Handgun Repair Shop, Gunsmith for modern and antique handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
Handgun Repair Shop wants to be your gunsmith. You will receive a good job at a fair price.
Gunsmithing is not limited to handgun repair at Handgun Repair Shop. I can repair and rebuild out of production and antique hand guns, rifles, and shotguns.
Due to the customer demand, the guns that customers often send me for repair, about 90% of the gun repair work that arrives at my shop is 100 to 150 years old or older. I have successfully found or made the parts needed to repair hundreds of antique handguns, rifles, and shotguns dating back to the American Revolution and beyond.
I can install barrel liners to restore worn or rusted rifle bores, and re chamber rifles in both standard and wildcat calibers.
I have rebuilt modern handguns, rifles, and shotguns, as well as some that were all but destroyed in a house fire while stored in a "fireproof" gun safe. I also do routine repairs of worn parts, cleaning, lubrication & maintenance on modern guns. I can build customized 1911 type pistols, do trigger jobs, tactical & concealed carry reliability, and de horning bevel work. I can order and install custom stocks, sights and scopes.
About Douglas E. Bates, owner,
Mechanical abilities were fostered early in my life by my father, a machinist and tool & die maker. He bought me an "Erector Set" at age 5. When I was 7 years old Multiple Sclerosis crippled my father. As the oldest child and only son it became my responsibility to handle household repair problems. From his bed my father taught me about mechanical repairs and to measure to thousandths of an inch with his micrometers. My father bought me a "Visible V 8 Engine" model to assemble at age 12. I refinished my grandfather's single shot 12 Gauge shotgun somewhere around that time as well. I rebuilt the single cylinder gasoline engine on my mini bike by myself at age 12.
As a teenager I thought I would like a career as an auto or diesel mechanic. I graduated "Honor Roll" from 2 technical schools where I learned to disassemble, diagnose, and repair all major parts of both automobiles and tractor trailers.
Working in a garage did not satisfy my creative side, so I switched to a career in construction. As a carpenter for 29 years I measured, cut and fit many different types of construction materials all day every working day to build homes, hospitals, stores and schools. I became known for quality trim carpentry work.
With this kind of background it was very natural for me to start doing my own gunsmithing as soon as I became interested in firearms. Over 25 years ago I started purchasing gun repair manuals, machinery and tools to do gunsmithing for myself, friends and coworkers. I was encouraged by satisfied friends and coworkers that said I should open my own gunsmithing business.
In March of 1998 I formally opened my gunsmithing business. While thinking about what name to choose for my new business I was looking through my personal gun collection and realized that I own twice as many handguns as long guns. Handguns are my favorite type of firearm to own and work on. That is how I came up with the name "Handgun Repair Shop".
I did not know what internet search engines were at the time that I named my business. The name Handgun Repair Shop has turned out to be a high ranking match for people searching the internet for handgun repair.
In April, 2002 my wife and I separated, leaving me with temporary custody of our two young daughters. In September, 2002 I won physical custody of our two daughters. In June, 2008 my daughters decided they wanted to go to live with their mother.
Repair order shipments have been steadily increasing over the years. I always have a waiting list of repair orders. Please be patient. I work on completing repairs on a "The first one in is the first one out" basis.
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