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Shout out to Velzey, and the conclusion to a botched-up gunsmithing job

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Tirving, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Tirving

    Tirving Portland, OR Member

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    Here's an update to this story:
    https://www.northwestfirearms.com/t...l-left-my-slide-with-a-nick-out-of-it.204422/

    I felt like it needed another post mostly to praise Velzey for being an awesome gunsmith, great businessman, and solid, honest guy.

    I'm not going to go over every detail but I'll summarize the original issue. I used Les at Clark County Gunsmithing a few times for some work on my guns. Nothing huge, just stuff I didn't feel qualified for. This summer, I sent him my VP9 to have night sights installed because my sight pusher didn't fit well with the charging ears on the slide and I was afraid I'd scratch up the slide. I figured I'd send it to a professional to do it and pay to have it done. When I got it back, the sights were scratched up and my slide had a sizable but straight dent put in my slide. I was confused about how this could happen and very angry.

    I sought out the opinions of seasoned NWFA members and many gave great advice, including Velzey. I PM-ed him to ask if he would be willing to work on my slide to fix the damage as Les really didn't seem to fix his gigantic mistake. He agreed to, and I drove my gun down to Estacada to have him work on it.

    Long story, less long....... A couple of different repair options were tried but none got the slide to where Velzey was happy with the quality of his work. He offered to work with me to make sure I had a VP9 that was in the pristine shape that mine was in before I took it to CCGS. Well, I can say that this has been fulfilled, I only hope it wasn't too much of a headache for Velzey; I know fixing someone else's mistake is never very rewarding. But, he has a Gunsmithing customer for life.

    If you need some quality Gunsmithing from a guy who treats your gun like his own, Velzey is that guy. I would trust him with anything, from detail-oriented aesthetic stuff, to more complex macro stuff, to rebuilding guns from the ground up. It's refreshing to find someone who takes pride in his work and his professionalism. I sometimes feel like I have to learn to do everything myself to get the quality work I expect. Well, now I don't have to become a quality gunsmith anytime soon. I'll probably learn the trade, but in time as, until then, I have Velzey.

    P.S. I love the NWFA community ;)
     
  2. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    +1 I've dealt with Velzey as well. Good guy, definitely one to keep in mind.
     
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  3. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    After removing the ding I then filled it with a nice tig fill. But the HK nitride heat treating didn't like being disturbed. It left little tiny micro bubble all around the edges. Hmmmm ok Heated it a little more and filled a little more still the same. Ok removed it all. Talked to the folks at Cerakoat and got the filler they say to use. Fill, bake at 425 and it files just like metal......but you can see a slight outline. Hmmm lets try this again....geeeze I can still see an outline..

    Maybe the coating will hide it? Had it coated graphite black....Nope
    HK can get me a slide but it will cost me $370 and a 6 week wait for them to serialize it! And dealer cost on a new pistol is $530:)

    I want my customer to be happy so I swapped out my personal VP9 for his!
     
  4. Tirving

    Tirving Portland, OR Member

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    Top-notch guy. Learning opportunity all around.
     
  5. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Holy cow man!

    Now that is incredible customer service. I will keep you in my contacts list for my future needs.

    Kudos to you.;)
     
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  6. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Vezley rebuilt an fn fal for me had to do a complete tear down to replace a cracked aluminum receiver with a Coonnan arms receiver. The gun turned out perfect. Personally I dont think he charges enough for the quality of work he does.. All I can say is thank you Vezley.
     
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  7. Tirving

    Tirving Portland, OR Member

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    I agree, I don't think he charges enough either. ;)
     
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  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    He's a terrible gunsmith, way overpriced and not to be trusted with a Daisey BB gun.
    Avoid him at all cost. Better to take all your firearms and drop them off at the next gun buy back event.

    Now, if you guys will leave him alone, he will have time to finish all of my projects.
     
  9. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Only gunsmith I deal with. Great guy and good prices.
     
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  10. 41Slinger

    41Slinger Harrisburg Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for being a great representative of your industry Velzey and our passion.
     
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  11. GuyBMeredith

    GuyBMeredith Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    Where is this gun shop?
     
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  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    East of Estacada a couple of miles.
     
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  13. Tirving

    Tirving Portland, OR Member

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    AAR guns
    425 SW 2nd Ave, Estacada, OR 97023. He picks up and drops off guns there. They're good folks at the shop too.
     
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  14. GuyBMeredith

    GuyBMeredith Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    Thank you gentlemen.
     
  15. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Hey Velzey, feel like cutting down and crowning an AR15 barrel to 11.5", then threading the muzzle to 1/2"x28?


    LMK!! ;)
     
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