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10ring
02-15-2007, 10:48 PM
Looking to get some work done on a 1911 (fitted barrel/bushing, trigger job) and Hi Power in San Diego.
Anyone have any recommendations?

Miltiades
02-16-2007, 6:14 PM
Ray Booze is a gunsmith who has been in business since 1967 and works one day per week at the Iron Sights Range in Oceanside. He has done some work for me on a 1911 and a Sig, and did a good job. I have his card here and he calls himself the "Gun Doctor" and has an FFL license. His phone number is 951-471-5460 (Riverside area code).

c good
02-16-2007, 7:10 PM
Duncan's in San Marcos has an excellent gunsmith that specializes in S&W Revolvers and Colt 1911's. His name is Hugo and he does excellent work. The only downside is that his services are in huge demand and sometimes it is a 4-5 week turnaround time. Phone is 760-727-0515. HTH c good

mike100
02-17-2007, 1:13 PM
Hugo takes freakin forever (at least during hunting season)... My feeling is that Ray will give you more info about what it will take to make it right- better communications. turn around time is good with ray.

Ray has one of my 1911's so I won't say anything bad right now, but finding a good gunsmith is like finding a good mechanic...difficult.

f4tweet
02-17-2007, 2:51 PM
Will O'Hara in Corona. He has been smithing since early 70's. He has done three of my pistols. (951)371-4971, tell him Don sent you.

stuckin
02-17-2007, 4:49 PM
not in so cal but wilson out in AR does great work on 1911s and have great parts. i got one of there pistols and had some work done on it. very good work

stuck

Black_Talon
02-17-2007, 6:53 PM
Armand Swenson in Fallbrook, is a great 1911 smith.













Oh, wait, he's dead. Never mind.....

:)

Fatcat
02-18-2007, 12:34 AM
+1 for Will O'hara. He's worked on my single stacks and my limited STI and the work was excellent. He mainly specializes in 1911 IPSC type guns, but also does S&W revolver work. Not too far from S.D.
Hi-Power work in So.Cal is tough. You may have to send your gun to some of the excellent 'smiths in AZ. Don Williams does good work if you need basic action work. If you ever get to see Ted Yost's work, it's awesome but his waiting list is really deep.

As to Black Talon's reference - dude . . ., c'mon!

TooManyHobbies
02-18-2007, 5:04 AM
Armand Swenson in Fallbrook, is a great 1911 smith.













Oh, wait, he's dead. Never mind.....

:)
Why not use his contemporary in Canoga Park, Jim Hoag... WORTH THE DRIVE. He specializes in 1911's and HiPowers...

Poohgyrr
02-18-2007, 10:55 AM
Hoag has had an excellent rep for a long time.

Black_Talon
02-18-2007, 5:13 PM
Hoag has had an excellent rep for a long time.

He just did a high-grip cut on a 1911 for me last week. It only took about 5 days, including rebluing the frame. As usual, his work was first quality and reasonably priced too.

Hoag's a long way from San Diego though. Swenson was a lot closer. :)

TooManyHobbies
02-19-2007, 1:12 AM
He just did a high-grip cut on a 1911 for me last week. It only took about 5 days, including rebluing the frame. As usual, his work was first quality and reasonably priced too.

Hoag's a long way from San Diego though. Swenson was a lot closer. :)

SHHHH!!! Talk about the good work and reasonable prices.. not the ridiculous turnaround times!

Which one you get redone? The LB?

Black_Talon
02-19-2007, 5:05 PM
Which one you get redone? The LB?

No, a NRM Colt 1991, fresh out of the box.