|Predecessor||Norma Projektilfabrik A/S|
|Nils Kvale, Roy Weatherby|
Norma was started in 1902 by the Enger brothers from Oslo, who a few years earlier started "Norma Projektilfabrik A/S". The name "Norma" has often been confused as a shorthand for Normandy or Norway however, the name was chosen because one of the Enger brothers was very fond of the opera Norma by Bellini.
The Swedish shooting movement needed a Swedish supplier and Norma Projektilfabrik A/S was asked to establish in Sweden. At this time, Sweden and Norway were in a union. The Enger brothers took the train to Sweden and simply got off at the first stop on the other side of the border, Charlottenberg, and made inquiries about a suitable factory building. However they found the town council took no interest in their plans and therefore decided to try their luck further into Sweden. Next stop was Åmotfors, where the brothers were better welcomed and decided to establish their company.
From the start until the middle of the century, the production was dominated by military ammunition standards. After a while though, hunting ammunition seemed to be more interesting. Norma began to make international connections by this time. This, combined with military interest, forced more modern thinking and new products, which the company pursued with impressive precision.
Nils Kvale and Roy Weatherby were invaluable for Norma's success in the latter half of the 20th century. Nils Kvale was a visionary and competent product developer. In the 1960s a couple of new calibers, like the .308 Norma Magnum and .358 Norma Magnum, were introduced on the market. Nils Kvale's cooperation with American colleagues made Norma well known as a producer of high quality rifle ammunition.
- History of Norma. Norma official web site. Retrieved 10 March 2016.