|10-21-2003, 01:14 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2003
Need a gunsmith
I am looking for a reputable gunsmith for two jobs. Since I am 62yro I would like it done in my lifetime, so I can't go to a "Big Name" gunsmith. I have posted this before, but the recommendations didn't work out, so I will explain the job here:
1). This is a straightforward .30-30 Ackley Improvement. The problem comes when I ask a gunsmith if, when doing the AI, they set the barrel back a thread, then rechamber. I'm not positive this is the best way to do it. It was recommended to me that it be done this way. So, what do I know. I just ask the smith and if he mumbles, grumbles, or stutters, and doesn't actually answer the question, or explain it if that's what he does, or if that's the best way to do it, then I cross him off my list. Still need someone for this job who won't keep my gun until my social security runs out.
2). The second job is to cut the ports off a 4 or 6 inch Taurus 455, which is a .45ACP revolver, recrown, and replace the sight. Taurus will not let me special order a gun without ports. I've tried to explain to them how dangerous and annoying ports can be in a carry gun that may be used in the dark, but ignorance prevails. I'd like to put whoever makes those decisions at Taurus on a night shift and have them shoot it out with the flash and powder in front of their face, possibly spitting flames and peeled lead back in their face, and trying to see and aim through all that. Heck, I haven't even mentioned the noise. I ruined my beautiful S&W 27 by Mag na Porting it, so I do have the experience. Marlin got so many complaints on their ported guide guns that I heard they stopped making them ported, or maybe they make them both ways now. The vast majority of guys wanting guide guns don't want those ports on their guns. (Check out "Marlin Talk" if you don't believe me)
I sure would appreciate the recommend of a good smith.
Does anyone know a gunsmith within 100 miles of San Diego? I would be glad to drive there.
Thanks a bunch
|10-22-2003, 08:06 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2002
On job #1 the only shop I can think of is: Bain & Davis; 307 Valley Blvd.; San Gabriel 91776 (626) 573-4241. It is one of the few in L.A. that seem to do custom work on rifles.
On job #2 you might talk to Alan Tanaka of AT Custom Gunworks in Gardena, CA (310)327-2721. He is an APG member noted for S&W work but can sometimes be talked into working on something else and has a fully equipped machine shop. He is easy to get to as is right off the 405 FWY. His backlog seems to be about 2-3 mos. Aside from that the art of gunsmithing in L.A. appears to be drying up.
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