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Old 12-27-2012, 12:22 AM   #11
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Oh! No charge for parts .
Then in that case very reasonable. Did they loctite the bushings?
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Yup! And new extended grip screws both sides because the new grips were laser grips and were thicker than the originals.

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Nice. Hope you enjoy the new grips

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Did that include cost of parts or were they extra?
I will call tomorrow. Hope he has the parts/tap.

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anyone can strip out threads, and everyone has done it at least once, on something.

it has nothing to do with the quality of the firearm, and rests entirely on the skill of the monkey with the screw driving changing the grips. If you bought this weapon brand new and you're the only one who's ever changed grips, please take no offense to the term "monkey" if you bought it used, then blame it on the first owner! haha.

I've stripped out threads before especially working on auto projects in the garage. "oops, dangit! oh well, I guess they make helicoils for that!"

the fix is easy. if you don't trust yourself to do it, then stop by your local gun store, either they can do it for you, or will tell you who they sent their gunsmith work to.
Yeah, it *was* new when I bought it. I *am* the monkey/walrus.
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The gunsmith I had in mind would do it w/parts for around $60 (40 minutes @ $80 per hour). I'm looking for other gunsmiths but, surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be many in the Dallas area at the moment.

Should I send it out? Any recs?

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Tad on the expensive side. Up to you. Knowing what I know now, I'd order the parts from Brownells and tackle it myself.

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The gunsmith I had in mind would do it w/parts for around $60 (40 minutes @ $80 per hour). I'm looking for other gunsmiths but, surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be many in the Dallas area at the moment.

Should I send it out? Any recs?
We do gunsmithing in Corpus Christi. Just a short 10 hour drive.
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Watch the extended length screws that they do not interfere with the mag ejection.

Or just send the gun to me and I will put it through its paces (and maybe return it after 10 years).

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Tad on the expensive side. Up to you. Knowing what I know now, I'd order the parts from Brownells and tackle it myself.
Would I *need* tools (other than the tap) to do it? From what I understand, the biggest obstacle is tapping the new holes at the perfect angles (90°). I guess I would need a T-Handle Tap Wrench and make a 1"x1" wooden guide for the tap.
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OK, I'll take that as a tacit "you're on the right track."

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