Jeff Zimba

Jeff Zimba

Jeff W. Zimba was introduced to firearms at an age too young to remember. Ten days after graduating from high school, Zimba reported for duty in the United States Navy, but an injury quickly had him packing his sea bag and heading back home for surgery. He started a retail gun shop and became an NFA Firearms Manufacturer. It was the largest retail NFA stocking gun shop in Maine for several years.

After a short stint working with Long Mountain Outfitters, a large Type 10 (Manufacturer of Destructive Devices) wholesale dealer, importer and manufacturer, he was on the ground level in starting a new magazine (Small Arms Review) covering NFA firearms, and served as the Production Manager and Staff Writer for almost 16 years, specializing in articles on the Testing and Evaluation of systems, both new and old.

His articles have been published in numerous gun magazines in several countries including Machine Gun News – USA, Small Arms Review Magazine – USA, Shotgun News – USA, The American Rifleman – USA, AK-47 & Soviet Weapons Annuals – USA, ARMI Magazine – Germany, PLATOON Magazine – South Korea, and several others.

These days, Zimba remains a freelance writer and maintains a Firearms T&E YouTube Channel ( to share information instantly, as interesting tests he can publish are happening. He is the CEO of Small Arms Research, a New England-based firearms test facility. He is a long-time activist for the Second Amendment on the state and federal level and enjoys his time in the woods and waters of Maine as a licensed Master Registered Maine Guide focusing primarily on providing outdoor opportunities for combat-wounded veterans. He is an active firearms instructor, working with all levels of shooting and enjoys “sharing the craft” with new shooters the most. He continues learning at every opportunity, considering himself a “perpetual Student of the gun” with years of study ahead. In his “spare time” he appears on the hit reality television shooting show “Freedom Fighters” airing on the Pursuit Channel.

Jeff Zimba is the author of The Evolution of the Black Rifle.