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Posted: 10/25/2004 10:54:24 PM EST
anyone from Houston, or Texas have any work done by this guy?, I dropped my colt off at his shop to get the Bbl recontoured under the handgaurd to milspec, and to have it threaded for a f/s.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 3:25:26 AM EST
ed does good work.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:14:15 AM EST
Ed is the best 'black rifle' gunsmith in the Houston area, IMHO.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:18:12 AM EST
he's damn good but to be honest you don't have to be a gun smith to do 99% of the work needed to fix black rifles.

Link Posted: 10/26/2004 12:24:44 PM EST
thank you for your reply's, I'm just worried about my AR. I do all the work on my guns, I just don't have the equipment to recontour the Bbl or to thread the Bbl.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:02:02 PM EST
Ed was "builing flat top ar's out of A2's before there was an A3 flat top! His work is A#1, and I am a customer from way back. Good luck!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:18:49 AM EST
I've used Ed a few times. Very good work. You won't be disappointed.


CMOS
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:31:45 AM EST
anyone know when he's open
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 11:27:57 AM EST
Best way to reach him is by email from his website. He'll respond back.

Do not, I repeat, do not just drive over to his shop because he'll most likely not let you in. He's particular, but does fantastic work.


Jeremy
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 11:33:52 AM EST
or call him. (281) 480-3180
you may almost certainly need to leave a message but he will call you back.

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 11:58:18 AM EST
he's already got my rifle, he called me after four days(mon), he said it would be three weeks, he left me a message to call him(i was at night class) and I can't get anyone at the offie to pick up, I dont know if there is a problem or not, so I'm kinda freaked.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 12:25:51 PM EST
He's got a great reputation as a gunsmith.
However, I don't know if smithing is his only line of work. I think I read in a post
on the falfiles that he also works full time in one of the local chemical plants but,
I could be mistaken. Just something that I "think" I know.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 12:39:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By JC_Conn:
Do not, I repeat, do not just drive over to his shop because he'll most likely not let you in.
Jeremy



There is a security gate in the industrial park where his shop is also. He'll give you the code if you call. I think that he does have a "job" also. Ed always makes an appointment with me if I need something done, and then I stop by. Great guy, and some of the best work I've seen.

IO1
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 12:41:18 PM EST
i get that feeling also.
i know he does something during the day and he is the only one in the office. he runs the shop by apt only and there is know one to answer phones.


don't get freaky. Wait 4-5 weeks before calling him again.
give him time to do a good job.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:16:55 PM EST
he's got a day job, he was finished with it monday, and I have to say I am very impressed with his work, he got it perfect, it looks great and if I had a camera I would show you.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:36:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 7:37:27 PM EST by VaniB]
Anybody had him work on their AK? I need some work done. (Unlike AR's, AK's aren't always "black guns" .)
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:46:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 7:47:41 PM EST by cnatra]

Ed has done work on 3 FAL's & 1 AR15 for me.

If I had more money I'd have him build me more stuff !!

He does good work, I just wish his shop wasn't all the way across town from me.


www.vandenbergcustom.com

VaniB , I don't think he does AK work, just AR's, FAL's, 870's, & 1911's, oh and bolt guns

Link Posted: 10/28/2004 1:17:25 AM EST
I asked him about working on my ak, he said he doesnt do ak's. I don't suggest you use global trades, they're the bastards that made me need to ask about it in the first place.
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 4:34:35 AM EST
what did Global Trades do/not do??
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 4:49:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2004 4:51:11 AM EST by VandenBerg]
Thanks for all of the kind words guys. I do work two full-time jobs. When my wife decided to get a graduate degree, it required my taking a second job. Seems like most households can't make it on one income anymore. 0800-1700 Mon-Fri I am the Job Placement Coordinator at San Jacinto College-Central. Early mornings (0400-0700), evenings, and weekends I'm in my shop, about 45 hours per week. These days I am the only full-time employee at the gun shop. I have another machinist besides myself and two Jarheads (one AirWinger and one ForceRecon) who come in and do some part-time stuff for me.

I also have quite a few law enforcement customers who work undercover. They do not like to do business in public using their real IDs. I respect their privacy as it is an important part of their being able to do their job safely.

So there you have it. "By Appointment" is the only way that I can reasonably meet everyone's needs.

Thanks again,

E


Link Posted: 10/28/2004 6:36:43 AM EST
OK then, he doesn't work on Ak's . (I assume not, being he avoided the topic.)

Can anybody name me somebone in Houston that works on AK's? Having to ship guns out is a hassel and to be avoided if possible. I've got a simple enough job of putting on an ultimak mount, but don't want some clown to scratch the crap out of my new ArsenalNevada pre94 SASM7.

Surely somebody in this big town must work on Ak's?
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 7:12:32 AM EST
Look at sportsmans in Conroe, 936 756 GUNS.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 5:58:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By VaniB:
OK then, he doesn't work on Ak's . (I assume not, being he avoided the topic.)

Can anybody name me somebone in Houston that works on AK's? Having to ship guns out is a hassel and to be avoided if possible. I've got a simple enough job of putting on an ultimak mount, but don't want some clown to scratch the crap out of my new ArsenalNevada pre94 SASM7.

Surely somebody in this big town must work on Ak's?



Try Arsenal USA (Global Trades) in South Houston. They build some of the best AK's
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 5:59:48 AM EST
I've used Vandenberg on my AR and he does excellent work. Luckily I live only a few miles from his shop
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 10:34:19 AM EST
Global is crap and ill let anyone examin my rifle to prove it, Im only 8 min away from his shop, im me if you want to check it out
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 8:55:36 PM EST
Another thumbs up for Ed Vandenberg he does excellant work
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