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Posted: 3/15/2006 6:39:41 PM EDT
How much should a reasonable gunsmith charge for assembling a 1911 frame and slide kit (including any fitting)?

Here's why I ask:
I'd like to build a rimfire 1911 out of a Caspian frame, Brownells parts kit, and Advantage Arms .22lr upper. The components of the pistol are within my budget, but how much should I expect to pay to have a smith put everything together in working order?

Your thoughts please?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:28:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:46:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By -Duke-Nukem-:
I charge $30 an hour and with quality parts such as Caspian and Advantage Arms I wouldn't expect any more than two to three hours of labor to properly fit and assemble everything. I would also test fire the gun to ensure proper function (and because that's how I get to try out hundreds of different configurations, hehe...)

If you had already done a 4473 on the frame when you got it, then the assembly is just gunsmithing work and I could even mail the complete gun directly back to you.



Who trained you to be a 1911 gunsmith?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:01:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:10:37 AM EDT
10-4, your AK builds look great by the way.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:29:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:38:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By -Duke-Nukem-:
Trained myself. Years of fiddling with them, working on this, working on that, with my own personal guns and ruining a couple of them beyond recognition when I first started.



Many of the finest craftsmen (gunsmiths, carpenters, machinist, etc.) were self taught. Absolutely nothing to be ashamed of when you show pride in your work.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:46:50 AM EDT
Why don't you do it yourself. I build my own and taught myself, including machining work on 80% complete receivers.
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