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Old 12-13-2002, 08:45 AM   #1
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Fred Sadowski of 300 Gunsmith

Could anyone offer any information on Fred Sadowski and his revolvers. I gather he was quite skilled at tuning Python actions and other revolvers, too. I believe he started 300 Gunsmithing Services which was(or is) located in Colorado.
 
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My first customized handgun was(is) a Smith & Wesson Model 19 that Fred Sadowski did an action job on back about 1976 or so...I was just a high school kid at the time, but REALLY enjoyed shooting--rifle, pistols AND shotguns--and wanted a better DA triggerpull on my 19...my parents were able to "give" me the action job--one of Fred's "Duty" action jobs--as a birthday present!!! It got the DA down to about eight pounds, and the SA was a breathtaking two and a quarter!!!
I remember that Mr. Sadowski was VERY patient about answering my many questions, and he wasn't the least bit condescending or rude, even tho' I wasn't very knowledeable or experienced...in short, having him tune my 19 was a GREAT experience!!!
I enjoyed shooting the HELL out of that Model 19 after his "Action Job"--so much so that I had to send it back to S&W for a "Retightening" later--and I learned a great deal about shooting a handgun from that old 19...
By the time my appreciation of his work had "Matured", and I wanted more--and was able to afford it--he had passed away...
I still have the Model 19...a lot older, and somewhat worse for wear--as is it's owner--it would be one of the last handguns I would EVER part with, IF it came to that...lotsa' fond memories there....mikey357
 
Old 12-15-2002, 05:20 PM   #3
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I sent 300 Gunsmithing a HK VP70z in early 80s because I heard that mr. Sadowski had a way to make them have a reasonable trigger pull. Got it back with a 5 pound trigger with a complete surprise break. I got gun stollen in late 80's it was the first plastic frame handgun and had REALLY Wierd reverse image front sight, but was one cool 9mm after Mr. S worked it over. He was a cool guy to talk with if you didnt BS.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 11:43 AM   #4
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Thanks. I appreciate the insights. I do remember I think the late '70's Guns & Ammo (??) had a story on 2 guns he tuned. They were (memory may be hazy) I think a S&W 19 or 66 and Ruger Security Six. Over at Sixguns J. Taffin says he has a Python that Sadowski had tuned and he won't part with it. By the time I was able to afford the guns and have them tuned Mr. Sadowski had passed on.
 
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It's funny that you remember the piece in G&A...I didn't, at first...after thinking about it a minute, I believe that the Sadowski-tuned revo's were mentioned in Elmer Keith's monthly column...seems like at least one of the guns in question was a Model 29...maybe belonging to Ross Seyfried??? FWIW, THAT piece in G&A is what led me to contact Mr. Sadowski in the first place...after doing so, AND after a less-than-satisfying "conversation" about action and trigger work with a local "'smith", I decided Fred was the one to work on MY gun!!!....mikey357
 
Old 12-16-2002, 06:27 PM   #6
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I had a Python tuned by 300 gunsmith service in 1988.
The action was beautiful, but still had some of the stack left in it.
It didnt go bang everytime on CCI caps either.

I remember at this time that Sadowski didn't do the job, his apprentice did.."Chris" I think?

Oh well.

I still wish I had it back..........
 
Old 12-16-2002, 06:31 PM   #7
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G & A

I think Sadowski had some work in a number of Peterson magazines. Seems to me around 1982 or so they came out with a one time magazine featuring all the stainless revolvers (may have had autos, too but don't recall). In this or one of the other magazines Sadowski had tuned a Ruger Redhawk.

In a way I wish the magazines (aside from American Handgunner) would still showcase the work of a gunsmith once a month in the revolver arena. There probably are a number of good, unknown gunsmiths out there.
 
Old 12-18-2002, 05:45 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Anthony Lombardo
I had a Python tuned by 300 gunsmith service in 1988.
The action was beautiful, but still had some of the stack left in it.
It didnt go bang everytime on CCI caps either.

I remember at this time that Sadowski didn't do the job, his apprentice did.."Chris" I think?

Oh well.

I still wish I had it back..........
Did not Sadowski pass on in the early '80's? I know what you mean about misfires. I had a master tuned Python that Trapper Gun did that did the same thing. Later being a little more knowledgable I had another Python done (had sold the first). Had Walt Sherman do a roller action tune. Unlike the Trapper action job that misfired at 6 1/2 lb. double action this one came back at around 8 pounds double. I figured the mainspring remained untouched so I replaced it with a Trapper Gun Reduced power spring (I don't think they make these anymore). After doing so the double action was 6.5 pounds and it fired everything so I was happy and the single action was about 2.5 pounds. I gather that in some cases the gun can be reduced even further. In my case I guess one could have set headspace to a minimum, weakened the firing pin as done by Reeves Jungkind and played with firing pin protrusion (if it can readily be done on a Python) and seen if the double action could be taken down further.
 
Old 12-18-2002, 05:51 PM   #9
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A guy that is still around that does a mean Python is George Wessinger of Chapin, SC.

He had one laying around his shop in the early 90's that was like butter.
Maybe 7 lbs, no stacking....

He hates doing them. Be prepared to wait 2 years and spend about 200 bucks.
 
Old 12-19-2002, 10:27 AM   #10
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I don't know if Walt Sherman still does handguns - he seemed to want to get into rifles. So far as I know Reeves Jungkind in Texas is still doing Pythons, too. Good to know that Wessinger tunes them.
 
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