What to charge?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by purepain, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. purepain

    purepain New Member

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    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.
     

  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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
     
  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    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.
     
  4. purepain

    purepain New Member

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    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.
     
  5. mountainman13

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    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.
     
  6. purepain

    purepain New Member

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    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.
     
  7. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    That's awesome. Great work. You may want to consider becoming a vendor on here and offering your services.
     
  8. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Purepain,

    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!!!

    03
     
  9. purepain

    purepain New Member

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    Got 2 ARs being done right now I will post a pic when done. They will have a lime green background
     
  10. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Init to see some pics. Does the film applied reduce friction or protect the metal from rust or does it just look damn good?
     
  11. masterPsmith

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    JonM, you are totally correct..


    Jim....
     
  12. rocshaman

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    That's too cool, nice work man.
     
  13. purepain

    purepain New Member

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    The film has a matte clearcoat over it so it does protect from rust. I have dipped many long guns in cammo but the zombie print will be something a little different and zombies are hot right now so they should sell quickly the two I am doing now are being done on Spikes Tactical Zombie lowers so they should go together nicely. The did get a new clear that is supposed to have a rubbery style feel to it worked good on long guns but sucked on pistols.