Berryhill Custom is a small custom manufacturer of deluxe 1911 pistols. I prefer to build pistols from scratch using oversized slides, frames, barrels and other components. Each pistol is built one at a time by me using precision machinery and hand tools. Because of my experience as a police officer and many years of gunsmithing, I have developed some strong opinions as to what features should and should not be included on a self-defense pistol as well as what parts I like to use. The pistols that you see here reflect my taste, which is to build reliable, rugged and ergonomic pistols that look good.
My current pistols are the AFP (Advanced Fighting Pistol) and the Traditional Model. The AFP is a modern aggressive-looking pistol while the Traditional Model has classic GI-style vertical cocking serrations and checkering. There are plenty of options on both pistols to allow you to customize one to suit your tastes.
I run a one-man gunsmithing shop and build custom handguns one at a time. My objective is to provide you with a firearm that is reliable, accurate and great looking.
Because of my law enforcement background, reliability is my top priority for any weapon used for duty or self-defense. Improvements are also made to accuracy, ergonomics, and appearance but if a pistol can’t function reliably, it doesn’t matter how good it looks.
I take great pride in my work and no gun leaves my shop unless it’s good enough to be my own. If you are not satisfied, I will do everything I can to make sure that you are. If you have a problem with a pistol that I have built, please contact me directly. If you post your problem on the internet before I’ve had a chance to correct it, you are on your own.
I have been gunsmithing for over 15 years and earned a degree in Gunsmithing from Yavapai College in Arizona. The factory armorer’s courses I have attended include Sig Sauer, Beretta, Glock, and HK. Chuck Rogers and Jerry Keefer have helped me a great deal and both have had a big influence on my work. In addition, I have attended numerous custom gunsmithing classes and received instruction from some other very talented gunsmiths including Austin Behlert, Hamilton Bowen, Bill Laughridge and George Wessenger. I’m a retired police officer from the Los Angeles area with experience in firearms training, SWAT and Firearms Forensics. I earned a BS degree in Business Administration from USC in 1982 and am a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
Thank you for your interest in my services!