The History of Timney Triggers
You probably already know that Timney is the oldest and largest trigger manufacturer in the world, and you probably know that when we say old, we mean 76 years old. But do you know how we got our start? How we’ve maintained our status as the leader in aftermarket trigger manufacturing? It’s an interesting story full of ups and downs that you definitely should read about. Let’s take a walk down Timney memory lane…
In 1946, soldiers returning home from World War II began to sporterize their military rifles, but quickly found that they needed a new trigger in order to be more accurate. Allen Timney, being a veteran and avid shooter himself, quickly went to work creating easy to install, single-stage triggers for bolt-action rifles such as Enfields, Springfields, and Mausers. As the years went on, Allen Timney began to expand his inventory to include other types of bolt-action rifles, which allowed the company’s influence to grow more and more. Soon enough, Timney became a household name in the shooting industry – those looking for an upgrade for their beloved rifles knew that Timney was the place to go for all their trigger needs. Years later, Allen moved Timney Triggers from Downey, California over to Phoenix, Arizona. However, a year later there was a fire in his factory that destroyed nearly all of the inventory Timney had. In 1981, Allen, feeling disheartened about his losses from the fire, sold Timney Triggers to Paul and Rosemary Vehr, a couple who had a vision of how they could fix the devastated business.
Before purchasing Timney, Paul worked as a technical writer at Honeywell, while Rosemary was an associate editor at Alive, a Catholic diocese magazine. The Vehr’s decided to leave their jobs and take on the challenge of rebuilding an entire business because that’s just the type of strong-willed Americans they were. Paul and Rosemary worked together to reinvent the well-known family business and make it into something Allen Timney would be proud of. Paul took on the role of being the face of the brand; he was the one who met potential business partners and built relationships with members of the outdoor and shooting industry. Behind the scenes, Rosemary was the one who made sure the business was doing well and customers were happy. Rosemary was adamant about the fact that customers were the most important aspect of the company, and made sure that everything we did was for their benefit, a sentiment that we still hold true to this day.
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