Two friends that shared a love of shooting recently opened a business in Nicollet so they could share their passion with others throughout Minnesota. A small veteran-owned business, ROE Defense was started by Robert Frederickson and Zack Haag.
Through ROE Defense, the duo is able to offer a variety of services all centered around one item: a gun. The company offers gun customizations, gun repair, gun restoration, laser engraving as well as long range shooting, AR 15 builds and sales, suppressor sales and machine gun shoots. It’s not all about just the physical product though, ROE Defense also offers conceal carry classes.
“We have online conceal carry classes so we do classes any time, seven days a week. We’ll work with everyone’s schedule. We have a total of eight conceal carry instructors in Minnesota,” says Frederickson.
Another unique offering of ROE is cerakote gun coatings. Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in that, as well as engraving firearms,” says Frederickson.
The two business partners believe they have hit on the right niche, and that they have found the right location to grow their business.
“Our biggest and best surprise is the support from our local community,” says Fredersickon. “We picked Nicollet because it is a growing community with two meat lockers and two taxidermy shops in town. Everyone asks us why Nicollet and we always say we love Nicollet and the support we get here,” says Frederickson.
Photo by Jonathan Smith