Specializing in repairs of antique handguns, rifles, and shotguns manufactured prior to Dec. 31, 1898.

 Handgun Repair Shop has closed, moved, and reorganized as;

Antique Handgun Repair Shop.


We moved our residence from Virginia to Barberton, Ohio in early November 2016, downsizing for our retirement years. Moving the FFL dealer license to another state is much more complicated, so Handgun Repair Shop was closed prior to the move, I will not seek to get a new FFL dealer license at the new location. Not having an FFL dealer license means that I can no longer service “modern” post-1898 cartridge firearms. If your firearm was manufactured after Dec. 31, 1898 do NOT send it to me for repair!

The customer demand that I experienced during the 18 years I operated Handgun Repair Shop was 95% repairs of antique pre-1898 firearms. I will ONLY do repair work on antique firearms manufactured prior to Dec. 31, 1898 from now on.

As published at the U.S. Government Publishing Office, the definition of an antique firearm is;

Antique firearm. (a) Any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; and (b) any replica of any firearm described in paragraph (a) of this definition if such replica (1) is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition, or (2) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

The shipping address does not appear here because I will not accept any repair shipments that have not been pre-authorized by calling Doug Bates to discuss your repair needs at 1-330-590-1429 or via email at mail@handgunrepairshop.com

Entering my retirement years, and having my debts paid off, means that I am no longer interested in working from daylight to dark to try to keep up with a large amount of repair work orders. It was very clear during the 18 years that I operated Handgun Repair Shop that there are not enough choices for customers who need their antique firearms repaired, so while I am still able I want to occupy some of my time during retirement offering my expertise in antique firearms repair.

I have repaired hundreds of antique and obsolete firearms that were manufactured by;

A. McGilvray, A. Waters, Adams, Allen & Wheelock, American Gun Co. New York, American Standard Tool Co. Newark NJ, Auguste Francotte, B. A. Co. “Slocum”, Bacon Mfg. Co., Baker Gun Co., Ballard, Beaumont-Adams, Brooklyn Firearms Co., C. Sharps & Co., Charleville, Chicago Firearms Co., Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, Cooper Firearms Mfg. Co., Claude Niquet A Liege, D. Border, D. Moore Patent, Deane, Adams, and Deane, Eastern Arms Co., Enfield, Ethan Allen, E. Whitney, F. Stabl In Landau, Forehand & Wadsworth, Frank Wesson, Gasser, German Reichs, Gwyn & Campbell Hamilton O., H. Deringer, Harrington And Richardson, Hopkins And Allen, Hunter Arms Co., J.D. M'Kaha, J. Rupertus, J. Stevens Arms Co., James Reid, Janssen Sons & Co., Johnson & Collins, Ketland & Co., Lefaucheux-Francotte, London Armoury Company Kerr's Patent, London Pistol Co., M. Friede St. Louis, Maltby Henley & Co., Manhattan, Marlin Firearms Co., Massachusetts Arms Co., Mauser, Maynard Arms Co., Merwin Hulbert & Co., Midland Gun Company Birmingham, Moore's Patent Firearms Company, Murray & Co., National Arms Co., Nepperhan, Oxford Arms Co., Parker, Pidault Cordier model Raphael, Pennsylvania Rifle Works, Remington's Ilion N. Y., Rupertus Patent Pistol Manufactory Phila, Sam'l & C. Smith, Savage Revolving Fire-Arms Co., Sharps & Hankins, Smith & Wesson, Smith's Patent, Spencer, Springfield, Springfield Armory, Starr Arms Co. New York, Thomas's Patent, T. Richardson & Sons W. Tranter's Patent, Union Arms Co., W. Golden Huddersfield, W. W. Marston, W. C. M., W. Moore & Co., W. Richards, Warner's Patent, Webley, Wentzl Bohm in Eger, Whitneyville Armory, Wilh. Gerstner in Bleistadt, Winchester.

Customers who have contacted me about their repair needs told me that they had already inquired with the service department of Smith & Wesson, or Colt, and had been told that the factory service department would no longer service their oldest models manufactured in the 1800s, and then referred the customer to me.

At the present time another website domain that I own antiquehandgunrepairshop.com redirects to this page. In the coming months the plan is to develop a new website dedicated to;

Antique Handgun Repair Shop.

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