Retired U.S. Marine opens firearms and training store in Forsyth County

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Armand "A.J." Anderson, a medically retired veteran who lives in Winston-Salem, designs and makes firearms. He recently opened his own store in Clemmons to sell his products and hopes to design military weapons for the United States. He is a former mortarman weapons specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps. He was wounded in combat in Iraq and has had numerous surgeries. (Walt Unks/Journal)

CLEMMONS, N.C. — Some people might think that Armand “A.J.” Anderson wouldn’t want to own a custom firearms and training store given the fact that he was seriously wounded while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Iraq, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

But Chimera (Ki-mir-a) Armament will open on Monday at 6332-A Cephis Drive in Clemmons. The store will primarily sell handguns and rifles. The name “Chimera” comes from the creature Chimera in Greek mythology.

The creature is usually represented as having a lion’s head, goat’s body and serpent’s tail – and the business will carry weapons parts from a variety of makers.

“We’ll take parts and pieces from two or three different manufacturers and make them into a whole rifle,” Anderson said.

Anderson designs and builds custom AR-15 rifles and pistols. “I’d say I’ve built probably well over 100 rifles in the AR-15s,” he said.

He plans to sell his own guns as well as firearms manufactured by other companies, including Smith & Wesson, Colt Manufacturing, Glock, Centurion Arms and Rainier Arms. Guns range from $375 to $3,500.

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