Looking for a vintage sxs gunsmith within 2 hours of hartford CT for some potential work on some older British, American, Belgium SxSs (BSA, Webley & Scott, Clemens, Parker). As well as some help with the safety on a modern Spanish SxS (AOC Uggie). Some of the guns aren’t worth much, even in pristine shape, so want to talk them in person about what it might take to get them to a “huntable” state. Some stock cracks to be fixed, barrel wall thicknesses to be reviewed, laminated steel barrels to be reviewed, firing pin on a hammer gun not budging when struck by hammer, get the Parker a bit tighter on face, etc.
Is Abe Chaber still working? Does Mike Orlen do this type of work? Who does Safari Outfitters and British Sporting Arms in Amenia/Millbrook NY use for their gunsmiths? Suppose I could call them. Would prefer to drive to someone and talk and not have to deal with shipping unless absolutely necessary.
Wish I learned the trade/skills when I was younger, seems to be a lot fewer with this expertise these days...
Also testing some linking of pics below of a couple of these guns, via smugmug: