Early & Modern Firearms Co., Inc. Celebrates More Than 60 Years Serving The Shooting Community!
When Early and Modern Firearms (EMF) was founded in Los Angeles, CA in 1956, the Cowboy was king! Located in the shadows of the Hollywood Studios, this family-owned mail order/retail gun store supplied the demand for Western Frontier, Civil War, and World War period guns seen in movies and television shows. Colt Firearms had discontinued production of the single action revolver, so in 1959, EMF acquired Great Western Arms Company, the manufacturer of the first reproduction of the famous Colt Model 1873 SAA. In 1971, EMF incorporated; and Boyd Davis, a close family friend, joined the company. When the strong dollar made it too costly to produce the Model 1873 in the U.S., EMF turned to Italian gun manufacturers for production, thereby pioneering the way for Italian firearm imports into the U.S. In 1980, EMF moved to Orange County; and, Boyd Davis became President. With his love for shooting and of "Spaghetti Westerns”, Boyd co-founded and became President of Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) in 1981. EMF has been instrumental in the growth of this popular shooting sport through its support and sponsorship over the years. In turn, growth of SASS memberships boosted sales of Cowboy firearms. Boyd Davis aka General U.S. Grant, SASS #2, remained President of both EMF and SASS until his death in 2014. With the passing of their President and the increasing gun regulations (especially in California), EMF shareholders decided they were ready to close the doors after providing the "Best in Cowboy Guns” for almost six decades. However, the gun industry was not ready for EMF Company, Inc. to do that just yet. Recognizing EMF’s contribution to and stability in the firearms industry, Alberto and Alessandro Pietta of F.LLI Pietta (Italy) stepped up to invest in EMF, with Debbie Sims, former Chief Operating Officer, stepping up as the new President/CEO. Since Pietta Firearms is EMF’s largest supplier, this was a "win/win” for both companies.
Reaching back and drawing from its roots, EMF brought back their Custom Firearms Shop in 2017. With a vision of growing EMF’s product line to expand beyond Cowboy firearms, EMF has added Hunting and Home/Personal Defense products to their firearms lineup. EMF’s new shareholders and staff celebrated its 60th Anniversary in April 2016!
EMF Company, Inc. expanded their sales force with the addition of Ferguson-Keller Associates (North-Central Region), Jim Ferry & Associates (Western & Mountain States), Frontier Sales & Marketing Group (TALOM), and GB Stumpp & Associates (North East). The addition of these sales rep groups to the EMF/Pietta family will allow EMF to engage better with dealers and distributors.
EMF’s mission is to provide quality firearms at affordable prices. The keystone of EMF’s "Cowboy Way” is to provide friendly, personal customer service; and, to stand behind its products.