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RetiredNSmilin308
January 20, 2015, 09:05
I have a 1911 High Standard and would like to have some fully adjustable BoMar sights put on it. I could just mail the guy the slide and the sights. It should be a no brainer for a good 1911 guy. I have already ordered the front & rear set off Amazon, but need a good person to install them and possibly mill the slide.

I am worried about ridiculous wait times and ugly expensive work.

I saw a HI Power pretty much destroyed by a guy in Virginia, and I once had a Remington 514 drilled & tapped for a Fecker scope mount that was visibly not even lined up. He also did not know the front and rear mounts had to be a certain distance away from each other for the clicks to be correct.

Bubbas abound.

That is why I prefer to use someone that has already had good experiences with someone that actually knows what they are doing.

I would be grateful for any assistance. You can tell them they can expect a whole lot of repeat business from me if they do a good job.

Thank you all in advance.

Dave

Slow
January 20, 2015, 09:45
not as near to you but Ed Vandenberg here in Houston is my go to smith for 1911 work.

http://www.vandenbergcustom.com







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RetiredNSmilin308
January 20, 2015, 10:32
not as near to you but Ed Vandenberg here in Houston is my go to smith for 1911 work.

http://www.vandenbergcustom.com







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Thank you. That is my hometown. I will call and see what the lag time is.

I am in no hurry, but do not want to wait 9 months either.

nearmisses
January 20, 2015, 14:19
You could probably send the slide to Bomar as they manufactured them. They charge a flat rate and possibly a fast turn around. Maybe Amazon.com can tell you a Smith near home who would install them cheap. Just a little dig to make a point. You see, although there are many hack gunsmiths, it's pretty hard to make a living at gunsmithing when the customers all want to buy cheap and then not even wait to have some work done or even patronize your business. Hence, why the good ones are busy and expensive.

RetiredNSmilin308
January 20, 2015, 14:31
You could probably send the slide to Bomar as they manufactured them. They charge a flat rate and possibly a fast turn around. Maybe Amazon.com can tell you a Smith near home who would install them cheap. Just a little dig to make a point. You see, although there are many hack gunsmiths, it's pretty hard to make a living at gunsmithing when the customers all want to buy cheap and then not even wait to have some work done or even patronize your business. Hence, why the good ones are busy and expensive.

You make a good point.

The old, ..."If I wanted it installed tomorrow, I would have came by tomorrow" attitude some customers have.

I saw it all the time in the marine business.

So you are saying it might be better for me to get a video on 1911 smithing and a Chinese mill at Harbor Freight and do it myself. I am sure I will need some practice materials to learn on first if that is the prevailing attitude of most gunsmith's.

I looked at Brownell's first and they did not have the type of old fashioned big ugly sights I was looking for so on a lark I went to Amazon.

I was as surprised as anyone when they popped up. Exactly the old and ugly ones I had on my Navy issue match 1911.

RetiredNSmilin308
January 20, 2015, 14:39
You could probably send the slide to Bomar as they manufactured them. They charge a flat rate and possibly a fast turn around. Maybe Amazon.com can tell you a Smith near home who would install them cheap. Just a little dig to make a point. You see, although there are many hack gunsmiths, it's pretty hard to make a living at gunsmithing when the customers all want to buy cheap and then not even wait to have some work done or even patronize your business. Hence, why the good ones are busy and expensive.

I said in my original post, I would be giving them all kinds of repeat business once I found one that does good work and I would not have to wait 6 or 9 months to have sights put on a 1911 slide.

I mean that. I have a truckload of work for them to do, once I find a good one. The older I get the more "mechanically challenged" I find myself getting. It would bring tears to your eyes if you saw the butcher job I did on my beloved FAL's gas tube. Now it is all in pieces as I await another one from SARCO. That is why I need experienced eyes and hands to do any gunsmithing work I need done.

I am a trigger puller, not in any way a machinist or a gunsmith. Maybe with that prevailing attitude I might have to learn how to be one. I hope not. I would much prefer to pay an expert in the field to do their chosen craft.

I am new to this area and have only been here four months. Now that I have found a place to shoot, the next step is to join a club, and then get back into competition.

I know my tiny issue fixed sights will not be of much use in the timed and rapid stages. One the slow fire stage I could reload the same case over and over again and shoot the string it is so slow.

nearmisses
January 20, 2015, 15:04
I was ribbing ya, everyone on here has their moments, I just had mine. Lesson, never leave an opening! ha!
Good smiths are hard to find. As for the 1911, I got a set of XS sights awhile back like I was telling someone else on here asking and they will mount them for you. I chose the guys that make our rails machine shop as I had gotten a real steal deal on the Dovetail cutters (GB) needed. Bomar's usually require a bit more work if you want the flat cut. They would be the ones in my book to do the job, a reblue would be in order if milled flat. Like you, I too find everything on Amazon, ebay and GB but always check Brownell's first and see. They were it for us for so many years till others followed their lead. Sometimes they are the best choice now that they use USPO instead of UPS all the time. I got a great ammo deal a while back. When it comes to number one with a bullet they are it for info.

What did you do in the marine business, I worked on boats, commercial diving and Marina repairs too?

Vandenberg looks like he understands the trade pretty well. If pictures are to be believed.

Sig220
January 20, 2015, 15:10
Might want to contact Sledgehammer I believe he is in Jacksonville anyway. A little shop on a hill on the Southside of town...if my memory is any good.

Never worked a 1911 for me, but a heck of a Falsmith and a good guy to boot.

idsubgun
January 20, 2015, 15:15
You're not going to find anyone better then Ed Vanden Berg. I do my own 1911 work, if I didn't, I'd send it to Ed.

Texgunner
January 20, 2015, 15:19
Might want to contact Sledgehammer I believe he is in Jacksonville anyway. A little shop on a hill on the Southside of town...if my memory is any good.

Never worked a 1911 for me, but a heck of a Falsmith and a good guy to boot.

Superior Arms is the name on his shop I believe. At any rate, he's on the left side of Hwy. 69 headed south at the very edge of town. He is hard to beat in my opinion.

He parked this Bulgarian Makarov for me years ago:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Texgunner/Makarov20front20with20bore20shot.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Texgunner/media/Makarov20front20with20bore20shot.jpg.html)

And, built these FALs:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Texgunner/FALfullviewright.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Texgunner/media/FALfullviewright.jpg.html)

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Texgunner/Imbel%20FAL%20Para/Paraleftsideontreegood.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Texgunner/media/Imbel%20FAL%20Para/Paraleftsideontreegood.jpg.html)

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Texgunner/FAL%20G1/rightfullgood.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Texgunner/media/FAL%20G1/rightfullgood.jpg.html)

Gary

TerryN
January 20, 2015, 22:51
You could probably send the slide to Bomar as they manufactured them. They charge a flat rate and possibly a fast turn around. Maybe Amazon.com can tell you a Smith near home who would install them cheap. Just a little dig to make a point. You see, although there are many hack gunsmiths, it's pretty hard to make a living at gunsmithing when the customers all want to buy cheap and then not even wait to have some work done or even patronize your business. Hence, why the good ones are busy and expensive.

Unless I've been off my meds for too long, I seem to recall that Bomar has been out of business for several years - prolly 10-12 or so.

James
January 23, 2015, 16:03
Superior Arms one mile south of the city limits sign in the south end of the bowling alley. Separate entrance from the actual bowling alley.

James