gunsmith is a person who repairs, modifies, designs, or builds firearms. This occupation is different from an armorer. The armorer primarily maintains (disassembly, cleaning) weapons and limited repairs involving parts replacement and possibly work involving accurization. A gunsmith does factory level repairs, renovation (such as applying metal finishes), and makes modifications and alterations for special uses.

Hickman Rifles is the premier full-service gunsmith in the Colorado Springs area.  For over 25 years we have been designing and building custom weapons, repairing and improving weapons and much more for customers around the country.  Hickman Rifles is well known for our attention to detail, we are further known and regarded for our work on specific weapons such as the M1 Garand.