When it comes down to it, everyone appreciates getting a lot of bang for the buck, something that Armscor understands very well. The history of the Philippines-based Armscor is quite interesting. In 1905, two Englishmen, Roy Squires and William Bingham, established a merchandising firm in the Philippines and named it, appropriately enough, Squires, Bingham & Co. They eventually expanded their business to include sporting goods, firearms and ammunition. In the 1930s, Arthur D. Hileman, a retired U.S. Army solider, purchased the business from its original owners.

In 1941, the store—by then referred to as the “Sportsmen’s Headquarters”—was purchased by Don Celso Tuason. Unfortunately, just four months after he purchased the business, World War II broke out, and Japan invaded the Philippines. While the Japanese confiscated the firm’s stock of firearms and ammunition, Don Celso managed (barely) to keep the business solvent through the occupation years.

After the war, Don Celso decided to venture into the manufacture of firearms and ammunition, and in 1952 Squires Bingham Manufacturing, Inc., came into being. In 1980, the Tuason family diversified their holdings, and the firearms manufacturing division was renamed Arms Corporation of the Philippines, better known as Armscor…

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  • Richard Palmer

    Thanks for covering this gun in the magazine. I am a long-time reader of Combat Handguns and appreciate reviews like this. I know that all the “cool kids” like the whiz bang, flashy automastics with all the bells and whistles, but I agree with the writer that there is still a place for simple guns like the plain old fashioned revolver. With simple controls, good reliability and capable power with the tried and true .38, a gun like this can do the job for those looking for an affordable self defense handgun. I have carried .38 Specials for the last twenty years and never felt “undergunned.” Now, one question. down here in Florida, rust is a real concern. Can you get this gun in stainless steel?

  • jabo

    Just for the records,WW2 broke out in September 1939…