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American Pistolsmiths Guild Mission Statement

The American Pistolsmiths Guild Seal Of Approval is designed to set gold standards for the firearms and related industries. The “Approved Seal” will be placed on products having passed a rigorous test of function and quality which will raise the product above others in the same field and class. These “sealed” products will be what others in the field will have to equal or surpass in form, quality and function in order to be held to the same or higher quality standard.

The American Pistolsmiths Guild (APG) has been “sealing” the finest pistolsmiths in the nation for over twenty years. The Guild sets gold standards for work, products and business procedures as each member has gone through rigorous grading, scrutiny, observation, and critical examination in order to become a member and is in constant pressure to keep their quality of work and business at the highest standard. The APG has gained the experience and has become a respected member of the firearms community as have its individual members.

Products submitted for an APG Seal Of Approval will have to pass tests which will seek answers to questions such as, “does the product perform the job for which it was intended?” Other questions such as, “Is the quality of the product such that it will have a long, useful life greater than anything else in the field,” “is the product ergonomically designed for it to be used with comfort and ease for possibly long periods of time,” and “is the product finished in such a way as to be pleasing to the eye?” Depending on the product and its use in commerce there may be specific questions designed to that particular product and its use.

The Seal Of Approval will be used to seal products manufactured in the United States Of America only. No foreign made products marketed under a foreign manufacturer will be eligible to be graded for the Seal. However, goods made by a foreign manufacturer under the watchful eye of a Quality American manufacturer will be considered for grading for the Seal Of Approval.

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