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Trigger Job for Smith Revolver?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Ironbar, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I can't seem to find anything (good) on the net about how to do a trigger job for my Smith revolver- a Model 66 K-Frame. The trigger pull is extremely heavy, and I'd like to lighten it up significantly.

    Anyone have any diagrams, videos, or links?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Take it to a good gunsmith. I've had to replace a lot of parts for people who did "trigger jobs" without knowing what they were doing.
     
  3. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Name ONE! There are no gunsmiths in the entire area that aren't run by Billy Bob out of his basement, and may get to you in a few weeks when he's done repainting his den. I swear, what the Portland Metro area needs is an actual store front gunsmith.
     
  4. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    Brightwater Ventures in Vancouver has a gunsmith. Not sure if he's there full time or on-site, but supposedly does good work. Nice store too. A store front is expensive and with many people (including myself) using youtube and the internet as a guide, much of the low-hanging fruit has probably disappeared for them.
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Allison & Carey have a nice concrete block storefront. A little pricy if your not one of the club.
     
  6. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    I avoided going into business because I would have wanted to do it the right way. I just couldn't get past the licencing, taxes, FFL. It gets expensive. Someday, I will get some machines and do some work, otherwise, if it cant be done for myself or friends with hand tools, I don't bother.
     
  7. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Koonce Custom in Salem, Sun Mountain in Bend/Sisters. That's two. I go to Portland as seldom as I can, so I don't have any knowledge of the area. There are several good gunsmiths in Oregon. Whether they work out of their garage/shop or have a separate brick and mortar doesn't matter. Do you know the overhead involved in maintaining a brick and mortar store? How about the fact that you have to have an address to put on an FFL application, so you may need a building for months before you can do business. Do you know how difficult it is to stay on top of jobs when people are constantly stopping by to talk guns (don't get me wrong, I love to BS about guns)? So lets see, lower overhead, less interruptions, and easier to get started. Sorry if you haven't has luck, keep looking...
     
  8. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have heard of problems with the Brightwater's gunsmith. He is the one who use to work at L&L guns.
     
  9. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I need to have the same thing done with my .38 I have a friend in Vegas who is a gunsmith, just waiting for the next trip I make there.
     
  10. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    An actual store front gunsmith takes a huge amount of overhead! Plus you have to hire someone to be the buffer between the smith and the customer. I have no problem talking to folks, but while they talk my ear off there is a ton of work in the back that needs my sole attention.

    FFL, taxes and insurance does add up, but its worth it!

    I dont have a den....:laugh:
     
  11. dmjjj

    dmjjj Sherwood Member

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    Rich's Gunshop in Donald, Oregon did a great trigger/action job on my GP100. I plan to take one of my Smith & Wesson revolvers to them soon. I found the staff to be professional and courteous with reasonable rates and turn around time.
     
  12. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are a very grumpy old man in Grants Pass. Though, I got the impression that I was not part of the "club".
     
  13. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Wild Bills Guns in Molalla does some pretty decent work if you have to have something relatively local to the Portland area. The best revolversmith in Oregon IMHO is Wayne York (Oregunsmithing) in Pendleton. Action and trigger tune on a S&W revolver was around $75 last I had one done by him.
     
  14. K-22

    K-22 Vancouver WA Active Member

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    THe S&W Revolver Shop Manual by Jerry Kuhnhausen is a valuable resource for those interested in S&W revolvers.
    If you opt to have the work done locally, John Semm at Shooters Service Center is top drawer. (503-289-1280) He used to be the warranty shop for Smith in this area.

    You could send it to S&W for an action job. I think this runs about $150.00
    I have had S&W action jobs, and John's action jobs. I was equally happy with both.
    I hope this helps.
    Best,
    Gary
     
  15. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This!

    I went to this guy with a somewhat tired S&W m-66 prelock and he told me it wasn't so bad, turned down the work! Then he went to his safe and pulled out a classic Smith revolver he'd done trigger work on and had me dry fire it. If ever I need revolver work, he'll be the one, for sure. As I recall it was $125.00 for a basic trigger job. Be aware, I believe he's only open on Wed. through Fri., maybe Saturday? Maybe it's changed? Real nice guy, living the dream, working when he wants? LOL
     
  16. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Ah so you have met Bud Hopson!!!
     
  17. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    And warned many people away from his store because of one interaction.