Some people don’t consider Erik Prince a prince among men. Mr. Prince is the former Navy SEAL who founded Blackwater USA, the billion dollar defense contractor infamous for the Nisour Square massacre . Mr. Prince sold Blackwater in 2010 and went on to found the private equity Frontier Resource Group. And now he’s investing in ammo, resurrecting the Blackwater name . . .
Blackwater Ammo’s website is in countdown mode ahead of its debut at Europe’s IWA 2018 arms show. Our friends at Italy’s gunsweek.com tell us that the Italian co-founder of Arsenal Firearms, Nicola Bandini, is Blackwater Ammunition’s CEO.
A Maltese sporting guns distributor (who wishes to remain anonymous) is Blackwater Ammunition’s Director. Malta’s Precision Ballistic Manufacturing Ltd. is making the new company’s cartridges.
The Blackwater Ammunition brand (BWA) will enter the market with a line of center fire ammunition designed for military and law enforcement (no doubt banking on Mr. Prince’s worldwide contacts). The company will eventually sell BWA ammo targeted at civilian customers. So to speak.
What do you reckon? Does the more-than-somewhat-sullied Blackwater name hurt the ammo maker’s chances in the U.S.? Or will Blackwater Ammo be perceived as a tactical AF must-have amongst operators operating operationally?