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Brownells Expands Technical Services Team To Answer Growing Number of Gunsmithing Questions

In response to the growing interest in gunsmithing, Brownells has assembled its largest and most experienced technical services team ever to provide advice and answer questions from customers of all gunsmithing skill levels.

Nathan Bardole, Tony Barnes, David Bennetts, Marc D'Aguanno and Mark Hudson recently joined existing Brownells gunsmiths Dean Batchelder, Dave Kaiser, Eric Kiesler and Mike Watkins in the company's Montezuma, Iowa, headquarters.

"More people are customizing and fine-tuning their firearms, so we have expanded our technical services staff to make sure our customers continue to receive the high level of service and support they expect from Brownells," said company President Frank Brownell. "I’m proud to report that we now have nine gunsmiths with a total of 144 years of practical experience and a depth of knowledge that is at an all-time high for our team. Whether the customer is a beginner or professional gunsmith, these hands-on experts are our best source for technical support and sound guidance on component selection, installation and problem solving. They offer accurate information on our broad line of factory gun parts and other products for gunsmithing and shooting."

Brownell added, "While each of our gunsmiths has areas of specialization, all are focused on sharing information to expand the team's total knowledge base for the benefit of our customers. They are committed to helping Brownells provide the best service, selection and customer satisfaction anywhere. As always, our customers come first."

Since receiving his AAS degree in gunsmithing in 1993, Bardole has worked on all types of gunsmithing projects, from general firearm repair to advanced machining and refinishing. In addition to his duties at Brownells, Bardole serves as a reserve police officer with the Williamsburg, Iowa, Police Department.

A native of Coralville, Iowa, Barnes began working in his father's gun shop at an early age, and has experience selling and servicing all types of firearms. He has particular expertise in handguns.

Bennetts, a former U.S. Marine, has been gunsmithing for more than 15 years. In this time, he worked as a stock maker and gunsmith for several prominent retailers before starting his own gunsmithing business in 2000. He is from Belton, Mo.

D'Aguanno, from North Versailles, Penn., operated his own gunsmithing shop for seven years, where he performed service on firearms of all types, and focused on specialty ammunition manufacturing.

Hudson has more than 30 years of experience in the shooting industry. Prior to joining the technical services team at Brownells, Hudson worked as a senior gunsmith at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. He hails from Oak Grove, Mo.

The expert gunsmiths in Brownells technical services department are easy to reach by calling toll-free at 800-741-0015, faxing toll-free at 800-264-3068 or sending an e-mail to

Brownells is the world’s largest supplier of factory gun parts, firearms accessories, gunsmithing tools and specialty equipment for professional and amateur gunsmiths. Since 1939, Brownells has provided gunsmiths, collectors and shooters with selection, service and satisfaction that are unmatched in the industry. Today, Brownells stocks more than 29,000 items to accessorize, repair, protect and preserve firearms. The company's catalog, now available in print and online versions, is the largest and most comprehensive available in the gunsmithing field. For more information, call 800-741-0015.

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