Watchtower Firearms completed its acquisition of F-1 Firearms recently, creating a new veteran-owned firearm manufacturing company. Based in Spring, Texas, Watchtower immediately pivots a rising brand toward law enforcement and military platforms, while also supporting civilian hunters and shooters with firearms, suppressors and accessories.
Watchtower Firearms Acquires F-1 Firearms
The new company takes its name from the 7,000 service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice in bloody battle for Guadalcanal in World War II. A pivotal battle that helped turn the tide of the war, the invasion took the codename Operation Watchtower. Now that spirit comes alive again in a veteran-ran firearms company.
“I am honored to lead WATCHTOWER into this exciting new chapter,” said CEO Jason Colosky. “The acquisition of F-1 Firearms brings together two exceptional companies, creating a powerhouse in the industry. Our collective expertise and dedication will drive us to become the premier firearms manufacturer, delivering unparalleled quality and innovation. Our goal is to build the next great American firearms company.”
A company release stated “Watchtower will focus on three primary markets, catering to the existing consumer market that F-1 Firearms excelled in for 10 years, as well as expanding into domestic and foreign military and law enforcement markets.” The company plans building guns, suppressors and accessories for self-defense sporting and hunting, while also serving military and law enforcement needs.
Former U.S. Congressman and retired Army Lt. Col Allen West serves on the company’s Board of Advisors. Retired Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, famous for breaking the shot that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden, serves as a company Brand Ambassador. Watchtower held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony back in June, officially kicking off the new endeavor. For more information, visit watchtowerfirearms.com.
We certainly see plenty of acquisitions in the firearms industry. Quite often, those business deals mark behemoth corporations gobbling up smaller assets to diversify or grow. And they don’t always work out. But this one appears different, with a group of military veterans coming in to take a growing brand to the next level. Let’s hope they enjoy all the success, and we’ll get some of their rifles and suppressors on the line soon for a full eval.