My fellow firearms owners,
I was just a youngster when I gained an appreciation for the value of a well-maintained firearm. My father had been an armorer with the Army during the Korean War, and he had a real passion for the care and maintenance of firearms. Dad was dead serious about gun safety, too, and that’s something he passed on to me and my two brothers during the many times he took us hunting with him.
I was 8 years old when my father gave me my first rifle: a Ruger 10/22. That was a day I’ll never forget. I wanted to know everything about what made that gun tick. I’m surprised I didn’t wear off the bluing by cleaning it so often.
I remained an avid outdoorsman as I grew up, went off to college, married and started a family—and ended up leading a multimillion-dollar organization. Then, in 2006, my wife’s father told me there was a round stuck in the chamber of his Marlin 20A pump 22. He said if I could clear the round, the rifle would be mine to keep. In the process of solving that problem, my interest in becoming a gunsmith was rekindled.
So, I went back to school to earn a gunsmithing degree, and I eventually founded Restoration Firearms, which is based in northeast Indiana. We provide a variety of topnotch services.
I’m a life member of the NRA, and I have a federal firearms license, which allows me to deal in and work on firearms and perform gun-license transfers and background checks.
But what I really like about the art of gunsmithing is the history. I enjoy working on older guns, learning who designed them and who made them. I love the stories about how treasured firearms were passed down through families. And I get a real sense of accomplishment when I can make an old gun function again—and sometimes even return it to its factory-new condition.
I hope that Restoration Firearms can be of service to you.