Prvi Partizan Ammo For Sale

Founded in 1928 with a later role in the Communist-led resistance during WWII, Prvi Partizan is a historic ammunition manufacturer known for its massive production. And while they manufacture a wide variety of calibers and loadings, they are also known for their unusual and rare cartridges. Learn More

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  1. Prvi Partizan 222 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 50 Grain SP Ammunition

    65 In stock now
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    $10.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 55¢ Cost Per Round
    • 50 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3133 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1090 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP222
    • UPC 8605003800262
  2. Prvi Partizan 243 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 100 Grain SP Ammunition

    79 In stock now
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    $14.79 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 74¢ Cost Per Round
    • 100 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2969 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1957 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP2432
    • UPC 8605003800361
  3. Federal 243 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 90 Grain SP Ammunition

    76 In stock now
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    $14.84 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 74.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 90 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3100 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1910 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP2431
    • UPC 8605003800729
  4. Prvi Partizan 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain SP Ammunition

    68 In stock now
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    $15.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 77.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2542 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2588 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP3083
    • UPC 8605003800507
  5. Prvi Partizan 6.5 Grendel Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    70 In stock now
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    $15.89 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 79.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 110 Grain
    • FMJ-BT Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2755 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1855 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU @PP6.30
    • UPC 8605003807681
  6. Prvi Partizan 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain SP Ammunition

    71 In stock now
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    $15.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign-made Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2690 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2892 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP30063
    • UPC 8605003800538
  7. Prvi Partizan 25-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 100 Grain Soft Point Ammunition

    27 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 100 Grain SP Boxer Brass 25-06 Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $16.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • 100 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3215 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2301 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP2506P
    • UPC 8605003800491
  8. Prvi Partizan 30-30 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain FSP Ammunition

    17 In stock now
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    $16.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 82.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • FSP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
  9. Prvi Partizan 270 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain SP Ammunition

    76 In stock now
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    $16.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 82.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 130 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3051 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2677 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP2701
    • UPC 8605003800293
  10. Prvi Partizan 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    60 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 30-06 Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $16.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 82.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
  11. Prvi Partizan 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

    81 In stock now
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    $16.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 82.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2805 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2618 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP3081
    • UPC 8605003800514
  12. Prvi Partizan 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 165 Grain PSP Ammunition

    6 In stock now
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    $16.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • 165 Grain
    • PSP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2805 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2883 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP30062
    • UPC 8605003803225
  13. Prvi Partizan 270 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

    49 In stock now
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    $17.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 87.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2837 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2677 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP2702
    • UPC 8605003800309
  14. Prvi Partizan 303 British Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain SP Ammunition

    22 In stock now
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    $17.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign-made Hunting
  15. Prvi Partizan 7mm-08 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 140 Grain SP Ammunition

    43 In stock now
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    $17.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 140 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2860 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2543 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP708
    • UPC 8605003803270
  16. Prvi Partizan 6.5x52 Carcano Ammo - 20 Rounds of 123 Grain SP Ammunition

    34 In stock now
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    $18.49 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 92.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 123 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
  17. Prvi Partizan 303 British Ammo - 20 Rounds of 174 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    63 In stock now
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    $18.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 92.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 174 Grain
    • FMJ-BT Bullet
    • Foreign-made Range
  18. Prvi Partizan 6.5x55mm Ammo - 20 Rounds of 139 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    28 In stock now
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    $18.75 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 93.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 139 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2543 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1991 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP6SWF
    • UPC 8605003800958
  19. Prvi Partizan 8x57mm JS Ammo - 20 Rounds of 198 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    79 In stock now
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    $18.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • 95¢ Cost Per Round
    • 198 Grain
    • FMJ-BT Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2181 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2092 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP8F
    • UPC 8605003800781
  20. Prvi Partizan 32 S&W Long Ammo - 50 Rounds of 98 Grain LRN Ammunition

    66 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 98 Grain LRN Boxer Brass 32 S&W Long Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $20.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 50 Rounds
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • 98 Grain
    • LRN Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 787 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 128 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPH32SW
    • UPC 8605003800033
  21. Prvi Partizan 7mm Rem Magnum Ammo - 20 Rounds of 140 Grain PSP Ammunition

    13 In stock now
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    $20.25 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.01 Cost Per Round
    • 140 Grain
    • PSP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3110 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2987 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP7RM1
    • UPC 8605003803911
  22. Prvi Partizan 300 Win Mag Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

    67 In stock now
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    $20.79 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.04 Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3250 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 3518 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP3001
    • UPC 8605003800392
  23. Prvi Partizan 38 S&W Ammo - 50 Rounds of 145 Grain LRN Ammunition

    76 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 145 Grain LRN Boxer Brass 38 S&W Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $21.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 50 Rounds
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • 145 Grain
    • LRN Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 689 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 152 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPH38SW
    • UPC 8605003800569
  24. Prvi Partizan 30 Carbine Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain SP Ammunition

    54 In stock now
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    $21.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 50 Rounds
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • 110 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1990 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 967 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP30S
    • UPC 8605003803249
  25. Prvi Partizan 375 H&H Magnum Ammo - 20 Rounds of 300 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $37.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 10 Rounds
    • $3.70 Cost Per Round
    • 300 Grain
    • Round Nose Soft Point (RNSP) Bullet
    • Foreign-made Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2530 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 4264 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP375S
    • UPC 8605003803867
  26. Prvi Partizan 30-06 M1 Garand Ammo - 200 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    18 In stock now
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    $145.99 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 200 Rounds
    • 73¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2745 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2500 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP3006G
    • UPC 8605003807537C
  27. Prvi Partizan 32 S&W Long Ammo - 500 Rounds of 98 Grain LRN Ammunition

    7 In stock now
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    $170.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 500 Rounds
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • 98 Grain
    • LRN Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 787 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 128 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPH32SW
    • UPC 8605003800033C
  28. Prvi Partizan 270 Win Ammo - 200 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $180.00 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 200 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2837 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2677 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP2702
    • UPC 8605003800309
  29. Prvi Partizan 7.62x51mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

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    $314.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 500 Rounds
    • 63¢ Cost Per Round
    • 145 Grain
    • FMJ-BT Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2838 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2592 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPN762
    • UPC 8605003810032
  30. Prvi Partizan 30-06 Ammo - 500 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ Ammunition in Ammo Can

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    $359.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 500 Rounds
    • 72¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2745 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2500 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP3006GMC
    • UPC 8605003807575
  31. Prvi Partizan 7.62x39 Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 123 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $525.00 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 52.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 123 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Foreign Discount Range
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Originally called FOMU in 1928, an acronym translating to Weapons and Munitions Factory at Uzice, Prvi Partizan is a Serbian manufacturer of ammunition and hand-loading components. It is the third-largest supplier of ammunition to the American market according to Panjiva.

The Origins of Prvi Ammo

The genesis of Prvi is in 1927. Jakob Posinger, in alliance with the Kingdom of Yugoslavia’s government, purchased machines and began making hunting rifles and ammunition for pistols – first rolling products off the assembly line in May 1928. Originally, the factory was located at Krcagovo’s military barracks. However, a 1935 land gift from the town of Uzice meant a relocation. This was the first privately owned factory in the entire Balkan peninsula.

The brand’s origin is quite historic, as its facilities were heavily damaged by occupying forces during WWII. Partisan military authorities took over, moving the facilities to the underground tunnel safe of the National Bank, and Uzice became the only town in Yugoslavia (and possibly Europe) that had an arms factory under occupation. Although a factory explosion killed more than 120 people during the war, the brand survived and is known for its important role in equipping the National Liberation Army.

FOMU later became known as Prvi Partizan Fabrika (First Partisan Factory) after its role in the Communist-led resistance during WWII, and is based in Uzice, Serbia, to this day. Shooters may notice the headstamp on their cartridges ППУ, which translates to “PPU.” This is an abbreviation of the company’s name in Cyrillic letters.

Prvi Partizan Ammo and the Yugoslav Resistance

The history of the Communist-led – but not dominated – Partisans is quite fascinating and inspiring. Indeed, the Yugoslav Partisans are one of the reasons why the Red Army did not dare to roll their tanks through Yugoslavia and into Albania. The Yugoslav resistance is cited by historians as one of the most effective resistance movements during World War II, alongside the Polish and French resistance. Each of these played a key role in, at the very least, distracting and harassing the Axis powers, forcing them to expend precious resources and retain control of territories theoretically already under their control.

The Yugoslav Partisan movement was the military wing of the Unitary National Liberation Front, ostensibly a Communist-led coalition. This movement’s political wing was known as the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia. The Partisan movement’s primary aim was the expulsion of Axis forces from Yugoslavia, however, they also held as a political aim the transformation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia – effectively a Greater Serbia in everything but name – into a truly federal republic of Southern Slavic peoples.

While the Partisan movement was unabashedly Communist, it was one of the few international Communist parties not firmly under the control of Moscow and Joseph Stalin. Stalin personally banned then-Yugoslav Partisan leader Josip Broz Tito (later Communist dictator of Yugoslavia) from declaring a provisional government in Yugoslavia. The Western Allies, however, gave immediate full support to the Partisans, as they were the only game in town when it came to fighting Axis occupation of the Balkans.

In theory, the Chetniks, Partisans of the Yugoslav government-in-exile, were also fighting the Axis. However, they were not consistent in their opposition to the Axis and would collaborate almost as often as they would oppose. In December 1943, the United States, Britain and the Soviets lined up exclusively behind the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia – the Partisans.

In May 1944, the German airborne forces attacked the Partisan headquarters while Tito was in them. Tito then had to flee Yugoslavia, hiding out on an Adriatic island. King Peter agreed to not return to Yugoslavia until a referendum could be held and urged all Yugoslavs to back the Partisans. At this point, the Chetniks effectively became an arm of the Axis, lacking any support among Yugoslavs looking to expel Axis forces from the country. Indeed, the Chetniks did not start organizing resistance to the Axis until several weeks after the Partisans and largely supported the Serbian chauvinism and irredentism the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was well known and often resented for.

In late 1944, the Partisans were 650,000 strong, organized into four field armies and 52 divisions. By April 1945, this number had swelled to 800,000 – making them considerably larger than some of the regular armies part of the Allied coalition.

The Partisans were consistently referred to as “The Partisans,” however, what this was short for was in flux throughout the war:

  • National Liberation Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia (From June 1941 to January 1942)
  • National Liberation Partisan and Volunteer Army of Yugoslavia (From January to November 1942)
  • National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia (From November 1942 to February 1945)
  • Yugoslav Army (On March 1, 1945, the National Liberation Army became the regular armed forces of Yugoslavia)

At the end of the war, Prvi came under state control, as did all major industries in the newly Communist Yugoslavia. Throughout the struggle against the Axis powers, this factory was able to provide ammunition to the Partisan movement, perhaps representing the genesis of the Prvi emphasis on quality. After all, it was constantly a pressing matter of life and death when it came to ammunition working.

British historian Basil Davidson states that by 1943, the Partisans were no longer just a nuisance. They were a serious threat to the Axis forces stationed in the country. He states that throughout the continent, Axis forces were starting to feel the pinch from homegrown resistance forces. However, in Yugoslavia, the casualties were far more than they could afford – and they were firing rounds made at the Prvi factory.

What made the difference between Yugoslav forces and other, similar resistance forces? First of all, they had the only arms plant in occupied Europe. However, a number of Yugoslav Partisan officers had combat experience in the Spanish Civil War, often regarded as the “dress rehearsal” for the Second World War. What helped perhaps just as much was the pan-Yugoslav character of the Partisans. For example, Serbian units could expect support when operating in Croatia and vice versa. This made Partisan units far more mobile in addition to making recruiting easier.

Seven major offensives were undertaken in an effort to stomp out the Yugoslav Partisans, all of which failed to make any inroads against the paramilitary movement. Davidson explains that “It was the nature of Partisan resistance that operations against it must either eliminate it altogether or leave it potentially stronger than before.” After every offensive, the Partisans did emerge stronger than they were before, and he further explains that this was because the Partisans’ political arm successfully convinced the religiously, linguistically and ethnically diverse population of Yugoslavia that this was a war for survival, not simply national liberation.

According to official numbers, the Partisans were 44 percent Serb, 30 percent Croat, 10 percent Slovene, 5 percent Montenegrin, 2.5 percent Macedonian, and 2.5 percent Bosniak. Small but significant numbers of Hungarians and Italians fought in Partisan units.

PPU Ammo Today

Today, Prvi Partizan is one of the largest ammunition manufacturers in the world – producing over 400 types of rifle, pistol, revolver and small arms ammo. While they manufacture ammunition for both civilian and military use, in a wide variety of calibers and loadings, they are also known for producing unusual and rare cartridges – including the 8x56mmR, 7.92x33mm Kurtz, 7.65x53mm Argentine and 8mm Lebel.

Prvi Partizan prides itself on the excellent quality of its ammunition, all manufactured at one factory with three production facilities. It is an anchor of the local economy in the region where it sits. And with three production facilities and over 1,000 workers, it’s no surprise that it has become a provider of superior ammo across the globe.

Sam Jacobs
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Sam Jacobs
  • Click To Purchase This 5.56x45 Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    based on the 3 reviews below
  • GearheadTony said:

    "I have tried several more expensive brands of 5.56 and .223, but none of them can match the performance per dollar of PRVI. This is now the only ammo I use in my AR. As for Lewmed's review above, my 16" AR with my not-so-steady trigger finger are able to make 2MOA groups at 100 yards. 4 to 5 inches?!?! Not in my rifle."

  • Lewmed said:

    " This is nice clean ammo that shoots and works in all 3 of my AR'S but it is not as accurate as mil. spec. ammo like lake city M193 My normal 21/2" 100 yard groups open up to 4 to 5" I'll use it for 50 yard range ammo."

  • Dorothy said:

    "Thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot. I was right."

  • Click To Purchase This 7.62x39 Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    based on the 2 reviews below
  • CHIEF said:

    "Fired 500 rounds without a hick-up. Was very clean ammo that left little fowling in my AK-47. Have already ordered another 500 rounds for future range time."

  • Bosscott said:

    "I bought 7 boxes of this ammo, and was surprised with the quick shipping. This ammo groups much better than the cheap foreign imported steel cased ammo."

  • Click To Purchase This 40 Cal Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    based on the 1 review below
  • iolhippie said:

    "Shot ammo in a Glock 27 Gen 4 with very little problem. Ammo jammed a couple of times, but I don't think the ammo was the problem. I will buy more Prvi Partizan ( PPU) ammo when possible in .40 cal, 9mm, and 357 sig. Great stuff. Shoots cleaner than most other I have found."

  • Click To Purchase This 45-70 Govt Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    based on the 1 review below
  • Alphapredator322 said:

    "I bought this ammo for my Marlin 1895 after purchasing a different brand of ammo initially for my first range session that I was happy with Accuracy wise for the most part but not so much with the power of the rounds. Well i can tell you that these Prvi rounds performed well across the board, accuracy, quality and big power, which is what I wanted in the rounds I'd be using for this rifle both at the range and in the woods. I try to practice with the same or similar rounds I'd be using when hunting or for self defense. train how you fight is what I was taught. buy these rounds and you wont be disappointed."