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Posted: 1/5/2006 10:38:13 AM EDT
Hi guys -
I live in DuPage Co. and am looking for a good local AR gunsmith (not some hack who "can figure it out"). I tinker with the easy stuff, but I need a barrel threaded, and some other things done which I would like a qualified AR smith to do for me. I don't mind driving a ways if I can find someone who is good. I'm just tired of mailing stuff back and forth and doing business by phone and email.

If you know someone who specializes in ARs, please send me or post his name and phone. Thanks for any help.

Link Posted: 1/5/2006 11:45:56 AM EDT
Good luck. I know a smith who works on AR's but his lathe is broke so no threading. I had to send mine out to ADCO. I had my receiver back in 8 days from the time I sent it out. Steve does good work. I can understand the mailing pain in the ass but that actually might be faster than going to a local smith with a month backlog.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:48:47 PM EDT
Lakemoor -
Got a name and address for that smith you know/use? I'm not far from Lakemoor IL (have relatives there) and need some simple things done. Please post it or email me.

Thanks!
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 7:20:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2006 7:44:26 PM EDT by Lakemoor]
I think his name is Scott who works at D&J Guns in Lakemoor. He is only there 1 or 2 days a week for limited hours. Does his work at WI.

D&J 815 363-9541.

Edit 1: per my previous post his lathe is broke so he can't thread a barrel. Situation might have changed might not.

Edit 2: Steve @ ADCO in Ohio does great work and he has a ton of stuff that he sells. His reputation on the AR side is great as well. Not to knock Scott but if he has to order parts it's going to take time plus he is always backlogged. Faster in my opinion to ship it off to ADCO.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:16:05 AM EDT
Thanks! I'll look into D&J. It's surprising there aren't more AR mechanics around especially with all the ARs being manufactured in Illinois. Do all the LE departments have their own armorers? I can't imagine they're mailing weapons back and forth to Colt and Bushmaster for work. Anybody else know of a good smith in N. Illinois?
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:32:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 6:33:43 AM EDT by brass-hog]
Give Rich of Canyon Creek a call. Here is his web site to retrieve his phone number. Canyon Creek Custom

He does great work and is very resonable.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:50:18 PM EDT
Thank you brass-hog. If you know of any other smiths in the area, please let me know. In the meantime, I'll put in a call to Rich.

Link Posted: 1/10/2006 3:50:31 AM EDT
The Gun Doctor in Roselle. I have heard nothing but good things about him. My freind has had a lot of work done by him and it has all been excellent. You would have to call him with your AR questions.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:24:45 AM EDT
www.moshergunshop.com

They are in Dekalb, IL and their gunsmith Brandon knows his stuff. He has helped me with several AR items and also is extremely talented with FAL's and AK's- builds them up quite nicely.

Give them a call and tell them Sven recommended them to you.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 7:42:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dawg180:
www.moshergunshop.com

They are in Dekalb, IL and their gunsmith Brandon knows his stuff. He has helped me with several AR items and also is extremely talented with FAL's and AK's- builds them up quite nicely.

Give them a call and tell them Sven recommended them to you.



BIG +1 for www.moshergunshop.com !

I have done business with Brandon, always a pleasure! (Not that way either!)
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 9:02:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Quetico:
Thanks! I'll look into D&J. It's surprising there aren't more AR mechanics around especially with all the ARs being manufactured in Illinois. Do all the LE departments have their own armorers? I can't imagine they're mailing weapons back and forth to Colt and Bushmaster for work. Anybody else know of a good smith in N. Illinois?



We are all AR mechanics. You don't need a specialist to thread a barrel. Any gunsmith with a lathe can do that. What other things are you tinkering with??

Plus one for ADCO in Ohio.


JR
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 1:52:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By handyandy:
The Gun Doctor in Roselle. I have heard nothing but good things about him. My freind has had a lot of work done by him and it has all been excellent. You would have to call him with your AR questions.



I was at the Gun Doctor in November and at that time he did not do barrel threading.
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