Jesse James Firearms Wants Our Advice???

Jesse James Firearms Engraving
Jesse James Firearms Engraving
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Texas –-( Yup you heard that right – after giving our light hearted honest opinion of the unveiling last month – Jesse James and JJFU wants OUR advice..?

At least I think that’s what he wants based on this email that he sent us: (see below)

Since Jesse has not taken us up yet on our offering of a good time to chat – we decided just to post our ideas on here.  It seems as though he is reading our website, (Hi Jesse!)

  • Reprice your 1911 – So you dropped the price of your 1911 about $400 since the last time you and I spoke in person – you are on the right track however $3100 for an STI with your “logo” on it is still overpriced.  STI makes plenty of 1911s all of which are under $2,000 – what makes yours so special that its worth an extra $1100+?  If you really want to sell guns – shoot for the $2500 price range – you may be able to convince people to buy one at this price.
  • Rethink that ugly 1911 frame – Sure it looks sort of cool however have you tried fitting that in a standard 1911 kydex holster?  It won’t fit.  You took a standard design with TONS of holster options and made some extended frame that serves no purpose but adding weight.  Now that design doesn’t fit in any standard 1911 kydex holsters.  Ditch the extended frame – it does nothing and hinders holster options.
  • Final Note on 1911s – Consider doing more design / innovation. The people who command $3000+ for a 1911 tend to have a few traits: either they have been in the business for years and have earned their stripes (Ted Yost), they have proven their guns are elite for certain kinds of competition (Joe Chambers – Bullseye or Shay Akai – USPSA), or they really push the envelope in terms of innovation and quality (SVI). A factory-built STI with some signature grips doesn’t foot the bill.
  • AR-15 Crazy Pricing – We can find one AR-15 builder who charges $3K+ for a rifle, and that’s the Godfather, John Paul from JP rifles. His ARs are 100% made in-house and feature the most innovative features in the industry. Are your ARs as good as his? If they are, great, but people will want you to prove it. And my guess is if you put them side by side, your gun with it’s Wilson/FN Barrel and Geissele trigger won’t out-shoot his Supermatch 416R air-gauged, button-rifled, cryogenically treated barrel and his proprietary trigger system. But you know, good luck. We thought your lower looked cool as hell, and so did your hand guard, but cool lowers and hand guards aren’t exactly rare these days. Neither is Magpul furniture. Your stainless steel mags are intriguing, as is your suppressor, but ultimately their utility will come down to how they compare in terms of price and performance to the competition. Can your mags outperform a $12 Pmag?
Jesse James Firearms Wants Our Advice email
Jesse James Firearms Wants Our Advice email

If you want to talk some more about our ideas JJ feel free to reach out – you know how to find us!

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  • 31 thoughts on “Jesse James Firearms Wants Our Advice???

    1. I thought Jesse was a cool guy fer him talk’n bout the work’n mans ways how him & Trump are all American joe six-pack kinda guys. So tell me jesse, how the heck is a joe six-pack like me gonna afford one of them fancy cartel jobs yer sell’n ?

    2. I would have to say IF I was to buy a 5k plus 1911 I’d have no problem paying for one that was hand built by two hands from raw materials. Can’t name one company that does so. Hell most take a caspian frame an slide add a lil machines work checkering etc slap thier name on it an ask 5k!? Who makes thier slides the way he does. Yea it’s a lot for a 1911 but your also getting a piece of ART Hand made. What do you get with a Wilson or knighthawk I’d pay 5k for his gun over a knighthawk any day. Don’t get me wrong all abouve make great guns but you get a great gun and a piece of art with jesse’s gun. .

    3. He can charge whatever the hell he wants, damn the comparisons to other smith’s products. I doubt his bikes perform as well, or have the same features, or ride quality as many other less expensive factory and custom bikes on the market. Does that matter? No. Does it hurt his business? Obviously not. He isn’t marketing his guns or bikes to a mass audience, he is marketing them to select clientele. That clientele isn’t obsessed with performance. They want an art piece, by this particular artist.

    4. If you can afford to spend the money and want to try his products, then buy them, take them to the range or whatever and try them. Until you have actually shot them, your opinion has about as much validity as would the opinion of Mickey Mouse. What ever happened to if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. Sheesh.

    5. Don’t knock the guy until you’ve been face to face and had an intelligent conversation. Jesse is wicked smart and is humble as hell. The time and patience he puts into everything he does makes his products well worth the money. I have shot multiple weapons he has personally built, and I can tell you that they are top notch in the industry.

    6. Well, to the people getting their knickers in a twist about his comments on the 1911s, only one of his models is made from Damascus. To JJFU’s credit, that Damascus gun is a great and unique entrant into the collectible world. However, pretty much everything he makes is impractical to both own and shoot. They’re talking pieces to tout over your friends to say whose name is on the gun and how much you paid for it. For 5 grand, how much more performance can you squeeze out of an AR that you can’t get in a top-tier BCM, Daniel, or JP? It’s all in the name and having some proprietary custom furniture that offers zero benefits (and the guy who does a lot of design work for him is an arrogant jerk). Plus, I’d rather not do business with someone who painted himself into a corner the way he did with his suppressor challenge. That was an incredible display of how not to make a splash in the gun industry.

    7. Jesse james is a name closely associated with quality. His bikes sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and so will and do his firearms. I think the point everyone is trying to get across, is that no one in middle America can affords high (er) priced firearms, but like his bikes only high profile clientele can purchase from him. My opinion is that I would love to own one of his creation but like many others cannot afford it. If he could produce something that was reasonably priced he would sell much more to the public. Why do we hate on someone that has already made a name for himself, he has the money for business adventures so let him try. He is not portraying himself as a large company like colt or remington he is doing this with knowledge accumulated over many years. Rock on Jesse!!!

    8. I would like to say that I look up to Jesse as a welder/fab/machinist. Not some Hollywood star. And the hours of work put into some of these guns are not cheap. I would love to own a custom gun made by him! All the good shit in life is not cheap! I would like to see you trick out the old war horse of a rifle AK-47. They are starting to be the new AR. I need a Jesse James War Horse AK!

    9. All you guys talking smack. Can you guys make or build anything like this man can. Ok that’s what I thought. Bunch of pussy asses. Keep playing with bb guns lmfao.

    10. Hand forging Damascus steel from the best steel and making his guns all by hand deserves some recognition.
      Hate speech is uncalled for!

    11. James is a man blessed with talented hands, make no mistake about it.
      That does not mean that everything he touches turns to gold. Far from it.
      Firearms are not motorcycles, nor are they hot rods.
      Get it?

    12. These comments and article are making me angry. Jesse James is putting real innovation in a community where everyone thinks a trigger group or new mussel break is innovative. Does anyone on here know what Damascus Steel is? What the 1911 frame is made of. I’m surprised it’s as cheap a it is. He HAND FORGES them! He builder his guns from literal scratch and you feel it’s too expensive because the generic, stamped out gun being sold are cheaper. Come on guys.

    13. I have one of his bikes but would not buy one of the guns for that much sorry bro the only way I am paying 4000 forva 1911 is if you make the gun not build it from sti parts. I am also a gun smith I went to school to learn how to fit and finsh a 1911 . You can build a bad ass bike and no one should take that away from you . But that dont mean you can build a gun lets see some testing lets see the ar how it hits at 500 yards I use kreger barrels what are you using are you cuttihg your own chambors do you know how to head space a gun shows us how your guns stack up brother

    14. He’s just trying to find another way to RIP OFF AMERICANS PERIOD. I’ll stick to the companies that know how to and have been doing it longer!

    15. He needs to grab that guy from red jacket to head this project..
      That dude they ran off.. I would also lower your prices.. We are not some stupid bikers trying to spend a lot of money to look cool.. We’re just some average guys that know quality firearms.. Go try to make your millions somewhere else..
      Maybe you could make a line of custom steel yard ornaments!! You could even brag about how you made them by hand.. Lol

      1. Red Jacket was a bunch of hacks!! no gun talent at all, just a train wreck. I would sit with another REAL gunsmith and we would have beers and yell at the tv saying how fucking stupid they are LOL

    16. Jesse James appeared on that ridiculous show “Sons of Guns” once and, now, he is a firearms expert. Shoulda stuck to bikes.

    17. Money ain’t everything but too much of it sure keeps a guy from owning some stuff. As far as whos name is on my gun… I’d rather have my name on my gun. Cost less to put it there looks just as cool to me and I can spend the difference on some fine gun gear. Come on JJ, do business or start making bar-b-q grills.

    18. The price of a product is what ever the market will bare.If people pay that they must think its a good price,that is good for him.

    19. I saw his prices and they’re completely ridiculous. A name or logo adds no value to me, nor does it make the gun more accurate or reliable. All that fancy extra mill work is out of touch with the common, Second Amendment loving, American. He can keep that BS. And, yeah, he should stay away from FN. He would just screw up an awesome pistol.

    20. Anything priced over a Colt is too much money for too little return. The name Jesse James is not one I want to be associated with, certainly not spend good money on.

    21. Is this the same adulterous thug that cheated on Sandra Bullock and built ugly choppers? If so, I wouldn’t buy a gun from him no matter how good the price was or quality of the build. Therre are many men of integrity and character that are more deserving of my hard earned cash.

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