Qualify for Professional Membership
An applicant must be a professional craftsperson who actively solicits commissions to create custom firearms, all, or in part, or related items. It is also highly encouraged that individuals applying for Professional Membership be an associate member in good standing for one year.
The Guild strives to promote standards of excellence. To become a professional member, you must submit your work for inspection and acceptance by current members.
An applicant’s quality of craftsmanship (in the categories of stockmaker, metalsmith, metalfinisher, engraver, checkering specialist and casemaker) is examined and voted on by the professional members at the annual meeting. Minimum point criteria are outlined in the application form.
High ethical standards are mandatory and an ethics committee is mandated by the bylaws for the sole purpose of resolving disputes. Offenders are subject to dismissal.
To apply for professional membership status, you must be an associate member in good standing for one year. For more detailed information, refer to the professional membership application below.