Longest you've waited to get a gun back?


September 26, 2004, 07:33 AM
I'm a patient person and understand quality takes time....what's the longest you've had to wait to get a firearm back from a gunsmith? I'm currently at 11 months and counting......:(

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September 26, 2004, 09:39 AM
Wow, and I thought the ATF NFA branch was slow. That definitely sucks.

September 26, 2004, 09:50 AM
Sacramento gunsmith. Trigger job, modify the trigger guard, and fit a bull barrel. 15 (fifteen) months. Never again. The wait was definitely NOT worth the "quality" of his work. He hacked it up so badly, I gave the gun to a friend. Probably got $2400 into it, but it breaks my heart to look at that butcher's job.

The most annoying thing about the entire episode may be that he "delivered" it 5 times in those 15 months, the first delivery 10 months after contracting the job. All the rest of the 'deliveries' were for comebacks--FTF's, FTRB; he finally gave up on his setup and reamed out the slide, negating the use of the original barrel. I wouldn't use Bruce Gray again on a bet.

September 26, 2004, 09:55 AM
My Martini's been in pieces in the safe at the shop for over a year now. Shoemaker's children, and all that...

My custom .300 Whisper Turk took over a year, but my 'smith was doing it for Bubba Rates on his own time, and as my finances allowed.

September 26, 2004, 10:59 AM
Got a coating job going on so long that the guys now say they'll do it for free!

Zach S
September 26, 2004, 11:27 AM
Bout six months for a bead-blast. Ironicly, havign a dovetail cut for a front night sight and reblasting the silde only took a week.

4v50 Gary
September 26, 2004, 12:00 PM
Over a year something for a barrel to be relined (barrel only as I had the frame). That was Bobby Hoyt, the barrel genius in PA. He does good work and I'll send stuff to him anytime.

September 26, 2004, 03:18 PM
I've had a Martini being rebarreled by one of my 'smiths for going on 6(?) years now. I told him I wasn't in any hurry for it... and he took me at my word.

September 27, 2004, 08:29 PM
I took my Springfield .22 bolt action and my venerable SKS to a "gunsmith" in San antonio

The .22 needed a rear sight and the safety on the SKS needed mending.

I told the gunsmith that money was no object just fix it.

6 months go by, 12 months, 18.

Finally I go talk to the gunsmith and he tells me that the springfield was too old to find a dovetail rear sight and the SKS could not be fixed because it was Chinese and parts were just not available.

So I thanked him and took it to Dons guns where the smith slapped a new rear sight on the .22 and charged me $6 (took 3 min) then I ordered a new trigger-group for the SKS from AIM for $39.95 and it worked like a charm.

If the guy just didn't want to work on it he should have told me.

The same smith moved to another shop where I ran into him again with my
Ranch rifle that needed a new barrel. He told me that ruger doesn't sell barrels and it would be impossible to fix for under $1500 :rolleyes:

I immediately went home found a place that would install a new Ruger barrel for $100.

If anyone wants to know what shops to avoid in San Antonio feel free to PM me.

Standing Wolf
September 27, 2004, 08:56 PM
I waited eighteen months for a custom High Standard barrel from Lou Lombardi, then pulled the plug on the deal and demanded a refund.

I ordered a similar barrel from the good folks at http://www.volquartsen.com for half Lombardi's price, and received it in three weeks. It's one of the two or three best barrels I've ever shot.

September 27, 2004, 09:25 PM
wow, I dont feel as bad now ,because I am at 2 months and counting for a trigger job. Its a wierd gun though and I knew it would take am while.

September 28, 2004, 12:03 PM
If I remember correctly, it took about 14 months to get a Master Gunsmiths built me a .38 Super Auto match gun from parts (frame, slide, barrel, all internal parts and whatever) that I actually acquired beforehand and shipped to him. When I saw his bill my eyes almost popped out of my head. :eek: But, I also saw the beautiful gun and I calmed down a little. Now, I am glad I did it but I wouldn't do it again.

September 28, 2004, 12:34 PM
I recently sent a rifle to a gunsmith and he told me up front that it would be back in 9-12 months.

I sent two guns, parts, and money to a gunsmith in the Phoenix area approx. four years ago and have never gotten them back. Of course I never expect to either. I can't remember his name or I would post it on here.

I paid $1800 to Machine Gun Kelly's in Las Vegas to order me two guns: it will be two years ago in February and I still don't have them.

September 28, 2004, 10:19 PM
I am currently at 13 months for a P-16 conversion to 10mm and having a 61/2" 610 cylinder rebored to 10mm mag.

No end in sight. I have been thinking about pulling the plug for a while now.

September 29, 2004, 05:26 PM
There are also different reasons for delays... His he (or she) a top smith that just has a long wait? Or is their other job making them run behind?

EGW does excellent work and how they used to work was, you'd send in a deposit, you're name went on a list, then when you were a couple weeks from being on top of the list, you sent your gun in... Works great for me... That's how I'd try to do it if I was a smith. I think that may be how Ned Christiansen does it as well on smaller jobs.

To answer your question, I think a smith had my gun for two months or so... Work was minimal but I was quite pleased.

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