At Big Bear Gun Works, I offer a wide range of gunsmithing services, ranging from simple repairs and maintenance to complete custom firearms specially tailored to the individual shooters needs.


 One of the things that give me the greatest satisfaction is designing and building a firearm in such a way that a disabled person is able to shoot where they could not before. My wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis (a disease that destroys joints), which places severe restrictions upon what she is able to do . I designed and built this defensive shotgun for her, based on a Winchester 1300. Since it will never be shouldered, the laser sight and the flashlight allow good sighting, and the extreme porting changes the direction and force of the recoil to something that she can handle. The spade grip and trigger activation mechanism was designed based on her hand’s strength and range of motion. 


 There are two components of firearms accuracy.

 The first is termed Mechanical Accuracy (or repeatability) which means that the firearm does exactly the same thing in exactly the same way each and every shot. This area includes (but is not limited to) the barrel itself and how it is fit to the receiver and everything else which directly effects the bullet’s line of departure from the firearm. On the 1911 type pistol for example, more than 60% of the Mechanical Accuracy is determined by the barrel itself, its fit to the barrel bushing, the fit of the barrel hood to the slide and the vertical lock-up between the barrel and the slide.

The second component is Shooter Accuracy, which means everything that effects the shooter’s control of the firearm. The two largest elements are trigger pull and sights which account for up to 75% of the gun’s accuracy.


The one gunsmithing operation which will make the greatest improvement to accuracy is the action job. A light smooth trigger pull allows the shooter to control the firearm better, resulting in greater accuracy and higher scores. A rough, hard trigger pull (which is typical from a factory) can cause the shooter to pull the shot off the point of aim due to the increased finger pressure required. A hard trigger can also cause the shooter to jerk the trigger or squeeze with the whole hand instead of just the trigger finger.

Some of the most dramatic improvements are on Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Ruger revolvers, and on the Colt 1911 type pistols. Improvement in the trigger feel is also possible on double action pistols (such as the S&W and Beretta) but the double action pull will always be heavy, and the single action pull will always have take-up.

Action work consists of carefully polishing the moving parts of the firearm and slightly modifying the geometry of the mechanical link from the trigger to the sear to the hammer.

The cost for this service(assuming no worn or damaged parts which must be replaced) are:

Prices are for labor and new premium springs, return shipping is extra.



A well defined sight picture is almost as important to accurate shooting as a good trigger. A good sight will allow the eye to line up the firearm to the target easily and quickly. I sell and install a wide variety of iron sights (adjustable, fixed and night) for both pistols and revolvers. Scopes and mounts, optical sights and laser sights can also be installed on most handguns. Ask me what is available for your specific make and model.



I’ve got the experience and the equipment to do just about any custom job on just about any quality handgun or rifle…everything from barrels to grips or stocks. Ask me about your specific project.

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