Congressman Makes Stop At Payson Ammo Maker


State Rep. Brenda Barton (left) and Congressman Paul Gosar made campaign stops Wednesday at HPR ammunition where founder Jim Antich (right) talked about his firm’s surprising growth.

State Rep. Brenda Barton (left) and Congressman Paul Gosar made campaign stops Wednesday at HPR ammunition where founder Jim Antich (right) talked about his firm’s surprising growth. Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

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U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar and state Rep. Brenda Barton made a final campaign stop in Payson Wednesday, touring a local ammunition facility.

Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Barton (R-Payson), both seeking re-election, praised HPR ammunition for its rapid success only a few years after opening a small bullet-making operation near the airport.

The company has since doubled in size. The production warehouse now stretches across two former plane hangars, employs 30 and sells to more than 500 retailers nationally.

Jim Antich, HPR’s founder, said while the company could never compete with the large ammunition producers on price, they are giving them a run for their money in quality. All of the components that make up a cartridge, even the cardboard box they are packaged in, are American made. Workers assemble, inspect and pack the ammunition right here in Payson. Quality and attention to detail has quickly made HPR a name in the competitive field of ammunition, Antich said.

Gosar and Barton said they would like to replicate HPR’s success across the state.

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