MCCARRAN, Nev. (KOLO) -- Defending the United States starts inside a giant warehouse about 20 miles east of Reno, where thousands of military grade weapons are made every year.
Iraqi Special Operations Forces conduct shooting drills with the 249 and 240 machine gun to simulate combat situations, Baghdad, Sep. 28, 2017.
Soldiers are using the guns made in Nevada to fight wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas of conflict. U.S. Ordnance also sells weapons to friends of the United States including Norway, Brazil and Israel.
The manufacturing process is designed to keep some parts of the gun within two thousandths of a inch from the original design, enabling the guns to fire as they should in the most extreme conditions, ensuring troops the reliability they need during a gun fight.
Many of the guns come from about 300 parts and take roughly 1,200 individual processes to make.
The three biggest sellers are the roughly $16,000 M2 40 Machine Gun, the $25,000 MK 19 MOD 3, which is a 40-millimeter automatic grenade launcher capable of shooting a projectile up to a mile and a half, and the $16,000 50-caliber Machine Gun.
U.S. Ordnance started in 1997 in a 1,700-square-foot facility along Greg Street in Reno. The first order it filled for the U.S. military was for 31 guns, the second for 26.
Now, the company is in a 100,000-square-foot warehouse where about 100 employees are manufacturing roughly 3,000 military grade weapons this year.
Senior Vice President Daniel Fassler says U.S. Ordnance is the largest military grade weapons manufacture for NATO in the United States, second in the world only to FN Herstal in Belgium.
Fassler says U.S. Ordnance is succeeding because of its extreme focus on high-quality customer service. "If they have a problem, we're out there on a plane. We take care of any issues. If they have any other problems we'll dig into it."
U.S. Ordnance is hiring. Managers are looking for people to assemble and inspect the guns, machinists, and a chrome plating supervisor.
The company is projecting to more than double its output to more than 7,000 guns next year.
U.S. Ordnance has more than a half billion dollars in contracts to fulfill in the next two and a half years.