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Posted: 9/30/2004 11:56:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 10:38:45 AM EST by SailorDude]
Anybody know an accomplished 1911 fixer in the Phoenix area? I've got a very weird problem with a Kimber and need a guy who REALY knows 1911's and how to diagnose them; not some guy who did a trigger job on your third cousin's brother-in-law's Sig.

Thanks in advance.

SD

OK. Took it to the guy at Bigbore. He pulled it apart, looked inside for about nine seconds. Muttered something. Went into the back room. Bunch of whirring and buzzing. He handed me the gun back and said "That'll be $25".

The gun now runs flawlessly. Considering this was third smith attempt to get this gun straightened out, I'm thinking that, personalities not withstanding, this guy has a clue or two.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 1:14:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By SailorDude:
not some guy who did a trigger job on your third cousin's brother-in-law's Sig.

SD



That's scarier than Al Sharpton at a KKK rally!

Wes
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 1:20:10 PM EST
That friend of mine Kirby that I told you about is good with 1911s. Also Big Bore on Bell Road.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 1:25:44 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 2:50:06 PM EST
Ed Cameron in North Pheonix (101 & 17). He does great work. (623) 780-2708
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 2:58:36 PM EST
Not in Phoenix, but in Chino Valley. Don Williams did a great job on mine:

www.theactionworks.com
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 3:24:45 PM EST
NESLON FORD! aka "The Gunsmith" in the Fone Book!
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 5:24:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By markm:
NESLON FORD! aka "The Gunsmith" in the Fone Book!



+1
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:07:52 PM EST
I second Don Williams but NOT Gordon Phallus over at Big Whore unless you want a douchebag that WAAAAY overcharges and has the personality of a grapefruit working on your pistol.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 1:43:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By mylhouse:
I second Don Williams but NOT Gordon Phallus over at Big Whore unless you want a douchebag that WAAAAY overcharges and has the personality of a grapefruit working on your pistol.



+1
I picked up a spring kit and while I was considering having some work done he pretty much convinved me not to ever come back.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 7:54:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mouch:

Originally Posted By markm:
NESLON FORD! aka "The Gunsmith" in the Fone Book!



+1



+2
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:08:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By SGB:
www.yost-bonitz.com/index2.shtml

Yost-Bonitz Custom, LLC
2118 E. 5th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 804-1911



Ted Yost is tops! Used to run Gunsite's shop...
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 9:43:53 AM EST

Originally Posted By SGB:
www.yost-bonitz.com/index2.shtml

Yost-Bonitz Custom, LLC
2118 E. 5th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 804-1911



Highly recommended.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:16:09 PM EST
NELSON FORD

Every 1911 and Smith I have has bee through Nelson’s shop.

He is the man!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 3:38:08 PM EST
I've been in Nelson Ford's shop. He is an ARTIST. This guy knows stuff other guys never heard of.
Quality is outstanding. If he can't fix it, throw it away cause it's dead!
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:52:23 PM EST
The trick with Nelson Ford is to have *him* work on your pistol. When I had one of my pistols worked on at his shop, it went full auto on me the first time I fired it when getting it back. Pretty damned exciting to have a runaway 1911 because of a bad sear/hammer engagement. Good thing it was was single stack and not one of my Paras. Turns out he had some sort of apprentice that did the work.

Did you know he was the gunsmith that member of the Viper Militia used? He took a lot of flak for that one: Nelson Ford -- preferred gunsmith of fringe militant organizations.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 9:29:51 PM EST
+3 for Nelson......both my Kimbers and my Model 28 Smith have had the benefit of Nelson's attention.

Highly recommend


Len in PHoenix
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 2:47:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By markm:
NESLON FORD! aka "The Gunsmith" in the Fone Book!



this man is the best in the buisness. from personal sperience!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:08:56 AM EST
Jerry,

Glad you got it fixed. Out of curiosity, what was wrong with it?
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:14:35 PM EST
what was wrong with it?

It was a good and faithful companion for many thousands of rounds, So, I thought I would treat it to a refinish by Rob Veal in Cave Creek. Yoiks! What a mess! After the re-finish, it would run for about 50 rounds before starting to fail to go into battery; followed by FTF; folowed by it just wouldn't move.

I could clean the gun and the whole miserable cycle would start over again. This went on for about a year and a half and three "expert" smiths.

SD
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