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Old 08-07-2018, 10:39 PM
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Top Revolver Gun Smiths in the US Currently Active

Who are the top artisan-level (as in, they perform veritable magic) revolver gun smiths in the United States who are still active and working today?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:09 PM
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David Sams - Sams Custom Gunworks
http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com


Sandy Garret - Northern Virginia Gunworks

Alex Hamilton - Ten Ring Precision
https://tenring.com

Mojo Custom
http://www.mojocustomguns.com

Frank Glenn
Accuracy Unlimited
http://www.glenncustom.com/index.html

Mark Hartshorne
Pinnacle High Performance Revolvers
http://pinnaclehighperformance.com/

Randy Lee
Apex Tactical
http://www.apextactical.com/index.php
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:29 PM
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Thanks, appreciate the list.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:53 PM
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That’s just guys I know of or have used. I’m sure there may be more/others. Alan focuses on S&W.

Alan Tanaka
AT Custom Gunwork
http://atcustomgunwork.com/5322.html
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:22 AM
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Any of those guys known for their work on old Colt revolvers?
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:32 PM
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Any of those guys known for their work on old Colt revolvers?
David Sams
Sams Custom Gunworks
http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com


Sandy Garret
Northern Virginia Gunworks

Alex Hamilton
Ten Ring Precision
https://tenring.com

Frank Glenn
Accuracy Unlimited
http://www.glenncustom.com/index.html
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:51 PM
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Thanks, Jayhawk. Appreciate it. Speaking of Jayhawks, I'm from Kansas----any connection for you?
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:09 PM
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You can also add, as a top smith for revolvers (not Colt):

Marc Morganti
Gemini Customs
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:26 PM
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David Sams - Sams Custom Gunworks
http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com


Sandy Garret - Northern Virginia Gunworks

Alex Hamilton - Ten Ring Precision
https://tenring.com

Mojo Custom
http://www.mojocustomguns.com

Frank Glenn
Accuracy Unlimited
http://www.glenncustom.com/index.html

Mark Hartshorne
Pinnacle High Performance Revolvers
http://pinnaclehighperformance.com/

Randy Lee
Apex Tactical
http://www.apextactical.com/index.php
FYI, Apex doesn't do gunsmith work anymore AFAIK.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:55 PM
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Karl Sokal
Chestnut Mountain Sports
Rutland Vt

Did a great job for me last year on a SW 65 chopping, FB conversion and action and sight work
Great guy
Steve
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Old 11-30-2018, 04:05 PM
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Any of those guys known for their work on old Colt revolvers?
Jim Martin of Arizona is the master of all Colt SAA gunsmiths. He and Dave Lanara both post on the Colt forum.
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Old 11-30-2018, 05:02 PM
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Any of those guys known for their work on old Colt revolvers?
Sonny Vicknair of vicknairrestorations.com . He restored a COUGAR (Colt Python barrel on a Ruger Security Six frame) that was absolutely butchered by a “top tier” gunsmith who holds himself out as an expert in these conversions. After what the “top tier” did to my gun, I wouldn’t send him a HiPoint to work on. Sonny, on the other hand, is an absolute craftsman.
Joe
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:53 PM
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Will O’Hara in Corona, CA does work on S&W revolvers. He’s done a full-house ICORE revolver for me along with some standard action work on other guns.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:35 PM
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Denny Riechards at Sand Burr Gun Ranch.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:36 PM
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Avoid Northern Virginia Gun Works. I had a terrible experience there and was ripped off badly.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:12 AM
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Avoid Northern Virginia Gun Works. I had a terrible experience there and was ripped off badly.
Sorry you had a bad experience. Sandy has done around 10 firearms for me and my experience was always positive. While he can be grumpy many of us use him for Bullseye revolvers. I’ve known and worked with Sandy for a long time, others in the areas since the 60s and never heard of him being accused as a lie, cheat or steal. He is gruff (putting it politely), but he has always been up front with me and everyone else that I know who has dealt with him. As a Guild Master Gunsmith he is held to a pretty high standard.

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FYI, Apex doesn't do gunsmith work anymore AFAIK.
Not exactly, more accurately would be no more new customers.

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Will O’Hara in Corona, CA does work on S&W revolvers. He’s done a full-house ICORE revolver for me along with some standard action work on other guns.
He’s an hour up the road. I want to test him out with a 586. It would save me a long drive to Alan Tanaka’s shop in LA.

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Old 12-12-2018, 09:35 PM
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Any of those guys known for their work on old Colt revolvers?
Surprised no one has mentioned Peacemaker Specialists:

http://www.peacemakerspecialists.com

And Gemini Custom for work on Ruger:

https://www.geminicustoms.com/?doing...42687988281250
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I will add Dustin Housel, Joplin, Missouri to the list. See some of his work here:
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=997588
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:51 AM
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Nelson Ford in Phoenix AZ. Comes highly recommenced by the Smith and Wesson factory.
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:40 AM
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Andy Horvath Lagrange Ohio I have owned a number of his custom revolvers, his work is second to none.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:25 AM
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Excellent info, thank you sir!
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Old 12-23-2019, 01:58 PM
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Alan Harton in Houston does great single action work. Made me up a beautiful 10mm Vaquero with adjustable sights.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:40 AM
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Alan Harton in Houston does great single action work. Made me up a beautiful 10mm Vaquero with adjustable sights.
I don't believe you I will need to see pics. Sounds like a very cool project, please share pics with us
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Old 01-27-2020, 06:28 PM
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I use Craig Maraviov in Woodland, CA. He's done a ton of revolver work for me over the years and built the stainless Smolt and Couger in this pic. His work is excellent and turn around time is fast.

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^ looking good.
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