Jim Marsal has the monthly “Jim’s Gems” series at TheGaGG.com. He also is a consulting expert and reviewer in topical areas of gunsmithing, pistol/rifle shooting, law enforcement issues, and reloading. Jim is a technical gold-mine of firearm knowledge!
Jim has served as a Law Enforcement officer in eastern North Carolina for over 25 years. He has worked in various law enforcement assignments including patrol, investigations, crime scene technician, SWAT sniper, firearms instructor and has held numerous supervisory positions up to the rank of Captain. For many years, he has been a state certified concealed carry and NRA Instructor for rifles, pistols and shotguns.
In his off-duty time, he has worked over 15 years as a gunsmith for a local gun shop, as well as on his own. In addition to working as an adjunct instructor for a local community college in a gunsmithing program, he is a factory trained armorer for numerous weapon systems that are currently in use today. He has competed in many types of events including IPSC, USPSA, 3-gun, IHMSA, small bore, sporting clays and trap and skeet. His hobbies include all types of shooting, reloading ammunition, gun collecting, knife collecting, archery and talking with friends. Everyone needs a hobby!