I got this idea from a recent thread. I know we have a couple Smiths, so it may or may not be well received... But what's your worst gunsmith experience? Me, I'm a shade tree Smith myself, so I rarely use them except when hunting parts, so I don't have much experience with them. I'll copy a post I made a few days ago regarding my hunt for a mag release retainer. My worst so far is... I caught a local Smith in what I believe is a lie. I stopped in and asked about MSH's for 1911, and how much a refinish job and/or beaver tail job would run. I bought a polymer MSH for 5 bucks. All his refinishing services and beaver tail fitting costs the same, $80. Hmm, I thought, that's... Different. Then he started touting this "frog skin" finish. "it's the only finish the Navy SEALs will use, and there's only 6 shops in the country allowed to use it" Oh my. Sounds good. Let me think about it. So I googled frog skin. Google ain't heard of it. Talked to a buddy, who talked to a buddy, who talked to a SEAL... this SEAL (whom I've met, very briefly) claims they don't have a "special finish" they use. "What comes on their guns has been swell for a while". Hmm... So I asked the forum. No one who responded had heard of it. I can't help but feel I caught him in a lie. Now, I wouldn't presume to say it doesn't exist... But the evidence says something different. Then, I recently lost my mag release retainer from my 1911 (so recently, I'm waiting on the arrival of a new one right now). He was the only guy in town who had one. $20. I laughed at first. I thought it was a joke. Then I told him, "look, the most expensive one I can find is $7.99. I'll give you ten bucks for the convenience of being able to pick it up here." Ha. He said no. This is a really good one. Whatever. I walked out. So, what's your worst gunsmith horror story?