In 1991, at the age of 20, LeRoy Barry started his profession in the custom gun world. As an apprentice at COOPER FIREARMS, LeRoy started learning the finer points of stockbuilding, as a sander and also running the duplicating machine. After mastering the different process's of stockbuilding, LeRoy moved into the assembly and customer service areas.
In 1995, Dan Cooper hired LeRoy to set up and run the STOCK SHOP, a new business, where LeRoy supervised and built HIGH GRADE over under shotgun sets for a Connecticut based company called CVC. In 1997, COOPER ARMS and CVC merged, bringing LeRoy back under the COOPER ARMS umbrella, where he was handed the wood shop once again. LeRoy had a number of stock designs he developed, two of which were for the ANSCHUTZ USA project, a sporter and a mannlicher, based around the Anschutz 1710 action. These received high marks with the writers and the public. In the spring of 1998, LeRoy left COOPER ARMS for a short hiatus, but was convinced to come back and run the wood shop in 1999.
In the years that followed, LeRoy built many custom stocks around different actions thru COOPER ARMS, along with supervising, designing and producing Coopers own line, which includes the JACKSON SQUIRREL rifle and others.
In 2001, LeRoy's future wife, Connie, started learning the fine art of high grade checkering, also a COOPER ARMS employee, where she excelled. Thru her background as a wildlife artist and having a fine eye for detail and design, she is equally important in the overall success and unmatched quality and beauty of a CANYON CREEK stock.
In 2004 LeRoy was encouraged by Dan Cooper himself, to start producing his own custom products. In July of 2006, LeRoy and Connie broke away from Cooper and began solely, CANYON CREEK CUSTOM GUNSTOCKS, LLC.
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