I was born and raised in Germany where I completed my apprenticeship as a machinist after which I served in the German Elite Alpine force where I honed my shooting skills in the sniping division and received a gold medal for marksmanship.
In 1986 I moved to Manitoba, Canada and worked in the guiding industry and after that as a machinist, tool and die making for twelve years.
10 years later I left a great position as a shop foreman in a large machine shop in Fort St. John, B.C. to go into business on my own as a full-time gunsmith and custom gunmaker making North American and African big game rifles.
In 2000 I was accepted as a professional member in The American Custom Gunmakers Guild. That year I moved to Cranbrook, B.C. to work together with Master Gunmaker, Martin Hagn, building his single shot falling block and bolt action rifles. We formed the company Martini & Hagn Gunmakers Ltd. Combining our efforts we produced many extraordinary examples of high-end custom rifles.