Rich Cole grew up in Washington D.C.and was introduced to basic mechanics and machine tool theory and operation as a youth by his dad, who was a scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab and a gunsmithing hobbyist.
Cole is a true artisan with a lifetime devotion to the craft of gunsmithing. In 1979 an interest in gunsmithing led him to an apprenticeship with Beretta, including extensive stints in Gardone, Italy. Since that time he has built a career spanning more than 30 years. Today, Rich and his team are well-known as the Beretta experts, with a staff of trained gunsmiths ready to service and repair your treasured firearm. Cole Gunsmithing is a warranty service center for Beretta serving the Northeast from Maine and now the Southeast from their Naples, Florida location. Also, the US service representative for Antonio Zoli trained by the Zoli factory, Rich Cole knows Italian shotguns.
Rich has spent many years building strong relationships with Italian vendors and has access to the very best quality products to build the custom gun of your dreams. Passionate about working with his customers to build a gun with a beautiful look and perfect fit, Rich travels to Italy regularly to hand-select premium wood in the finest Turkish Walnut, and commission beautiful hand- engraving done by some of Italy's master engravers, Rich
So, whether you are a beginner looking for a standard shotgun, a competetive clay sports shooter demanding the utmost in quality and performance, a collector looking for something unique, a hunting enthusiast or anywhere in between, Rich Cole is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction. ~