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Gunsmithing where to turn

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by djackson, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. djackson

    djackson CLM

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    Looking for ideas on who to turn to for some smith work for my newly acquired Wilson Combat CQB. I have contacts John Harrison & Dave Severns, neither are currently accepting new work. I don't have a huge list of work needing done but far beyond my comfort zone.

    I am hoping this smith can also handle my refinishing needs as well.
     
  2. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I would go with Wilson probably. They seem to do really nice work.

    Have you checked with Erickson, Berryhill, Warner, Rodgers, Rogers, CT Brain, Christiansen, or Drake?

    I feel very lucky every time that I hear John isn't taking any work. I have no idea why he took mine, but man am I glad!
     

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  3. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    What does your CQB need?

    I'll say, Drake and Rodgers are not taking work, at least they weren't when I spoke to the each within the last month.
     
  4. drc767

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    I wouldn't send Berryhill my lawnmower to work on......All the others mentioned are top shelf.
     
  5. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Really? I haven't seen his work first hand, but he seems like a good smith? I also added CT Brian and Christiansen to the list.
     
  6. GeorgiaRedfish

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    Right behind you...
    Uh oh,.....okay I got to ask, why? I've seen some awesome builds coming from them. Just wondering.
     
  7. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    I have......and I will never again....Lesson learned. Let's just leave it at that.
     
  8. GJ1981

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    Your shooting for the stars there. Last I heard Ned was over a 5 year wait, which sucks since he's so close to my house. If he'd take the smaller jobs I want, I would have done so by now.

    Without knowing the work to be done, it's hard to say who's the better choice.
     
  9. drc767

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    Sending a CQB to CT Brian would net you the world's most expensive CQB!!
     
  10. GJ1981

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    That's for sure, but it would have some "bling" if it was anything like his normal stuff.

    ETA - He's not taking on small jobs anyway, didn't think so anyway - http://www.ctbrian.com/Ordering.html
     
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  11. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    Depending on what you are looking for, you may want to look at Dave Helton. He does nice work and will have it done before you are eligible to start collecting Social Security, provided it even still exists by then.....:)
     
  12. djackson

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    Here is some of the things looking to have done will probably add a few to the list but still nothing really big.

    -Flush Cut and Reverse Crown Barrel
    -Install a Gold Bead Front / .140 10-8 Rear Sight
    -Fit trigger
    -Round Butt or bobtail not sure yet
    -Lower ejector port
    -Hard hat or cerakote entire pistol

    Please excuse spelling or grammatical error posting from phone
     
  13. djackson

    djackson CLM

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    SSI for me I think not, it will be gone before Obama
     
  14. GJ1981

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    Go with Wilson, they'd do be able to do everything but the finish. You wouldn't have to worry about your warranty being affected either. They may be able to send it out for the finishing too...
     
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  15. drc767

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    The CQB does not have a lowered ejection port already? I would think Wilson could do all of the above except the Hard Hat or Cerakote.
     
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  16. djackson

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    Not sure on ejection port yet the CQB isn't here yet should see it next week
     
  17. BlayGlock

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  18. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    That's Dave Helton.....I have two of his pistols.
     
  19. BlayGlock

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    I am certainly pleased by his work. He prices are reasonable and his turn around is quicker than a lot of the aforementioned folks. At least last I heard.