Jim Garthwaite Pistolsmith, Inc

  • American Pistolsmith Guild Member in good standing
  • 2004 Pistolsmith of the Year
  • APG Board of Directors

About

Since 1977, my shop has specialized in modifications to the Browning designed 1911 and P-35 pistols for duty and concealed carry.  Through my close association with all the quality pistol and parts manufacturers, I have the ability to offer my customers a wide range of options to customize their pistol for individual preference and need. 

My work with the members of the American Tactical Shooting Association, instructors from most of the major shooting schools across the country, various Governmental, Military and Police Special Units, and my practice of carrying a concealed pistol every day has given me a unique insight to help give the customer the very best in a defensive pistol.

I personally perform ALL the work on a customer’s order (with the exception of Industrial Hard Chrome and Tritium Sight Inserts) so that you can be assured of meticulous attention to detail, fit, finish, and most importantly, function.

In 2004 the members of the prestigious American Pistolsmiths Guild chose me to represent them as Pistolsmith of the Year.  I was very honored, to say the least, to be given such an award and recognition of craftsmanship from my peers.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member American Pistolsmiths Guild (1986)
  • Founding Member American Tactical Shooting Association / NTI
  • Life Member NRA
  • Life Member USPSA (L-473)
  • Certified Affiliate Instructor - Defense Training International
  • Certified NRA Instructor
  • American Handgunner Club 100 (1987)
  • APG Board of Directors


Zeroing a slide in preparation for machining the flat and serrations on a Colt slide using the Bridgeport EZ Trac CNC


Jim pointing his hand cut checkering

Jim Garthwaite Pistolsmith, Inc.
12130 State Route 405
Watsontown PA 17777

Phone: (570) 538-1566
Email: email@garthwaite.com

©2010 Jim Garthwaite Pistolsmith
  • American Pistolsmith Guild Member in good standing
  • 2004 Pistolsmith of the Year
  • APG Board of Directors
Member of the American Tactical Shooting Association, Home of the National Tactical Invitational