In another thread we were discussing project guns and a forum member mentioned that people rip into him every time he mentions working on a gun himself. That made me curious as to what opinion most hold of the practice of "do-it-yourself gunsmithing." I myself do a lot of DIY gunsmithing. I love to buy guns that have seem better days and restore them to their former glory. Sometimes this just involves cosmetic work and other times it requires a lot more. Sometimes you are just reshaping metal and resurfacing the outer steel. Other times you are replacing missing or broken internals, refitting internals, or repairing mechanisms. I have one Colt I have spent a lot of time on. I have done every home procedure to improve it's performance you can think of doing. I have altered the trigger, changed bushings, smoothed and tuned internals, etc. Now I absolutely love the gun and it has on more than one occasion held it's own against much more expensive 1911's in bench tests. However, I do not think I would carry it. Not because I do not trust it. It is just that I would hate it to fail on me when I need it knowing I would have only myself to blame since I am the one that messed with it so extensively. I just feel I have taken it from "everyday use" reliability to "bullseye gun" reliability due to the tighter fitting of some parts and the more sensitive trigger. I think there is a different level of acceptable reliability and performance in those two very different fields. I will carry a gun that I have modified slightly. I carry a Glock 33 that I replaced the slide and barrel on (as well as some other small parts) and I trust it. I did have to do some milling on the inside of the new slide to remove some imperfections for it to work properly but I am now confident in its reliability. So maybe I am a bit of a hypocrite, but I feel the Glock has more margin of error. I did not tune it up like I did the 1911...I just replaced some parts. So what are your feelings on this topic? Do you feel it is okay to do some work? Do you feel it is okay to completely overhaul a gun and still carry it? Do you feel it is okay to do what you want to a gun as long as it is not going to be carried? Do you feel a gun should only be tampered with by a professional? Would you trust a gun like my G33 that has had such extensive part replacement?