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Old 02-23-2021, 00:47   #1
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I'll LET you look at it........

yes......the very words that enrage some gunsmiths & make others simply shake their heads.

a co-worker came up to me tonight and said those words eventually
this was the conversation that had me wanting to ugly cry balled up in the parking lot.

Hey guy.....you drive your truck tonight? I brought my Uncles gun, it won't break open so I thought i'd let you look at it.

You mean you want a diagnostic service before a repair......

awww man....I just thought i'd let you look at it & see if you can fix it

if I look at it i'll just tell you, yep it's a gun, and hand it back to you

he stares at me, not even comprehending what I just said

Is this gun from the same Uncle that beat the bolt OFF of a Nylon 66 forcing it to chamber a .22 magnum round last year?

ohhhh no....that was his SON did that !!

so it's from the same house?

yeah, but this be a brand new gun....one of them .22/.410 2 barreled guns.

a Savage model 24?

ummmm....I don't know what it is....I just know what it do

OK....i'm on my bike tonight but let's walk out and i'll try to get it to break open

he pulls a #24 Savage plastic stocker out of his truck & I give it the once over.......EVERY VISIBLE SCREW ON THIS GUN HAD BEEN ATTACKED BY A DRUNKEN NINJA W/A BROKEN GINSU !!!

I thought you said this gun was new?

well....my Uncle said he won it somewhere ......but never put any bullets in it 'cause it won't open

ok...i'll bring my truck tomorrow night & take it to the shop.....

after I triple check whether or not it's loaded, i'll yank the buttstock and see what the latch is hanging on, or what's broken inside ( my bet )
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Awww man , umm my Uncle said you also might want to give my car a tune up, said you was pretty good at fixin things and Oh if your wife could come by and help clean my house that'd be real cool.....I'll let you look at it.
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Old 02-23-2021, 12:41   #3
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Awww man , umm my Uncle said you also might want to give my car a tune up, said you was pretty good at fixin things and Oh if your wife could come by and help clean my house that'd be real cool.....I'll let you look at it.
Jeez man....you KNOW this guy !
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Reminds me of my computer service tech days.

"You're pretty good at fixing 'puters, aren'tcha?"

Yep, and I charged $60 an hour for it.
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..........he pulls a #24 Savage plastic stocker out of his truck & I give it the once over.......EVERY VISIBLE SCREW ON THIS GUN HAD BEEN ATTACKED BY A DRUNKEN NINJA W/A BROKEN GINSU !!!
Yes, the screws always reveal things, although most won't reveal it as obviously as this.

Thanks for the chuckle.
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When I pick one up or one is handed to me I first check cleared. Then I look at the screws! Tells me all I need to know. And if you ever worked on a Smith and Wesson, you know about the screw thing. I actually just passed on a Colt Cobra Gen 2 with gen 1 screw pattern because it had buggered screw head.
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When I pick one up or one is handed to me I first check cleared. Then I look at the screws! Tells me all I need to know. And if you ever worked on a Smith and Wesson, you know about the screw thing. I actually just passed on a Colt Cobra Gen 2 with gen 1 screw pattern because it had buggered screw head.
Yes, when you have evidence that an idiot has been dicking around inside a lovely S&W Masterpiece........you need go no farther in examination.
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Old 02-25-2021, 00:17   #8
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Yes, when you have evidence that an idiot has been dicking around inside a lovely S&W Masterpiece........you need go no farther in examination.

what always pisses me off is the idiots that try to PRY the side plate off.......you can tell an untrained hand immediately !!
I went to school for this, became certified as a gunsmith and owned my own shop for several years.

The Savage 24 last night had the bent (break action) guide pin in UPSIDE DOWN....and....a spring on it that would hold up the ass of a '52 Buick and about 2 full coils too long.....no effing idea where that spring came from, but it had the latch puller jammed fully forward with nowhere to physically go.
It's back to 100% now....and that .33 cent (correct) replacement spring is gonna cost him dearly.......
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A lot of people just don't want to pay someone who knows what they're doing.

"What can it hurt to just try this and see if it works," the belief goes.

More often than not, they find out.
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A lot of people just don't want to pay someone who knows what they're doing.

"What can it hurt to just try this and see if it works," the belief goes.

More often than not, they find out.
I realized long ago that many people turn it into a game.....they take great joy if they can financially cheat people that work for them.

My shop had a large price breakdown list on the waiting room wall.....yet almost everyone thought i'd "give them a break" for whatever reason.

Those were the ones I added an extra $10 "aggravation fee" to their bill.
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Those were the ones I added an extra $10 "aggravation fee" to their bill.
Of course.

It's a wonder how many people are oblivious to this natural inclination.
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Thank God for idiots, eh?

I mean they keep those of us with skills flush with cash, don't they?

Although I have found that there are some things that aren't worth any amount of money...
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but the laughs made it worthwhile....as did working on antique arms.

on the laugh side...I once had a guy bring in a Ted Williams pump shotgun that he'd leaned against a tree & accidentally rammed w/his tractor.....barrel had a 45* bend in it.
THEN.....he almost loses his cookies because I couldn't find a Sears barrel for it & had to replace it w/a Winchester barrel......(with his ok btw)
I had to explain to him that the Winnie barrel probably doubled the old guns value......
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