Meet The Staff

Creating Top professional Rifles since 1999.

Meet The Staff

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George “Ob-1” Gardner

President / Senior Rifle Builder

George, aka OB-1, has been working in the gun business doing gun smithing and now building custom rifles for over 16 years. George has learned from some of the best. He apprenticed under three different gunsmiths who together have a total of 75 years experience. For the past 14 years, George has been working with precision bolt-action rifles and for the last twelve years he has been building custom rifles professionally. George has worked with and visited the U.S. Marine Corp Precision Weapons Section in Quantico, Virginia on several occasions. And visited the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Center Armory in Crane, Indiana and the U.S. Army AMU Shop at Ft Benning, GA to gain even more information and experience. George entered the U.S. Army in 1987 serving six years as a 95B-V5 Military Police Investigator.

He graduated from the U.S. Army Small Arms School , Vilsec, Germany. George was assigned as an armorer while at the 501st MP Company then moved onto Military Police Investigations for USMCA Ansbach Germany then finishing his Military service as an Investigator at the U.S. Disiplinary Barracks, Levenworth , KS. George then entered civilian life and later retired from North Kansas City Police Department in 2005 and stayed on as a comissioned Reserve officer till 2008 rounding out 20 years in Law Enforcement. While at NKCPD, he was assigned to Patrol Division, the K-9 - Narcotics Unit, With additional duties as the Dept Armorer, SRT Unit Sniper, and Range Officer/Instructor. George still remains working with the NKCPD as a Range Officer volunteer. George is an avid shooter and outdoorsman. George takes pride in the quality custom rifles that G.A. Precision is making and is looking forward to the future of creating the best professional custom rifles on the market.

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Mark Hall

Production Manager, Senior Precision Rifle Smith

Mark joined the GA Precision team in August, 2011 upon his retirement from the US Marine Corps. Mark served just over 20 years in the Corps as a Small Arms Repairer for four years, a Precision Weapons Armorer for over 13 years and finishing his career as a Senior Ground Ordnance Maintenance Chief. As a Precision Weapons Armorer (MOS 2112), Mark served as Precision Weapons Armorer while at the intermediate maintenance facility in Camp Lejeune, NC. Here he also served as Floor Chief and Quality Control Chief providing maintenance support to all Marine Corps units on the East Coast. In particular, working on M40A1 Sniper Rifles, M1911 MEU(SOC) pistols, and match rifles and pistols. Mark later served as Sniper Section Head Instructor and Production Chief while at PWS Quantico, VA where he was responsible for the building and maintenance of all M40A1 and M40A3 Sniper Rifles in the Marine Corps inventory and the OJT instruction of MOS 2112 students in Sniper Section. Mark then served as Precision Weapons Armorer and Ordnance Chief for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion both stateside and while deployed in support of OEF. While with 2d MSOB, Mark attended the SOCOM Joint Armorer Course to gain experience with Special Operations weapons systems. Upon his promotion to Master Sergeant, Mark was assigned to Combat Assault Battalion and then 3d Maintenance Battalion where he served as Battalion Maintenance Chief and Infantry Weapons Repair Platoon Commander respectively. Mark is finally settling down and growing some roots, enjoying retirement and once again building rifles. Mark is a soccer nut at heart, enjoys the outdoors, and above all else enjoys spending time with his family.

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Tracey Cunningham

Accounting Specialist

Tracey Cunningham has been with GA Precision since the early days of its establishment. She currently serves as office manager. When Tracey is not dotting i's and crossing t's she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, road tripping, fishing, hunting and camping.

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Gardner “Junior” Leaver

Precision Rifle Smith

When Gardner isn't out on the links sporting some super sweet purple golfing shorts and writing the books on fashion he is in the shop making magic happen. Gardener joined the team in March of 2015 doing bedding and final assemblies. He is originally from Montauk New York, luckily escaping before being too brainwashed, just kidding New Yorkers, GO CUOMO! Gardner went to the University of Rhode Island, yes that's a real thing, playing baseball. He received a degree in entrepreneurial Business, which landed him this gig here building rifles. He is married to a lovely wife Amy, which we assume he ordered through the mail, but that's neither here nor there. Gardner and Amy have a beautiful baby girl, when asked if they will have more children he replies, "We are practicing." His hobbies include but are not limited to attending weddings, golf, duck hunting, movies and operating, operationally speaking.

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Josh “2 point 5” Briner

Senior Precision Rifle Smith

Josh started working for us part time in March of 2012. He was a 11 year police officer in the Kansas City area before going full time in August of 2013. Josh is a Iraq war vet and is currently serving as an Infantry squad leader in the Kansas National Guard. Josh received machinist training and education from Kansas City Metro Community College. He started with bedding but since has moved to full rifle production, if your rifle came through here he has more than likely fondled it. Josh enjoys the outdoors, he likes motorcycle trips, camping, prairie dogging, canoeing and just about anything a bearded wonder would like. Some of his favorite hobbies include making beer, drinking beer, sipping beer, tasting beer, consuming beer, knitting and crochet, just kidding.

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Lionel Garcia

Senior Precision Rifle Smith

Lionel joined our team in the fall of 2008; When he's not a work, he enjoys shooting, eating spicy food and custom trucks. Lionel is an avid hot sauce connoisseur, Lionel has been crowned the fire champion here at GA Precision. Lionel heads up our finish room and is also a precision bedding master.

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Justin Baldwin

Rifle Finishing, Custom Paint/Hydro-graphic Dip

Bio Coming Soon!
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Austin “VJJ” Hodson

Precision Rifle Smith

All around Badass, Retired, US Army, Bullseye Pistol God. A Presidents Hundred tabber, Distinguished Pistol Shot Badger Austin is a natural pistol shooter but has won All Army Long Range Championships as well. He spent 15 years as a 11B, he spent the remaining years in an administrative field due to injuries before retiring. Austin has been creeping around the shop getting into the way for many years while on leave or stationed close. After Retiring from the Army he came to us in December of 2014. VJJ is originally from the Kansas City area, and has finally moved back home. Austin is married to a Hottie and has four children, don't ask cause we don't know how he swung that. He and his family enjoy all things outdoors, hunting, camping, float trips, BBQs, drinking beer, and being OAF. If you didn't know, Austin is kind of a big deal!

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Ray Lawler

Senior Precision Rifle Smith

Ray has been a part time rifle builder for G.A. Precision since 2004. Ray owns and is President of Lawler Gear Corp. Ray has 30+ years of machining experience and has an Associate of Science degree in Manufacturing. In his spare time, Ray chambers and fits barrels for G.A. Precision. Ray enjoys developing machining procedures and tooling to produce the absolute most accurate bolt rifle. Rays knowledge in precision machining is a great asset to G.A. Precision. Ray is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys shooting, wilderness camping, elk hunting, spending time at his Colorado mountain house, and sending prairie dogs to the big dog town in the sky. Ray is a rifle instructor in the 4H Shooting Sports program, helping youth become tomorrows shooters.

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Matt Hoch

Precision Rifle Smith

Matt started at G.A. Precision in the Spring of 08. Matt is a graduate of the Colorado School of Trades, Gunsmithing Department. After graduating, Matt worked at Neiska Bay Precision/Dakota Arms in Sturgis, S.D. Matt then moved on to work as a Machinist/Operator for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, KS. Matt is a great addition to the team and is a very skilled Gunsmith/Machinist. Matt enjoys hunting, long range shooting and fine culinary dining in the Kansas City area.

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Brent Puyear

Precision Rifle Smith

Brent attended Trinidad State College studying gunsmithing, Recommended by Tom "Speedy" Gonzales Brent interned with us in the summer of 2010 when we lured him away from his academics and into the rarefied air of our shop. His passions include archery and shed hunting; and currently holds the title as GA Precision Arm Wrestling World Champion.

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Ken Lin

Senior Sales/Customer Service Specialist

Kenny first came to GAP in January, 2011 to take over our Sales Department. He is and has been a great asset to GAP ever since. Kenny does an awesome job working with our customers to help them build their dream rifle. He always takes the time to listen and help them with their decision. With that, he is constantly on the phone, but somehow he manages to contact every person back either by phone or email. This is one of the reasons why George dubbed him “Supa Kenny”.

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Jennifer Hodson

Administrative Specialist

Jennifer is a Missouri native, has endured the challenges of being a military wife and is the mother to 4 beautiful kids. When Jennifer arrived at GAP in November of 2015 she hit the ground running and hasn't stopped. She immediately took on all challenges presented and enthusiastically kicked them in the ass...with a smile! Jennifer has great customer service skills and is absolutely a pleasure for you to work with during and after the build process. When you get notification that your build/work is complete, Jennifer graciously takes your money and makes sure your rifle gets out the door as soon as possible. She not only does some accounting work, but also helps out in sales, eCommerce, runs our soon to launch much improved website as well as our social media accounts. GAP is very lucky to have snagged such a gem, especially with four kids at home and a husband, make it five kids at home to take care of. As if her schedule is not full enough, since joining the GAP team she has started competing in PRS style shooting and was recently featured on the TV program Shooting USA where she smoked her pro shooting partner and host of the show. I'm sure you will see her shooting more in the future. Look out, when she sets her mid to something, she gives 110%, so the more she shoots the more ass she's gonna kick.

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Anthony Soukup

Precision Rifle Smith

Anthony joined the GAP family in the Spring of 2016 with over 10 years of machining experience. Despite his small town Nebraskan upbringing and our repeated attempts to corrupt him with our big city ways, he remains your stereotypical "Guy Next Door." A wizard on the lathe and mill--he can turn a chunk of metal into things of legend and the fulfillment of dreams. In his spare time, he brings enlightenment to the masses by making some bad-ass custom flash lights; on weekends he'll be shooting matches all over the Midwest. Oh, and ladies, he's single...for now.

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Jeff Bosserman

Precision Rifle Smith

Jeff joined GA Precision in January of 2017 after spending the last few years being the old man in the class while studying Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University. Jeff served eight years in the Marine Corps. He spent a year and a half of that time as a range coach teaching new officers how to shoot rifle and pistol, the rest of his time was spent as an armorer with the bulk of that being a precision weapons armorer. As a plank owner (founding member) of MarSOC, Jeff set up the foreign weapons training and maintenance programs for the Foreign Military Training Unit. After leaving the Marine Corps in uniform, he returned to the Precision Weapons Section in Quantico, VA as a civilian to assist in converting the current M40A3s to M40A5s as well as building new M40A5s. Jeff specializes in Mil-Spec rifles at GA. When not at work, he enjoys playing his guitar, mountain biking, or selflessly trying to drink up the world’s supply of scotch so others won’t be led astray by it.

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Caleb Ash

Sales/Customer Service Specialist

When Caleb is not "in the field" "training" with the "National Guard", he is here at GA keeping the lights on! Caleb left his uplifting cheery job as a corrections officer in early 2017 to join Ken in sales. (He's just want we needed to keep Ken in line!) Caleb is a native of Oklahoma and has been serving in the Army National Guard for nine years, where he has served two tours overseas, been "sniper qualified," "air assault trained," and almost went to "pathfinder school." (ask him about it! He loves to tell the story). Caleb is married to a wonderful, caring nurse, Jordin. When Caleb isn't here at GAP, "in the field", or out at a match he enjoys ranching and going to the range with his wife! "The couple who shoots together, stays together!" Caleb and Jordin are an excellent addition to the GAP family and we are so glad to have them!

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Adam “Soggy” Whitecotton

Precision Rifle Smith

Adam "Soggy" Whitecotton started at G.A. in the spring of 2016. He is our primary GAP 10 gunsmith with the skills and knowledge to take on any task rifle related. Adam spent over five years as an active duty Army Infantryman and Sniper, serving two tours overseas. Adam received machining training from Johnson County Community College’s Machine Technology program. Adam has spent most of his adult life dedicated to long range shooting; from learning the craft, to becoming a sniper, to training and coaching new shooters. Adam competes at high level competitions and consistently finishes among the top competitors. When not sharing his strong opinions, and showing off his depths of knowledge around the shop, Adam and his awesome wife Ramia enjoy all things outdoors, including backpacking, hunting, fishing and of course shooting.

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Bryan Sikes

Precision Rifle Builder

Bryan came to G.A. in fall of 2016 after serving 12 years active duty Army. Bryan served most recently as a Special Operations Sniper within 7th Special Forces Group. Bryan won Top Sniper award within 7th Special Forces Group in 2014 & 2015 and finished 7th and 9th in 2014 & 2015 at the Annual USASOC International Sniper Competition. Sikes is also a founding member of Team GAP, our Precision Rifle Series team. Bryan is a passionate instructor that lives not only for shooting, but also passing his experiences and knowledge to shooters of all abilities. We hope to soon pimp Bryan out, providing personal training in precision rifle shooting to shooters near and far! When Bryan isn't knocking a little bit of sense into brainless celebrities in viral posts on the inter-webs, or slinging guns into the G.A. vault, he enjoys spending time with his two beautiful children, amazingly dedicated and charming wife Sara, and ripping lips and draining squares. Bryan also gets SUPER excited about flying, ask him about it sometime!

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Eric Reid

Senior Precision Rifle Smith

Eric, aka HackSaw, started out as a Marine Corps 2111, Basic small arms repairman, in 1990. Eric's first formal training was at the Armys small arms repairman school in Aberdeen, MD. From there he went on to the Infantry Weapons Repair Facility 2nd FSSG, 2nd Maint BN, Camp Lejeune, NC. During his tour there he served as the line armorer for Battle Skills Training School (BSTS). Following his brief stint at BSTS, Eric was requested to deploy with the 26th MEU on two, six month cruises in the Mediterranean. Here he served as a Battalion armorer as well as one of the small arms repairmen for all the Marines in the Battle Fleet. He fixed everything from Daisy Redrider BBguns (no kidding), to 20mm chain guns. He received a medal for maintaining 100% readiness reportable while in the 26th MEU. Now a seasoned Salty Dog, in 1994 he was recommended for the illustrious 2112 Gunsmiths of the Corps, 15 month OJT School at Precision Weapons Section, Weapons Training Battalion, MCCDC, Quantico, VA. . Upon completion of the school, he was assigned to Sniper section. Shortly thereafter, he was made section head, where his responsibilities included the training of new students, maintaining the rifles assigned to Scout Sniper Instructor School, and rebuilding the entire M40A1 inventory in the Corps. He was also instrumental in the research and development and building of the M40A3. Eric left G.A. in fall of 2008 to instruct the USMC 2112 Program at the Precision Weapons Section, United States Marine Corps, Quantico. While there, Eric received training in non destructive testing, aided in research and development projects for shooting team weapons and other precision weapons. In winter of 2015 we welcomed Eric back to G.A. Eric is a natural problem solver and has become the go to guy for unique and different. Eric has expanded the overall knowledge of our entire shop. It's good to have him back on the team!