Our featured gunsmith series is all about connecting with the best gunsmiths across the nation — people who live and breathe the building, rehabilitation, and selling of firearms. For our next feature, we’d like to introduce you to Robert James, owner of Full Battle Rattle Arms LLC in Dallastown, Pennsylvania.
Full Battle Rattle Arms (FBR) is a full-service shop offering precision gunsmithing repairs, restorations, cleanings, and custom creations. Master Gunsmith, Robert, is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army and runs the business with three partners — his wife and two long-time friends.
Together, they have a passion for providing custom gunsmithing with exceptional customer service. FBR offers two-year warranties on their work and loves giving back to their community and veterans. Interested in learning more? Check out our Q&A with Robert below.
What inspired you to become a gunsmith?
After serving in the Army, with tours of combat, I wanted to do a job that I loved as both a hobby and a specialty in the military.
What’s one project you’re currently working on?
I’m excited about a custom Remington 700 in 308 that I’m currently working on. It’s been action blueprinted, bolt lugs and barrel lapped, barrel threaded, and features a custom bluing job.
Do you have a firearm project you are most proud of?
The custom firearm project I’m most proud of is a Savage Model 99 in 300 Savage. This job was a total restoration and included an action, lever, kick plate color case hardened, barrel blued to mirror finish, stock sanded and refinished.
What is the most challenging part of being a gunsmith?
Reassembling guns is the most challenging part of my job.
What skills are most important in your line of work?
Besides that, the constant honing of gunsmithing skills is very important.
Have you ever ordered from Numrich?
Yes, I have always had a great experience ordering from Numrich. You guys offer quality parts, fast shipping, and a fair price.
What kind of plans do you have for your business?
In the future, I want to expand into fill manufacturing of my own bolt action and M1911 frames and slides.
Thank you for chatting with us, Robert. To keep up with Robert and his business, visit fullbattlerams.com and follow Full Battle Rattle Arms on Instagram or Facebook.