from Gordon Duff and Mike Chester, we present;

Message from Mike in the Custom Shop

In the last few weeks, demand for our offerings has increased dramatically and we have completely sold out of our “basic” $499 special. There is a severe shortage on the availability of parts which resulted in the price we pay for parts to sharply increase. Parts for the “Basic” if they were even available, would now cost more than we were selling the complete rifles for. No matter how many times I do the calculations, I still don’t think I can make up the deficit in volume.

All of the other firearms shown are still available at the prices shown but we are down to only one of each for most of them and replacing them will cost more.

We are doing our best to keep our custom products available at reasonable prices, but in the foreseeable future we see shortages and higher prices.


Chet’s Firearms

The VT Custom Firearms Shop is open for business and is ready to take your orders. We took a short break to give Mike a rest but he is back building custom firearms which we are proud to offer.

New variation of our exclusive “Can-Within-a-Can”

This is a new variation of our famous “can-within-a-can design. The outer front grip is grooved rather than the textured design of our original design.


  • 8.5 inch stainless steel barrel
  • ridged front hand grip
  • Krinkov style flash can
  • Custom pistol grip
  • Shockwave Blade arm brace
  • 30 round magazine


We hope to be able to also offer our original version again soon. 

COVID attack cat as requested

Recent events have seriously increased the demand for firearms and many dealers are experiencing shortages. We have plenty of in-stock complete rifles and pistols as well as parts for custom builds.

Gordon Duff with one of the VT Firearms ready to go

There are many weapons in inventory that are not listed including a good supply of curio and relic military weapons. We have a somewhat limited supply of optics and magazines so, for now, they are not available for sale except with a rifle or pistol purchase.

50 years before

Since many people are now experiencing financial limits due to not being able to work we have introduced a new basic rifle at a lower price point but with all of the quality, you have come to expect from us.

Kadir and G

We still have our regular models available for the same price that they were before the current situation. Many sellers are trying to take advantage of the current shortage by raising their prices but we don’t believe in price gouging. Of course, our suppliers have raised their prices and when our inventory needs to be replaced we will have to raise our prices to compensate. But for now, we are keeping them low. We don’t encourage panic buying but are here to serve your needs.

Carbon Fiber kit

For further information or to purchase any of these guns, please contact Mike Chester at Chet’s Firearms of Howell, Michigan. [email protected] or phone 517-548-9558.  Ask for Mike. Prices do not include shipping to your local FFL.

All prices are plus reasonable shipping, all sales require normal license procedures and are limited by law in your area, please check.

Dealer is Chet Firearms of Howell, Michigan.  We have these weapons for immediate shipment and a few more, like a truckload.  You want it, we will build it for you, any caliber or may well have it for immediate shipment.

Call Mike at 517 548 9558

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Newest Offerings 7/13/2020

We are proud to offer our 4 newest designs.

.350 Legend

The .350 Legend is a brand new round that was first introduced in 2019. It was designed primarily for deer hunting but is also a very fine anti-personnel round.

It is a smooth sided round similar to the idea of the .450 Bushmaster but is a much more controllable round to shoot with much less recoil. Like the .450 Bushmaster, it was designed to allow hunters to use it in areas that limit deer hunting to the use of shotguns and non-tapered pistol rounds. They started with a basic .223 round and did not taper it down to the .223 bullet. This makes the projectile a .357 bullet. It is Quite effective.


  • 18 Inch Phosphate coated chrome moly barrel
  • 15 inch slimline MLOK rail
  • custom muzzle brake
  • custom grip
  • Rogers Super stock – adjustable with anti-rattle latch
  • 5 round hunting magazine (most states limit capacity for hunting to 5 rounds. Larger magazine will probably be available in the future)
  • Optics are available but not included in price.


.458 SOCCOM Side Charging “Shoulder Cannon”

The .458 SOCCOM was designed by the military to be a handheld rifle used primarily by the Navy and Coast Guard to shoot holes in pirate ships and drug runner’s boats. It fires a large heavy bullet at high velocity. A typical example is a 350-grain bullet going 1800+ feet per second. This could take down an elephant, though that would be wrong.

This is a new version of our .458 SOCCOM featuring a side charging system rather than the usual rear charging handle. This is usually an extra cost option but we are offering it for the same price as our previously offered rear charger. Aside from the visual differences, the side charging system does not get in the way of the rear of a scope.


  • 16 inch phosphate coated barrel
  • Side charging upper receiver
  • Custom muzzle brake
  • Omega Tactical adjustable stock with thick butt pad
  • 15 inch MLOK rail with slant nose front
  • Uses standard .223 30 round magazine in single stack mode (Holds 11 .458 rounds)


8.5 inch .223/5.56 Pistol


  • 8.5 inch Phosphate coated chrome moly barrel
  • 7 inch slimline Odin Works keymod rail
  • Shockwave Blade arm brace mounted on KAK custom buffer tube with detents for proper position setting of brace
  • Custom Pistol Grip
  • Birdcage muzzle brake
  • Diamondhead flip-up open sights
  • 30 round or 10 round magazine (depends on your local law)
  • Note: photo shows an optional ($35) rear QD sling mount


New variation of our exclusive “Can-Within-a-Can”

This is a new variation of our famous “can-within-a-can design. The outer front grip is grooved rather than the textured design of our original design.


  • 8.5 inch stainless steel barrel
  • ridged front hand grip
  • Krinkov style flash can
  • Custom pistol grip
  • Shockwave Blade arm brace
  • 30 round magazine


We hope to be able to also offer our original version again soon. 



The AK cats

Quality basic rifle .223/5.56 – Sold Out

This is our new model “basic” rifle. The functional parts are the same high quality that we use on our premium rifles. The differences are that it has a basic Mil-spec adjustable stock and pistol grip. No optic is included at this price. Our basic model is a step above most basic rifles in that we include a 10 inch slimline keymod front rail instead of the plastic handguard most offer.


  • 16-inch Phosphate coated or parkerized barrel compatible with .223 and 5.56 ammo
  • Standard mil-spec adjustable stock and pistol grip
  • 10-inch slimline keymod rail
  • Muzzle brake
  • 30 or 10 round magazine (depends on your local laws)
  • Optic not included in base price (add a 3-9X40 Barksa scope for $60 or fold-able open sights for $35)
  • This rifle is also available in other calibers at a slight premium. Call Mike for details.



California / New York Compatible Rifle 

California and New York have enacted cosmetic laws that ban so-called “assault rifles.”

Any rifle with any appearance item from a list of “features” makes it illegal to purchase. We designed and built a “featureless” rifle that has none of the evil parts. Functionally it is identical to our regular AR rifles, it just looks different.

At first glance, it looks a bit odd but it is actually very pleasant to shoot. We only have one in stock and these special stocks are now in short supply so we don’t know when we will be able to build another one.


  • 16-inch phosphate coated barrel, target crowned without threads (one of the banned features)
  • Special “featureless” stock with a curved hand grip instead of a pistol grip. (another banned item)
  • 10 round magazine (CA and NY limit)
  • 3-9X40 Barksa Scope included
  • 12-inch slimline keymod rail


The rifle shown has been sold, but we have new “featureless stocks” on order and hope to have this available again soon. Call Mike for the details.

6.5 Grendel Precision 20 inch Target Rifle

The 6.5 Grendel is the round that the military should be using as it has much more power and accuracy at distance. The bullet is still traveling at supersonic speeds at 1000 yards.

This rifle features a high-end ELD Defense match grade target barrel. It maintains accuracy at well past 1000 yards. ELD is a British company that has made barrels for the UK competition rifle team for many years. They have recently entered the US market and offered manufacturers reasonable prices to get us to try their products. We have found their quality to be excellent. Now that we are using them the introductory prices have ended. This is the last barrel we bought at the lower price so in the future this rifle will cost more.

The photo shows the rifle equipped with a Zeiss scope which is currently out of stock so we are offering it with a Hi-Lux Leatherwood scope in 4-16X44. This is a quality “piece of glass.” You also have the option for an additional $25 of upgrading to the Hi-Lux Leatherwood scope in 6-24X44.


  • 20 Inch Stainless steel ELD match grade target barrel
  • 15 inch Ultra-slimline keymod rail
  • Custom Stainless muzzle brake
  • MOE stock
  • Custom pistol grip
  • Harris style bipod
  • 25 round Magazine


.308 Carbine

Our line of custom .308s are still awaiting approval and so we cannot offer them for sale at this time. We do, however, have one that was built by Palmetto State Armory that we can sell. We took their rifle and replaced the stock with a MOE and added a custom pistol grip. We put on a detachable carry handle with built-in dual aperture sights that co-witness with the front sight post. We added a removable rail with a 3-9X40 Barksa scope on top of the handle. This can be easily removed or replaced using the single thumbscrew that locks it in place.


  • Palmetto State Armory .308 carbine rifle
  • MOE stock
  • Custom pistol grip
  • Removable carry handle with dual aperture sights (co-witnesses with front sight post)
  • Removable top rail for carry handle
  • 3-9X40 Barksa scope
  • 20 round magazine


.450 Bushmaster Rifle

The .450 Bushmaster round was developed specifically as a deer hunting round though it can also be a quite effective anti-personnel round.

Several states, including Michigan, have different zones during deer hunting season. Those nearer to cities only allow the use of shotguns or rifles using non-tapered rounds. The intent of the non-tapered round was to use a pistol cartridge in a rifle for a limited range and power. Rounds such as the .357 magnum, .44 magnum or the .45 Long Colt are used.

Any rifle that uses a cartridge has a larger compartment for powder and is necked down to propel a smaller caliber bullet at high velocity is not allowed. Bushmaster designed a round to get around this limitation and called it the .450 Bushmaster. You can think of it as basically a .45 very long Colt. It is a non-tapered cartridge so it is legal to use in these restricted areas but has power similar to the high powered hunting rifles.


  • 16 Inch Phosphate coated barrel
  • 12 inch slimline keymod rail
  • Custom “tanker” style muzzle brake
  • Omega Tactical custom adjustable stock with thick butt pad
  • Custom pistol grip
  • 8 round magazine specifically designed for the .450 (a standard .223 magazine can be used in single stack configuration but is much more prone to jam.)
  • Optic not included in price but we have a few available.


Collectible Rifles

SKS Rifle

We have one Chinese made SKS rifle (It appears to be a Norinco, but it does not have brand markings) It has not been touched and is still coated in cosmolene. It is a battle used and has some trench art on the stock. It is chambered in 7.62X39 (same as the AK-47)

We gave it a cursory examination and it appears to be in relatively good condition but it has been used in battle so it has some scars. The cosmolene prevents a closer inspection and I didn’t take any photos. We are therefore offering it in as-in condition.

The price is $349.

  • We also have a new modern custom foldable stock that accepts removable magazines and one magazine. These are available if desired at an extra cost of $100. Contact Mike for the details.

Finnish Mosin Nagant

This is a very rare collectible rifle in “hand select” condition. The Finns copied the Russian Mosin Nagant but shortened the barrel slightly and installed a much-improved trigger system.

They made only a tiny fraction of the number made by the Russians and few were imported to the US. It is still in cosmolene and is in above average condition. It appears to have been used very little or not at all. It is chambered in 7.62X54R as is the original Russian model. These are quite rare and this may be your only chance to get one.

Price is $499

These are just a few of our available offerings. We have many assembled rifles in stock for immediate shipping as well as parts to custom build on to your specifications.

Call Mike at 517-548-9558 to ask any questions or to place an order.

Ask for Mike We accept cashier’s checks, Money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. There is a 3% surcharge for credit card use as that is what we are charged and we just pass it along.

The following photos are of some of our previous builds. Some of these are not currently available. 

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Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.

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  1. Up North here, we’ve had a problems with the coyote population getting out of hand. Some people were even feeding one of the critters, which is a stupid idea and it was getting too used to human contact. The local DNR showed up and evicted him.
    There has been a bounty on them but not known if it continues.
    One of these handy dandy rifles looks like a good way to manage the herd. Good scope and not hard on the shoulders.
    And now we’ve got a black bear problem .

    • I whacked one with my bike (with Jim Dean on back). Big sucker…maybe 45 pounds. He was ok, very surprisingly. A dramatic test of Kawasaki stability control and ABS.

    • We have a large number of coyotes around here, not the small scraggly desert ones you see in pictures. Ours are about the size of a German Shepard and I have had them walk up into my back yard in the middle of the afternoon. Often at night, I will hear one howl followed by dozens answering. They do keep down the rodent population which is not a bad thing but we have lost a couple of outside cats to them also.

  2. My wife walked by and caught sight of one your wares and exclaimed “oh wow, what is that?” She, like I, think they are beautiful. They have a “work-of-art” quality about them. It just occurred to me how all handheld arms throughout history have had that same type of beauty, despite being instruments of death. What that says about human nature is not a topic of exploration for me right now.

    • That is one of the reason Gordon and I got into the custom build business, though it has been too long since the last time we sat down together and came up with a unique design. When I am able to translate our ideas into real metal and plastic devices, it gives me pleasure. One of our original designs from about 5-6 years ago is our “can within a can” AR pistol. Neither of us had ever seen anything like this before Gordon suggested that I build one. Last year I began seeing other much larger manufacturers sell a copy of our original design. I guess that we should be flattered as they say that imitation is the sincerest form of plagiarism. (or copywrite infringement)

  3. It is one of several coatings that inhibit corrosion. It provides an even black color also. Parkerizing also prevents corrosion but it is more of a gray color until it is coated with oil so it turns black. All of the barrels we use, except for the stainless steel ones are chrome moly which is very durable but needs a coating to prevent corrosion.

    • I am not sure what happened to the original question but this answer relates to the purpose of the phosphate coating that is on most of the barrels we use.

    • Andy, You’re not alone. The people of Britain have been disarmed, the people of Australia as well. When people are disarmed they become nothing more than subjects.
      “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb discussing what to have for lunch. Liberty is the lamb contesting the vote with a loaded gun.” Benjamin Franklin.

    • Am doing almost no shooting at all. Freakin’ Republican neighbors are hunters, not shooters, and not so many of those. I had no idea Republicans (3rd Coast) would be so anti-gun-fun.

    • 6.5 is dirt cheap, close to .223/5.56. Have yet to test out my 12 inch concept gun which currently sports a 25x Zeiss conquest. As this uses the smaller receiver, it is a better choice than 6.8. At close range you could toast someone with the unburned powder.

  4. “The 6.5 Grendel is the round that the military should be using as it has much more power and accuracy at distance.”

    Will the recoil tear an arm off? (Beowulf reference)

    Sad not to see any “feline armaments” this time around.

    • No, the 6.5 has a low recoil, just a bit more than the .223. On the other hand, the .458 SOCCOM lets you know that you have fired something.

    • Always glad to hear from a satisfied customer. I am sure that your local shelter appreciates all of the fresh pork.

    • What about the Python population? Should make sharpshooters out of ya. I don’t know if I’d want to go wandering around in the Everglades knowing these little beasties are loose.