Ready, aim, open for business
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 23, 2013, 16:40
CAITLIN DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Cameron Brown, 25, store owner, holds up Jerry Collin’s new gun, an AR-15, as he signs the final paperwork for his purchase at the grand opening of Gunworx in Hopewell.
HOPEWELL — The Brown family, Cindy, Cory and Cameron, have brought a new gun store, US Gunworx, to Hopewell. The store, owned by Cameron, 25, and his father, offers customers a selection of guns to purchase and gunsmith services. At the grand opening on Friday, Cameron stood with his family and watched his goal come to life as members of the community filed into the store.
“I’ve always been interested in guns and I’ve always wanted my own gun store,” Cameron said. “I didn’t know so much about the gunsmithing when I was thinking about it. It was something I wanted to do with my life and I was able to get into it.”
For Cameron, it began when he was small and started taking martial arts classes. Right before the ribbon cutting, he told the crowd, that martial arts ignited his fascination for weapons and self-defense. He then took his passion to Pittsburgh and attended the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School for 16 months.
“I worked out in Ohio. ... I liked it but I wanted to come home,” Cameron said. “I like being in Virginia.”
The Brown family searched the surround localities for the perfect place to plant their new business and found it in Hopewell. Within the first few moments of the grand opening on Friday evening, Jerry Collins, of Prince George, was signing paperwork to bring home a new gun, an AR-15. He was all smiles as Cory began to finalize the transaction.
“It’s a very good price and one that I had been looking for, for quite a while,” Collins said. “I’ve been looking for a year and a half, two years and I’ve never seen one with a better price on it.”
Collins, who has had an interest in guns for over 50 years, was pleased to see Gunworx in the city and was even more pleased to be supporting them during their grand opening.
“Supporting local businesses is the biggest thing and I think it’s great they’re opening up,” Collins said. “It’s something the city needed.”
Becky McDonough, executive vice president of the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce, praised the Brown family during the ribbon cutting for bringing their small business to the area. She, like Collins, spoke on the importance of small business.
“It’s entrepreneurial spirit that really is what business is all about,” McDonough said. “You know, seizing an opportunity, filling a need. We really wish you well.”
CAITLIN DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The owners of the store, the Brown family, Cindy, Cory and Cameron, stand with members of the community right before the ribbon is cut at the grand opening.
The gunsmithing portion of the business is one Cameron felt was missing in the Tri-City area. He said there are not many places in the area that offer the same services.
“I just want to be able to offer quality service for people, and there’s really no other gunsmiths around,” Cameron said. “... It seems like a service that people desperately need and nobody offers.”
A gunsmith, as Cameron explained, is similar to a mechanic for a car. He said customers can bring in their guns if they are “acting up” and he can take it apart to find out the cause, as there is a full machine shop located in a garage behind the store. In addition to gunsmithing services, Gunworx also offers conceal-carry classes, special orders and first step’s pistol classes, taught by Cindy.
Cindy said the four-hour class in which she and her husband are both National Rifle Association certified instructors, is for people who purchase a new gun and want to learn how to shoot it. She also stressed the importance of safety as well, which is a big portion of the class.
“I worked in the medical profession for a number of years and I unfortunately saw a lot of people who were on the wrong end of a gun,” Cindy said. “So I want to do everything that I can do to promote safe and responsible gun ownership and gun use.”
Cindy, who developed an interest into gun ownership and use through her husband and son and one trip to the shooting range, was carrying a gun in a holster at the grand opening on Friday, a P-226 9mm. She spoke highly of women being able to carry and shoot a gun, safely and responsibly.
“I don’t think there’s any reason why a woman cannot own a gun and I don’t think there’s any reason why a woman can’t shoot a gun. Traditionally it’s been a man’s domain for a number of years but women are getting more and more interested in the sport.”
From gunsmithing to gun classes, Gunworx is bringing a number of services to the residents of Hopewell and the surrounding communities. Though it was only the grand opening celebration, Cindy took a look at the ever growing crowd and began to look at a expansion in the near future.
Members of the community survey all US Gunworx has to offer at the grand opening on Friday. One of the store owners, Cory Brown, helps customers.
“It’s only the three of us,” Cindy said. “As we grow, we are starting to talk about needing more employees. I hope we need more employees.”
Gunworx is now open and is located at 3701 Woodlawn Street. For more information visit them on the web at www.usgunworx.com or call the store at 804-452-6793.