- About Us
The proud tradition and history of Lyman Products began simply in the late 1800’s when William Lyman, an avid outdoorsman and inventor, created a product that resolved problems with gun sights of his day. The No. 1 Tang Sight, patented in 1879, represented a great improvement over the existing vernier sights of the time. While they were adequate in optimal conditions, Lyman wanted a sight that would work as well in adverse lighting. His innovative design launched the Lyman Gun Sight Company, and today, the Lyman tang and receiver sights still utilize the same principles originated over 130 years ago to enhance both the sight picture and the speed of aiming.
Through the years, Lyman has continued to develop innovative products for shooters and reloaders, carrying on the legacy of William Lyman. In 1925, the Lyman family purchased Ideal reloading products, which included the well-known Ideal reloading handbooks. Today, Lyman reloading handbooks are still the reloader’s most respected and sought out source of data. In addition, Lyman has expanded and innovated a broad range of reloading and bullet casting tools and accessories.
In 1970, Lyman was purchased by the Leisure Group, a conglomerate which had been buying up well-known outdoor companies including High Standard Firearms, Ben Pearson Archery and Sierra Bullets, among others. In spite of the corporation’s tight money situation, Lyman generated some significant improvements, which continue to enhance the company today. The most notable among these were the development of the Universal Trimmer, the early introduction of a quality black powder firearms line, The Expert Reloading Kit containing all the tools needed to start reloading in one package and a dramatic expansion of Lyman’s respected publications line.
On the eve of Lyman’s 100th anniversary in 1978, James F. “Mace” Thompson engineered the purchase of Lyman from the Leisure Group and brought the company under private ownership again. Immediately, significant changes were instituted to improve both manufacturing and product development ushering in the current era of company growth. Using input from both the trade and consumers as well as the expanded ballistics laboratory, regular new product introductions contributed to Lyman’s growth and success. Larger and more innovative presses like the Crusher and T-Mag were introduced. Improved 20 lb. bullet casting furnaces were also developed.
With the introduction of the Turbo Tumbler vibratory case polishers, Lyman revolutionized the way reloaders prepared fired cases. Handbooks have also been expanded and updated regularly. While adding innumerable handy accessories, Lyman also harnessed advanced digital technology to create a series of Digital Powder Systems that dispense and weigh powder automatically. Today, in addition to the world’s fastest powder system, the Lyman DPS3, a pair of fast, accurate digital scales and a digital trigger weight gauge are also offered.
In addition to developing new products for the reloader, Lyman continued to expand the stable of Brands That Perform. In 1990, Peterson Instant Targets was added, now known as the TargDot line of adhesive targets. 1996 the world-renowned Pachmayr brand came on board bringing leadership in recoil pads and handgun grips. Shortly after, in 1997, TacStar was added, featuring tactical shotgun accessories for military, law enforcement and home security use. Butch’s Bore Shine products were purchased forces in 2000. A-Zoom’s hard anodized snap caps were added in 2002. Then, in 2003, the most respected leader in clay target throwers since the 1950’s, Trius Traps was added. The newest Lyman brand is the Uni-Dot line of fiber optic sights continuing Lyman’s commitment to leadership in top quality and affordable sighting.
National Associations Leading the Fight for Shooters Rights
Lyman is proud to support and promote recognition of both the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In fact, Lyman supports the NRA’s "Round Up" program letting customers “add a buck” to their order to go directly to the NRA/ILA Endowment for the Protection of the Second Amendment. In addition, Lyman is also a long standing member of the NSSF and was a proud participant in the foundation’s Heritage Fund during it’s decade long fight against draconian gun legislation and legal challenges. We continue to support the efforts of both the NRA and NSSF as they tirelessly work to protect and promote our sport and rights.National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
National Shooting Sports Foundation
11 Mile Hill Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470
National Associations of Interest to Shooters
Here are a number of worthwhile organizations, which also work hard to promote more specialized areas of interest. Membership in any can provide a wealth of valuable information and increase enjoyment of the shooting sports.
American Single Shot Assoc.
709 Carolyn Drive
Delphos, OH 45833
Cast Bullet Assoc.
4103 Foxcraft Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
International Benchrest Shooters
RR1, Box 250 BB
Springville, PA 18844
International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Assoc.
PO Box 368
Burlington, IA 52601
International Practical Shooting Assoc./IPS
PO Box 811
Sedro Wooley, WA 98284
Single Action Shooting Society (SASS)
23255 La Palma Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
National Muzzle Loading Rifle Assoc.
PO Box 67
Friendship, IN 47021
North-South Skirmish Assoc.
PO Box 211
North East, MD 21901
National Firearms Assoc. (Canada)
PO Box 52183
Alberta, Canada T6G 2TS