NRA All Access Web Clip – Jesse James: The Craftsman



I started my own motorcycle shop in 1989 and my mom's garage I was just 19 20 year-old kid in my garage but it was like man I gotta have a shop name I made the Maltese Cross logo my friend Robby drew it and then I put it on that first bike the first bike had West Coast Choppers on it I had just a little 1,500 square foot shop and it was just after two weeks it was full of business and I've been behind ever since you know in the shop groove in Long Beach – like a whole city block of buildings and I kind of realized hey you know this isn't the life I want to be living I want to be small and work a lot again and not have a lot of distractions and so I closed the big shop down and moved all the equipment here to Texas and just kind of started over my life kind of got to be this big media spectacle and I didn't work anymore but come to realize like it's what I meant to do if I'm not working and not killing myself in front of the forge or at my work venture and my hammer I feel like I'm cheating myself I feel like I'm doing something wrong I went to shot show and people work you know gave me a really warm reception like you should make guns we should do this you should do that I saw opening for where I could fit in with what I do and make stuff the way I make it I went to Israel because I've done everything with metalwork tinsmith coppersmith the last thing I wanted to learn to do was blacksmithing and lived on a kibbutz with the guy named Yuri Hoffy and then learned skills and I wanted to learn to forge weld two years ago I couldn't figure out how to do it I thought you had to just kill it get it to stick together but it's actually you could see I just like kiss it and it makes it one piece cuz this was four pieces of metal and we started this morning so now it's one bar delivering a firearm to someone it they're gonna have it and their kids gonna have it and their kids kids gonna have it well bike bikes are like boats and jet skis and quads soon as chips are down boom that's the first thing on Craigslist but guns people hang on to it for generations and so doing something that's so personal and such a personal item and knowing that they're gonna keep it forever it it's a tall order

23 Comments

  • lil poop

    April 15, 2019

    Jesse is a true craftsman, but he loves to remind everyone he's a blue collar guy but most blue collar guys could never afford anything he's ever made.i could be wrong but from bikes to guns there very expensive.

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  • john K

    April 15, 2019

    If he stopped trying to act “so cool” he would actually be pretty cool.

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  • Meken Ken

    April 15, 2019

    Look I respect his craftsmanship but he's to exspensive the stuff he builds is for the rich no normal ppl in there right mind will pay his prices, but good on him he's worked hard and made millions and the rich have plenty to blow and that's where he comes in. SMART MAN

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  • German Irizarry

    April 15, 2019

    Just selling whats a fad again and making a more gaudy rendition…..

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  • Brad King

    April 15, 2019

    I can't believe the NRA is sponsoring this Nazi womanizer cheating on a great woman with a pornstar really NRA will my children ask who this is I have to lie to my own children shame NRA

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  • notsosilentmajority1

    April 15, 2019

    Jesse James is a real craftsman with whatever he touches. He is representative of real American men, not the sjw freaks we see all over the media. Love the jacket as well. God Bless brother.

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  • Julius Morgan

    April 15, 2019

    really cool guy but he does talk kinda funny…

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  • jenky1044

    April 15, 2019

    The gun in the thumbnail would be a good heirloom or wall art….but from what I can see, that chassis doesn't look like it will accept anything other than a bipod.

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  • Christopher Munn

    April 15, 2019

    Making guns for killers, your reward will be in hell.

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  • mx documentary tv mx documentary tv

    April 15, 2019

    As a metal worker i never respected the bike builders like jesse and occ and the rest but jesse is a fucking master of metal work i thought i would shit on most of these guys in a workshop but hes really fucking talented 8f you ever tried making a gun by hand then you would know its not easy

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  • Ralph Valkenhoff

    April 15, 2019

    Good for you man. I can relate.

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  • Danny Barber

    April 15, 2019

    If this man set his mind to make condoms, better bet your last damn Dollar it will be the best !! Keep up great work .jj.

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  • SouthernKudzu

    April 15, 2019

    All the comments below about Jesse's personal life. Can't judge unless you've lived it. The guy is a true and very talented craftsman and I for one respect his skills, and would love to own a piece of his work. Do I like him? Don't know, I've never met him.

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  • Rodrigo LAUREANO

    April 15, 2019

    Idiot

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  • Rodrigo LAUREANO

    April 15, 2019

    You are an idiot !!!!

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  • j Whittaker

    April 15, 2019

    you want to build a real gun/try what hasnt been done. a semi auto 45/70

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  • Mike Greer

    April 15, 2019

    How is a ex car thief able to manufacture firearms?

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  • Mike French

    April 15, 2019

    Jesse is the freaking man! Honesty a great role model when it comes to hard work, craftsmanship, and dedication to achieving ones goals ??

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  • Fred Fadungy

    April 15, 2019

    Happy for him.. Keep on Keeping On Jesse 07

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  • doublepop99

    April 15, 2019

    Better wear that vest with them patches when making guns. Keep your enemy's close

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  • John Soft

    April 15, 2019

    If you have art within yourself, then you should bring it out.

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  • Michael D

    April 15, 2019

    Everybody likes Jesse James because he doesn't try to act like something he's not

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  • Woermer

    April 15, 2019

    It seems that buing gun kits and put it together means in some places gunsmith lol

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