Local Gunsmiths

fordnut

Active Member
I like Dale up in Summerville, at Eastcoast Guns...He is a good Ol' Boy.

Henery has a good Smith, also. But I don't know if he installs sights...call Henery at HHB Guns...

Hope this helps.

STeve
 

Halfcocked

New Member
fordnut said:
I like Dale up in Summerville, at Eastcoast Guns...He is a good Ol' Boy.

Henery has a good Smith, also. But I don't know if he installs sights...call Henery at HHB Guns...

Hope this helps.

STeve
Well thank ya Steve!

BenMara, if you still need help with that we can do a good job for you and in most cases install them while you wait or the same day. It all depends on if they need some fitting and what I have on my bench at the time.
 

fordnut

Active Member
I took a Kimber Stainless 4" pistol to BOB. I had Kimber made night sights for him to install...He said "No problem, I got the right pusher. It will be a snap"...
4 Days later they called that my gun was ready. I drove up there that afternoon. Bob was not around. I got the gun wrapped up in paper. Paid the guys and went home.
When I unwrapped the gun at home. I found out why he wwrapped it all up.
He charged me $25.00 to scratch the hell out of the slide. It looked like a 4 year old had been beating on it with a hammer...
5 Days later I sent to gun off to it's new owner with the new night sights and all the scratches.
I paid the man $25.00 to beat the hell out of my pistol...I never even had the guts to shoot it. I just traded it off.
Needless to say, I never got an " I am Sorry" or, anythng else. I go in there from time to time, but, Bob never looks at me and always heads for the back...

Steve
 

dosboot

New Member
my gunsmith rant:
Just one time can they have the work done sometime near when they say it will be done? I'm not talking just a little late, ridiculously past the quoted time.
I took a barreled action to be fitted to a stock I provided, was told a couple of weeks. Six months later I went back and it had not been touched.Was told gunsmith had health problems but he had pictures on his web site of two out of country hunting trips he had taken.
Took an ak to have a brake welded on, was told we'll get to it this week. Had to bug the crap out of them to get it done after five weeks. Then the best part they got an attitude with me about it.
Just once can I get quoted a realist time? If it's going to be how ever long that's fine I just don't like being lied to.
 

Frost

Active Member
I am the poster boy for dealing with bad gunsmiths.
I have a story that would make you cry.
I improved the custom work on my very first 1911 with a fracking file!

I do most of my own work but a man has to know his limits.
Some stuff I do farm out, Dale has done some work for me and I was very satisfied.
It was a tricky bit and he came though for me on price and quality.
I have not used the smith that HHB has but have heard good things about him.

Hey Dale whatever happened with that slide you posted pictures of a while back?
 

Halfcocked

New Member
Frost said:
I am the poster boy for dealing with bad gunsmiths.
I have a story that would make you cry.
I improved the custom work on my very first 1911 with a fracking file!

I do most of my own work but a man has to know his limits.
Some stuff I do farm out, Dale has done some work for me and I was very satisfied.
It was a tricky bit and he came though for me on price and quality.
I have not used the smith that HHB has but have heard good things about him.

Hey Dale whatever happened with that slide you posted pictures of a while back?
I had it dovetailed and installed the sights, but the gentleman wasn't satisfied with what we did so he decided to take a file to it. Chester has it now :) he had to tig weld the slots and re-cut the dovetails from scratch.

Frost every man has to know his limitations,especially a gunsmith. I consider myself to be a General Practitioner, I know a bit about a lot of different types of firearms but I have my limits. I actually take pride in the fact that I know a lot of competent smiths that specialize in certain areas, no one gunsmith can know it all. When I get to an area I'm unfamiliar with I either call one of these guys,refer to one of these guys or if the customer wants, take it or mail it to one of these guys, and in return they do the same thing. Thats the way the profession is going right now,there is just to much happening to fast to keep up with it all.

Since I started with East Coast I've moved twice and went from about five guns in the racks to about forty. I have two apprentices that work a total of four days a week and I sub work out to three other gunsmiths locally, sometimes because they're more suited for the job and sometimes just to keep the turn around down.
Needless to say,between the logs,parts orders,dealing with the manufacturers,mailing warranty repairs and answering customer inquiries I stay very busy, and theres more to come!
 

bigfutz

Active Member
Tedge said:
Any gunsmiths in the Anderson/Greenville area you guys would recommend?
Wheaton Arms in Piedmont. I was given a referral by a trusted friend who gets a lot of smithing done there. I used him to fix some 1911 extraction issues - runs perfectly now. Reasonable turnaround.
 
We do our best to help anyone that comes in the door. Sometimes we get backed up, but we let the customers know when their guns will be ready for pickup. We have worked with some of the members on the forum and they seemed happy. As a small business we strive to make the customer happy. If i can't fix something or it continuously has the same problem, you don't get charged. We have reasonable prices with great attitudes. Come check us out.
 

ReefShark

New Member
Rich at D&R did a fantastic job on a little Makrov for me. Highly recommended. On top of the fast and quaility service...they are just good people. Two thumbs way up...
 

heymatthew

New Member
wolfhound0023 said:
Anyone in the Columbia area?
I've used Dwayne at Strong Arms on Miller Road in Sumter, SC (where I live). He's always done good work for me and it's always on time. He has great prices, too. He's getting busier, but he'll give you a realistic timeline for the most part. If you can make the drive over, I'd recommend him. They're open 9-6 M, T, Th, F and 9-1 on Saturdays. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. If you come over on a Saturday, call first to make sure they're not at a gun show or something.
 
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