photo-47Before you ask who or what Red Tail Gun Works LLC is, understand who I am, and what it means to me. My name is Billy Athay, and I’m just another kid that grew up in the small town of Lexington. I grew up in a family that hunts, shoots, and remains vigilant and prepared. It would be an understatement to simply put “guns are a pretty big part of my life,” and it couldn’t possibly explain my unnatural affinity for all things that go “pew.” I am the son of a laborer, a workaholic, and a true professional. It’s where I learned to perfect and accept my need to solve a problem, improve a process, and fulfill my need to know the in depth inner workings of intricate systems. As I sought out to form my own identity, and provide an outlet for my mechanical and creative needs, I turned to what I enjoyed to do as recreation.


photo-39So that is what Red Tail Gun Works LLC is. It is my creative and mechanical outlet, and it’s my way of giving back to a community that fostered my development and maturity. Most importantly of all of this, Red Tail Gun Works LLC is my dream, my passion, and what I whole-heartedly believe to be God’s will for me and my life.




photo-34So why the name? What made me choose the Red Tailed Hawk as a theme? Red Tailed Hawks are indigenous to much of the continental U.S., but are very prevalent here, and are known more exclusively in central North Carolina due to the moderate climate and desirable preys. I hope to encompass the awe that they inspire in their demeanor, the regality of their flight, and the precision of their kills in my own work.