In 1938, C.R. Pedersen started a business in Chicago with his son manufacturing twirling and directing batons and musical instruments. Upon his discharge from the armed services, his son Rich started a gun shop in Ludington, Michigan. He offered many custom services to many customers as well as other dealers.Many gunsmiths and manufacturers used the famous REX brand engine tuning fixtures, drill jigs and front sights.
Growing up in the gun business Rich's son, Rex performed many gunsmithing operations.
In 1978, he decided to try his hand at firearms engraving. Since then he has received" Professional", now Master status from the Firearms Engravers Guild of America.
In 1996 he received the Smith & Wesson "Masterpiece Award" for the finest engraved Smith & Wesson handgun. In 1999, he received the Beretta "Award of Distinction". This award, recognizes a FEGA engraver who has exhibited both excellence and uniqueness of design.
He has been held many offices in FEGA including President.
His work has appeared in Guns magazine, Shooters Bible, Modern Custom Guns, Custom Firearms Engraving as well as other publications. He recently engraved the #16 ACGG Guild rifle, "The Whitetail, a tribute". For the last 14 years he has engraved the Goodyear Gold Car Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.