Artemis Arms in Port Clinton in one-stop shop for weapon restoration

PORT CLINTON — Simply saying Artemis Arms is a gun shop doesn’t adequately describe all of the company’s operations.

The Veteran Owned Shop is a real gun shop offering repair, restoration and custom build services.

In addition, Artemis Arms provides machining, welding and laser engraving services for a variety of industries including marine, automotive and household needs.

“We’re a gun shop, not a retail mall,” said Chris Burlingame, who owns Artemis Arms with fellow Army veteran Kevin Scarpino. “We’re the only true gun shop in the area. There is no one within 250 miles doing what we do.”

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Works with law enforcement agencies, performs restoration work

Artemis Arms’ reputation earned the trust of local law enforcement agencies, and the company supplies firearms to the Ottawa County, Sandusky County, and Erie County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the Clyde and Kelley’s Island Police Departments.

“We do a lot with law enforcement, both local and federal,” Burlingame said. “We work side by side with all of them.”

Artemis Arms processes weapon transfers for online sales and NFA transfers and offers basic and advanced weapon repair and restoration services.

“We are constantly doing restoration work and have built many weapons from scratch. We’re doing a very precise job,” Burlingame said. “We make a lot of hunting rifles. They are light and have a long range. A customer, he consistently shoots for 1,500 yards. He loves to.”

The company offers home fire repairs. Firearms that have been stored in fireproof weapon cabinets can still take smoke damage, and Artemis Arms can disassemble the weapons and clean each part to ensure they are fully functional.

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Also meet engraving requirements

Laser technician Gaby Mann offers laser engravings in the shop for weapons and co.

“We engrave pretty much everything. I just did a mirror for Clinton House,” Mann said. “We engrave mugs, wood and plaques. I made some knife blades and some cool custom gun stuff.”

Artemis Arms works on projects large and small.

“In addition to custom gun work, we do literally everything. We have a full machine shop and a back end welding shop where we make antique farm equipment, drag parts, motorcycles and boat parts,” Burlingame said. “We even built a wheelchair lift.”

The shop offers Cerakote ceramic coating for weapons and other equipment. The plating is available in custom colors, which allowed the shop to recently complete a custom Joker-inspired Glock in purple and green.

“Cerakote is designed for anything that is constantly exposed to the elements. We use it for motorcycle parts, car rims and many boat parts. It’s impact resistant and corrosion resistant,” Burlingame said.

Burlingame opened Artemis Arms when he retired after 20 years in the US Army, but he has a lifetime of firearms experience.

“I’ve been involved with firearms my entire life,” he said.

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Interest in gunsmithing started early

Burlingame learned the gunsmith trade working in a small gun shop as a teenager and his skills developed in the military.

“In the army, I did pretty much anything you can do with a gun,” he said. “Even when I was in the army, I did side jobs at a gun shop.”

Last stationed at Camp Perry, Burlingame chose to stay after retiring.

“I really liked the community,” he said.

Since opening the store about six years ago, he has garnered many loyal customers, including JR Majewski of Port Clinton.

“Chris and the Artemis boys are some of the best gunsmiths around. The service they offer is knowledge-based from their real-world applications,” Majewski said. “Personally, I had Chris design and build my AR. I remember he asked me, “What do you want to build?” My response was, ‘Build me the kind of gun you want.’ The result was one of the best shooting and most accurate guns I have ever owned.”

Artemis Arms is located at 50 Jackson St. For more information, call 419-732-7077 or visit

Contact correspondent Sheri Trusty at [email protected]

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