The Village Gunsmith has been offering Gunsmithing, Guns & Ammo, and accessories sales since 1971.
With almost 50 years of experience, owner Kenneth Pacheco has always had a passion for serving the shooting sports community in Dartmouth, MA and throughout Massachusetts.
Ken Pacheco started The Village Gunsmith in 1971 out of a childhood love for firearms. After serving a two-year apprenticeship with George Strickland of Smith Mills Sport Supply in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Ken worked under Edward Lander of Lakeville Massachusetts, a full-time gun-smith since 1945.
With a combination of tutoring, self teaching and studying every available book on gunsmithing, Ken has progressed to the point where he has accomplished every facet of the trade. Such as; machine shop, fabricating gun parts by hand forging with anvil and hammer as well as machining, fitting rifle barrels, metallurgy, heat treating, metal finishing (blueing and browning), wood finishing, stock fabrication and alteration, custom work, and scratch building with hand tools and raw materials.
Ken has accomplished everything through passion, from antique restoration, building of antique guns to building modern custom target pistols and rifles. He also enjoys working on the 21st century space guns. Ken’s specialty though is antique arms; vintage Colt and Smith & Wesson double action and single action revolvers, and of course, the Colt model of 1911.