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    Colorado gunsmith

    Can anyone recommend a good 1911 gunsmith anywhere in Colorado? I would appreciate any information and I will drive anywhere in the State. Thanks in advance. frf

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    TJ's Firing Line Gunsmithing in Aurora.

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    I'm using a new one for a Barrel replacement on a Vaquero. So far he has done well.

    Colorado Arms repair
    1705 N. Chestnut St
    Colorado Springs, Co 80907
    719-634-1484
    www.armsrepair.com

    His name is Henry Valenzano
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    Current fave is:

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    720-233-4999
    www.bptacticalservices.com

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    Earl Hickman on Tia Jauna, but he is real slow at getting them back. Stay away from the guy on Del Norte, he would screw up a soup sandwich.
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    Depending on Whatcha want done

    First thought was CT Brian in Grand Junction, but he's way backlogged and not taking anything except full goose bozo custom work, but a name to keep in mind. (Beautiful work he does)

    Next thought was the old School of Trades in Lakewood
    http://www.schooloftrades.edu/

    Contact them for either a graduate or maybe a promising student (again, depending on what it is you want done)
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    I'm using a new one for a Barrel replacement on a Vaquero. So far he has done well.

    Colorado Arms repair
    1705 N. Chestnut St
    Colorado Springs, Co 80907
    719-634-1484
    www.armsrepair.com

    His name is Henry Valenzano
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    I made this post before I had my revolver back and I feel I should correct it. Although I did use this gunsmith, it turns out he really buggered it up. When I got it back I didn't notice a couple of problems until I got home.

    I had supplied the original ejector rod housing and I was in the process of replacing it when something weird happened. My barrel felt loose! When I removed the housing screw and housing I could turn the barrel a full turn and at that point it stopped because it was bottomed out on the cylinder. I also noticed the front sight was not soldered in but epoxied.

    I wrote an email to the gunsmith and he didn't answer. I tried to call with no answer. I then took the gun to Earl Hickman. He is slow, which is why I tried the new smith, but he does the job right.

    I showed him my gun and asked if there was anything he could do? He laughed and called a gunsmith up to look at it. Now both of them were laughing and Earl asked who did the work. I told him. He said yes, he could fix it. I now have it back and it is working correctly and is beautifully done.

    The first gunsmith charged me $165, Earl charged me $75. I finally got hold of the BBB and filed a complaint. The first smith said he would refund my money if I brought the gun for him to see. He also said he left the barrel loose and the sight epoxied so I could sight it in. Now I'm really concerned, It is a fixed sight western style SA! What?

    I took him the gun and he looked it over like he knew what he was doing. Then he acted like he was going to take it apart and I told him no. He gave my money back, made a smart-ass remark and I left.

    I would suggest not going to Colorado Arms repair as he is not a gunsmith I would trust with any of my firearms again.
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    Several years ago, I shipped a stock 1911 off to On Target Custom Gun Works in Broomfield, Co. It took him several months as I wasn't the first one in line, but the work he did was very good.
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