Guncrafter Industries

I was born in Denmark in 1962 and followed the natural progression of boyhood interest, knives, bows and arrows, airguns and finally “real” firearms.Click to read this article …

Getting into competitive handgun shooting in my early twenties, I started a decade long pilgrimage travelling to the US to participate in big matches such as The Steel Challenge, Second Chance, American Handgunner World Shoot Off…etc.

Due to necessity I started to do custom pistolsmithing and also ran my own firearms business; this helped to support me as I completed my BA degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During one of my visits to the US I met with Bill Wilson and was offered a job at Wilson Combat. I spent over 8 years as the Director of Research and Development at WC and had the opportunity to work with some of the best 1911 pistolsmiths in the country, a very rewarding period in my life.

The idea to make a 50 cal. 1911 pistol came to me while studying for my engineering degree in Denmark, but with the very strict legislation on handgun ownership in most of Europe I never took it any further. However, it never left my mind – a 50 caliber pistol that was controllable and executed according to John Moses Browning’s classic 1911 design would be a truly great self defense pistol. Click to read this article …

In 2002 I resigned from WC to pursue my dream and formed Guncrafter Industries. Contrary to what many people might think, the shooting industry is rather small and with many behind -the-scenes collaborations. I discovered that I had built up a lot of goodwill over the years and this was now being returned to me as all the pieces of the puzzle came together.

After 2 years of prototyping and R/D work, we were ready to “go public” and the Model No. 1 in 50 GI cal. was introduced at the 2004 Shot Show, the Model No. 2 followed about 6 months late.

The response was overwhelming, a classic case of “be careful what you ask for – you might get it”. Starting a new company is hard work, but whenever time allows I continue to shoot competitively; among other shooting accomplishments I have won the National IDPA Stock Revolver Championships 7 times consecutively.

I believe my background as a pistolsmith, mechanical engineer and competitive shooter gives me an edge when applied to the design and making of firearms and parts.

As Guncrafter Industries expands its repertoire the focus will remain on innovation, quality and top notch craftsmanship.

At your service,
Alex Zimmermann