I started doing simple firearms repairs at a young age. I became a Life member of the NRA at age 16. After graduating from high school I attended the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School where I received my Master Gunsmith Certificate. I then spent a few years working for some small gun shops. In the late 80’s I met and married Michelle. I got a job offer working for Sam Cummings at Interarms a major firearms importer at the time. Shortly after I started at Interarms Michelle got a job there running the parts department. We worked there during the 1990’s until after Sam passed away. While working at Interarms both my wife Michelle and I went back to college at Strayer University and got our Bachelors Degrees. In late 2001, early 2002 we decided to set up BWE Firearms. Me doing the gunsmithing and Micki doing the office work. Soon after going into business we decided to start building 22LR Gatling guns. After setting up a booth at the SHOT Show in Orlando we almost didn’t go back to Ohio. A year later we packed up and moved to Longwood, FL. We eventually got our SOT and got into the NFA side of the industry. We have grown BWE into the best submachine gun gunsmithing and parts business in the country. We are currently expanding into the S&W76 / MK760 line of subguns parts. We were excited when our son decided he wants to start learning the business. Our future is bright.
It is our goal to become your best source for top quality opened bolt submachine gun parts. We started with Uzi parts and have already expanded into the S&W 76 / MK760 family and are now looking at the Swedish “K” as well. Please check out our site on a regular basis as we will be regularly adding products.
Our mission is simple: to provide the best gunsmithing and parts available to our customers. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog.
Thanks to the hard work of my wife and her amazing genealogical skills I am now a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society, Jamestowne Society, and Flagon and Trencher lineage societies. Through her research she found out that I descend from Stephen Hopkins who came to this country in 1610 after being shipwrecked in Bermuda for a year. She also found that one of my patriot ancestors was a Gunsmith/Blacksmith. I knew my roots went way back in this country’s history I just did not know it went back over 400 years to a Rock Star like Stephen Hopkins. My wife has now decided with me pushing a bit to become a Certified Genealogist and specialize in Lineage Society membership and Immigrants from Ireland, England, and the Hungary/Slovakia areas.
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My ancestor, Stephen Hopkins, arrives in Jamestown! Returning to England after 7 years. He then comes back on the Mayflower with his family.
Richard graduated from Pennsylvania Gunsmith School.
Richard and Michelle are married.
We moved to Virginia and started working at Interarms.
We had two wonderful children.
Started BWE Firearms and moved to Florida just in time for the hurricanes.
Started producing sub-machine gun parts for BWE Parts.
The future so bright we gotta wear shades.