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Who Are the Best Smith & Wesson Revolver Gunsmiths?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by smoking357, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. smoking357

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    Cylinder and Slide comes to mind. Who else?

    I want a custom barrel made and some other services on a N-Frame.
     
  2. MrBorland

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    Off the top of my head, for the type of work you're asking about, the names that come to mind are Randy Hollowbush, Alan Tanaka, Jim Stroh, Travis Strahan, Mark Hartshorne, Sandy Garrett.

    There's also Randy Lee, who's the smith for competitive wheel gunners. Grant Cunningham is also highly respected, but his wait time is very long.

    Also check out Matt Almeda (revolverarmorer.com).

    Google each for more info (I'm running out the door). I don't have personal experience with any of these, but each is highly respected.
     
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    i have had a experience with Randy Lee of Apex Tactical in Morro Bay CA. his work is awesome and his action work defines the S&W action's potential...he has completely re-engineered the hammer sear geometry

    he has another smith, Scott Folk, now working with him, who has extensive machining experience for any work you might be interested in. www.ApexTactical.com
     
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    What about S & W themselves? They just did a warranty repair for me, no postage cost and round trip less than a week.
     
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    they only wish they could do what Bowen, Glenn or Lee could do
     
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    S&W will only do what they made, not much in the way of custom.
     
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    Smith redid a couple of Model 19s for me. Wont use them again. They left the grip stud out of one I had reblued and charged me shipping when I sent it back for them to correct their mistake.. I plan on trying C&S soon
     
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    Another vote for Matt Almeda. He does excellent work for very reasonable prices. Plus he is a really great guy to work with, really a pleasure to do business with.

    As for S&W, I would only use them for (1) Warranty work (on guns made after mm/dd/1989 - not sure the exact date) or (2) possibly a factory reblue.
     
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    Nelson Ford in Phoenix is the only guy I've used, but I've always been happy with his work.
     
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    I won't deal with Garrett. Northern Virginia Gun Works charged me nearly $200 for a trigger job on a SIG that left the gun non-functional (failure to fire). They refused to refund my money AFTER offering to return the gun in original condition. I guess they thought it was a fair deal to pay $200 for cleaning the slide. Needless to say, I just sent it back to SIG for repair.

    Grant Cunningham did a great job on my S&W K18.
     
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