Cor-Bon Ammunition Sold To New Owners

By John Farnam

Cor-Bon Ammunition About
Cor-Bon Ammunition About
Defense Training International, Inc
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Ft Collins, CO –-( Cor-Bon

Cor-Bon ammunition has been a family-owned company since its inception. The only CEO, the company, ever had was Peter Pi, my good friend, and colleague. I was just on the phone with him yesterday.

At the end of 2017, Cor-Bon was sold to new owners. The Pi family is no longer involved!

I don’t know any of the details of the sale, and I don't know anything about the new owners other than that they are new to the ammunition industry. I’m looking forward to meeting them at the SHOT Show later this month.

Right now, nothing is being produced at the Cor-Bon factory in Sturgis, SD, and no one can tell me when production will be resumed, nor what products will be retained and what will be dropped.

That is why Cor-Bon ammunition is currently unavailable. You may find a box or two here and there, but there is none in the pipeline.

Peter Pi was always innovative, and a stickler for quality control, and that is why I carried and recommended his ammunition.

As I indicated, I know little about the new owners, and it will thus be some time before they enjoy my recommendation, if they ever do.

Pete’s eldest son, also named Peter, is starting his own ammunition company, in Sturgis, SD, called “Defiant Munitions.” He tells me he will start shipping product sometime during the first half of this year. I’ll advise.

Peter Pi
“Peter Pi was always innovative, and a stickler for quality control, and that is why I carried and recommended his ammunition.” ~ John Farnan

In the interim, I can recommend Black Hills. They have always produced a quality product.

  • Speer Gold Dot is hard to beat.
  • Hornady ammunition is excellent and recommended.
  • Federal and Winchester are also very acceptable.

Other brands are probably acceptable too, but I’m less familiar with them.

I’ll have more details as I attend the SHOT Show, but many have asked about Cor-Bon’s situation, so the preceding is what I know now!


UPDATE: 1/5/5018

In my last Quip, I indicated that product was not being shipped from Sturgis. That was apparently incorrect. TA said Cor-Bon is currently manufacturing and shipping 9mm DPX. TA plans on restoring the entire product line this year.

He indicated there are many back-orders, particularly for DPX, and that they are working to fill them all as fast as they can. They are in the same building, and all performance specifications remain unchanged.

Cor-Bon will be at SHOT Show later this month, and I'm looking forward to meeting TA, and his staff, in person.

Cor-Bon has manufactured my carry ammunition since 1983, and I'm sure I speak for all trainers out there when I say that we all want Cor-Bon, under its new ownership, to be spectacularly successful!

More shortly from the SHOT Show!

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  • 9 thoughts on “Cor-Bon Ammunition Sold To New Owners

    1. Well, I had 880 rounds of 340 Weatherby 225gr TTSX’s on order with Cor-Bon, and I paid for the order up front, so not far off $5000. The excuses had been interesting and ongoing – can’t get bullets from Barnes anymore, working on a new line of in house mono-metal bullets, after I explained that I wanted TTSX’s regardless that there was difficulty getting that many .338 225gr TTSX’s from a single lot, explained I didn’t care about bullet lot numbers, finally we got all the bullets, and we’ll get it done shortly. And no. It just never happened. I called in February to follow up and a gentleman answered the phone explaining that he had just bought Cor-Bon from the bank on a business foreclosure, that he had not bought the business from the former owners, and therefore was not obligated to honor or fill Peter Pi’s outstanding orders. Which, I do understand, and I do sympathize with his position. Nonetheless, this entire situation has been galling, to say the least. I don’t expect I will ever see that $5000, or ammo worth that much out of this situation. And, I still haven’t even fired that new Weatherby, either.

      1. NVH, I’m part of a large and growing group that is organizing to take legal action against him. So far his debts appear to total nearly seven figures. If you want to be involved in getting your money back or helping the state lock him up for embezzlement and fraud, give me a call.


    2. I have 2 orders of DPX on back order. One since Sept and the other from Dec. Both have been paid for and as yet I have no product. First order was 2 boxes of 115 g and 1 box 95 g. Second order 1 box 115 g and 1 box 95 g.
      Is there a GOOD number where I can talk to some one.

    3. I tried Cor-Bon once or twice and had some problems with bullet set back., so I don’t consider it to be quality ammunition. I’ve seen other user reports in various forums of other issues with Cor-Bon that seem to have been ignored by the gun press. So I don’t use it. Maybe the new owners will improve the quality control.

    4. Corbon acquired Safety Slug [shot encapsulated in a jacket] some years back, originally designed for air marshals- designed NOT to go through people- and many still consider that to be the best defensive ammo for precisely that reason.

      With that in mind, WHO the heck is this “TA” referenced, and will they continue to make the silver and blue tipped Safety Slug?

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