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#1 ChicagoRonin70

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 02:11 PM

So, I have an acquaintance who owns a decently preserved Arisaka rifle that needs some work done on it to get it into top shape. Can anyone give me some recommendations for a gunsmith, ideally in the northern Illinois area, to do the necessary repairs and restoration work?

 

Alternately, a recommendation for anyone within driving distance of Chicago (say, 100-odd miles) or who will take shipment of the rifle for repairs would be a viable option as well.

 

Any information or leads would be much appreciated!


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 03:57 PM

I have no experience with the two names below, but they have come up recommended in posts here multiple times. The context has been with respect to handguns iirc, but it might be worth giving them a call

Glen Nyenhuis - WCK Gunsmithing - Elmwood Park - 708-452-1315

Paul Gibertini - Great Guns Armory - 25641 Wolf's Crossing - Plainfield - 815-685-2047
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 03:59 PM

I have no experience with the two names below, but they have come up recommended in posts here multiple times. The context has been with respect to handguns iirc, but it might be worth giving them a call

Glen Nyenhuis - WCK Gunsmithing - Elmwood Park - 708-452-1315

Paul Gibertini - Great Guns Armory - 25641 Wolf's Crossing - Plainfield - 815-685-2047

 

Someone else recommended Gibertini via PM to me as well. I've already passed that on to my acquaintance, and I'll follow up with the additional vote of confidence for him.


“One can never underestimate the idiocy of those determined to be offended by things that don't affect their real lives in the slightest.” —Me
 
“Hatred is the sharpest sword; the desire for peace is armor made of willow leaves in the face of an enemy who despises you, as neither alone will stop a strike that is aimed at your neck.” —Samurai proverb
 
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” —Robert Heinlein
 
“I reserve the right to take any action necessary to maintain the equilibrium in which I've chosen to exist.” —Me
 
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 06:45 PM

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 06:51 AM

Have your friend call Glenn he has a history of restoring older and high end guns.  He will give you advice for free ;)



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:07 PM

I passed the recommendation on for Glen Paul Gilbertini; when everyone who is giving me one puts his name in it, I think it's safe to say that's who to use.

 

It's all much appreciated!


Edited by ChicagoRonin70, 29 June 2017 - 03:35 PM.

“One can never underestimate the idiocy of those determined to be offended by things that don't affect their real lives in the slightest.” —Me
 
“Hatred is the sharpest sword; the desire for peace is armor made of willow leaves in the face of an enemy who despises you, as neither alone will stop a strike that is aimed at your neck.” —Samurai proverb
 
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” —Robert Heinlein
 
“I reserve the right to take any action necessary to maintain the equilibrium in which I've chosen to exist.” —Me
 
"It ain't braggin' if you done it." —Will Rogers

 

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:13 PM

I passed the recommendation on for Glen Gilbertini; when everyone who is giving me one puts his name in it, I think it's safe to say that's who to use.
 
It's all much appreciated!


Glenn or Paul??

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:34 PM

 

I passed the recommendation on for Glen Paul Gilbertini; when everyone who is giving me one puts his name in it, I think it's safe to say that's who to use.
 
It's all much appreciated!


Glenn or Paul??

 

 

Yarg. I meant Paul. Sorry.


Edited by ChicagoRonin70, 29 June 2017 - 03:39 PM.

“One can never underestimate the idiocy of those determined to be offended by things that don't affect their real lives in the slightest.” —Me
 
“Hatred is the sharpest sword; the desire for peace is armor made of willow leaves in the face of an enemy who despises you, as neither alone will stop a strike that is aimed at your neck.” —Samurai proverb
 
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” —Robert Heinlein
 
“I reserve the right to take any action necessary to maintain the equilibrium in which I've chosen to exist.” —Me
 
"It ain't braggin' if you done it." —Will Rogers

 

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:41 PM

I passed the recommendation on for Glen Paul Gilbertini; when everyone who is giving me one puts his name in it, I think it's safe to say that's who to use.
 It's all much appreciated!


Glenn or Paul??
 
Yarg. I meant Paul. Sorry.

I have used Paul, very nice guy and he did a great job on one of my revolvers.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 07:16 PM

Paul is a great guy. Easy to work with, easy going, and dang good at what he does. I've seen more than a few nice older rifles in there at times. I don't know much about older firearms, so i can't addrss if he's the right guy for your job. I suggest giving him a call. He's a straight up guy and his pricing is very reasonable. 


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 03:26 PM

Glenn's the only person I'll trust working on any of my guns.  


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 07:28 PM

I had another great experience with Paul at Great Guns Armory.
He was able to order parts, repair the stock, and get my gun back in time for trap league.
6 day turnaround.

Very pleased. Happy customer.




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