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New Hampshire

August 30, 2013

Derry gunsmith hits the mark

Local gunsmith is a favorite of state champions


McMahon, who also runs shooting schools for youth competitors, tries to instill a work ethic in his young helpers.

“Uncle Jimmy is a workaholic,” he said. “You’re going to be here all day, every day, 12 hours a day.”

Cade said he’s learning everything from McMahon’s experience.

“Be fair and people will be fair with you,” is McMahon’s advice to Cade.

McMahon tells customers his guns are warranteed for life.

“When I die, my niece and nephew will take over for me,” he said.

Potential customers also get advice at the right price.

“I give good advice over the phone; it’s free,” he said. “You can take the advice I give you and get your guns somewhere else, if you want.”

If McMahon thinks of it — sometimes he’s so busy, he forgets — customers get a signature authenticating his work inside the gun handle.

He appreciates the following his guns have attained in the sport.

“My guns are highly sought after,” he said. “My guns are known for the fancy embellishment and jeweling.”

McMahon expects to keep on gunsmithing as long as he’s around, but now that he’s mastered the trade, this former trucker and snowmobile champion is learning how to be a pilot.

“I like a challenge all the time,” McMahon said. “Many times, when you feel you’ve conquered a challenge, you feel you have to move on.”

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