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Old 04-28-2009, 08:06 AM
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Machinist Work

Originally Posted by STBE Harris View Post
... Gunsmiths want from $25 to $50 per hole here in my neck of the woods,
and 2-6 mos depending on the Smith another reason I would rather try homemade. STBE
A good machine shop (job shop) should be able to do the job for you.

By the way, from personal experience I've encountered gunsmiths
or bullet mold makers attending the school I was working at for machining instruction.

Most notable was the chief engineer and designer for Bond Arms - Greg if I remember correctly.
Shortly after Mr. Bond finished a CAD and CNC course I was involved with.
Another gun-guy friend who was enrolled in the class and I (lab assistant at TSTI)
helped Mr. Bond move from Waco to Granbury, Texas.
The reason for the move ... to establish Bond Arms - that was a long, fun day.
This was after Mr. Bond had been relieved of duties from American Derringer
and Robert A. Saunders the original owner had passed away.

The point, most gunsmiths (for that matter ... engineers) are not machinist.
They perform machining tasks as part of their occupation.

It is my opinion a machinist can perform the task as well - actually, even better because of specific training.
If you can provide clear and concise instructions (in machinist speak) for hole locations and thread specifications.
There is little doubt in my mind that a job shop would complete the task on a more timely basis.
W. Edwards Deming ... Quality: It is not enough to do-your-best;
you must know what-to-do, and ... then ... do-your-best.
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