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Gunsmith - Suffolk or east end?


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#1 Ken_LI

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Posted October 08 2020 - 11:11 AM

Can anyone recommend a gunsmith in Suffolk or out east? I have a dovetailed front sight I want switched out for a new sight, but the new sight will need some fitting, so I am reluctant to try it myself. I would prefer someone with experience.

 

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.



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#2 Wowzer

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Posted October 08 2020 - 11:22 AM

Man, get a harbor freight 30x1 inch sanding machine. Use 1000 grit and slowly sand away on the sight, until it fits. Don’t sand too much...a little at a time. Get an aluminum sight pusher from smile.amazon.com. Don’t forget tot set smile.amazon.commto Gun Owners of America as the charity organization.

Now you can fit your sight and adjust it at the range in case it needs to be pushed in the future.

#3 Gary_Hungerford

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Posted October 08 2020 - 11:26 AM

Try Benson's Gun Shop, in Coram, (631) 736-0065. The smith's name is Dave. They've been doing my smithing, for more than 30 years.

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Posted October 09 2020 - 11:32 AM

I was able to find someone in Westhampton, and got my sight switched out. An older retired machinist guy who seems to do gunsmithing out of this gun shop located in the Westhampton airport:

 

https://niosillc.com/

 

friendly and talkative guy, works from a small bench in the store, and he was very interested in showing me everything he did so I could do it myself next time. I would say the front sight is a bit off center, but he thought it looked centered. I’m heading out to try it today, we’ll see if I have to tap it over a little.

 

other places I called talked about dropping off, and waiting two weeks for it to come back, and some people I talked to said they have had things come back wrong and then you need another two week turn around, so I was very glad to find someone who could do the work while I waited and watched.



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Posted October 09 2020 - 04:41 PM

I was able to find someone in Westhampton, and got my sight switched out. An older retired machinist guy who seems to do gunsmithing out of this gun shop located in the Westhampton airport:

https://niosillc.com/

friendly and talkative guy, works from a small bench in the store, and he was very interested in showing me everything he did so I could do it myself next time. I would say the front sight is a bit off center, but he thought it looked centered. I’m heading out to try it today, we’ll see if I have to tap it over a little.

other places I called talked about dropping off, and waiting two weeks for it to come back, and some people I talked to said they have had things come back wrong and then you need another two week turn around, so I was very glad to find someone who could do the work while I waited and watched.

Seems like a good experience, most gun shops do not have a gunsmith available and will send the work out. I hope this gunsmith has experience in revolvers and pistols.

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Posted October 09 2020 - 06:19 PM

Try Benson's Gun Shop, in Coram, (631) 736-0065. The smith's name is Dave. They've been doing my smithing, for more than 30 years.

Gary

They recently did work for me and I'm very happy.



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Posted October 10 2020 - 12:42 PM

"https://niosillc.com/".  That's not Anthony Niosi, is it?



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Posted October 13 2020 - 09:01 AM

"https://niosillc.com/".  That's not Anthony Niosi, is it?

Sorry don’t know.



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Posted October 13 2020 - 05:35 PM

I’m a big fan of 782 custom gun works in Bohemia 



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Posted October 13 2020 - 10:03 PM

How did it shoot.

#11 Ken_LI

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Posted October 14 2020 - 06:05 AM

I’m a big fan of 782 custom gun works in Bohemia 

Thanks, they look very capable.


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#12 Ken_LI

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Posted October 14 2020 - 06:09 AM

How did it shoot.

For me it shot great. I went from a front post sight with a gold bead, to a Lyman globe site to match the back peep sight. I can definitely get tighter groups shooting at black round targets. The post sight got lost in the black circle for my old eyes. It is much easier for me to see the alignment with a circle insert in the front sight.

 

I have ordered some more options, I am still fiddling with the sights. 



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Posted October 14 2020 - 06:48 AM

For me it shot great. I went from a front post sight with a gold bead, to a Lyman globe site to match the back peep sight. I can definitely get tighter groups shooting at black round targets. The post sight got lost in the black circle for my old eyes. It is much easier for me to see the alignment with a circle insert in the front sight.
 
I have ordered some more options, I am still fiddling with the sights.

What was his fee for the installation of the sight.

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Posted October 14 2020 - 09:19 AM

What was his fee for the installation of the sight.

He asked for $30, I gave him $40. I think he can handle simple stuff, with his small bench at the shop. I m not sure of his full capabilities or skill. I was happy to get it switched while I waited, I do feel he was a little rough and marked things up a little, so I hesitate to give a full recommendation.






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