J Earl Bridges, Owner & Riflesmith For over 5 decades, carrying a rifle has been a way of life for me. The love of hunting I learned as a young boy has carried me on hunts from South Texas the Rocky Mountain States and into Canada. And, I to proudly served my Country as a rifleman in the USMC In 1983 I attended Colorado School of Trades. Upon completion of the program at CST we moved to Kalispell, MT where I served an apprenticeship under Jerry Fisher, Don Klein and D’Arcy Echols. I owned and operated Precision Machine Inletting Service and later founded Colorado Gunsmithing Academy in Lamar, CO from 1993-1999. Not only have I established and operated several firearms related businesses; but I spent over 8 years teaching 100’s of students the profession of riflesmithing.