and pistols. Just after the Second World War, production takes off, with over-and-under shotguns added to the production of side-by-side, Anson type ; with the production of break-down barrels for other brands; and, even more astonishingly, in the middle of the 1950s, compressed air rifles and 9mm calibre Flaubert carbines.
At the end of the ‘60s, FABARM introduces its first semi-automatic shotgun, the GOLDENMATIC, which has a mechanism called “long recoil”.
The decade of the 70s confirms FABARM’s industrial dimension with an enlargement of the range. To the over-and-under competition shotguns, of which the spearhead is the STL, winning several world championships, to the side-by-side shotguns with four lugs, world leader for shooting live pigeons, are added the pump-action shotguns and above all, the semi-automatic ELLEGI with its gas operating mechanism. A light firearm with an ERGAL 55 frame, the ELLEGI has an immense success in Europe and places FABARM as one of the rare businesses to master the technique of semi-automatic reloading.
In 1976, the company name Luciano Galesi is abandoned for good, to give way to the single name FABARM, the brand which could stand on its own feet. It was also around this time, three years later in 1979, that FABARM changes hands, with the retirement of Luciano Galesi. The new owner, a young and brilliant marketing director of the greatest Italian brand of the time, immediately understands the enormous potential of this business, as well as the transformation which takes place when markets turn to mass consumption. He therefore forms a group of shareholders; then, a few years later, organises the removal of the business from Brescia itself to large, modern buildings at Travagliato (a town a few kilometres from Brescia) and carries out an impressive international business development plan, from the USA to Scandinavia, with Europe as the centre of the target. The range is built around semi-automatic shotguns, pump-action and break-down shotguns. It is also the period of commercial agreements with very large distribution companies, allowing for sales of over 3,000 FABARM firearms per month. Massive investment in production capacity, industrial logic, taking part in the first international weapons exhibitions: a presence at the birth of modern marketing. FABARM excels at it! For example, there’s a change of legislation limiting for the semi-auto the magazine capacity to three rounds … and FABARM is the first manufacturer to put on the market a shotgun holding only three shotshells, thus having a lighter and more manageable shotgun than the competition, which has to make do with a magazine capacity reducer.
The same dynamism and the same entrepreneurial vision bring FABARM to manage and anticipate the change of the 2000s. Globalisation changes the situation, mature markets contract, countries with lower labour costs make their appearance … FABARM anticipates this, and carries out a winning strategy. The company makes a massive investment in human resources, places research and development at the centre of its product policy, is one of the very first businesses in this market sector to acquire machining centres, robots, and just-in-time production. The new millennium brings a new lease of life! FABARM applies for patents which will turn out to be very important for the future of the brand (TRIBORE barrel, PULSE piston, HP chokes, AXIS shotgun, etc …) and it also brings the recognition of the FABARM design: modern, sleek, innovative, but without provocation – which creates the true FABARM identity.
In 2010, one of the two shareholders retires, after 31 years, and is in favour of integration with another Italian company, launched 12 years earlier, so as to reinforce the productive and industrial synergy of the two brands: thus being becoming the second largest Italian group in the sector.