In Focus: High-Caliber Craftsmanship

Dan Majerus works on firearms out of his Woods Bay shop

By Greg Lindstrom
Dan Majerus repairs the alignment of the cylinder of a Smith and Wesson at his Woods Bay shop. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Whistling along to the tune of “I Shot the Sheriff,” playing on the radio, Dan Majerus walks back and forth across his shop near Woods Bay, seemingly jumping from one project to the next without ever finishing the first.

But his moves are calculated. Majerus began learning the intricacies of firearms as a child sitting on the bench next to his father, who was a gunsmith in the U.S. Army.

Majerus was born and raised in Red Lodge before moving to Woods Bay more than 20 years ago. He opened his own business about six years ago after spending many years working on firearms for friends and family.

His work covers the gamut of gunsmithing, from repairs and restoration to cleaning and case coloring. It’s time-staking, meticulous work, but it’s work Majerus enjoys.

“It’s like your work is a hobby,” said Majerus. “I don’t mind coming in here and playing with guns.”

Dan Majerus repairs the alignment of the cylinder of a Smith and Wesson at his Woods Bay shop. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon
Dan Majerus repairs the alignment of the cylinder of a Smith and Wesson at his Woods Bay shop. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

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