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Atlas Gun Works About Us 2017-12-05T18:44:12+00:00

Company – Atlas Gun Works About US

In 2009 I found USPSA. I was hooked after the first match. I shot limited division, first with a Sig and then upgraded to a Glock 35. Like most new shooters I was a gun guy, and had many opinions. I really didn’t know much about shooting, or what was really important in a gun. It was not long before I knew I would need a 2011. I bought a well used STI Edge from the USPSA classifieds. Within a couple matches the gun had problems, so I bought another gun used (very high-end, non-STI gun), this time from Enos classifieds. I made it to nationals that year and the second gun had hammer follow at the chronograph. It also failed me one more time during that match. I decided a brand new gun was the solution to the problem, but didn’t have a clue where to get a good one. I was talking with Tod West (a machinist buddy of mine) telling him how long I had to wait for a gun. He said “Let’s build one,” and so we built a 6in limited gun. The gun ran perfectly, so Tod built me a couple more and I never had to wait.

In 2012 we explored the idea of gun building. So many other builders were building guns at the $3000 price range we decided that the market opportunity was limited.

In the fall of 2013 I got a Phoenix Trinity steel grip. Tod quickly fit that grip to my match gun. Everyone who shot that gun was amazed by how the steel grip improved the gun. We came to understand how much steel and aluminum grips are game changers for the platform.

Early in the shooting season (2014) my training partner had a brand new $4000 open gun. The first day on the range with a brand new gun it had problems. At the time Al Zitta (Z) lived a couple of towns over. Al has been building guns for 30 years , his guns have won countless matches at all levels. The problem gun went to Al and a couple hours later it was in good working order. My partner called me from his truck after leaving Al’s place, and said “I understand the difference between a $4000 gun and a $5000 gun.” Atlas was born in that moment.

Tod and I revisited the gun building equation, with a different view. What if we build ultra premium guns and charged a little more but could make them the best guns possible?

Tod spent some time with Al in the summer of 2014 building guns the Z way (super old school with 30 years of experience).

Tod and I then formed Atlas Gunworks and seek everyday to make the best guns with lots of old school techniques and every bit of innovation that we can discover.

Atlas Gunworks
7058 U.S. RT 7
North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473

Adam Nilson
Adam NilsonOwner, CEO
Tel. (802) 777-7258
Adam’s entrepreneurial spirit has kept him out of corporate America, and constantly building small businesses in the Burlington, VT area. Adam’s passion for USPSA and 3-gun has led him to the making of Atlas Gunworks. His first love is the Limited division, where you will catch him testing prototypes. Adam’s business background in finance and growing small companies has been the driving force behind the growth of Atlas. When he’s not shooting, he is a sports enthusiast.
Tod West
Tod WestCo-Founder
Tod’s 25+ years of machining experience and passion for perfection is what sets Atlas apart from other gun builders. Tod is the magic behind the guns, and sets the protocol for all gunbuilding activities at Atlas. When Tod’s not stuck behind the machines, he enjoys sports activities with his son, and bird hunting.
James Fucci
James FucciMachinist
James has a keen ability to self-teach just about anything. With a background in contracting, and a knack for tinkering, James used his skills to build his own competition guns before he started at Atlas. This made him a perfect fit to run our CAD and CAM design. He is also a Grand Master USPSA Limited shooter, and shoots on the Atlas Team. When he’s not building guns or at a match, he is spending time with his family in VT.

Shooters – Atlas Gun Works About US

Zach Campbell
Zach CampbellOpen, Limited, Production, Single Stack
Zach Campbell started his competition career in IDPA, winning many matches in SSP, ESP, and CDP. After earning Master class in all 3 categories for IDPA, he expanded to shooting USPSA as well. Starting off in production, then moving to single stack and Limited. This year Zach will focus on dominating the Open class, as he continues to pursue his goal of Grand Master for USPSA. He has won many local and major matches.

– Placed 3rd Open at 2016 NW Men’s Health Defense Movember Classic
– Placed 1st Single Stack at 2016 Area 7 Match
– Placed 1st A Class Single Stack at 2016 USPSA Area 1 Match
– Placed 1st A Class Single Stack at 2016 Bad Beat Shootout
– Lots of top places at Regional and Local Matches.

Josh Froelich
Josh FroelichPCC, 3 Gun, Open
New to competitive shooting Josh is only starting his fourth year in 2018.  Josh narrowed his focus on 3-Gun competitions in 2017 and quickly dominated that field, winning the 2017 Open Division National Championship at 3 Gun Nation Nationals. We’re looking forward to where Josh goes next! When he’s not out shooting, Josh is working his day job in sales and marketing.  Josh is also shooting for Federal Premium, Vortex Optics, and JP Rifles. #OnlyShootOpen

-2017 Open Division National Championship – 3 Gun Nation Nationals
-2017 Pro Classification Shoot Off Championship – 3 Gun Nation
-2017 Open Division Champion – 3 Gun Nation – SE Regional
-2017 Open Division Champion – 3 Gun Nation – Midwest Regional
-2017 Open Division Champion – Jeff Kirkwold Memorial 3 Gun Championship
– Placed 3rd in OPEN division at the Wisconsin Section Championship 2016
– Placed 2nd in OPEN division at Nordic/Vortex Tri Gun 2016
– Placed 2nd in OPEN division at Nordic/Vortex Tri Gun 2016 – Shotgun Match
– Placed 5th in 2016 Unlimited division 3 Gun Nation Western Regional
– Placed 1st in 2016 Unlimited division 3 Gun Nation Western Regional Shotgun Match
– Placed 1st in 2016 Open division at Jeff Kirkwold Memorial 3 gun
– Placed 2nd in 2016 Unlimited division 3 Gun Nation Nationals
– Placed 2nd in 2016 Unlimited division 3 gun Nation Shotgun Nationals

Josh Tarrant
Josh Tarrant3 Gun Practical/Tac Ops
Josh is an avid competitor and lifelong athlete, and first discovered action shooting sports in the spring of 2014 when he attended his first IDPA match. By June of 2014, Josh had discovered 3 Gun and was outfitted with everything required to compete; including a unique and valuable dominance over his thoughts and actions. Since his first steps into the 3 Gun world, Josh has focused on rapid improvement and sharing his knowledge with new shooters, conducting 3 Gun classes, often for free, at local gun clubs. Josh’s is also currently shooting for Vortex Optics, Breda Shotguns, and Obsidian Arms.

Results:
– 100+ Career Matches
– 40+ Career Wins
– Consistent Top Finisher at Major Matches (Top 10-15)
– 3rd Buckeye Blast
– 3rd Ohio State 3 Gun Champion
– 2nd Rock Hard 3 Gun
– 12th Pro/Am 3 Gun
– 9th Nordic Trigun
– 3rd Blue Grass Shotgun Challenge
– 12th Blue Ride Mountain 3 Gun
– 1st Dynamic Shooting Sports Shoot Off