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From repair to refurbishing, cleaning to painting, Shoot Smart Gunsmiths will keep your firearm in top condition.

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Gunsmith Services, Reasonably Priced

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With today’s wide variety of firearms, their mechanical operation and required maintenance can be both intimidating and confusing for many – especially first-time gun owners. That’s why our Shoot Smart Gunsmiths are so beneficial to our customers. Each of our certified gunsmiths are trained to offer the best in personal service to keep your firearm functioning at its best level of performance and reliability.

Our gunsmiths are there to clean your gun, repair it, or modify it to better suit your personal needs. And, they’re outfitted with the skills to do the job right the first time.

Gunsmith Hours

Alliance Gunsmith:
10 am to 7 pm Monday - Saturday

Grand Prairie Gunsmith:
10 am to 7 pm Tuesday & Thursday - Saturday

Benbrook Gunsmith:
10 am to 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Drop off is available any day of the week.

Alex Van Sickle

Alex Van Sickle
Gunsmith Manager, Alliance

Alex Van Sickle graduated from the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School in 2015. Ever since he was a kid, he always had a passion for firearms and learning about them. He joined the Shoot Smart team in August 2015.

While gunsmithing may be his passion in life, he also enjoys hunting, 3-position small-bore, trap, camping, snowmobiling, and steam engines.

Lever-actions and pistols are his personal favorites to work on, but he will gladly build a rifle to fit any person. Alex is from the Buffalo, New York, area. He works in the gun shop at the Shoot Smart Alliance and Benbrook.

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Taylor House

Taylor House
Gunsmith, Alliance

Ever since Taylor was young he has had a passion for firearms. Taylor started is career in the firearm industry as a Shoot Smart Range Guide with the goal of becoming a Gunsmith one day. With his drive and passion he was able to achieve this goal.

Taylor joined the Army Reserves and served 6 years as a 91B, which further strengthened his love for guns. Soon after starting at Shoot Smart, Taylor accepted a position as an apprentice in the gunsmith shop. Working hands on in a professional shop only increased Taylor's knowledge of firearms. In 3 years, working under the Gunsmith Manager and the other gunsmiths, he went from barely knowing how to disassemble a firearm to being a fully certified and competent gunsmith.

Now Taylor specializes in modern firearms and cerakoting. "If you want to start a new build, set up your firearm for a specific task, or make it look sick I'm your guy" -Taylor House

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James Caldwell
Gunsmith, Grand Prairie

James started working with metal and machine tools at a young age doing Custom Fabrication and coppersmithing work in high school and working professionally as both a welder and a machinist.

He started working with Firearms when he joined the army in 2006, where he trained as a small arms artillery repairman at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. After being honorably discharged, he continued work as a machinist, fabricator, and armorer until he attended Yavapai College's advanced Gunsmithing program. Before joining the Shoot Smart team, he worked as a gunsmith at silhouette Precision Sports and Scheels.

Firearms are more than a way to make a living; they are a passion for James. He loves learning everything he can but not just about the mechanical function of each firearm and its design quirks, development, and history. He also enjoys long-distance bench rest shooting, hiking, and playing guitar.

While building custom 1911 pistols and precision bolt-action rifles is James' passion, he's perfectly comfortable with just about every firearm. He will never back down from a challenge, especially if another gunsmith says it can't be done.

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Blaid Esparza

Blaid Esparza
Gunsmith, Alliance

Blaid graduated from MT Training Center in 2022. He was born and raised in Grand Prairie, TX and ever since he could remember he’s been around firearms. At an early age his grandfather got him into appreciating and understanding firearms, which led to his career choice, gunsmithing.

While gunsmithing may be his passion, his hobbies include mountain biking, adventuring new places, martial arts, and of course shooting sports.

Blaid specializes in modern firearms (AR’s, Glock, etc.) and cerakoting. He always pays great attention to detail and takes an honest approach to gunsmithing.

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Thoryn LeFever
Gunsmith, Benbrook

After graduating from Murray State with an AAS in Gunsmithing Technology in spring of 2022, Thoryn came to work at Shoot Smart after relocating back home to Texas.

Thoryn has been apart of the Shoot Smart team since August 2022. He started at the Alliance gunsmith shop and recently moved to being our full time gunsmith at our Benbrook location in January 2023.

Thoryn grew up in Fort Worth, being interested in firearms from a historic and mechanical beginning, always enjoying maintenance and upkeep on his own firearms.

Both in school and at Shoot Smart he has excelled in pistolsmithing, specifically 1911 fitting and repair, but also has experience with many other handguns and rifles, as well as a variety of cerakote work. Outside of work, his hobbies include powerlifting, martial arts, and writing.

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Andy Hodan

Andy Hodan
Gunsmith, Alliance

After retiring from 34 years in the culinary world Andy decided to pursue his lifelong dream as a gunsmith.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas Andy has always had a passion for firearms. At a young age, Andy enrolled in JROTC where he spent four years on the rifle team. After two years of searching, Andy was given the opportunity to work as an apprentice in the Shoot Smart Alliance gunsmith shop. Working hands-on in a professional shop only increased Andy’s knowledge of firearms. “I am extremely grateful for Shoot Smart and all who supported me through this incredible new journey.” - Andy

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Firearm Inspection and Certification

Regular firearm inspections and certifications can be a headache for any business or organization to manage, especially for insurance purposes. Let our skilled team of certified Gunsmiths take care of everything with our firearm inspection and certification services.

Sevices include:

  • Safety Inspection
  • Function Check

Add-on Services Offered:

  • Cleaning
  • Test Firing

Firearm inspection and certification services can be completed on-site at your location or in our full-service Gunsmith shop and range. Contact us today for a quote.

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Whether you’re a first-time gun owner or a long-time firearm enthusiast, it pays to have a certified gunsmith you know and trust. Let our Shoot Smart gunsmiths give your firearms the professional love and attention they deserve!


Cleaning Plan - Let us do your dirty work

Your firearm needs frequent cleaning to keep it in top condition. Our Firearm Cleaning Plan takes the hassle and worry out of it. This plan includes one cleaning a month to keep your firearms in pristine condition. Easy drop off and pick up for your convenience.

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Gunsmith Services, Reasonably Priced

Hourly Rates

  • Standard Rate: $92/hr.
  • Machine Rate: $112/hr.
  • Minimum Job Charge: $23/15 min

Clean & Oil

  • Express Cleaning (handguns only): $23*
  • Handgun (full break-down): $58
  • Long Gun (full break-down): $80
  • Cleaning Plan: $75

*While you wait service.

Sight Work

  • Rifle Sight-In (Indoor 15 yds): $48
  • Single Rifle Sight-In Outdoor (100yds): $110
    • Additional Outdoor Sight-In: $60 per additional rifle
  • Scope Mount & Bore Sight: $48*
  • Handgun Sight Install: $38*
  • Handgun Sight Install - Custom Fit: $48*
  • Install Stake on Sight Set: $55*
  • Shotgun Bead Install: $38 plus bead*
  • Drill & Tap (for sights/scope base): $38/hole*
  • Verify Sight Alignment: $28 ammo included*

*While you wait service.

**Ammo and modifications not included with sight-in.

Stock Work

  • Bed Stock without Pillars: $160
  • Bed Stock with Pillars: $185 plus pillars
  • Recoil Pad Job: $95**
  • Sling Stud Installations (studs not included): $45
  • Free Float Barrel Channel: $45
  • Stock Refinishing: $92/hr.

**Includes cutting down stock if needed, but does not include the pad.

Firearm Finishes

  • Cerakote Base Price (pistols, one color): As low as $100
  • Cerakote Base Price (rifles, one color): as low as $200
  • Cerakote Additional Colors: $55/each
  • Cerakote Base Price (patterns): Request a quote
  • Bluing (pistols, matte finish): As low as $200
  • Bluing (pistols, polished finish): As low as $300

Laser Engraving

  • Glock Custom Backplate: $30
  • Custom Engraving: As low as $50
  • PMF/NFA Engraving: $70/each

Handgun Work

  • Revolver Action Job: $100**
  • Bob Hammer Job: $50
  • Trigger Job: $92/hr **
  • Polish Barrel and Feed Ramp: $45
  • Install Drop-in Trigger Kit: $50 (kit not included)
  • Install Gunsmith Fit Trigger Kit: As low as $92/hour (kit not included)
  • M&P Trigger Job: $90
  • Glock Ghost Trigger Job (Excludes 42/43): $90
  • Dovetail Slide: As low as $112
  • Mill Slide for Red Dot Sight: $155
    • W/Slide Refinish: $255
  • Custom Slide Milling: $112/hr.
  • Undercut Trigger Guard: $55
  • Polymer Frame Modifications: As low as $40
  • Polymer Frame Stippling: $92/hr.

**parts not included.

Rifle Work

  • Check Head-space: $38*
  • Chamber Cast: $40
  • Barrel Lapping: $92/hr.
  • Cut & Crown: $100
  • Chamfer Crown: $35*
  • Thread Barrel for Muzzle Device: $125
  • Thread Barrel for Timed Muzzle Device: $145
  • Thread Barrel for Muzzle Device (metric/left-handed threads): $160
  • Shrewd Muzzle Break Install: $240**
  • Install Muzzle Device w/Crush Washer: $23*
  • Install Muzzle Device w/Timing Shims: $33*
  • Trigger Work: $92/hr.
  • Trigger Installation: $45
  • AR-15, Assemble Upper: $80
  • AR-15, Assemble Lower: $80
  • AR-15, Install Handguard: $50*
  • Ruger 10/22 Auto Bolt Release: $35
  • Blueprint Remington 700 Receiver: $92
  • Remington 700 Install over-sized bolt knob: $112
  • Barrel Blank Install: $400
  • Install Short Chambered Barrel: $280
  • Pin & Weld: $75

*While you wait service.

**includes CM or SS Shrewd break.

Shotgun Work

  • Lengthen Forcing Cone: $80
  • Open Choke (for fixed choke barrels): $80
  • Choke Installation (one barrel w/o chokes): $160
  • Cut & Crown: $92


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Fort Worth, TX 76177

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Benbrook, TX 76126

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6062 E Lancaster Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76112

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Grand Prairie
2440 W. Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

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