The Ammo-Up Origin Story

News | Mar 26, 2019


In 1988, James Dudley invented the Bag-A-Nut machine.  This became a success within the farming world and many machines have been created since to pick up pine cones, sweet gum balls, golf balls, and a wide variety of nuts.  
In 2004, Caleb Dudley, James’ grandson, became the CEO of Bag-A-Nut.  It was around this time the first Ammo-Up machine was created and it was made specifically for shotguns.  There was no name for the product, it was simply another iteration of the machines under the Bag-A-Nut umbrella.  One customer asked if there was a unit that could pick up brass, so the first brass model was made.
A dealer from Southern Bell Brass began trading machines for brass with a police department.  This inspired Caleb to create an all new branch of the company for picking up ammo.  The name Ammo-Up was chosen because it was generic enough to include different types of ammunition.
Ammo-Up was a young company when they attended their first shot show in Orlando, Florida.  The products were well received and at that time there were only 2 models for sale.  
Today, Ammo-Up continues to grow, providing 15 different models to choose from.  There are five options for picking up brass, five for shotgun shells, and five for paintballs. Under each type of ammo, there are several different styles, including the Compact Ammo-Up for the individual shooter, the Mini for small areas, the 18″ Push model, and two 36″ styles in push and pull behind models.
The addition of Ammo-Up machines has opened a whole new world for the business.   Our products continue to be popular at many shot shows and have even been a success on display at the NRA show for years.

The Ammo-Up 18″ HD is the newest and most durable brass collector on the market. The Ammo-Up HD is designed to pick up 9mm, 10mm, 40, 45 Auto, 38 Special, 357 SIG, .308 (7.62mm), .223 (5.56mm) and much more.
The new brass collector frame is made from steel to extend the life of the machine. We have implemented a new wheel axle design to include a sealed bearing so that it will keep collecting for many years.
It’s amazing to see the growth of the company since it began all those years ago.  Now, we look forward to a future full of growth and innovation, tailored to our customer needs.

Leave a comment