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German Gun Collectors Association

Founded in 1998 by Dietrich Apel, who is also the founder of New England Custom Gun Service, the German Gun Collectors Association answers a long-standing need for a source of information, research, and fellowship for those interesting in the collecting and shooting of German hunting and sporting guns. German Gun Collectors Association

Annual membership in this non-profit group is a nominal $36 per year (U.S. & Canada; $50 overseas). It includes a subscription toDer Waffenschmied ("The Gunmaker"), the Association's attractive and information newsletter (published in English).

Participation is encouraged by all members, including providing photographs, data and stories on any German sporting arms they own or know about. Ultimately, the Association will develop extensive archives and databases where members can research their guns and German gunmakers.

The GGCA also offers an extensive list of books, publications and special reprints of historic catalogs related to the history and identification of German hunting and sporting guns.

The group also conducts tours to Germany, attends a number of shows around the country, and structures its activities according to member interest.

To join or for more information, contact:

German Gun Collectors Association
P.O. Box 385
Meriden, NH 03770
Tel (603) 469-3438
Fax (603) 469-3800 

Dietrich Apel
It is safe to say that Dietrich has forgotten more about guns than most people ever know.

Born in Germany, Dietrich literally was born into the business. He started his apprenticeship over 50 years ago under his grandfather, Franz Jaeger, in whose house and factory he had grown up. Dietrich escaped East Germany before the wall went up in Berlin, coming to the United States to work for his uncle Paul Jaeger as gunsmith and stockmaker.

Dietrich subsequently joined Bill Ruger at his New Hampshire factory as assembly manager. He undertook several special projects, including prototype work on the Ruger over and under shotgun.

In 1977, he returned to Pennsylvania to take over the management of Paul Jaeger, Inc. It was under Dietrich's direction that Jaeger rifles and gunsmithing reached new heights of quality and reputation. In 1986, he founded New England Custom Gun Service in New Hampshire.

Dietrich's experience with fine rifles and shotguns covers a half century. As you might expect, he is particularly knowledgeable about German and other European firearms. Dietrich is regarded by his peers as one of the true experts in the gunmaking and gunsmithing industry.


New England Custom Gun, Ltd.     741 Main Street     Claremont, NH 03743
Phone: (603) 287-4836     Fax: (603) 287-4832      E-Mail:

New England Custom Gun Service, Ltdspecializes in top quality gunmaking, gunsmithing and firearm restoration services to the sporting arms community, as well as high quality long arms, optics and gun components. Our shotgun line includes AyA and Blaser F16 shotguns, as well as drillings and combination guns from Germany by such makers as Merkel, and Krieghoff. Big bore guns, such as double rifles from Krieghoff, are available as well as bolt action rifles from these and other makers, including Sauer, Blaser, Dakota, and Mauser M12 & M18. Although not extensive, our used guns list is definitely worth checking if you are in seach of the occasional gem. We also offer our extensive gun components and gunsmithing tools list features a large assortment of scope mounts by EAW Recknagel, quality gun sights and gun accessories, including express sights by Recknagel, as well as our newly developed receiver sights, the NECG Peep Sight for Ruger rifles, Weaver Bases, Grooved 22 and now the CZ Peep 527 & CZ 550. You'll find a lot of knowledge at NECG. Please browse through all we have to offer. Then let us know how we can be of service!

NECG now imports RWS Ammunition from Germany in hard to find metric ammunition as well as offering lead free bullet options in American calibers. NECG offers Ghost Ring Peep sights for the CZ 527 and CZ 550 and a RUGER Ghost Ring peep sight for Ruger firearms with integral scope bases. NECG is also a place to book your next African plains game hunt to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. NECG also offers ERATAC and Recknagel Picatinny Rails, Bore-Blitz pull through bore cleaners and now GPO-USA or German Precision Optics along with Leica, MEOPTASwarovski and Zeiss.


*Refunds: A refund for the purchase price of the item, purchased directly from NECG, is possible by returning the unused item directly to us.