Prvi Partizan

Coordinates: 43°51′05″N 19°51′16″E / 43.85139°N 19.85444°E / 43.85139; 19.85444

Prvi Partizan (Serbian Cyrillic: Први Партизан, Serbian pronunciation: [přviː partǐzaːn]; abbr. PPU) is a Serbian manufacturer of ammunition and handloading components, based in Užice, Serbia.

Prvi Partizan
Native name
Први Партизан
Joint-stock company
Founded8 May 1998; 22 years ago (1998-05-08) (Current form)
1 May 1928; 92 years ago (1928-05-01) (Originally founded)
FounderJakob Posinger
Miloša Obrenovića 2, Užice
Area served
Key people
Dobrosav Andrić
(General director)
ProductsAmmunition, handloading equipment and supplies
RevenueIncrease 75.38 million (2018)[1]
Decrease €1.71 million (2018)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €123.53 million (2018)[1]
Total equityIncrease €78.47 million (2018)[1]
OwnerGovernment of Serbia (86.63%)
Serbian Development Fund (12.46%)
Jugobanka (0.91%)[2]
Number of employees
1,596 (2018)[1]

The company produces ammunition for civilian and military consumers in a variety of calibers in various loadings. Several ammunition articles list Prvi Partizan as one of the few sources of certain unusual cartridges, such as the 8x56mmR used in the M95/30 variant of the Mannlicher M1895, the 7.92×33mm Kurz cartridge used in the StG 44 rifle, and the 7.65×53mm Argentine cartridge. In early 2009, the company introduced the 8mm Lebel, becoming the first commercial manufacturer in decades to produce it.


Prvi Partizan cartridges carry the headstamp "ППУ" ("PPU"),[3] which stands as abbreviation of the company's name in Cyrillic letters, "Први партизан Ужице" ("Prvi partizan Užice"). Prvi Partizan has made ammunition with the headstamps PP and PPU.[3]


The company was founded in 1928 under the name FOMU - Fabrika Oružja i Municije Užice ("Weapons and Munitions Factory in Užice).[4]

During World War II the decentralized Resistance-run ammunition works run by Tito's partisans was named Prvi Partizan fabrika ("First Partisan factory"). This name was retained after the war when it was moved back to the FOMU facility in Užice.

According to the global trade data company Panjiva, Prvi Partizan is listed as the third biggest ammunition supplier in the United States market for 2016.[5] The Government of Serbia invested 4 million euros for the new hall construction in 2017.[6]


Handgun cartridgesEdit

Rifle cartridgesEdit


On 4 September 2009, seven employees died and 15 others had minor injuries after four explosions occurred in the gunpowder area.[7][8] The Government of Serbia later declared 5 September 2009 as the National Day of Sorrow for the victims.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "СТО НАЈ... привредних друштава у Републици Србији у 2018. години" (PDF). (in Serbian). Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Statistički prikaz vlasništva preduzeća - Prvi Partizan". (in Serbian). Centralni registar depo i kliring hartija od vrednosti. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b International Ammunition Association Headstamp Page
  4. ^ "History". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ Smith, Aaron (13 December 2016). "Ammo imports booming to keep up with gun sales". CNN. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Vojne fabrike u dugovima, hale i oprema zastareli". (in Serbian). 24 April 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ "U nesrećama u namenskoj industriji za 11 godina poginulo 15 radnika". (in Serbian). Beta. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  8. ^ Lojanica, V. (4 September 2009). "Sedmoro poginulih u eksplozijama u fabrici "Prvi partizan" u Užicu". (in Serbian). Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  9. ^ "U subotu Dan žalosti u Srbiji". (in Serbian). 4 September 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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