WTK: Best 'Smith for Threaded an Eccentric Pistol Barrel


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SharpsDressedMan
November 9, 2012, 07:49 PM
I have a Walther P38 barrel (solid, WWII type) for use with my P1. It has a block end that is eccentric to the bore, and will be a little tricky to thread . Do any of you have a competent and inventive gunsmith that you use for specialty threading? I hate to give it to my current gunsmith, as he has screwed up things in the past.

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Keaner
November 11, 2012, 06:49 AM
Tornado Technologies is highly considered in the suppressor world to be the best of the best. Their lead time is pretty bad at times, but they are as good as it gets!

25cschaefer
November 12, 2012, 10:14 AM
I would imagine any "gunsmith" with lathe could do it; you would dial off the bore, what the outside of the looks like doesn't matter.

SharpsDressedMan
November 12, 2012, 12:46 PM
Thanks. I was told it was not that hard, but the last item I had done, the guy didn't read the instructions (or consider measuring the piston "Nielson" fitting), and mistakenly threaded a 10mm barrel to 1/2x28tpi (.500 ext/.400int.). Not much metal to hang a suppressor on, so the barrel is now becoming an expensive STANDARD length barrel. :banghead:

Flyincedar
November 13, 2012, 02:52 AM
Its really not difficult. As stated above, dial off the bore to ensure its concentric. If you're having someone thread it that doesnt do that, run away and go somewhere else. The outside makes no difference, and very often isnt perfect anyhow

We use a setup on the vertical mill that does not require pulling the barrel. We do all rifles this way, though a pistol may not fit. We have, but almost never use a lathe, and opt for the computer controlled Bridgeport instead.

JustinJ
November 13, 2012, 11:29 AM
We use a setup on the vertical mill that does not require pulling the barrel. We do all rifles this way, though a pistol may not fit. We have, but almost never use a lathe, and opt for the computer controlled Bridgeport instead.

Sorry to get off topic but does that work for AK's as well?

Flyincedar
November 13, 2012, 12:48 PM
Yes it does. Really saves a ton or work on AKs, having to take out and press the barrel back in.

Acera
November 16, 2012, 01:59 PM
You might consider a machine shop for it also.

I have found a local machine shop that is a lot cheaper, lot faster and does a much more precise job than anywhere else. Those guys use their lathe's all day, every day, not once in a while like most gunsmiths do.

Down side is you must know exactly what you want them to do, as you seem to do.

AnthonyRSS
November 17, 2012, 02:50 PM
Find a good machine shop, like Acera said. A decent machinist can do that in his sleep.

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