A former U.S. Army sniper has opened a new gun shop in northern Colorado.
Eric Croft, a former sniper in the U.S. Army for eight years and firearms instructor for the past three years, opened Windsor Armory in Windsor, Colorado, according to a recent report in the Tribune, which serves Greeley and Weld counties in Colorado. Croft also worked as a diplomatic high-threat security specialist for a private military contractor in Iraq.
Croft has received many inquiries into long gun training, which is his specialty, according to the report.
“It’s something people want to do, but don’t know where to start,” Croft told the Tribune. “Pistol classes are everywhere. I could go down the street and find a pistol class. Long gun courses — true long gun courses taught by experts — are few and far between in this country.”
Besides training and selling long guns, Croft builds custom guns that are cheaper and better than other rifles, according to the report.
“I do custom bolt guns,” Croft said in the report. “I don’t gunsmith my own guns. What I do is I take components that I know [make] a weapon work better and I (build a custom gun). … I can take a $500 gun and turn it into a $1,000 gun.”
Since getting out of the Army in 2013, Croft has wanted to be self-employed. After leaving the military, he worked for a private military contractor and would be gone for months at a time, according to the report.
“I’ve dreamed about being self-employed for a long time,” he said, according to the report. “Ever since I got out of the military in 2013, I’ve wanted this.”