, a Type 01 FFL holder, specializes in the "retro" AR15,
but we also work on modern AR15 rifles and many other firearms as well. Call us! 


Are you still accepting work during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Yes, I am working at 100% capacity.

What is your shipping address?

Retro Arms Works
245 S 4th St
Warsaw IL 62379 

When do I pay for services?

When you send parts to be worked on, include the full payment.  I accept cash, check, or money order.  Make checks out to "Retro Arms Works".  I do NOT accept PayPal or credit cards.

When is the best time to call?

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm central time are my hours.  I don't always hear the phone, please try back if there is no answer.  My phone is a land-line, so I will not receive any text messages that you try to send.

Can I send you my complete firearm, AR15 lower receiver, or serial numbered part?

Yes, I possess a Type 01 FFL.  I am licensed to perform gunsmithing on complete firearms and receivers. You can send your firearm directly to me and I can ship it directly back to your home address. I can also transfer firearms to residents of Illinois and contiguous states. NFA firearms are also accepted for repair.

What is your normal turn-around time on parts?

Under ordinary circumstances, I have parts done in 10 business days or less. Obviously, if you have a particularly large order, or are having some special work done, it will take some extra time.

Can you engrave parts?

No, I am not set up for engraving.

When you parkerize, can you perfectly color match another part?

No, parkerizing is NOT like painting. Different metal characteristics take the  chemicals differently. Temperature, time, and chemicals all have an effect  on the final product. I will finish your part in a color consistent with what would commonly be found on a G.I. part.

Do you accept trades?

Sometimes, don't hesitate to ask.  

Can you make a special/unusual part for me?

When time permits, I do custom lathe and mill work on request.  If what you need done is beyond my capabilities, I won't hesitate to let you know.

Do you work on anything besides retro AR15s?

Yes, I can help you out with most firearms related projects.  Military style firearms are my specialty.

Should I include a note with the parts I send, or will you just reference our email conversation?

I receive a large number of emails every day, and multiple packages arrive at my shop daily. It is very important for you to include a detailed note outlining all the work you want done.  Please remember to include your shipping address.  I also request you include a phone number or email address in case I have a quick question for you.