SF Bay Area, S&W gunsmith needed


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alcmaeon
May 15, 2004, 01:07 AM
Hey All

My 629 classic needs a good trigger job. The DA is way too heavy, the SA is way too light. Any good smiths in the SF Bay area, or am I better off sending my 629 to a smith somewhere else?

Thanks

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jimthel
May 17, 2004, 03:30 PM
I'm down South. In Gardena nr L.A. there is Alan Tanaka of AT Gun Works. He is at 310-327-2721 or atcustom@atcustomgunwork.com . He is also a member of the Custom Pistolsmiths Guild. He has done a number of action jobs for me including several 629's. A late version I had with the MIM parts came back with a 7.25 pound double action that would fire magnum primers. The single I set at 2.5 pounds. His prices are reasonable and he turns around the smaller jobs such as this in 2-3 months.

Gary H
May 17, 2004, 03:44 PM
You might call your local ranges. I know that Cliff at Bullseye is usually a good source of info.

bountyhunter
May 17, 2004, 06:25 PM
Hey All
My 629 classic needs a good trigger job. The DA is way too heavy, the SA is way too light. Any good smiths in the SF Bay area, or am I better off sending my 629 to a smith somewhere else?

SW factory does a decent job (I am told). You could call Reed's in San Jose. I know they used to have a good smith, but he was very busy.

Honestly, that is why I trained myself to smith all my SW wheelguns. They are very easy to do trigger jobs on because the spring kits are available from Wolff and the polishing is not that hard to do. The Kuhnhausen shop manual (optional the Jerry Mikulek video) will teach you about how to do it.

FYI: if your gun has not been screwed up by anybody, increasing the SA pull weight is snap: just install a heavier rebound slide spring. They come in all flavors.

Lightening the DA pull is also very easy: just install a reduced power mainspring. Smoothing requires some know how as to where to polish, but it ain't brain surgery.

Guns_and_Labs
May 17, 2004, 06:32 PM
Last time I checked, there wasn't much in the way of revolver magic in the Bay Area. Cliff at Bullseye was suggesting Cylinder and Slide. I ended up shipping one off to S&W PC and the other to Clark Custom Gun. Nasty shipping costs, but good work.

Gary H
May 17, 2004, 06:38 PM
Great Video from the revolver master:

http://www.gunvideo.com/pgroup_details.php?pgroupid=771



http://www.magills.com/images/store4/pgroups/771_image1.gif

railroader
May 18, 2004, 10:00 AM
http://www.gunsprings.com/Revolver/SmithWesson_RvNF.html#S&WKLN You could try changing the mainspring with a reduced power main spring. That will help with the double action pull. Mark

alcmaeon
May 19, 2004, 12:09 AM
Thanks For all the info everyone!

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