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Old August 12th, 2011, 08:56 PM #1
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local gunsmiths?

Are there any smiths you all could recommend between DC and Frederick who could work on a Saiga 12?

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Old August 12th, 2011, 09:30 PM #2
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Most people will say to do your own work but I have yet to see a home conversion that met good standards. I used to work on them but I dont do that anymore.

Im not sure of anyone offhand except maybe Engage Armament in Kensington.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:26 PM #3
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I think Garrett at Engage Armament can do AK work. I've asked him in the past about Saiga conversions. He does good work.
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Tim Haffer did my brothers siaga 12. He's in Dowmsville. PM MBZ he works for him or PM gotguns on here. he is an industry partener.
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RA Brown in Westminster near Western MD College/MC Daniels College, does a great job. Family owned gunsmith in business for 60 years.
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Richard at Glade Valley in Frederick can do AK work.
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Garrett at Engage in Kensington.

Excellent shop
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Here's one based in Damascus (just south of the HighSchool on 27) I've got one piece (a semi-auto pistol) with him now so I don't yet have the results, but given my conversation with him, the strong recommendation of the folks at the GunShack in Mt. Airy and the condition of his workshop - I'm expecting good things.... (and i thought his price was reasonable as was his target turn around time)


John's Gunsmithing Shop Licensee Name: Tyvela, Einar John
24636 Lunsford Court
Damascus, MD 20872
Phone: 301-253-0839

Served in the USA for 27+ years, salt of the earth. Worth a call to see if his background includes the type of work you are looking to have done.
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I just left a message for Rich Freed out of Damascus. I went to Cresap today and my Marlin 1894 Cowboy totally locked up...with a live round in the mag!

If i dont hear back from him i'll give engage a call
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Shooting Ventures is a smith, but not sure if he works on a saiga.
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Thanks guys! I'll give these folks some calls.
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Also, if you're not opposed to shipping out your gun, there are some folks on saiga-12.com who can convert your gun for a reasonable price. (I can personally vouch for Jack Travers.)
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saiga -12 smith

Check out www.saiga-12.com, scroll down left side for Lone Star arms. Check out his website completely including testimonials. He conveted mine to a model call "The Signcutter" It has never had a fail to fire or a fail to eject, even with cheap target loads. You can get the job done cheaper but never better. Good luck with the S-12, you're gonna love it. Start saving money for shot shells.
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