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Growing up in NE Pennsylvania my father ignited a passion for hunting and fishing which led to my graduating from Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Forestry. My early years fighting fire as a Forest Service (FS) La Grande Smokejumper then as the first Union Hotshot fire crew supervisor was part time and I began working as an apprentice gunsmith at the Blue Mt. Gunshop in La Grande Oregon in 1982. I opened my own shop in 1990 continuing until 1994 when I closed to pursue my Forest Service career. Even then I continued to apply my gunsmith skills part time.

I was very active in the La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club and served as a Trustee, managed and coached the Youth Rifle team and started the Bench Rest Program at that club. It was as a competitive Bench Rest shooter my desire to build Precision Rifles began.

Throughout these years I had the opportunities to learn from Master Gunsmiths; Bill Knechtel, Pete Grisel, and Ferris Pindel to mention a few. I studied the techniques of Greg Tannel, and Gordy Gritters and continue to learn as the technology evolves.

My passion for gun work led to a desire to have enough room to build and shoot quality precise rifles. That home is in Council, Idaho; two hours north of Boise.

Council Mountain Gunworks opened its doors in 2011. The shop is located on 97 open acres and is fully equipped and dedicated to building precision and custom rifles as well as restoration and customization of quality firearms.


  • SafeFire Indoor Shooting Range & Retail
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    I enjoy this local indoor range, they have lots of fun guns to rent and try out. They also have a gun store if you want to purchase something.
    • wa2020
  • Adaptive Firing Solutions
    5.00 star(s)
    Steve is a great guy to work with! I have had several transactions with him and will continue to do business with him. He is my go to dealer!
    • hker71
  • Straight Shooter Supply
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    A relative of mine recently went through this place to purchase a handgun. They were rude to her, lied to her, and must be new to this FFL stuff...
    • FullMetalJerk
  • Adaptive Firing Solutions
    5.00 star(s)
    Steve is great. Easy to deal with, super low prices on his transfers.
    • DizzyJ
  • Adaptive Firing Solutions
    5.00 star(s)
    Had my first transaction with Steve and will be recommending him to anyone in my circle. Good guy with a really helpful attitude and goes the...
    • SonnyJim