Weatherby Moves From California to Wyoming

Weatherby Moves From California to Wyoming

Dean Weingarten

Arizona -( Many people in the gun culture have asked why gun manufacturers would stay in states that are consistently attacking Second Amendment rights. States such as New York and California.

Weatherby, Inc. is making the move. The announcement was made at the Shot Show.

From the press release email:

Firearms manufacturer Weatherby, Inc., is relocating its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters from California to Sheridan, Wyoming, company officials announced today from SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest annual shooting, hunting and firearms industry trade show.

The move is expected to create 70 to 90 jobs and more than $5 million annually in payroll in the next five years.

Outdoor recreation is an economic driver in Wyoming, and manufacturing plays a vital role in any economy, according to Shawn Reese, chief executive officer of the Wyoming Business Council.

“So, to bring those two things together – an internationally-known manufacturer of outdoor equipment headquartered in Wyoming – it will pay dividends, not only to Sheridan and northeast Wyoming, but this is a project of which the entire state should be proud,” Reese said.

Wyoming wooed the renowned gunmaker with its expansive access to unrivaled big game hunting, low taxes, industry-friendly environment, Sheridan College’s workforce training program and a comprehensive incentives package.

“We wanted a place where we could retain a great workforce, and where our employees could live an outdoor lifestyle,” said Adam Weatherby, chief executive officer. “We wanted to move to a state where we can grow into our brand. Wyoming means new opportunities. We are not interested in maintaining; we are growing.”

Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency, began recruiting Weatherby a year ago.

“Wyoming is a great place to do business and is excited to welcome Weatherby to Sheridan,” Mead said. “For over 70 years, Weatherby has been an innovator in firearms design and manufacturing. The company will add to our manufacturing base and fit well with our diversification objectives.

“I thank the Wyoming Business Council, the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority, and all who helped bring Weatherby, Inc. to Wyoming.”

Weatherby called Mead’s enthusiastic support and accessibility a major asset for a company operating in a highly-regulated industry.

It is not hard to understand other reasons for the move from California to Wyoming. California has become a one-party state that passes more and more restrictive gun control legislation every year. Wyoming is one of the 13 Constitutional Carry states in the United States. California is one of the last eight “may issue” carry states in the United States.

California’s income and property taxes are among the highest in the nation.  Wyoming does not tax income.

Federal taxes will limit the income and property taxes deduction to $10,000 as of  2018.

Weatherby’s President said the move was because of lower taxes and because they can manufacture guns in Wyoming that they can not manufacture in California.  As some states become more and more restrictive, business will move to less restrictive environments.

Weatherby Inc. is currently located in Paso Robles, in San Luis Obispo County.

2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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An recently Magpul skipped out of Colorado for Texas(?) when Colorado implemented hi-cap mag restrictions. 🙂

roger g

HOORAY for Weatherby!


Now if only Smith and Wesson would move out of Massoftwoshits perhaps the liberal politicians might get the word.
Sorry, what the heck was I thinking? It takes common sense to get the word.
By the way, I went to Smith and Wesson in 2007 as their guest. That factory is massive.The area they store the empty gun cases would fill a small park.The plant is huge and covers an enormous plot of land. I wish they would move to Arizona. They would be more than welcome there.


Before Weatherby moved to Paso Robles, CA, they were located on Firestone Boluevard, in South Gate, CA.

Many a time i drove by the store. Occasionally, stopping to browse. Unfortunately, as a young buck, i could not afford their rifles.

Anyway, I wish them the best on their wise move.

By the way, the city of South Gate is adjacent to the city of Huntington Park. The later was in the news a few years ago for appointing two illegal alien to Huntington Park commissions. Illegal immigration has changed California forever.

Wild Bill

@Eric_CA, Long time no hear from, Welcome back! I have been by there, too, but long after Weatherby had moved. The neighborhoods have deteriorated somewhat!


@Wild Bill,
Thank you. I’ve been super busy. Hardy time to read or post.

“deteriorated somewhat” would be an under statement. I know you’re being fictitious. It’s like a whole other country now.


WHEN is S&W leaving Massachusettes?

Robert Hartwig

AS far as I know no time soon.Just wishful thinking on my part. I asked that question in 2007 and was told it would cost too much to do. Their plant is massive. And so are the machines. I would estimate it would cost less to buy new machinery at a new location then it would cost to move them.


I applaud Weatherby for their choice. Because of work I have lived in numerous states and countries in this world. Khalifornia at one time was a very nice place to live but that was 50+ years ago. The state has turned into a cesspool of dope, fruitcakes and crooked politicians. I know millions live there for economic reasons but happiness and safety is more important to me. I want to and do live in a state that is free where my family can travel after dark, go to the store alone and protect ourselves as we see fit. I only… Read more »


Wyoming did the same thing other states have done to lure both large and small manufacturing; it is providing subsidies that will eventually be paid for by other state residents. In most cases, those subsidies far exceed the taxes and economic development provided by the newly arrived companies. Weatherby is unlikely to prove any different.


Any business that doesn’t want to be taxed to death and actually turn a profit needs to leave Commifornia! I personally think any company that makes anything for the firearms industry should leave Commifornia.

Harry Edmunds

I think that more companies are facing the realities of staying in a state like Mexifornia. I suspect that we will see a lot more companies and organizations moving out of Mexifornia and into more business friendly environments.

BillyBob Texas

GREAT !! Good on management. The sooner the ‘thinking’ companys’ CEO get out of California, the sooner it will totally collapse – much like Venezuela. Which is what it will take for those people out there to realize how f’d up their ‘system’ is……
But, unfortunately, a LOT of pain for the normal wage-earner-tax-payer between now and then….

Wayne Clark

I thought Weatherby was moving to Alabama? Maybe I’m thinking of another company that’s leaving Commiefornia.


Kimber (Yonkers, NY)


I try not to buy any weapon made in a commie state. The money goes to a state that treats their citizens like criminals, I don’t/won’t support that. Cal./N.Y./Ill./N.J./MD.are a few.


Totally agree! Along with not supporting states that lean way left, I try to buy goods Made In America.