Samuel Cummings was born in Philadelphia on February 7, 1927.
After WWII, he became a Weapons Specialist for the US Army at Fort Lee, VA.
Following his military discharge he attended George Washington University where he was recruited by the CIA to be a weapons expert.
Cummings then toured Europe, where he bought large quantities of surplus World War II weapons for both Hollywood Productions and the Taiwan government. During this time he was also called upon to identify captured weapons in the Korean War.
Samuel Cummings left the CIA to start his own business: International Arms Corporation/Interarmco/Interarms in Alexandria, Virginia.
A warehouse was also set in Manchester, England and other international locations to capitalize on the vast stores of postwar arms and ammunition. He used his contacts and expertise to acquire surplus weapons in large quantities to sell to various private and government buyers throughout the world
Over the span of 7 years, he accumulated over 1 million firearms and over 250 million rounds of ammo from a surplus of the Spanish Civil War.
The first ever AR-10 sale was made to Nicaragua in 1959.
The company went on to dominate the private arms market and Cummings earned a reputation as “the largest private arms dealer in the world.”