My love for working on and tinkering with guns can be traced back all the way to when I was 8 years old. I was always messing with all my personal guns as well as my Dads. He was a rancher who never cleaned or maintained any of his firearms, which drove me crazy with my OCD tendencies. So, I was always the lucky one taking care of them and diagnosing them anytime they had issues (which was often).
Fast forward to my early twenties, I decided to turn a love of working on guns into a career. My journey as a gunsmith began in early 2017 when I started school at the Colorado School of Trades to learn the trade of being a gunsmith. After graduating from the program in 2018, I began working on firearms at Phoenix Weaponry in Longmont, ranging from handguns to long guns, old to new, pump action to full auto. I was always trying and testing new parts on my personal guns to give customers a more educated answer on what was quality and what was not. Through this process I learned something very important as a gunsmith: you will always be a student of the craft. You must keep evolving and getting better, looking for new and better ways to do things, and always have an open mind. Otherwise you fall behind and become irrelevant. The next piece has to be better than the last.
In early 2019, I made the move back to South Dakota to be closer to family and pursue the business. Smoking Gun has now given me the awesome opportunity to help provide gunsmithing services to our clientele.
My goal as a gunsmith is to not wrench on guns, but to give customers something that they are proud to show off to their friends.