I have been in the firearms industry for 68 years and I have a secret. The secret is MNR Custom LLC and
the reason it is a secret is because I don’t want Matthew Roberts flooded with so much work that he won’t
be able to handle mine. And that is exactly what will happen if this secret gets out.
When my favorite gunsmith (both wood and metal) who had done my work for me for twenty years died
eight years ago, I not only lost a friend but also lost the best contact for doing any gun smithing, gun
restoration, and/or gunmaking (wood and metal). I thought he was irreplaceable… then I acquired a rifle
made by MNR Custom LLC. The company and the man didn’t have the reputation yet of the best
gunmakers, but that was only because he had not been discovered. That first rifle I had of his, could not
have been made any better by any gunmaker on the planet!
That’s when I contacted Matthew and from that point on, he became my secret. He made some
steel bottom metal to replace aluminum bottom metal on an H&H Mauser that every other gunmaker,
including H&H, said could not be done. Matthew did it with perfection. He restored an Arrizabalaga 20
gauge (wood and metal) to new condition that would fool the factory. He has made every repair, whether
on shotgun or rifle, that I have ever asked of him and always, to perfect working order. His gunmaking
from scratch is better than Reimer Johannsen’s (of which I have owned three) and on par with any of the
best reputable makers.
About his character, he always tells you the truth and will stand by his estimates. Although I have
had him work on guns worth more than $50,000 (and have never had a second thought about sending him
one in those high-end value ranges), his pricing is reasonable and in sync to be competitive for work on
lower-value guns as well. I hope my recommendation here does not let my secret out!
Author of the Rifleman's Rifle and other titles