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Paul Liebenberg is a trained Industrial Designer who has been a professional gun builder specializing in the Browning locked breach pistol platform for over 40 years. He is a certified four-gun firearms instructor and former professional pistol shooter who competed successfully in many disciplines in the shooting sports. A member of the World Champion South African Practical Pistol Team, NRA Action Shooting High Master, AA Skeet Shooter and NRA F-TR High Master, national record holder and former national high power champion in F-TR. Paul is a highly qualified technical and training resource with respect to firearms.

In 1983 he immigrated to the US and joined Pachmayr Gun Works in Los Angeles CA were he rose to manage the Custom Gun Shop. In 1986 he opened Pistol Dynamics in Los Angeles to build high-end 1911 competition handguns and Pachmayr pistols on contract to that company. He also continued the technical development of the 40-caliber pistol cartridge that eventually became the 40 S&W we know today.


In 1989 Paul joined Smith and Wesson to structure the Performance Center where he designed and developed unique S&W pistols and manufacturing methods for a growing niche market. In 2001 Paul moved to Florida to open Pistol Dynamics 2 where he continues to design and build unique custom handguns, match rifles and related products.

Paul’s success as a designer, builder and shooter is well documented and he continues to be recognized by his peers as one of the leading exponents of the art of pistol craft and gun building.

Apart from his involvement in the firearms industry as described above he is a highly qualified expert witness and design consultant to the industry at large having been a key figure in implementing the 1911 in production form with a number of  major manufacturers. His 1911 solid models have been used as the basis for product produced by a number of companies and he has built variations of the pistol for many gun related companies baring their brand identification. 

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