About Steve

At the early age of 9 Steve learned an appreciation for gun safety and accurate shooting from his Uncle Leo.  The importance of maintaining your firearms was also impressed upon Steve. His uncle would tell him “you take care of your firearms because you never know when they will have to take care of you.”

Gun safety, accuracy, and maintenance have been the constant drive leading Steve’s lifelong appreciation for firearms.  His organizational skills help to keep his projects on task.

Steve has an Associate Degree in Mechanical Design and God gifted him at an early age with the ability to look at anything and see how it can be disassembled and reassembled (which is the important part).  This ability coupled with his degree enable him to have a complete understanding of metallurgy, assembly process, and machining processes.  Also Steve has been reloading for 40 years.  Reloading has given Steve an understanding of ballistics, bullet coefficients, and case pressure. This contributes to a total understanding of firearms safety, function and accuracy.

The certifications that Steve has also earned are certified M16 /AR15 armorer, and certified Glock armorer. These certifications along with 35 years of building and modifying AR15 rifles have given him a professional understanding of the AR15 platform rifles.

After working for a local gun store for a few years, Steve and his wife Susie decided to open up their own gun shop in Steve’s dedicated gun room at their home in Cave Creek. This allows him to do the work he has a passion for, while giving great attention to detail and not compromise quality.  In turn this gives his clients the best end result possible.

He specializes in custom AR15 building, professional optics mounting, pistol sight replacement, and general maintenance of firearms. Along with 52 years of shooting and hunting experience he can help guide a client to purchase the firearm that will best suit their need or desire. Service, quality, and integrity are not just words to Steve they are the guide lines that drive Steve’s business. Steve will tell you there was only One who walked on water, but perfection is what he strives for.

With the help of God dreams really do come true!

Rifle Scopes

A telescopic sight, commonly called a scope, is a sighting device that is based on an optical refracting telescope. They are equipped with some form of graphic image pattern (a reticle) mounted in an optically appropriate position in their optical system to give an accurate aiming point. Telescopic sights are used with all types of systems that require accurate aiming but are most commonly found on firearms, particularly rifles. Other types of sights are iron sights, reflector (reflex) sights, and laser sights. The optical components may be combined with optoelectronics to form a night scope.


I have to say, my first experience building an AR 15 rifle was the most thrilling, fun, educational, experience I have had in years. Learning something new in such an incredibly difficult field was amazing. And that is all in thanks to Mr. Steve Snider. His expertise, knowledge, and skill and not to mention patience with me is unmatched! Steve guided me in every part of the build. From helping me plan the rifle I wanted and the parts I needed for my upper and my lower to ordering the parts to accomplish the goal I desired then guiding me through the build. Shooting my AR-15 rifle, I built with my own hands for the first time, was so thrilling. I highly recommend not just building your own rifle, but doing it with this professional will give you the best experience of a lifetime!

– Leslie Barto

I purchased a new Springfield 9mm XDS and tried shooting at a target 25’ away. It was almost impossible to hit the target and I knew something was wrong. I brought my pistol to Steve and it took him 5 seconds to say the trigger pull was way out of spec. Instead of 5-7 pounds (factory set), it was over 15 pounds and very difficult to pull. Steve sent the gun back to Springfield and when it came back it was still over 7 pounds.

Steve installed a new trigger spring kit for me and I can now hit the target every time.

I also brought Steve my 30-06 with a scope on it which shot very erratic on the range. Steve remounted the scope and bore sighted the it for me and showed me how he lapped the rings and torqued everything up to spec, at a 100 yd target this really made a difference. Steve always explains the steps he’s going to take and I always feel very informed about what it takes to get the job done.

Steve also installed a new Crimson Trace on my wife’s .380 and she’s surprised at how much easier it is to aim and shoot. Steve’s prices for the repairs were less than I thought and it took less time than I imagined.

I trust his integrity, diligence, and the expertise he exhibited.

– Charles Zelinski, Cave Creek, AZ

Steve has built a number of AR platform rifles for me, in 300 Black Out, 5.56 and 308 calibers. He also has mounted optics on my long range rifles all very professionally done in a timely manner. He is always there to assist in any project I have and is very detail orientated with everything he has done for me. He has been able to find and order everything I have wanted at competitive pricing. His friendliness has made him more than my go to gun guy, I call him my friend.
 – Collin Browne Phoenix, Az