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, until I got a job offer working for Sam Cummings at Interarms a major firearms importer at the time. I 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 Uzi subguns and Pistol caliber carbines (PCC) gunsmithing and parts business in the country. We are now expanding into the S&W76 / MK760 line of subguns and PCCs. We were excited when our son decided he wants to start learning the business. Our future is bright.

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.

Richard Hoffman


about us

BWE Firearms is a full service custom gunsmith shop that specializes in Uzi, S&W76 / MK760, and other sub machinegun and pistol caliber carbines. We are the best in the country at what we do, Our shop can handle any job from making parts to repairs and refinishing to full custom weapons. BWE Firearms is a licensed class 2 manufacturer. We are constantly expanding our product lines and our capabilities to better serve our customers.