Buehler Custom Sporting Arms was established in the spring of 2005. The founder and heart and soul of the company is Reto Buehler. Reto's career as a gunmaker started in 1988, at the age of 16. He apprenticed for 4 years, from 1988 -1992, as gunsmith with the Swiss gun shop "Felder Waffen". After completing the apprentice program and passing successfully a practical and theoretical test by a committee of experts, he stayed on with Felder Waffen and worked there until 1995 as Buechsenmacher (gunmaker).
From 1995 until 2004 he worked as stock maker, gunmaker and actioner for 4 different gun companies in Canada and the USA.
In 2005, Reto and his family moved to beautiful Southern Oregon and started his own business.
Reto Buehler has over 25 years of experience in gunmaking, of which are over 7 years in the building of double rifles. He is a professional member of the American Custom Gunmaker's Guild, in the categories of metalsmith and stockmaker.
In due time one will not ask 'how much did it cost to build that' or 'how long did it take', one will ask 'who built this?'
This philosophy was passed on to me by my grandfather, when I was a child, and it was in regards to a wooden bench he had crafted. This has always been my inspiration in building custom guns; for a true craftsman praise and fortune is not the motivation. The task at hand is what matters and execution to ones best ability. He is rarely happy with the finished product as it is perfection he seeks.
I have been fascinated by guns and rifles for as long as I can remember, and when I heard as a child for the first time of a "Buechsenmacher" (gunmaker), I knew that that was what I wanted to be.
Most of us appreciate quality and well made objects. Not all of us recognize craftsmanship, but those which learn to understand how much skill and labor go into the creation of a truly fine gun, will develop admiration for the masters of the past and the present. Over the course of many years I have developed a deep appreciation for excellent craftsmanship and I daily strive to live up to the gunmakers I admire.
My goal in building a custom gun always is the perfect marriage between purpose and beauty. And in taking your wishes under consideration the finished gun will be a refection of your taste and of a piece of my soul.
At last, private gun owner ship is a symbol of a free man or woman. Let us be active in preserving our rights and liberty.