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purepain 08-16-2012 01:36 AM

What to charge?
Hello guys I have been modifying guns for friends for many years I am a fabricator and gun lover recently I have been stripping guns down for a Hydrographics company that dips them and then putting them back together for them initially it started out I just traded them the work to dip stuff for me but there is only so much I needed dipped. What would be a fair price to charge to strip a handgun down and put it back together. When I say strip it down I mean absolute strip everything comes out of the body and the slide so it can be dipped I am trying to come up with a flat rate for em.

mountainman13 08-16-2012 01:40 AM

You have an ffl?

JonM 08-16-2012 01:45 AM

figure out how much it costs you to do it begin to end. this includes gas shipping packaging whatever all the way down to lunch.

then figure out how much your time is worth.

that gives you an idea.

the other thing is you need to have an ffl (if im not mistaken) to take possession of a firearm that isnt yours over 24 hours for purposes of making money. same is true of the graphics company. if they do it while you sit there and wait they wont need one. a gunsmith that works on a gun while the customer waits doesnt need one

if im mistaken on that im sure C3 can set me right

mountainman13 08-16-2012 02:00 AM

I think either way you need an ffl because its being done for profit (firearm business). If your working on it while the customer waits you don't need to fill out the acquisition paperwork. If you will have it for more than a day you must fill out acquisition and disposition paperwork.

purepain 08-16-2012 02:22 AM

I do have an FFL I manufacture AK47s and AR15s I usually do not work on others peoples stuff simply because I dont want the headache but these guys are local and I was just trying to help them out but had no idea what the cost would normally be. I was thinking in the $50 to $80 range would be fair but I am not sure.

mountainman13 08-16-2012 02:26 AM

Oh ok. We get a lot of questions like that from 'basement smiths'. I'd say that range sounds decent. If you figure $50 (or whatever you charge) for a deep cleaning and then add in the shipping etc. That's gotta be ballpark. Sounds like a great gig btw. I assume they handle all the decreasing etc.

purepain 08-16-2012 02:34 AM

Yup they blast everything to be painted. I have had some issues with overspray and the film being to thick in some areas but for the most part it is pretty easy. I will try to post a pic of the last one I did for them it was a Ruger P90DC dipped in a zombie film.

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mountainman13 08-16-2012 02:47 AM

That's awesome. Great work. You may want to consider becoming a vendor on here and offering your services.

Sniper03 08-16-2012 02:55 AM


Man that is one cool finish on there! You need to do the ZOMBIES! I like that. I would be cool also on an AR!!!


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