1. When and where were you born? Did you also grow up there?
• Born in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa in 1948. Lived there ‘till 1977 when I immigrated to the US.
2. Has being a gunsmith always been your career choice?
• No, I was a dental technician, soldier and then a firearms instructor, where I became involved with gunsmithing as part of my duties.
3. What was your first occupation?
• Soldier. 1st South African Infantry, then Hunter Group, a COINOPS unit.
4. Who or what got you started in your current field?
• I was Rangemaster/Instructor at Gunsite, started gunsmithing on students’ guns to keep them running during the classes. That led to a full time career in the profession.
5. Do you have any family members that are gunsmiths?
• No, but both my parents were world class competitive shooters.
6. How long have you been a gunsmith?
• Professionally for 23 years.
7. What was the very first gun you built or customized?
• My Colt 45 I used in IPSC shooting back in the early 1970’s
8. Have you ever worked on or built a gun for a non-gun-related celebrity?
• Yes, a few.
9. Other than being considered a “famous gunsmith,” do you have any specific credits to your name?
• The introduction of NP3 and Roguard metal finishes to the firearm and aero-space industries.
10. If you have to pick one gun to have and shoot for the rest of your life, what would it be?
• Handgun: Colt 45 LW Combat Commander. Rifle: QR2
11. Do you have a specialty on which you focus the most?
• Metal finishes.
12. What do you enjoy the most about gunsmithing?
• The variety of people I get to meet who share a common passion for firearms but more importantly a belief in the Constitution and our American way of life.
13. Are any of your guns used by top level competitors?
• Yes, we have metal finished for a number of top shooters and gunsmiths.
14. Have any national or international competitions been won with one of your guns or accessories?
• Yes, see # 13
15. Is there another gunsmith that you admire and strive to emulate?
• A number. Each has a unique talent that shines making them the best in that specific aspect of gunsmithing.
16. Are you a shooter as well and if so, what do you enjoy shooting?
• Shooting in general, just don’t have the time anymore to shoot competitively.
17. Do you have any hobbies that are not gun-related?
• Photography and building custom furniture.
18. What new innovations are you developing?
• Working on a new finish to compete with Hard Chrome.
19. What are the main lessons you’ve learned in life?
• Always strive for perfection in all you do. Be a good person and surround yourself with good people.
20. In your opinion, where is the future of firearms development heading?
• Good question! Obviously electronics are the vogue right now however fundamental firearm systems have not really changed in many years. All the new “stuff” is really a rehash or upgrade of something already in existence. Electronic fired case-less ammo died a quick death and frankly in what’s left of my lifetime I doubt we’ll see anything earth shattering. Probably the biggest innovation in the last 100 years was the Glock “Plastic Pistol.”
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