|03-28-2002, 09:19 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Richardson, TX
What follows is my opinion based on my own experiences (good, bad and dumb). Other thoughts/suggestions/criticisms are welcome. As Bismark said, it is always best to learn from OTHER PEOPLE'S mistakes. :grin:
1. Do your homework. Before considering giving money to a pistolsmith, look into their background. Do they have a good reputation? A good pistolsmith isn't necessarily famous, but if you can't find a satisfied customer of theirs ANYWHERE get suspicious. A good pistolsmith will tend to not just have satisfied customers, but out-and-out fans. Be aware that there is a big risk that if you make a bad choice you will be unhappy with the results or out-and-out screwed over. So choose wisely, grasshopper.
2. Find someone who thinks like you. A pistolsmith with a similar outlook concerning what is good is more likely to give you what you want, even when you aren't quite sure what the heck it is, what it is called, or if it can even be done in the first place. Any pistolsmith worth his salt will try to satisfy his customers, but they will all have their peculiarities and preferences. Your best bet is to find a pistolsmith with a lot of the same peculiarities and preferences you have.
3. Find someone you like to deal with. To get what you want as a customer, you will have to deal with your pistolsmith of choice over a longer period of time than you would for most other business transactions. Personally, I don't think life is worth the grief of dealing with more jerks than you meet on a day-to-day basis. On a more practical note, if you dislike someone you probably won't go out of your way to communicate with them beyond the bare minimum, increasing the chance of misunderstandings and muck-ups. Further, if your intuition tells you there is something wrong with a guy that makes you subconsciously want to hit him with a rock, there is probably a very good reason for it.
4. Communicate, communicate and communicate. Be clear about what you want and don't want. A good pistolsmith will go out of his way to make sure he is clear on all your expectations of him, but when in doubt ask... or tell them.
5. Don't tolerate junk. If something goes wrong with the work the pistolsmith did, give them a chance to fix it; it might be a fluke. But if they can't or won't fix it, try to charge you to fix an obvious screw-up on their part, or otherwise don't stand behind their work then cut your losses immediately. Corollary: don't be a knucklehead and blame them for stuff you didn't ask them to work on.
6. Stick to what works. You can argue this point, but my take on the situation from the consumer point of view is that every time you try a new pistolsmith, you take a large risk of spending a lot of money and not getting what you want in return. I have an EXTREMELY high opinion of the good pistolsmiths out there. What I've seen these guys produce impresses the hell out of me. But I have also seen what crappy pistolsmiths do, and it isn't pretty. More to the point, from the point of view of the consumer the two are often hard to tell apart until you have already plunked down the money. The only exception I'd make to this rule is if you need a different kind of work done (e.g. revolver vs. semi-auto). At this point the pistolsmith you already know produces the results you like should be a good source of suggestions. After all, if they don't make it themselves they are in the same boat as a consumer that you are.
|08-22-2016, 11:14 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2001
I've never heard of them but they seem to carry some good brands.
Since Midway is in the same town I'd tend to go with them due to being much better known and probably a bigger company with more brands available at good prices.
I'd recommend doing some comparative online pricing between the two and see who offers the best price/availability.
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