Repairs of antique handguns, rifles, and shotguns manufactured prior to Dec. 31, 1898.

 Handgun Repair Shop has closed.


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.

I will not accept any repair shipments that have not been pre-authorized by calling Doug Bates to discuss your repair needs at 1-234-706-6508.

Being so close to my retirement years, and having 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. Having said that, 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.

Customers who contacted me about their repair needs told me that they had already inquired with the service department of Smith & Wesson, or Colt, and been told that the factory service department would no longer service their oldest models, and then referred the customer to me. I was one of only two men still repairing the oldest Colt and S&W revolvers, when the other gentleman had a stroke and had to close his business. I ended up doing the repairs on several revolvers that he had to return to his customers not repaired.

At the present time another website domain that I own 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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