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Mitchell Munitions, LLC.

Gunsmithing

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Full Service Gunsmith

Mitchell Munitions, LLC. is a full service gunsmithing operation.  Our services include full builds, trigger jobs, cleaning, sighting, mounting hardware, refinishing, custom fabrication, and repair.  For more information on our services or pricing, give us a call.


General Services Description:

  • Disassemble, clean, inspect, lubricate & reassemble.
  • Remove corrosion and touch-up finish.
  • Repair burred or damaged parts with files & stones.
  • Replace defective parts with factory-made replacements, hand-fitting as necessary.
  • Add after-market customizations:
    • sling-swivels
    • recoil-pads
    • iron-sights
    • scopes
    • grip caps
    • butt plates
  • Repair and re-finish wooden stock parts.
  • Checker or re-checker grip areas.
  • Deepen or clean up worn or damaged engravings & markings.
  • Re-crown damaged muzzles on a lathe.
  • Repair dented shotgun barrels.
  • Install (solder) or repair rib on shotgun barrels, or repair double-barrel assemblies.
  • Measure & correct head-space dimensions.
  • Check for excessive bore erosion.
  • Troubleshoot and repair feeding, ejecting & firing problems.
  • Test-fire guns with conventional loads to ensure proper operation.
  • Fabricate wooden stocks to customer specifications and body dimensions. Fit same to existing receiver and barrel.
  • Glass-bed actions to stocks to improve accuracy.
  • Remove existing metal finish, and re-blue metal parts.
  • Fabricate replacement parts from metal stock.
  • Modify trigger-pull weight through careful stoning of trigger mechanism parts.
  • Fire proof-loads through weapons to ensure sufficient strength of parts under over-load conditions.
  • Replace worn barrels, which have fired so many rounds that they are no longer of the specified caliber (which leads to loss of accuracy).
  • Change caliber or cartridge of existing rifle, by changing barrel, and modifying receiver.
  • Re-cut rifling and change caliber of existing barrel.
  • Design and build complete rifles by fitting stock barrels to stock receivers; fabricating or purchasing additional parts as needed, and fitting same to rifle. Fitting custom stock to same.the
  • Design and build a complete rifle, shotgun, or combination gun from start to finish. (Combination guns, usually referred to as a "Drilling", is a highly complex hand-made long gun with several joined barrels combining both rifle and shotgun calibers and gauges sharing a common breech and buttstock.) The highest level examples of custom-made firearms usually start out as several pieces of blank steel stock or rough forged parts, a slab (stock blank) of walnut; steel tubes with rifled or smooth holes ("bores") drilled their length, and are usually hand made by highly skilled gunsmiths using nothing more than an occasional lathe, milling machine, heat treating furnace (for making springs, hardening parts to the proper hardness, and color case hardening) with the majority of roughing, fitting, and finishing done completely by hand using files, scrapers, abrasive paper and cloth, chisels and rasps.

Specializations

While some gunsmiths are general practitioners in this trade, some of the more important specializations are:


Custom builder/designer

Builds guns to customer's specification, from raw materials and shelf parts. Gunsmiths specializing in custom areas can be called upon by professional target-shooters, avid sports shooters, or anyone that wants custom attributes added to their firearm to create highly accurate or custom looking firearms. A Custom Gunsmith also builds high-end firearms for hunters and shooters with needs and desires that cannot be served by standard catalogued firearms offered by gun manufacturers. They may work in partnership with engravers and other specialized artists to produce unique finishes and decorations not possible on regular mass-produced firearms. Some highly specialized gunsmiths can complete all firearm modifications without anyone else in the industry helping them. This is likely the most highly skilled of gunsmiths, as they are required not only to have proficiency in the other areas of gunsmithing, but must also be well educated in firearm finishing and machining, in order to manufacture the individual components and even springs before assembly takes place.

Finisher

Applies various chemical processes (browning, bluing, Parkerization, among others) to the metal parts of guns to develop corrosion resistant surface layers on the steel. They may also apply case hardening to low carbon steel parts. Case hardening is a combined chemical and heat-treatment process which introduces carbon into the surfaces of low steel alloys that does not contain sufficient carbon to allow total ("through") heat treatment. This carbon rich surface is then heat treated resulting in a thin, very hard surface layer with a tough, malleable core. This process can be done solely for the mechanical properties (hardness and toughness) it imparts, or, by packing the parts in bone charcoal and other chemicals and heating in a heat treatment furnace for varying time periods, it is possible to introduce rich colors into the carbonized surface. This type of case hardening, known as color case hardening, is prized for its rich mottled blues, purples, browns and grey tones. It is possible, with highly skilled craftsmen using highly proprietary processes, to control the hues and patterns so closely that one familiar with high grade custom firearms can usually recognize the maker of another shooter's firearm solely by the colors and patterns on its parts; an important distinction on extremely costly firearms of the highest grade. Typically, its use is usually restricted to receivers, rarely barrels. Although providing corrosion resistance, the colored surface layers are subject to wear and may also fade with time. Antique firearms for sale frequently note the specific percentage of the factory original case coloring remaining on the receiver and lockplates. Renewing this color case hardening to the specific patterns of the firearm when it was new has become an important sub-area of the gunsmithing field.

ALL GUNS WORKED ON MUST COME IN FOR A REVIEW & ESTIMATE PRIOR TO ANY WORK BEING DONE!

While many people have a clear image come to mind when they think of blacksmithing, not many of us know what to envision when we think of gunsmithing. When it boils down to it, gunsmiths are modern day blacksmiths, crafting, repairing, and enhancing firearms to be of the best quality.

Too many people who tinker with guns and work in a gun store like to call themselves a gunsmith. That is scary for all of us. The responsibility the gunsmith has when working on firearms and ensuring the firearm is truly safe from defect when returning it to a customer is a major responsibility. Only a person with appropriate training & tenure in the field can assure a firearm is in proper working order after having serviced it.

Gunsmithing Price List - General pricing