Father, son business will also offer firing range and training facility


Dream come true: Mark Highsmith is about a week away from opening a full-service gun shop in Greenfield. The 12,000-square-foot retail store and shooting range is a culmination of 30 years of work. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — If Mark Highsmith had a vision, it was a hazy one. After being injured in a construction accident, Highsmith needed to find a new way to make a living, and he knew just one thing – he didn’t want to work for anyone else ever again.

Highsmith began apprenticing with a gunsmith, eventually starting his own operation in 1988. For 20 years, Highsmith worked in near-solitude out of a small shop next to his New Palestine home.

The 51-year-old said he would have been content working that way right up through retirement.

So even as he puts the finishing touches on a new, 12,0000 square-foot gun shop in the heart of downtown Greenfield, Highsmith still seems a little surprised at the turn his business has taken.

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