I decided to try to look up TNQ ammo. They no longer have any ammo for sale but still sell baseball caps, coffee cups and T-shirts. Their website describes them as “movement of people who…” so it may not even be a real company. It may be in or near Houston, from some of the stuff on the site. The “Mission Statement” of TNQ is
“Team Never Quit embodies the heart of a warrior, men and women in all walks of life who have faced incredible hardship but have chosen not only to survive, but to learn from the experience and make themselves and those around them stronger for it. Our commitment is to honor those who have fallen, stand with those who have survived, and share their stories that we might inspire others to Never Quit.”
The TNQ ammo is actually sold by Able’s, (but not in stock) a sporting good store in Huntsville TX about 40 miles north of Houston. The box of TNQ ammo I have says it is made by PNW Arms Whose website describes them as:
“PNW Arms was established 1993 offering other products such as silencers and suppressors in addition to their PNW Arms ammo line products, 300 AAC Blackout, 338 Lapua and 7.62x51 Ammo. PNW Arms products are used world wide by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Soldiers, Airmen, State and Local Police Officers, Civilian Sports Shooters and many others. PNW Arms prides its self on excellent customer service and high quality products.”
They were located in Potlatch ID but went bankrupt in July 2016.
Their ammo is still listed on a number of websites like Target Sports USA in Cheshire, CT and on Surplus Ammo.com, but is out of stock in all the calibers I checked!
My guess is that there were some TNQ cases floating around after PNW folded and these found their way to ORM Tech who loaded them!
The US ammo business has gotten so complex, I hate myself when I look at a round and say to myself “I wonder who made this?”
PS: It is not clear to me that PNW ever made or loaded cases with their headstamp. I have two PNW boxes in my collection. One has a Speer headstamp and the other a Starline headstamp! It is possible that they ordered the TNQ cases before they folded but only loaded part of them before they went out of business.
HAS ANYONE EVER SEEN A PNW HEADSTAMP IN 9X19 OR ANY OTHER CALIBER???