We Love

Cutter Machine Works is a Veteran owned and operated company. Cutter was started for two main reasons. The first is that we love guns. Shooting them, working on them, talking about them, & dreaming about them. We wanted to make our passion a career. The second is that we saw a need in Central Ohio for custom gun work and we wanted to help.

Cutter Machine Works

Our team consists of people from different backgrounds and walks of life. We have all been brought together with the goal to make a difference in the gun industry. We are all extremely passionate about what we do and that is our driving force.

We strive to provide our customers with top-notch customer service. Cutter Machine Works is a gun manufacturing company that specializes in Gunsmithing, Cerakoting, & Stippling. We help our customers get the custom guns that they want all at one place.

Our Team

Eric Stansifer


Eric is the CEO at Cutter Machine Works. He is a veteran who served as a parachute rigger and communications sergeant with the US Army Reserves and National Guard from 1986-1995.

After Eric’s service in the military, he decided that he wanted to help empower civilians with self-defense knowledge and training that he received in the service. His goal as our CEO and one of our senior trainers is to empower people to effectively defend themselves using the right tools and training.

Some of Eric’s Qualifications include:

  • NRA Pistol Instructor,
  • United States Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate for private security.
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt as an instructor under the International Aikido Alliance.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
  • Bachelor’s of Technical Management from DeVry University.
  • Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management

Rickey Stansifer

Master Gunsmith/Owner

Rickey Stansifer is retired from 38 years of technical consulting as a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering.  He served as an expert in the field of accident reconstruction in litigation cases for attorneys, manufacturers, and insurance carriers.  His career as a forensic engineering expert includes more than two hundred trial appearances.  Rickey’s expertise as an engineer, education from the American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI), attention to detail and problem-solving ability allows us to provide solutions to our customers’ needs.  His leadership propels the service operations of gunsmithing, appraisal, and manufacturing of Cutter Machine Works to be a top-tier gunsmithing provider in the region.  Rickey is a Certified Firearms Appraiser and a Master Gunsmith.

Mike Noice

Senior Firearms Instructor

Mike Noice is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor with many years of experience teaching fundamentals of firearm safety and self defense. Mike is a veteran having served as a combat engineer with the US Army. A life long martial artist, he has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years and currently a senior instructor at Gracie Ohio. Mike employs a holistic approach to self defense, focusing on mindset, training, using the best equipment and scenario based instruction. His passion for teaching is evident and any time working with him is well spent whether in classroom, on the range or on the mat.

Vinny Deyarmon

Senior Gunsmith

Vinny DeYarmon of Monsoon Tactical Has partnered with Cutter Machine Works to bring you some of the best ergonomic handguns on the market.  Vinny started pistol smithing 6 years ago and has honed his skills and is still perfecting his craft to Polymer handgun reconstruction.  Outside of doing polymer surgery on handguns coming from mechanics background,  Vinny has very good Gunsmithing skills on most modern weapon platforms.

Alison Stansifer

Program Director

Alison is our program manager at Cutter Machine Works. she is a senior underwriter and risk management professional for the financial and insurance industries. Her expertise in project management and risk assessment methodologies provides us with the ability to provide unique opportunities and with training initiatives.

Alison is a long time Jiu Jitsu practitioner with a desire to help beginners and children establish a solid base of fundamentals. Her passion is to empower people in all aspects of self-defense, medical, and trauma response programs. When you take a course at Dark Horse MTE, she will help find the best class that fits your needs.

Steve Austin

Medical Training Director

Steve is our Medical Training Director at Cutter Machine Works. He oversees all of our medical training that is offered through our training facility Dark Horse MTE.

Steve served for 12 years in the British Army – Royal Engineers from 1998 – 2010 where he was employed as a Combat Engineer (Sapper), Arrest and Restraint Instructor, Physical Trainer, Combat Medic, & Utilities and Petroleum Engineer in a specialist team. Steve completed many operational deployments including the former Yugoslavia, The Falkland Islands, and 3 front line tours in Afghanistan. Upon completion of 12 years service, he secured a position as a Facilities Engineer for a contractor with the Government of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory in Southern Spain.

Steve holds a degree in Engineering Maintenance, adult teaching certifications from the Royal School of Military Engineering, and EngTech status with the U.K Engineering council, in addition to security, public safety, and state peace officer certifications. Steve is also a trained Facility Management professional (IFMA FMP), Fire Fighter, and advanced trauma medic(primary care and battlefield first aid).

Doug Dean

Doug Dean

Senior Instructor

Doug is another one of our trainers at Dark Horse MTE.

He is an Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) Certified Academy Commander and Basic Private Security Academy Instructor for the Academic, Firearms (revolver, semi-automatic handgun, and shotgun), Subject Control Tactics, Impact Weapons, and Individual Chemical Aerosol courses.

Some of his additional qualifications are:

  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor.
  • Certified Instructor in the  CAR System (Center Axis Relock Advanced Firearms Close Quarters Combat)
  • Certified TASER® Instructor.
  • Multi-disciplined martial arts student and instructor with more than 45 years of experience.
  • Member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
  • Member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

“When it comes to self-defense, it is better to have the power and not need it than to need it and not have it.”

— Kevin Shearer

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Are you interested in becoming a part of our story? Are you passionate about everything involving guns? Contact us today to see if you are a good fit!

Contact Us

10280 Crouse-Willison Rd,
Johnstown, OH 43031,
United States of America

Phone: +1 614.917.7569
Email: info@cuttermachineworks.com