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    1911 Pistolsmith Index

    As most know i'm a bit of a pistol guy and specifically a 1911 guy. i get asked alot about where to send a gun for misc work. i found most of this list on another site but added a few they missed figure this will get most pointed in the right direction

    This list so far. Of course this is just opinions, but it's fun. Obviously there is no real way to rate the top "x" number of gunsmiths, so there are no wrong answers. There are some beautiful guns to look at if you follow the links. Alphabetical order by first names..

    no i do not have guns or have shot guns from all of them, but through word of mouth and pics online these all seem to be good to go. if someone can say otherwise i'll add or remove names as needed. currently i own guns from steve morrison, chris james have shot ones from hilton yam, dave berryhill, chuck rogers, ned chrisiansen, jason burton and Don Williams and would not hesitate to order from any of them.



    Top 1911 Pistol gunsmiths

    > Alex Hamilton, http://tenring.com/about-alex/
    > Bill Laughridge http://www.cylinder-slide.com/adventurer.shtml
    > Bill Wilson http://www.wilsoncombat.com/new/default.asp
    > Bob Hunter http://www.huntercustoms.com/
    > Bob Londrigan http://www.brazoscustom.com/
    > Bob Marvel http://bobmarvelcustomguns.com/
    > Bob Miller http://www.millercustom.com/photo.htm NO LONGER ACCEPTING WORK
    > Bob Rodgers http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/
    > Bobby Keigans http://www.freedomgunworks.com/
    > Brandan Bunker www.BunkerArms.com
    > Bruce Gray Grayguns by Bruce Gray
    > Chad Kandros www.kandroscustoms.com
    > Chris James www.combatprecision.com/
    > Chris Peters http://www.originalmetaloy.com/
    > Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/
    > Claudio Salassa http://www.briley.com/
    > Curt Bullock http://bullockcustom.com/
    > C.T. Brian http://www.ctbrian.com/
    > Dave Berryhill www.berryhillguns.com/
    > Dave Dawson http://www.dawsonprecision.com/
    > Dave Helton http://www.dvsmallarms.com/
    > Dave Lauck, http://www.dlsports.com
    > David Panciotti www.Evolutionarmory.com
    > Dave Severns www.severnscustom.com
    > Dave Williams www.Springfield-Armory.com
    > David Sams http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com/meusoc.html
    > Don Williams http://www.theactionworks.com/
    > D.R. Middlebrook, http://www.tacticalshooting.com/custom-guns/
    > Drake Oldham http://www.drakesgunworks.com/
    > Dwayne Greufe, http://www.doubledcustom.com
    > Ed Brown http://www.edbrown.com/
    > Ed Vanden Berg http://www.vandenbergcustom.com/
    > Greg Derr www.Derrprecision.com
    > George Piper http://www.pipercustom.com/
    > Hilton Yam - http://www.10-8performance.com/
    > Jason Burton http://www.heirloomprecision.com/
    > Jason Perkins, http://www.southforkarms.com
    > Jeremy Reid http://reidpistolsmithing.com/About.html
    > Jim Garthwaite http://www.garthwaite.com/
    > Jim Hoag, no contact info
    > Jim Milks http://www.innovativecustomguns.com/
    > Jim Stroh http://www.alphaprecisioninc.com/
    > Jody Joseph and John Napierski http://www.jojosgunworks.com/
    > Joe Barnsfather http://superiorfirearmsllc.com/
    > Joe Chambers http://www.chamberscustom.com/
    > John Harrison http://www.harrisoncustom.com/Home.aspx
    > John Jardine www.jardinescustom.com/
    > Karl Sokol http://www.chestnutmountainsports.com/
    > Ken Crawley http://www.crawleycustom.com/
    > Kent Singletary http://www.kscustom.com/index.htm
    > Kevin Toothman http://www.usshootingacademy.com/content.aspx?id=46
    > Larry Vickers http://vickerstactical.com/
    > Les Baer http://www.lesbaer.com/
    > Lou Biondo http://www.businessendcustoms.com/
    > Luke Volkmann http://www.volkmanncustom.com/
    > Marc Morganti http://www.geminicustoms.com/ NO LONGER ACCEPTING WORK
    > Marianne Carniak http://carniakcustom.com/
    > Mark Morris http://www.morriscustompistols.com/
    > Matt Davis http://www.mdcustommachine.com/
    > Matt Gish http://www.professionalgunsmithing.com/ website currently not working.
    > Matt Cheely http://www.ccgunworks.com/
    > Matt Mclearn https://www.facebook.com/M2iCustomGuns
    > Michael Allee www.gunsmithingonly.com
    > Mike Allen http://4t5acp.com
    > Ned Christiansen http://www.m-guns.com/
    > Nelson Ford http://www.thegunsmith.com/thegunsmith.html
    > Paul Liebenberg http://www.pistoldynamics.com/
    > Pete Single, I had no luck finding a website, but read his checkering is some of the best.
    > Rich Dettelhouser http://www.canyoncreekcustom.com/
    > Richard Fletcher, http://www.fletchercustompistols.com
    > Richard Heinie http://www.heinie.com/index.php NO LONGER ACCEPTING WORK
    > Rob D'Andrea www.Benchmark-Precision.com
    > Rob Schauland http://1911doctor.com/
    > Ron Philips http://www.phillips1911.com/
    > Ross Carter, Carter Custom Weaponry, website seems to have been taken over by someone else
    > Ryan Flynn http://www.acgwllc.com/
    > Sam Hatfield www.hatfieldsgunsmithing.com
    > Scott Mulkerin http://www.sdmfabricating.com/
    > Stan Chen http://www.chencustoms.com/
    > Steve Bailey http://www.heirloomprecision.com/
    > Steve Morrison http://marsguns.com/Home.htm
    > Ted Yost http://www.heirloomprecision.com/
    > Teddy Jacobsen http://www.actionsbyt.com/pricing-semiauto.htm
    > Terry Tussey, http://tusseycustom.com
    > Tim Calhoun www.calhouncustomfirearms.com
    > Tim Cronin http://elkhornprecision.com
    > Troy Harp, http://www.harpcustom.com
    > Victor Tibbets http://www.wilsoncombat.com/about_us.htm#Victor_Tibbets
    > Wayne Novak http://www.novaksights.com/customguns/index.html

    Sites i don't know the name of the smith but does good work
    Robar Home
    Home Page
    Springfield Armory
    http://www.barsto.com/index.cfm
    Gans Guns http://gansguns.com/
    http://www.sviguns.com/
    Limcat Custom http://www.limcat.com/
    http://www.nighthawkcustom.com/


    For plastic guns and other work (sig, HK, glock, XD, etc)
    Custom 1911-Glock- M&P's
    www.boresightsolutions.com/
    Salient Arms International
    Grayguns by Bruce Gray
    ateiguns.com/
    Bowie Tactical Concepts Home Page
    Index
    -Too many guns not enough time-
    2016 Rocking: Sig Sauer, Vortex Optics, GA Precision, MGM targets, MARS Armament, Inc., KMW Rifles, Mack Brothers, B&T Industries, Prime Ammo, Mile High Shooting Accessories, Gray Guns, Armageddon Gear, Rustick Knives, LLC.,Bartlein Barrels, CORE Shooting Solutions, Magpul.
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    http://www.blindhogg.com/gunsmithing.html

    great info for the guy just starting out, I believe he is active Army.

    http://www.burntmillengineering.com/

    About to have these guys finish up 2 of my pistol slides as I don't own a mill.
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    One for the Plastic gun section of the list. http://www.coldborecustom.com/

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    Dane Burns is no longer in business.

    John Nowlin is dead for awhile. Unless this is John Jr.

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    pistol smith list attempt

    A good portion of the list was stolen from another list online. I will verify and change
    -Too many guns not enough time-
    2016 Rocking: Sig Sauer, Vortex Optics, GA Precision, MGM targets, MARS Armament, Inc., KMW Rifles, Mack Brothers, B&T Industries, Prime Ammo, Mile High Shooting Accessories, Gray Guns, Armageddon Gear, Rustick Knives, LLC.,Bartlein Barrels, CORE Shooting Solutions, Magpul.
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    Can we get this stickied?

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    Great list, I look forward to see the evolution of the thread and the following discussion.

    Thanks for taking the time to compile the information and sharing it with us.

    Cheers,
    Dan
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    Off the top of my head Hilton Yam no longer does work, Marc Morganti, or Richard Heinie.

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    Bob Miller hasn't accepted work in a couple years either.

    Karl Sokol is still building hipowers and 1911's
    Novak's shop is about 6 months wait, i think
    Bruce Gray should be on the 1911 list as well as the "plastic" list
    Jerry Keefer does outstanding work
    Last edited by theJanitor; 03-25-13 at 14:52.
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    Hilton still builds guns that can be purchased so i'll leave him. the others at least if you find a gun built by them you'll recognize the name i'll modify to say not accepting work though. If you guys have any other suggestions let me know and i'll modify
    -Too many guns not enough time-
    2016 Rocking: Sig Sauer, Vortex Optics, GA Precision, MGM targets, MARS Armament, Inc., KMW Rifles, Mack Brothers, B&T Industries, Prime Ammo, Mile High Shooting Accessories, Gray Guns, Armageddon Gear, Rustick Knives, LLC.,Bartlein Barrels, CORE Shooting Solutions, Magpul.
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