My mission as a gunsmith and artist is to provide top quality gun
repair and restoration. All my work is guaranteed. I also
realize many people cannot afford to pay what it will cost to
make a gun as perfect as possible. I will try to work within your
budget. In the photos section you will see a Civil War era Starr
revolver, welded, ground, repaired, polished and reblued. It was not
done to the finest degree possible, as the owner had limited
funds. But the gun is complete and working, 95 percent of the
pits are gone, and the barrel is no longer split in three places.
And it is an attractive blue. To have made the flats flatter and
the edges more crisp would have cost 2 or 3 times as much.
I have worked in five gun shops in three states. I have had the
great fortune to apprentice with Lester Cox of R.S. Elliott Arms Co. in
Kansas City. I worked with Tim Ward of Ross Sporting Goods
in Farmington New Mexico. I worked at Simmons Gun Specialties in
In the past, a few of the great gunsmiths in the Kansas City area have
taught me many things about Gunsmithing, like Warren Moore and
Chuck Ward, and Jim Hughes of Independence.
After 40 years in the business working full time, and 6 days a week, 64 hours a week, for
the last 25 years, I feel I have learned what is necessary to provide
professional service of a high order.
It is impossible to describe all the services I provide. Please
ask me via e-mail or phone if I can help you.
I do everything from simple repairs to full restorations of guns in
hideous rusted broken condition most other gunsmiths will not
touch. I build custom rifles for target, hunting and
combat. I do the same for shotguns, revolvers, and
automatic pistols. Trigger jobs, hot bluing, wood work, extensive
repairs, rust blue, parts made, fitted, and hardened. Accuracy
work on all guns.
I have excellent and reliable sources for case hardening, charcoal
bluing, engraving and Damascus refinishing. Please view the
photos on this website, built and maintained by Michael Cox.
I can create a detailed photographic essay of the restoration of your
Many guns are not worth the cost of restoration. Some are not
the cost of repair. Families often pool funds to restore a
favored gun once owned by a grandfather. This is worthwhile if
the gun will be retained by the family. Sometimes a historical
piece will leave a family if there is not enough value placed on
it. If it is restored properly, it will never be placed in a
closet, to be abandoned and uncared for and forgotten.
I counsel each depositor of a cheap gun as to the inadvisability of
spending $500 to $1500 on it to make it new. Often not wise.
Most often the price is of little consequence, as it might be the only
thing left from grandfather.
Whether you have a .22 rifle that needs a firing pin, a .45
auto that won't feed, a Smith revolver that needs a 7 lb double action
job, or an anti-sniper rifle made for your department, I can do
whatever. And don't forget that Parker in the closet.