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Old 12-02-2016, 09:46 PM
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Top Hi Power gunsmiths.

Who are the top HI Power gunsmiths in the country ? Looking to get some custom work for a carry Hi Power 9mm

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Old 12-02-2016, 10:00 PM
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Don Williams - Action Works
Alex Hamilton - Ten Ring Precision
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Old 12-02-2016, 10:28 PM
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don williams - action works
alex hamilton - ten ring precision
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Old 12-03-2016, 12:54 AM
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You can also try Chuck Warner at Elite Warrior Armament. He recently built an Inglis (from a slide and frame) and overhauled an Israeli Police trade-in early post WWII FN High Power. Search my user name in the High Power section to see pictures of them...
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Old 12-03-2016, 01:03 AM
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TED Yost as well..
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Old 12-03-2016, 05:04 AM
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Top Three (alphabetecally):

Jim Garthwaite
Don Williams
Ted Yost
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Old 12-03-2016, 05:52 AM
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Gunsmiths

Interesting and a list of the top HP smith. Also interesting to hear what happened to Novaks, and why they didn't make the list. I would also like to nominate Karl Sokol. I have experience with Don Williams, Karl and a Novaks built by Kurt Wickman, all are flawless.
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:53 AM
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No love for Cylinder & Slide?
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Old 12-03-2016, 10:06 AM
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Yes, I would say Novak's and C&S make the "Top" list.
The issue , for me, is- Wayne Novak doesn't do the work now and Bill Laughridge doesn't either.
They have capable people, but somehow that's not the same as the Master's themselves doing the work.
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Old 12-03-2016, 12:53 PM
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Wayne Novak has been doing Hi Powers forever. Wayne reworked the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team-issued Hi Powers and also did the original work for the FBI that revealed that the .40 S&W cartridge in a converted forged frame Hi Power was a no go. This led FN to develop the cast frame and other mods to allow production of my favorite flavor of Hi Power.


As for our good friend Don Williams, I have 2 HP 40s that have been blessed by Don and they are magnificent.
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Old 12-03-2016, 02:48 PM
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The recognized names have certainly established themselves as the premier and established national hi power smiths.

Any names or recommendations of good regional smiths or younger/newer up and coming hi power smiths? I know there have been some posted to the forum doing some excellent work.
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Old 12-03-2016, 04:24 PM
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Another vote for Don Williams, as I have two BHP that he did his magic to.
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:25 PM
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Novak is busy building his sights for other companies and is not doing a lot of custom gunsmithing. He is also doing some of Gunsite's work. If you want them to do work, I recommend you actually go there and talk to them.
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:42 PM
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I have seen(his handiwork) and worked(as a customer) with Kent Singletary(KSCustoms.com), while he may not be as well known as these guys, he certainly 'ranks'
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:52 PM
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I have seen(his handiwork) and worked(as a customer) with Kent Singletary(KSCustoms.com), while he may not be as well known as these guys, he certainly 'ranks'


Kent built one for me and did a great job


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Old 12-04-2016, 09:16 PM
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Novaks just did a spec ops package for me in about a month. It wasn't Wayne who did the work but it looks and shoots great.
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:55 AM
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Hmmmmmm maybe I missed it but was Jm Hoag mentioned??
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:32 AM
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I was going to say Jim Hoag as well.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:35 PM
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Hoag is not working. His health is bad and he had closed down.
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:08 PM
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Interesting and a list of the top HP smith. Also interesting to hear what happened to Novaks, and why they didn't make the list. I would also like to nominate Karl Sokol. I have experience with Don Williams, Karl and a Novaks built by Kurt Wickman, all are flawless.
Haven't seen that name in a while. I have Wickman HP also, after he left Novak's. Awesome gun.
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:58 PM
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Mine was done years ago by Curt Hardcastle in Missouri. He was mentioned frequently by the gunwriter, Leroy Thompson, a fan of the Hi Power, as the smith who worked on his guns. He also did a LW Commander for me. If he's still around, I don't believe he's working on guns but he did nice work .
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:22 AM
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Mine was done years ago by Curt Hardcastle in Missouri... If he's still around, I don't believe he's working on guns but he did nice work .
http://www.hardcastlecustommachine.com/
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Old 12-08-2016, 07:23 AM
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Thank you for that reference. I had Googled the name sometime ago and came up with the fact that there was a Curt Hardcastle in Missouri but not involved with guns. Looks like he has moved on from 1911's and Hi-Powers.
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:18 PM
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Cogan

Here is a lightweight that Bob Cogan APW did for me a while back.Stippled and cerecote frame,hardchrome slide, Novak sights,4 pound trigger.It carries great.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:01 PM
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Thanks KLW1911, I forgot about Bob Cogan at Accurate Plating and Weaponry (APW).

I've used him for over 30 years for hard chrome applications. APW is also a full service custom gunsmithing shop that can do just about everything.
You want to give Bob Cogan a call, especially if you anticipate getting a hard chrome finish done - or just about any other finish for that matter.
Having the pistol reworked and hard chromed at APW will save you mucho $$$ because you'll only have to ship it to one shop for all the work.

This HP 40 was hard chromed by APW:
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