A gunsmith who has been a presence in Mission since 1995 has closed the Johnson Drive business and is looking for a new location.
Mike Allee, who has been working as a gunsmith for 38 years, said he is in the process of packing up and hopes to be open in a new spot soon. Allee said his federal firearms license did not come through in time to satisfy a requirement for a new lease at the present store.
Over the years, Allee has worked on guns old and new, including guns that were historic classics. Among those was a Colt that was a gift from William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody. The gun had been burned in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The gun had stayed in the family and Allee restored it for them. Pictures of that gun, andy many more are posted on the Gunsmithingonly site.
He has done work for Secret Service agents, including guns that once belonged to Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. The oldest gun he has restored was a matchlock from Japan dating to the 15th Century.
Allee does a lot of antique work, but also builds custom guns as well as the restoration and repair work. He said customers should watch the website for news of the new location. Allee said the decision of store owner Rachael Wohletz to to quit the business prompted the recent changes and leasing issues.