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Has anyone used either Vintage Firearms or Bachelors (boty in Grand Rapids MI) for classic shotgun mechanical work? I had Bachelors re brown a set of Damascus tubes years ago, but now need a single trigger looked at. And possibly chokes opened up a bit. Either of these shops is within driving distance which is why I'm considering them, I don't particularly wish to trust this double to the Post.... I like it too much smile


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Bachelder had a good reputation, but he died.

I do not know if the metal work done there now measures up.

It’s getting harder to get things repaired, because the men that worked on them as a normal thing are all about gone now.

So, fewer craftsmen, longer waits .

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Originally Posted by ClapperZapper
It’s getting harder to get things repaired, because the men that worked on them as a normal thing are all about gone now.

So, fewer craftsmen, longer waits .

Sad, but true.


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Brad and I were good friends and bird hunting companions, with his 2 fine Yellow Labs, for many years. I cannot speak for the quality of the work now being done at his shop since his passing though. I have not yet either bought a used doublegun,snor had any gunsmithing work done by Vintage also in Grand Rapids- Let me just say this--every time I have been in Brad's shop on Plymouth Ave- they have always been busy with customers picking up their guns--Parkers, Smiths, pre- 1964 Winchesters, Colts, Sigs, etc.-- Brad's oldest son Carson is the shop specialist for all the Police and LEF groups on their weapons-for all of Kent Co. and sometimes on out-of-area weapons their (MSP) armorers are not capable of handling. And Brad's widow, Lori- who handles all the paperwork, shipping, ordering, is a first class Lady-- Of course, I am partial to old friends, and I have never done business including gunsmithing work, with Vintage-- RWTF


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Brad and I were good friends and bird hunting companions, with his 2 fine Yellow Labs, for many years. I cannot speak for the quality of the work now being done at his shop since his passing though. I have not yet either bought a used doublegun,snor had any gunsmithing work done by Vintage also in Grand Rapids- Let me just say this--every time I have been in Brad's shop on Plymouth Ave- they have always been busy with customers picking up their guns--Parkers, Smiths, pre- 1964 Winchesters, Colts, Sigs, etc.-- Brad's oldest son Carson is the shop specialist for all the Police and LEF groups on their weapons-for all of Kent Co. and sometimes on out-of-area weapons their (MSP) armorers are not capable of handling. And Brad's widow, Lori- who handles all the paperwork, shipping, ordering, is a first class Lady-- Of course, I am partial to old friends, RWTF


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Fox, you get good at what you do a lot of.
As soon as you start mentioning police work on polymer pistols, the likelihood that I’m going to get a new bridle carefully made goes way down.

People have to make a living, and the living is in doing trigger jobs on Glock’s.

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You might ask Chris Dawe (a quality gunsmith from Newfoundland) about Bachelder. I know he went and worked with Brad a time or two and, just before Brad died, had a multi month working visit lined up. Chris might have some insight about those who are now doing the work. He's a member here under his own name

Vintage is seriously into the vintage game and I'd be surprised if his repair dept was crap. But I've been surprised before.

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I had VFI repair a missing piece of wood on a classic sxs and the repair was perfect. I knew where to look and still couldn't see the repair line. Not cheap


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I've been very satisfied with Del Whitman's work, located in Traverse City. He started his career working for Rigby I believe. Others I know who have used him have been happy as well.
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Originally Posted by Karl Graebner
I've been very satisfied with Del Whitman's work, located in Traverse City. He started his career working for Rigby I believe. Others I know who have used him have been happy as well.
Karl

Karl, doesn't Del focus on wood work? I've heard much good about his stocking, and seen his work. But I'm primarily needing a single selective trigger made reliable


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