“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Scott “Scotty” Benedict is the founder of the firm. Scotty’s career began in finance over thirty years ago. Over twenty-five years ago, he began a part-time business in collectible and antique firearms, designed largely to support his lifetime hobby. The business grew so successful, that he left finance behind nearly a decade ago, and devotes all of his time to locating and procuring the finest examples of collectible military arms for our clients.
Scotty’s knowledge on the subject of Twentieth Century military firearms, is such that he has served on “expert boards”, and is an acknowledged contributor to peer-recognized reference books on the subject of vintage military firearms. Scotty has helped build, maintain, appraise, and liquidate some of the nation’s largest collections of such firearms. Scotty and the firm maintain close contact with collectors all over the country, either assisting them to find the investment grade firearms they desire or helping them liquidate them and recoup their investment when they so desire.
Brett & Scotty scour the entire United States to locate, and obtain the finest firearms, for the firm and its clients. This requires weekly auction, and estate sale attendance, not to mention participation in the nation’s largest and best-attended firearm and military antique shows. Scotty’s and Brett’s persistence, and expertise, has led the firm to become one of the most respected and prolific sources of top condition rare military firearms in the world. Scotty resides in Winchester, Virginia
Brett “Bt” Inman has been associated with Pre98 Antiques since it began, back in 1989, and is a managing partner of the firm. Brett’s career began as a Mortgage banker, in Northern Virginia, where he and Scott met, both discovering a mutual passion for history, WWII, & firearms. Brett & Scott, have become brothers over the past 26 years, and together have traveled extensively throughout the country, on a never ending quest to provide new, and exciting offerings to our clients.
Brett is the right hand of the firm, handling sales, our social networking, marketing efforts, and is responsible for the development of our new web site. Brett is an avid collector of WW2 firearms, and has expertise with US M1 carbines, US 1911’s, and German 98k’s.
Brett is always on the lookout for new collections and opportunities for our firm. Brett currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, and two sons.
Ashleigh “Ash” Kimmons has been our Chief Scribe (office manager) since the summer of 2014. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2009 with degrees in History and Philosophy. Ash handles all of our shipping, FFL transfers, as well as a vast list of other work, for our firm. Ash speaks German and Russian, which is very helpful in translating documents, and assisting our international client base. Ash is always available, and more than happy, to assist you, during office hours. Ash resides in Strasburg, Virginia, with his wife, and two sons.