Mike O'Hara (OCG1911)
My interest since I was kid has always been firearms at the age of thirteen I must have read John M Browning's book the American gunmaker ten times. In High School I took welding and machining for three years I also worked part time for my father to earn gun money. I purchased Browning's, Colt's and Winchesters.
I was always concerned with details the fit and finish of things My shop teachers voice bellowing in the back of my mind if it looks good it is good. I noticed the quality of the fit and finish of the Brownings vs The Winchesters of the day and wondered why it was acceptable for poor workmanship to be let out of the factory.
I understand things quite well these days and realize the value the dollar is gone and so is the era of quality factory workers. I got in to custom pistols in the 90's I bought every book and magazine on the subject I placed orders with all the big name shops I waited the long waits and paid the big dollars to only be let down by sub standard quality I definitely did not get what I saw on the cover of those magazines. This was the start I started building my pistols soon my friends and a steady clientele to keep things interesting I always felt things could be made close to perfection with patience and skill these are the principles I apply when building my customers pistols.
I owe special thanks to a few professionals in the industry for sharing there secrets with me Kurt Wickmann, Pete Single and most recently Larry Vickers and as of this week I have started conversing with Chuck (AKA) Pistolwrench, with the support of the best in the industry I am excited to continue to grow my business.