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    Fredericksburg welcomes new gunsmith

    Repairs, buys, trades, sells.

    Just saw this, haven't been there yet.

    ETA: Stopped by the place tonight on my way home from work. Hours 10 to 7 weekdays. Hope to make it during hours for a visit soon. Had a printed page taped to the door listing the calibers of ammo he had in stock, which was fairly long! I guess the prices will tell the rest of the story.

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    Gunsmith opens on Sophia Street

    A business that specializes in repairing firearms has opened in downtown Fredericksburg.

    Mike Butkus opened Gunsmithing With Honors last month at 502 Sophia St. He plans a grand opening this weekend.

    The business buys, sells and trades guns, but it focuses on repairs. Butkus completed a gunsmithing program with honors from Ashworth College, hence the business’ name.
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    Stopped by earlier today. The owner was not there, but I did have a nice chat with the guy who was there. Definitely set up to be primarily a gunsmith, very small inventory, and they don't plan to change that. He said they could get "anything" though. They did have a very few guns on consignment. Not what I would call "a lot" of ammo, but more than Walmart currently has on the shelves. The one price I checked did seem competitive, $20 for a box of Federal Fusion in .308 Winchester.

    For those familiar with Fredericksburg, they are in a small building right across the street from Brock's very close to the railroad tracks. Parking is not plentiful, you can't park in the Brock's parking lot, but there is parking on the street in front of Brock's. And even in the worst case, it's only about a block from the city's parking garage, which is free for the first two hours.

    Here's a Google street view of the store. This is old, so it doesn't look like this now, but he's in the blue-painted building on the right, which is now all white. The intersection ahead is Sophia and Lafayette, and of course that's the railroad bridge in the background.

    http://goo.gl/maps/Kbuw2

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    anybody check out what they'll be charging for transfers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom6zoom View Post
    anybody check out what they'll be charging for transfers?
    I didn't ask them that, but I picked up a card with an e-mail address, I'll shoot them the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFred View Post
    I didn't ask them that, but I picked up a card with an e-mail address, I'll shoot them the question.

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    And here is the reply:

    "Yes we will. Our rate is $20.00 per transfer."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFred View Post
    And here is the reply:

    "Yes we will. Our rate is $20.00 per transfer."

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    Good transfer price, If you buy 2 or 3 firearms at a time (my ffl does't care how many I buy a a time 1 2 3 ) it's 25.00. Will he do that?

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    Been hearing their ad on the oldies station all week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricorn View Post
    Been hearing their ad on the oldies station all week.
    TRICORN!!!

    You drop off the face of the earth for almost 2 and a half years, and then just pop back in with ne're even a "how ya been?"

    Welcome back!! Hope you are indeed well!



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    Quote Originally Posted by TFred View Post
    TRICORN!!!

    You drop off the face of the earth for almost 2 and a half years, and then just pop back in with ne're even a "how ya been?"

    Welcome back!! Hope you are indeed well!



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    Getting there.

    How ya been?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricorn View Post
    Getting there.

    How ya been?
    Well, thanks! Glad to see you back. If anyone told you that some strange man from the internet was asking about you, it might have been me.



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    HEY, TRICORN! Welcome back!

    OP related: Anyone have any experience with their gunsmithing capabilities? "With honors" from an online school is suspicious to me, but the guy could have outstanding capabilities and got the paper just to have a credential to hang on the wall. Wouldn't be the first time something like that has seemed necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tess View Post
    HEY, TRICORN! Welcome back!

    OP related: Anyone have any experience with their gunsmithing capabilities? "With honors" from an online school is suspicious to me, but the guy could have outstanding capabilities and got the paper just to have a credential to hang on the wall. Wouldn't be the first time something like that has seemed necessary.
    He's only been open about a month, so no word on any work. I do have a co-worker who may use him soon, if I hear any feedback, I'll pass it along.

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    A gunsmith?

    I'm not sure how much gunsmithing this guy does. My dad took a side by side shotgun there for some hammer work and they couldn't do it, he wanted them to time the cylinder on a webley pistol and had never seen one before and declined the work. I asked if they could install and headspace the barrel on my bolt action rifle and their reply was that they didn't have the necessary machinery. So I know that if I owned the barrel wrench and action vise I could install the barrel and with the reamer I could headspace it, I'm not sure how much 'machinery' is required to install a barrel. Actually yes I do and on a bolt gun about zero, tools, yes. I don't know what gunsmithing this guy does but my father and I inquired about some really basic gunsmithing tasks and this guy was lost in the sauce.

    Installing sights and things is nice but it hardly makes you a gunsmith. I know Gander Mountains gunsmith sucked but I know for a fact they installed and headspaced barrels. Fredericksburg needs a competent gunsmith, Gunsmithing with Honors really needs to step up their game if they want to be known as "gunsmiths" and not sight installers.
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    Not much use in reviving this old thread, but just for the sake of completeness, I wanted to pass along word that Gunsmithing with Honors closed up a few months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFred View Post
    Not much use in reviving this old thread, but just for the sake of completeness, I wanted to pass along word that Gunsmithing with Honors closed up a few months ago.

    TFred
    Doesn't look like much loss TFred.
    There was a new one in Petersburg that went to one oc dinner. I wonder what Happened to him.

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    They are in Hopewell in the Ft. Lee area. A son & father operation.

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    Nobody beats Rick at TTI in Ashland. Best gunsmith around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProShooter View Post
    Nobody beats Rick at TTI in Ashland. Best gunsmith around.
    Revolver work? Particularly mod 60 S & W - a fav BUG.

    Have link, contact info?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProShooter View Post
    Nobody beats Rick at TTI in Ashland. Best gunsmith around.
    Yep...I like them but they're pricy on some things. 25.00 a hole for drill and tap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Revolver work? Particularly mod 60 S & W - a fav BUG.

    Have link, contact info?
    TTI
    Address: 11233 Washington Hwy Suite B, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Phone804) 459-1190

    Ask for Rick. Tell him that I sent you.
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