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wittmeba 07-31-2013 12:22 AM

Need gunsmith near Roanoke Va

First post here.

Im looking for a Gunsmith near Roanoke Va. I have called Trader Jerry's, Briansteens and Roanoke Firearms and none were helpful at all...not even a recommendation.

I have searched the web but they seem difficult to find. Any help or suggestion would be helpful. Thx.

c3shooter 07-31-2013 01:03 AM

Dick Clark Collectibles Roanoke, VA

6711 Williamson Rd # D
Roanoke VA 24019-4274

(540) 366-5232

wittmeba 07-31-2013 01:13 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.

That was the last place I thought would be the one to come thru. :)


wittmeba 08-01-2013 04:02 PM

Update - I took my rifle to Dick Clark Collectables and they do not do Gunsmithing but recommend Briansteens. Went to Briansteens and the problem is their gunsmith is so overloaded he is not taking new business for a couple weeks - until he gets caught up.

So that the right story. Guess Ill have to wait.

The problem Im having is the firing pin doesnt seem to move. It wont fire and I cant set the safety. I have a set of dis-assembly/assembly instructions for the Mauser action but Im not sure of how much force to use to take it apart. The main area is removing the rear cap which holds the safety and apparently screws onto the bolt.

Anyone with experience like this? If you view Figure 6/7/8 it is that part that is in question.

danf_fl 08-01-2013 08:32 PM

Time has a way of "welding" some parts together.

Get some Kroil, soak the part for awhile (maybe 24 hours).
Remove and dry what you can.
Without using tools, push in the retainer and turn it out. Hand power / leverage should not damage any part.
(But if you decide to use any tools, you chance ruining the piece.)

If it does not unscrew on the first try, then repeat the steps.

wittmeba 08-01-2013 10:15 PM

I did spray with WD-40 and I managed to get it apart. Now I cant seem to get it back together. The threaded part of the pin carrier just wont bite inside the bolt. There is no spring tension that I can feel against the insertion.

As I took it apart, Im thinking the problem wasnt seizure but the pin wasnt reaching the primer - like the threaded section was backed off 1 or 2 turns. There was no mark on either of 2 primers/shells I tried.

danf_fl 08-02-2013 01:28 AM

Check the length of the firing pin and compare it to specs.

Is it possible that pin broke?

JW357 08-02-2013 05:47 AM

I'm no gun smith so I can't help with the problem you're having, but I wish you the best of luck.

If you intend to stick around he forums (which I'm not sure why you wouldn't, it's a great place!) be sure to stop by the introductions thread and say hi.

wittmeba 08-02-2013 06:36 PM

Well, no luck. Thought I had it solved but couldnt get the bolt back in the rifle. The safety hit the stock. Back to the drawing board. (:

Not sure how this will be solved now. A full thread makes the pin extend which is what was lacking but wont go into the rifle.

vagunsmith 08-07-2013 02:03 AM

I'm located about 60 miles south of Roanoke between Pulaski and Hillsville Va. I will be glad to look at your bolt problem. I'm open Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5 PM and by appointments only. I am a FFL licensed Gunsmith.
Dave's Firearm Service LLC
3039 Foster Falls Road
Barren Springs, Va 24313
Ph 276-766-3111
Fax 276-766-0097

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