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Old 05-16-2019, 08:56 PM
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Smith and Wesson cannot work on older Smith and Wessons🙄...as you all know.

Mine is a well used and much loved 1948, and has a few minor issues.

I'm looking for a smith with a good reputation to get the old girl ready for her next 25k rds.

I need someone competent enough to essentially rebuild her. She's a little it of time, has some endshake, may need the yoke adjusted... New spring or two, etc.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:59 PM
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i have a local one i trust but have no idea if you would be willing to send yours to stu , i have an early 47 and a late 47 that he has taken care of for me for years
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:46 AM
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Smith and Wesson cannot work on older Smith and Wessons🙄...as you all know.

Mine is a well used and much loved 1948, and has a few minor issues.

I'm looking for a smith with a good reputation to get the old girl ready for her next 25k rds.

I need someone competent enough to essentially rebuild her. She's a little it of time, has some endshake, may need the yoke adjusted... New spring or two, etc.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks.
I have used Karl Sokol of Chestnut Mountain Sports (https://chestnutmountainsports.net/), but he's local to me. Great guy and knows his way around a pistol.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:42 PM
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Don't know your location, but I would look for a gun dealer or gunsmith in your area first that is a S&W authorized repair station and ask them if they will look at it.
I am armory trained on S&W, the innards are pretty much the same through the years save the firing pin change from the hammer to the frame.
Parts availability can be an issue.
There are well known firearm restoration businesses that can fix just about anything, all it costs is money.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:04 PM
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It appears S&Ws have become disposable guns. I don't like that one bit.

I've been shooting S&W handguns for a half century but I won't buy any more now because of this policy.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:41 PM
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Thanks everyone. I found a guy in Utah. There's not much here where I live. Parts availability is a problem, but he said he can make what he can't buy.

Just in our phone conversation, it sounded like this wasn't going to be too challenging for him. Put me at ease a little.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:04 PM
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Glad you found somebody. I've been looking at K22's for a while now and have a bid in on one right now and had the same concern- getting a 70 year old pistol worked on and maintaining the early S&W quality .....
Let us know how it comes out...

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Old 05-18-2019, 01:37 AM
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I attended an Armorer's school in the early 1980's, learned the ins and outs of the S&W among others, and have been maintaining my stable ever since. I had to buy a fair amount of tooling mail ordered from Brownells, it has served me well.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:14 AM
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You might search Sand Burr Gun Ranch and read about their services. Located in Rochester, IN.
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Please let us know how the work turns out.

Folks here need to know where there are good gunsmiths in their area.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:59 PM
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It appears S&Ws have become disposable guns. I don't like that one bit.

I've been shooting S&W handguns for a half century but I won't buy any more now because of this policy.
And what policy is that? One where they won't work on a 50+ year old gun for which they don't have parts? They should start a job that they can't finish? What's wrong with that.They should have parts for all guns ever manufactured? All guns should be forever things? I can name brands where you're out of luck if it's over ten years old.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:46 PM
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Try contacting GM for parts for a '57 Chevy or their '53 Corvette. You might find them elsewhere but not from their original manufacturer. Production evolution.
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One example is the S&W model 422 and variants which were produced from 1987 to 1996. It is my understanding is that S&W is returning these pistols to senders unrepaired and telling them in so many words "tough luck".

Now a S&W model 1 1/2 is one thing but a pistol that was produced less than 25 yr ago should be a different story. I have clothing older than that. I also drive a 27 yr old Jeep that I expect to be able to repair as needed.
Heck, I once sent a pre-war Ace to Colt and they fixed it.

I had been looking for a 2206 but have since decided against it since I'll be out of luck if it ever needs repair. Also, I still haven't forgotten about that stuff S&W pulled back in the '90s.

That's my opinion.

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Old 06-07-2019, 08:57 AM
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If I bought a gun new in 1948, and was told it had a lifetime guarantee, then I'd expect a guarantee through my lifetime.

Rarely am I impressed with how ANY company conducts itself. So S&W being disappointing, was not surprising.

Side note:
Got my Henry back from warranty(second replacement rifle) ... no front sight hood... garbage.

Got my maple tbolt back from warranty... barrel is not free floating. "Stock fitting" must mean something different to them. Also, can't tighten the action bolts... magazine catch won't engage... garbage.

We'll see how my 351pd is when it returns from warranty. Hopes are definitely not high. I'd bet a good paycheck that it's not repaired correctly.
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