Smokin' Guns' owner, Aaron Pauley, is a 2000 graduate of Bland High School. After graduating high school, he attended New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia and graduated in 2002 with an Associate degree in Machine Technology. While attending college, Aaron joined the Army Reserve in August 2001. He was then deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. From July 2004 until July 2007 he was on active duty in the United States Army. After finishing his active tour of duty, he went back into the Army Reserve and pursued an Associate degree in Auto Mechanics at New River Community College. After finishing college, he decided to start his own business in January 2010 and Smokin' Guns Performance, LLC was born.