Can I get an estimate over the phone or via email?
No. Without seeing the firearm I cannot give an accurate estimate. If you would like an estimate, please bring the gun in so I can look at it.
Can my firearm be repaired?
The answer usually is yes. It first must be disassembled, cleaned and inspected to determine the actual problem and whether or not it can be repaired. Sometimes it will also need to be test fired to pinpoint the actual cause of the problem. In many cases, the problem turns out to be a small spring, screw or part that is worn, damaged, or broken.
Sometimes malfunctioning firearms only need a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, and lubrication to be back in good working order. Guns with parts missing may be repaired, as long as the missing parts can be found or made. If the part must be handmade then the actual amount of time needed to hand manufacture the missing piece may cost more than the overall value of the firearm. Many times you must make a decision about whether the cost of the repair is warranted based on the value of your gun and its sentimental value.
How quickly can you refinish my gun?
We strive to finish all work in a timely manner, but refinishing a firearm is a time intensive task, requiring several steps. Depending on volume and the difficulty of the job, you can expect to receive your refinished firearm in 3 to 6 weeks.
Do you stock XXXX part needed for my firearm?
We stock a large selection of commonly needed parts, but there is no way we can carry every part for all makes and models of firearms manufactured over the last 100 years or more. Some parts we can make. Most parts must be ordered from our suppliers.
I clean my gun regularly. Do I really need to have it cleaned by a gunsmith?
Yes – a yearly deep clean is the best way to maintain the quality, life and value of your firearm. The number one cause of malfunctions is dirt. We’ll tend to all the details and make sure that any problems with rusting and buildup are cleared away. Every firearm should have a yearly checkup and cleaning.
What will it cost to repair my gun?
I cannot provide an estimate without the gun in hand, it is impossible to diagnose and/or determine the extent of work that will be involved without seeing it. I will provide an estimate once I have had the opportunity to inspect your firearm. Once we have completed these steps, I can give you an estimate of the repair cost. If additional work is required after work begins and it exceeds more than 20% of the original estimate you will be contacted to authorize the additional work. No additional repair work will be performed without your authorization.
How long will it take to repair my firearm?
Some guns require a minor repair that can be completed quickly, while others need more in-depth work. Repair orders are added to the list to wait their turn. Most are repaired in three to four weeks, however we cannot guarantee a specific turnaround. This varies widely based on condition of the firearm, the nature of the problem, the parts required to fix it and their availability.
Do you appraise firearms?
Yes. I will appraise a single firearm up to a large collection and provide you with a written appraisal stating the condition and value of the gun. Many people like to have their firearms appraised for insurance purposes or just to know what their collection is worth. A single firearm appraisal is $35.00; large collections are quoted a flat rate for an appraisal of each firearm and the collection in total.
Why do you charge a fee for FFL Transfers?
As Federal Firearms License holder I am required by Federal Law to maintain certain records regarding each firearms transfer performed. Failure to do so could result in fines and/or revocation of my license. Additionally, all records must be retained for a period of at least 20 years. I wish it wasn’t so, but it is the law. Since I make my living gunsmithing, when I am doing transfers I am not fixing guns; hence the $30.00 transfer fee from a licensed FFL. I will accept transfers from a non FFL Holder, however the fee is then $40.00 per firearm.
My transfer was denied. Can I have my wife/brother/friend/etc. pick up the firearm and do the background check?
No. This is considered a straw purchase and is a federal felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.