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Old 03-06-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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Recommend a gunsmith?

I am brand new to this board and apologize if I am posting in wrong section. I have '81 BHP and have a damaged rear sight that needs to be replaced. I am new to northeast Texas and wonder if anyone could recommend a gunsmith in this area? Or recommend one elsewhere that I could send the gun to ?

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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I haven't had any work done myself, but I keep hearing good things about

The Action Works Pistolsmithing

Don Williams

3030 Center Street West

Chino Valley, AZ 86323

(928) 636-1691

Email: [email protected]

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:44 AM   #3
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First, is the rear sight an adjustable one or fixed.

Second, are there no gunsmiths in the gunshops in your area. If you have a Sportsman's Warehouse in the area, they might have a resident gunsmith. If not Virgil Tripp, who now is in the business of plating guns with hard chrome might still do that type of work. If not you might give him a call and he can direct you to one. Also go over to this forum: and ask the same question and you might get someone in your general vacinity.

Replacing the rear fixed sight on a BHP is not that difficult and if it is a adjustable sight is even easier.

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:41 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you for info.

I have owned the gun for years but shot it very little. Now I want to get into shooting more. I hate to admit it but the rear sight (aftermarket adjustable) was damaged due to a "drop" onto concrete when I was unloading cargo from my motorcycle after a trip. Not being real knowledgeable, I wasn't sure if the gunsmith needed to be a BHP expert or not.

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Old 03-10-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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I'll second Don Williams. He worked on my BHP .40 a few years back, and he did an outstanding job. He was very honest with me about what needed to be done. This was the first Hi-Power I had ever purchased.

When I bought the gun, at first, I was interested in Mr. Williams' reliability package, and also crowning the barrel. He steered me away from crowning the barrel because he stated that, at handgun distances, you really don't see an increase in accuracy from the crowning. He stated that it would be purely for a cosmetic purpose. As for his reliability job, he told me to go out and shoot the gun; he said that these new BHPs were generally very reliable out of the box. He was right. I put several hundred rounds through the gun, it functioned flawlessly, and, thus, the reliability job was not needed.

When I finally shipped him the gun, I had him do a trigger job (and remove the mag disconnect safety), bob the hammer, install Trijicon night sights, and fit Spegel grips to the gun. It came back very quickly, and has functioned absolutely perfectly ever since. Mr. Williams' honesty with me was a real breath of fresh air. And his work was outstanding.

I just acquired an FN .40 with the cool "FN" logo, that I plan to turn into a full-house custom job. I plan to send it to Mr. Williams.
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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Thanks a bunch. I will contact him!
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:43 PM   #7
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Here's a link to one of Mr. Williams' Hi-Powers (I hope this is OK providing this link on this website). As you can see, he is a master smith. This is essentially what I plan to do with my new FN, albeit with different grips (I like the Spegel blackwood).
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