Bravo Company USA’s Paul Buffoni

We have tried repeatedly, but we have come up short every time. Why? Because every time we plan to stop by Bravo Company’s booth at a trade show to meet the owner, Paul Buffoni, we find out the company is not present. Their lack of a booth does not mean this Wisconsin-based company is not wildly successful. In fact, it’s just the opposite. These guys are a lot like basketball’s Golden State Warriors … success is simply part of their DNA.

While we’re disappointed we have not met Paul, we feel like we know him very well after doing this column. Here’s why. He uses words like “old-school,” and “MSRP: Way too much.” On top of that, he has been carrying the same wallet for 25 years. The dude is down-to-earth.

To top it off, consider his email signature, too. It’s simply “Paul.” Not Paul Buffoni, CEO. Paul Buffoni, President. Or even Paul Buffoni, World’s Greatest Badass.

In reality, he is all these things, but it’s so cool he doesn’t push that.

So, keep reading. You’re about to meet an old friend.

Sig Sauer P365

This 9mm is my handgun of choice. It is absolutely great for everyday carry. It is thin and lightweight, and its capacity is 12+1 capacity. Out of the box it has good sights, an outstanding trigger and ideal texture.

MSRP: $600


Haley Strategic Surefire D3FT Combat Light

Designed by Travis Haley and built by Surefire, the D3FT is compact and easy to carry with its pocket clip. It also projects 500 lumens. Here’s why it’s win-win: It is HSP designed, and it’s Surefire quality.

MSRP: $169

Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM00321

Do you know why I love this watch? It has old-school style and quality. It is an Italian company with a Swiss made automatic in a larger stainless steel 44mm case. It is also water-resistant to 300 meters, and it has luminescent hands and hour markers for easy reading at night.

MSRP: Too much

Harley Davidson Large Leather Wallet

I bought this more than 25 years ago. I wear it every day and it is still in excellent shape. Look closely. It is more old-school quality that was made in the USA. Merica!

MSRP: $50 (In the 1990s)

Read the entire story in the December issue.