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Where to find an amateur gun smith.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by ravencrofte, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. ravencrofte

    ravencrofte portland Oregon Member

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    I have a small job on my AR upper receiver (need to make a hole slightly larger). Where do I find someone in the PDX area who can do that?
     
  2. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Just grab your drill and be the amateur gunsmith:D
     
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  3. easy-e

    easy-e Burien, WA Active Member

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    It might be hard to find the right size drill but depending on the tolerance you are looking for i would drill a test piece in the same thickness of steel/aluminum you're drilling into to see what diameter your bit actually drills to. It might be better to find a machinist friend with an adjustable reamer depending on the size and location of the hole.
     
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  4. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Why do you need for a hole in your AR upper to be bigger??? o_O

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  5. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Which hole and why?
     
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  6. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bigger booolits?? :rolleyes:


    But back to the OP, on a more serious note, depending on what you need done, and where you live, there are several gunsmiths on this board that can accommodate you. I recommend @Velzey as I know he has the equipment and the skills and can likely drill whatever hole you're looking for and his prices are very reasonable.
     
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  7. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I remember when I was an immature gunsmith...;)

    Oh wait amateur, anyhow what hole are you needing done?
     
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  8. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    That's funny! :D Looking back at my first build of any kind and all the trail and errors booboo's I made to get things right. With no formal training and learning it all on my own. No tooling. Now I am easily a couple of dozen builds later. :rolleyes:
     
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  9. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    We know you were always ready to drill a hole.
     
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  10. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    Velzey can fix you up and he'll do it right at a fair price.
     
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  11. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    Amateur gunsmith you say, . . . Just look in ANY direction!!!

    Sheldon
     
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  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hand it over to your wife or girlfriend, then stand back and watch.
     
  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    My first thought was they are all over this board.
    Then I wondered which hole you needed bigger:eek:
    Now I would suggest you go to a professional to make sure you really want it reamed out
     
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  14. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Hand it over to your wife or girlfriend, then stand back and watch.









    was that necessary?
     
  15. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Looking for an amateur gunsmith?

    Have you tried the Amateur Gunsmith Locater Resource Service? It's used by almost everyone at least once.

    It's called a mirror*

    *It also does referrals for plumbing, electrical, construction, and auto repairs,
    all usually with the same mixed results.

    WARNING...DO NOT USE THIS METHOD TO LOCATE A LAWYER OR A SURGEON
     
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  16. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Hey nowo_O

    I think that depends on your general competence with tools and what you have available to you.

    I've saved thousands and thousands of dollars learning to do things myself. YouTube is an insane research tool if you understand the lingo.
     
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  17. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Depends on what you are asking the hole to do.
    Not all holes are created equal.
    Now that the crude thoughts have subsided, I'll explain myself.
    You cannot make a round hole with a two flute drill bit. Though you can't readily see it, the drilled hole will actually be triangular. if your bolting something together it will likely be fine. if you are pinning something together or need a smooth and consistent pivot, it may need to be reamed to be round.
    That said, there are; alphabetic, number, wire size, metric, fractional and decimal drill sizes available. One of those will surely fit the bill if only drilling is required.
     
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  18. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here's a thought. God-forbid you should ever have to use that for its intended purpose. What are you going to tell the jury? 'Cause you know any prosecutor who hears (or reads) that you sought out an amateur to modify your deadly weapon, is definitely going to put you on trial.

    +1= you can find a machinist.
     
  19. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Especially if it is the hole that can get you 7 years! :rolleyes:
     
  20. cooper

    cooper molalla Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You are bound to find one in my master bathroom