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where to get some smithing done?

I called GAT guns in east dundee and Gun Dr. in Roselle. GAT is apparently unable to perform the services i want (which are very standard services...) and Gun Dr. hasn't called me back yet. I sent a follow up email just asking for prices so maybe they'll respond to that.

I'm looking to get my ruger 22/45 drilled and tapped for a rail and my sigma 9mm is in desperate need of a trigger job, but which ones aren't? Do we have a resident gun smith that can tackle these instead of sending out somewhere else? I've never done any smithing before... is a trigger job on a S&W sigma 9mm beyond beginner capabilities?
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ruger is currently located in central illinois but S&W is located in dundee. dundee is permanent home and i'd be willing to drive it pretty much anywhere in the chicagoland area.
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AFAIK, the Ruger comes pre drilled/tapped. I have an older 22/45 and mine came that way from the factory. I have the Target model.

I wouldn't bother w/ a trigger job on the Sigma, easier/cheaper/smarter to just sell it and buy a new pistol w/a better trigger.

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AFAIK, the Ruger comes pre drilled/tapped. I have an older 22/45 and mine came that way from the factory. I have the Target model.

I wouldn't bother w/ a trigger job on the Sigma, easier/cheaper/smarter to just sell it and buy a new pistol w/a better trigger.
i have a Mark II with a 5.5" bull barrel and it definitely is not drilled and tapped. can take a picture if you'd like.

the sigma was a graduation present from my step-dad so it's hard to say "this trigger is a piece of garbage... i want a different one". i feel like that's looking a gift horse in the mouth. i'd like to make it usable instead of selling, but i'd prefer a new gun instead...
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i have a Mark II with a 5.5" bull barrel and it definitely is not drilled and tapped. can take a picture if you'd like.

the sigma was a graduation present from my step-dad so it's hard to say "this trigger is a piece of garbage... i want a different one". i feel like that's looking a gift horse in the mouth. i'd like to make it usable instead of selling, but i'd prefer a new gun instead...
I believe you, I don't know much about 22/45s, just that mine came w/a rail.

I read you on the Sigma, that's a tough spot. From what I've read the DIY trigger job is pretty easy. Alternatively, S&W offers a free trigger job for Sigma owners:


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heh. seems pretty easy. can't wait to get my sigma and at least do that to it. know of anything to shorten the mile long travel on it?
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+100 on Ofc. Ponch. He's on here sporadically. Try PM'ing him and if he doesn't get back to you in a day or two, let me know and I'll contact him directly to make sure he douches out his PM box.
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i'll shoot him a PM now. thanks.
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PM box is full. does he have a shop at all where i can leave a message for him or would you mind getting in contact with him?
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PM box is full. does he have a shop at all where i can leave a message for him or would you mind getting in contact with him?
I just texted him about the thread and to use a douche.
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thanks man. i appreciate it. and srsly.... having an unclean PM box has many disadvantages. nobody appreciates an unclean box.
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Weak-hand index finger in the trigger guard made me cringe.
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I just texted him about the thread and to use a douche.
did he get back to you at all? i haven't received a PM from him, his PM box is still full, and he hasn't been to this thread...

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I'm looking to get my ruger 22/45 drilled and tapped for a rail
Your almost to the point that it would smart to consider a new upper as well. Most smiths charge between $20-$40 a hole to drill and tap for scope mounts. Seing as you need at least three for this your at $60 - $120 in just labor. The problem with this is that most smiths are not set up to do it properly. The holes must be drilled perfectly center to the the receiver in order to not only prevent binding but also maintain a perfect plane. Many will say they can do the job but I have seen many fail. 1) I am not set up for it so i wouldnt take a job like that. 2) From a money stand point set up time would be too much for the little guys to do it right and still make a decent dollar. Besides if they screw up now they have to buy you a new upper.

You have a few options:
1) Roll the dice with a smith
2) Call Ruger to see if they can do it
3) buy a no gunsmithing rail suhttp://www.mwgco.com/ar-15_accessories/product/WCR-RM2-SMX.htmlch as this :

If it's just plinking I would suggest the no gunsmith mount as it is the most cost effective and does a great job



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and my sigma 9mm is in desperate need of a trigger job, but which ones aren't?
Scrap that idea. Other than the poor mans trigger job that SD talked about the only other option is springs which arent a good option either. The S&W never had an after market. It was DOA

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