Took my 1911 to the gunsmith today

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by MrWray, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    Finally got my high standard 1911 to the gunsmith today, never used him before but he was cheaper than the other guy tht i called.he didnt seem to like tht it was a high standard and said " these things made in china and are junk" kinda made me feel awkward, like my gun wasnt worth customizing or having. I told him tht they r made made in the phillipines not china and tht ive talked to a few guys tht have one and have had no problems interchanging parts. Then he said " well even alot of the colts are made in spain or italy" real nice fella.. Hopefully everything turns out ok with it..
     
  2. neilage66

    neilage66 New Member

    630
    0
    0
    Cheaper is not the best criteria for choosing a gunsmith.

    I would have walked away after the *insult*.

    What are you hiring a gunsmith to do?

    ...and good luck.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    If it's not too late, pick up the pistol and find someone else to work on it. If his attitude is that bad, what quality work will he do?
     
  4. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    U are right about cheaper not being the best, i did hear tht he was good though. And the insult was uncalled for and made me feel ignorant and ur right about should have walked away. I was just already there and overlooked the comments. Hers is the part rundown tht im having replaced...match 3 hole trigger,barrel bushing,firing pin,firing pin stop,slide stop,beavertail..all Ed Brown.. tactical commander hammer and hammer sear which are cylinder and slide and trijicon night sights..
     
  5. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    Going to another smith should have been on my mind, but i had to drive to tulsa and its a lil over an hour drive one way and ive already been waiting a while to get this done and i was pretty excited about being closer to having it completed.. Just dumb on my part i guess
     
  6. neilage66

    neilage66 New Member

    630
    0
    0
    Some of the greatest craftsmen have been ornery and surly to a fault.

    Please let us know whether his reputation was deserved when you get it back.

    We like pictures. :D
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    12,360
    32
    48
    Not only pics, but prices also.

    Did you get the estimate in writing prior to his hacking on it? What brand of hardware is he using or you specified?
     
  8. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    I will b sure to inform u of everything and post photos, i talked to him on the phone yesterday and i told him the i was wanting some parts changed out bit he didnt want the entire list over the phone. He said then a price roughly between $75 and $100. Tht sound really cheap to me and he said tht he normally charges by part not by hour. When he actually had it in front of him today and seen the new parts he said tht he couldnt really give me a good estimate until he started working on it and he would let me know.he said tht he would need the gun for at least 2 weeks.. Is tht a reasonable time range? He said tht he had a few other things going
     
  9. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    Everything tht i took him was Ed Brown except for the hammer and sear..it was cylinder and slide
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    Two weeks is an excellent turn around time.
     
  11. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    Thanks, i feel alot better now
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    When I had my Sistema rebuilt, the smith had it for three months or so and that's not really unusual. In fact, a custom job can take way longer.
     
  13. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    I have a glock 31, which i also love.. It was my duty weapon and i have spent alot of time with it on my side.i will keep the glock on my nightstand and the 1911 will b my carry weapon. Ive also got some custom made "kingwood" grips coming for it as well. Im pretty excited to get it finished
     
  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    Don't forget photos. We're a bunch of gun voyeurs here.
     
  15. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    O dont worry, i love photos too.. The 1911 is a sexy work of art and i love looking at everyone elses guns too.