Stephen L. Billeb
|Patron Life Member
National Rifle Association
|Charter Member/Life Member/Co-Founder
American Custom Gunmakers Guild
Because of his life-long preoccupation with the outdoors and its inhabitants, Steve Billeb completed Bachelor and Master’s degrees in zoology at San Francisco State University with additional graduate work at Penn State and Montana State. His gunsmithing grew out of his outdoor-related hobbies. He has been building custom guns professionally since 1974 and did so full time from 1979 to 1990. In 1990 he joined the teaching staff of Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, Iowa, and oversaw the evolution of the gunsmithing program at that institution emphasizing custom firearms.
While primarily nationally known as a stockmaker, he also does many metalsmithing tasks and likes to oversee as much of the total work as possible in order to coordinate a custom firearm into a unified whole. His specialties are in lightweight sporters and double guns, particularly where styling and components can lend themselves to a particular purpose or theme.
In 1983, Steve helped found the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) and until 2012 served as a director, vice president, and president of that organization. (From Modern Custom Guns by Tom Turpin)
In 2001 Steve moved back to Wyoming to enjoy hunting, fishing, and the Western environment. He is doing gunwork from his shop in Cody and accepting commissions for sporting rifles and shotguns.