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Vancouver area gunsmith needed

Discussion in 'Business Discussion & Reviews' started by Vicar, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Vicar

    Vicar Vancouver New Member

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    I have an heirloom colt automatic .32 m1903 pistol that is a little banged up. I would like to have it looked at by a reputable shop to make sure it is safe to fire. Anyone know of a gunsmith in Vancouver that would be helpful?
     
  2. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    Heard good things about Brightwater ventures, but nothing specifically about their gunsmithing.
     
  3. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    Things I would check to make sure it's safe:

    Thoroughly clean the firearm. Find the manual online if you can and perform a full field strip, make sure any and all carbon is cleaned off so you can clearly see the condition of all parts. Re-lubricate it according to the manual.

    Check the barrel/chamber for any cracks under a bright light with a magnifying glass.
    Check the slide for any cracks the same way.
    Look for excessive wear or burrs on the slide or barrel, or inside the action of the firearm
    Make sure the action cycles fully, closes all the way. Run a few rounds through by manually cycling the action, ensuring that it closes up properly each time

    Take it out to a safe place, put a couple rounds in the mag and with proper eyes and ears on, function check the safety (try to fire it with the safety on), then shoot a couple rounds.

    If you note any problems at any of these stages, bring it in.

    If you would like someone to take a look a it for you, bring it in to my shop- location and contact info are in my signature line. We'll look at it for free. Ask for Dan or Duane.

    Make sure that you use the proper ammunition, and not a more modern, higher pressure variant.
     
  4. yotehunter

    yotehunter north west Active Member

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    Clarks rifles
     
  5. Vicar

    Vicar Vancouver New Member

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    Thanks thebastidge for the advise!!! I will start there and see where I end up. Your location is near my residence, so if nothing else I might swing by and peruse your inventory.
     
  6. Torqk911

    Torqk911 Yacolt,Wa Member

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    There is a new gunsmith out in Amboy. He supposedly does the Vancouver and surrounding SWAT gunsmith work. I am not sold on him yet in the few conversations, but I am willing to give him a try.
     
  7. hariph creek

    hariph creek vancouver, wa. Active Member

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    I use John over at Shooters Service Center. It is in Portland but, its close if you're on the west side. He knows his stuff. He's a good gunsmith who also has a gun shop. As opposed to a guy with a gun shop, who does some gunsmithing.
     
  8. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Give Marcus a call at Washougal Mercentile. He has done very good work on a couple of old timers for me.
    360-837-3470