21 Tatro Road, Ludlow, Vt.
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Mark Savery, owner of Tyson Autoworks and Green Mountain Carbine, opened his auto repair shop in 2007. Savery has been in the automotive business since high school. One of Savery’s big hobbies is to go off-roading, and “it’s basically the only job I’ve ever had,” he stated. So it was only natural to start an auto repair business.
At Tyson Autoworks, Savery works on primarily domestic cars, but also some imported Asian and Japanese vehicles, “and I generally get a lot of 4-wheel-drive vehicles,” he said. He offers many auto services including engine repair, chassis work, and tire services. But Savery wants customers to know he doesn’t offer alignments or bodywork.
“Guns were always my passion, but wrenching cars paid the bills.” Savery continued to explain that he grew up in a “household with entrepreneurial parents, so it’s in my blood to do my own thing.” In 2012 Savery and his wife Jeri integrated Green Mountain Carbine into the same location as the auto repair shop. While Mark works on cars and guns, his wife Jeri handles all of the administrative and bookkeeping jobs.
After attending many gun shows in the area, the couple finally got the paperwork from ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) during a show, “and my wife said lets just fill it out this time!” From then, they went through all of the zoning requirements and regulations, and got the store up and running from there.
Green Mountain Carbine has an array of new and used guns for sale, as well as ammunition. They also provide firearm transfers, firearm maintenance and repairs, alterations and optics mounting, custom builds, and also refinishing and custom coating. Coating can include many choices of colors, patterns, and details.
Custom builds all depend upon the customer. “It’s common that someone will come in with an idea and collaborate, and we will start their project from there,” Savery explained. It is all dependent on the scope of what the customer wants, and the budget they have to work with. Savery will make some parts from scratch, or modify specific parts to fit the needs of each project and customer. “It all depends on the gun, but a custom build could take as little as a week, or depending on the components and the firearm, it could take up to a year.”
Stop by the shop for an auto repair or to look at a firearm. The Savery’s are open for business Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.