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I know that many gunsmiths are leery of fixing handguns that have been worked on by others, for obvious reasons. Can anyone tell me of someone reputable who can make my Delta Elite functional again? For the "big-name" gunsmith types on this board, are YOU are willing to do this? Here are the specifics:

I purchased my beloved Delta Elite a couple of months ago. I handed it over to a "reputable" gunsmith to have some work done:

WC match trigger & carry trigger job
WC extended thumb safety
WC full length guide rod and Wolff 24lb spring
S&A beavertail grip safety
Novak sights with tritium inserts
Reliability package
Complete gun refinished

So far so good, the gun worked great and looked good (aside from some marks on the trigger pad). Several hundred assorted rounds ran through it without a hitch. Then it broke; the hammer would fall when you pull the trigger, but the catridges wouldn't go "boom." I took it back to the gunsmith, who told me about a week later that the gun was working fine now & he couldn't even find a problem with it. You can see where this is going.

Not only did the gun continue to fail 100% of the time in EXACTLY the same way it was before, with 3 different brands of ammo, it broke in an utterly different way almost immediately. Now the hammer is jammed in the cocked position and will not come down for any reason.

I feel like I have been utterly screwed and no longer trust the SOB. This may not be 100% fair, but there you have it. I'm not going back to him with my gun; I want someone of widely-known quality and reputation to do the work. I'm willing to pay for whatever new parts and work are necessary to make it functional. Heck, I'll pay a "stupidity fee" to anyone being subjected to trying to undo someone else's screw-ups.

Any advice or assitance in this regard would be greatly appreciated. Actually, it would be HUGELY appreciated. I love my DE, it worked wonderfully before it broke but now I'm stuck with a $1,000+ paperweight.
 

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CB,

I heard that Tim Bacus works on 10mm blasters. tim38super here on the board. Maybe you should email him and see. Good luck :grin:
 

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CB,

Check your private msg's. Hope ya get it sorted out :grin:
 

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You should post the name of the original "pistolsmith" on this board. IF we dont use this place to share good/bad info, and perhaps save some one else TONS of greif, then we are all wasting time.

Glad to hear Dane is gonna fixer up, i know alot of smiths wont touch a gun even worked on by another, more less a "broke" one. Thumbs up for Dane.
 

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Sounds like a gun I have. I first got this 1911 rom Evan Marshal on a sweatheart deal (Thanks a bunch, Evan). The gun was given to XYZ gunsmith in the Seattle area, (a local guy who did a lot of IPSC guns). He was fitting an Ed Brown comp and barrel in it for pin shooting, and sending off for hard chroming. I got it back, but he screwed it up by undercutting the frame/feedramp, and it jammed constantly.

After it sat in the safe for a while, I was talking to ABC gunsmith, who does have a good reputation. He attempted a fix, but it still jammed.

About 3 years ago, I was lamenting about my poor Springfield with Dane over some rootbeer and rum, (honest, you oughta try it), and he offered to give it a go. All I asked was a 1911 that worked all the time feeding wadcutters or hardball. Well, Dane was able to get it working, and I have used it successfully to beat him, Mas and others in competitions of skill ever since.

Bottom line, Dane should be able to fix your gun, or tell you it is sc**ed up.

Marty
 

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I want to hear the verdict from Dane before I tell everyone to avoid "dirtbag gunsmith X" in case it was something *really* odd or a sheer mechanical fluke (as opposed to plain incompetence). Trust me, if Dane says whoever worked on my gun previously was a bonehead, I'm telling ***everyone*** about it.
 

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Trust me, if Dane says whoever worked on my gun previously was a bonehead, I'm telling ***everyone*** about it.
Being the guy who is currently tap dancing to clarify other mistakes brought to my attention this week, the only bonehead I know or will in the distant future is me :grin: I think eveyone else is safe for the moment. Believe it or not even I have sent guns out that had had problems :roll:
 

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LOL... nothing like being bent over the pickle barrel for trying to do a good deed... :sad:

Never say never, Dane, you won't know what you'll find in there till you look! "My God, are those parts from a JENNINGS?!?" :grin: :grin: :grin:
 
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