Sellier & Bellot, operating since 1825, is the oldest engineering company in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest continuously operating companies on earth. The French merchant Louis Sellier started a factory in Prague to manufacture percussion caps, and extended an invitation to fellow Frenchman Jean Maria Nicolaus Bellot to join the company soon after production began. Sellier and Bellot worked together, developing more than 156 million caps by 1837, just 12 years after starting. They began producing Flobert rimfire cartridges and Lefaucheaux’s pin-primer cartridges in 1870, and soon added centerfire cartridges – manufacturing more than 10 million cartridges per year. Before the turn of the 19th Century, Sellier and Bellot were producing components and ammunition at four different factories.
During WWI, Sellier & Bellot shifted production to ammunition for military rifles and pistols – including the 9mm. After the end of WWI, they became the primary supplier of pistol ammo for the Czech army and police. They simultaneously expanded their commercial product lines with a focus on ammo for competition and hunting. Then they grew again after WWII (exporting about 70% of their production), expanding their product lines to be able to sell more than 85 different cartridges for rifles and pistols, as well as all popular gauges for shotgun, with the 12 gauge being most abundant.
Sellier & Bellot still produces ammunition for military and civilian applications and around the world. They were voted as the bronze medal winner in the ammunition category by the readers of the Deutsches Waffen Journal in 1999, were on target to sell more than $40 million worth of total product in 2010, and sell 10 different types of bullets to meet the needs of hunters, competitive shooters and casual plinkers today. Manufacturing handgun, rifle and shotgun ammunition, the most popular hunting bullets they sell are the Nosler Partition and the eXergy.
In support of shooting sports, Sellier & Bellot also partner with the Czech Shooting Federation in a significant way to advance shotgun sports in the Czech Republic, and they sponsor multiple shooting competitions and competitive shooters. Magtech purchased S&B in 2009, but they continue to make high-quality ammunition preferred by shooters around the world.