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Longest you've waited to get a gun back?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rembrandt, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    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......:(
  2. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Wow, and I thought the ATF NFA branch was slow. That definitely sucks.
  3. moredes

    moredes Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    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.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2004
  4. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    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.
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Got a coating job going on so long that the guys now say they'll do it for free!
  6. Zach S

    Zach S Mentor

    Jun 30, 2003
    Western NC/East TN
    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.
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    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.
  8. 0007

    0007 Active Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Back in the USA
    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.
  9. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    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.
  10. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    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.
  11. mokster

    mokster New Member

    Jun 6, 2004
    las vegas
    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.
  12. TK73

    TK73 New Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    Far away
    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.
  13. 444

    444 Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    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.
  14. Myself

    Myself Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    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.
  15. cratz2

    cratz2 Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Central IN
    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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