The name RC has always been linked to that of Vittorio Socci and his great passion for game and clay shooting. Shooting has always been part of the family business.In 1882 Vittorio’s grandfather Primo Carmellini’s business was selling shooting products and other sporting items. Vittorio discovered his passion for all types of shooting when young and was able to demonstrate his shooting skills; his excellent performances, his charismatic personality as well as his thing about perfection made the cartridges he himself loaded more and more popular and requested by friends and acquaintances.
This naturally led on to the origin of todays business: in 1970 Romagna Caccia was founded. The company not only continued the wholesale business of sport and shooting products, but also began the loading of quality cartridges. The historic clay-pigeon and skeet shooting cartridges, such as “RC 4 PICCIONE” and “RC 1 SKEET”, were created in this period. It was with the RC 1 SKEET that Mr. Luciano Brunetti won the gold medal in the Skeet World Championships in 1978 in Seoul, making him the first Italian to win this title.
The Italian market was taking more and more interest in RC products and the first requests from the foreign market were coming in; loading cartridges was giving the best results and satisfactions and became the main business on which focus the utmost care.
In 1988 the old Romagna Caccia was transformed into the new company RC EXIMPORT, different for production strategy and company structure. Vittorio has recently left the conduction of the Company to Paolo and Alessandra, but the underlying theme of all these years has remained the same: without compromise loading quality cartridges is now the only business.
The entrepreneurial ability that distinguishes the management and the fast-decision making as for investments, innovations and technical improvements have always led RC to the forefront of technology by having the most up to date machinery in the loading department, able to obtain the maximum dosage precision and the best assembly accuracy. These fundamental elements for the RC quality, along with high production capacity and low managing costs, make our product always competitive on all international markets.
To guarantee superb cartridges, samples are removed from the production lines on regular basis throughout the day and are tested for speed, pressure and general performance at our test bed. These tests are also carried out when the load or the powder being used is changed or after any regulation to the machinery. The new RC test bed is homologated and controlled directly by the Italian “Banco Nazionale di Prova” and it is provided with the most sophisticated software fully compliant with C.I.P. rules (Commission Internationale Permanente pour l’Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives - Permanent International Commission for Firearms Testing).
The surveyed data relates to time in barrel, ignition delay, pressure, integral pressure curve and speed detected at different distances from the barrel. Checking the pressure curve in real time allows the immediate verification of each cartridge’s correct development. The new software enables us to fully track each production lot and to certify the detecting sensors constant setting conforming to CIP parameters.
Further controls are carried out at RC’s outside testing ground to check the patterns at different distances for both game and sporting cartridges. RC also has a climate cell that reproduces different weather conditions in order to test the cartridge performance in all climates. The cartridges are placed in the cell for 72 hours so they become fully acclimatized before being rigorously tested.
The use of the best quality components available on the international market along with the highly professional work force, able to study the right loading combinations and gauge the tested ballistic data, represent the warranty for the well known RC quality. Last but not least RC takes great care in protecting the environment and pays particular attention to the safety of all their employees during all steps of the manufacturing process.
All of this makes of RC a reality in constant evolution based on research and experimentation, aiming to produce cartridges able to give always new emotions to whom shoots them. All of this makes of RC a reality in constant evolution based on research and experimentation, aiming to produce cartridges able to give always new emotions to whom shoots them.