Induction into the American Custom Gunmakers Guild
Rifle Maker, John McLaughlin
Over 20 years of experience stems from early inspiration of great teachers. Harold Thomason and Cliff LaBounty had the largest impact on John’s education while attending the Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) gunsmithing and summer NRA programs in Colorado. Upon graduation from TSJC in 1996, John acquired experience as a metalsmith/designer for a double rifle manufacturer before moving to a company specializing in Sharps rifles and sights. In 1999 he opened his own shop, CrossFox Firearms, in his hometown of Butte, MT and has been rifle making ever since. In 2007, John was given the opportunity to fulfill the dream of teaching gunsmithing at TSJC along with summer NRA courses. After eight years of teaching, his heart called him back to Montana, where he now resides with his wife Joanna and daughter KatieLee in Helena. Nationally certified in nine disciplines in machining, John currently teaches evening classes at Helena College.
Because John believes that every hunter deserves an accurate firearm, he enjoys blueprinting bolt action rifles and finds the customer satisfaction rewarding. However, John’s true passion is big bore falling blocks and double rifles.