Longtime gun publisher Paladin Press closing after nearly 50 years
“Once described as being a product of the “most dangerous publisher in the world,” the Colorado-based media house and distributor is closing its doors at the end of the year.
As noted on the company’s website, Paladin is shuttering following the death earlier this year of their co-founder and publisher, Peder Lund, and is selling off remaining inventory at greatly reduced prices. Over the decades, Paladin has marketed 800 how-to books and videos on topics like self-defense, firearms, martial arts, and survival as part of its Professional Action Library.
“There will be no more books or videos sold after November 29, 2017,” the company’s website says. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing customers and authors for their continued loyalty and support over the decades.”
According to a company history, Lund began operations in 1970 as Panther Publications in conjunction with Robert K. Brown, who later left the group in 1975 to found Soldier of Fortune magazine.
Changing to Paladin Press: “Lund and Brown were convinced there was a market for books on specialized military and action/adventure topics. Both men also firmly believed that the First Amendment guaranteed Americans the right to read about whatever subjects they desired, and this became the cornerstone of Paladin’s publishing philosophy.”