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Custom Guns - August 12, 2015, 10:22 PM

Does anyone know any good local custom shops? Not armors but custom shops. I want to get some porting done on some of my pistols. Need trigger work done on rifles but an armor can do that. I found one newer shop in Purcellville area and they seemed pretty knowledgeable and would only need to send me gun out for the porting everything else in house stippling color and everything. Just curious if anyone on this page has used anyone local for custom work if so what kind and how satisfied were you with the work?
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I'll look into them. have you done anything with either of these shops?
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Does anyone know any good local custom shops? Not armors but custom shops. I want to get some porting done on some of my pistols. Need trigger work done on rifles but an armor can do that. I found one newer shop in Purcellville area and they seemed pretty knowledgeable and would only need to send me gun out for the porting everything else in house stippling color and everything. Just curious if anyone on this page has used anyone local for custom work if so what kind and how satisfied were you with the work?
Jim Carollo at Blue Ridge Arsenal has worked over a few guns for me.

He custom ported my gas piston AR from .079" to .090" so I could run sub-sonic ammo and light pressure loads without having to manually cycle the BCG after each shot.

Also did the trigger work and Galloway Precision tune on my Ruger.

Tweaked a few other things that don't come to mind right now.

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Thanks for the info. wonder if the porting was I'm house or shipped out. I'll call up there.
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Thanks for the info. wonder if the porting was I'm house or shipped out. I'll call up there.
In house. They have the tools and dies needed to do mill and custom work and some fabrication.

Heavy fabrication I believe is done out of house, but Jim specs everything. He's a machinist and consulted with PWS on the spec redesign of their gas block when the early models were failing.



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Assuming the pistols are not of the HK P7 variety with a fixed barrel, why not just buy a ported barrel to drop in? Usually not that much more expensive, and you are less likely to have some unknown ruin a decent barrel. You could practically dremel the slide yourself, but I'd be much more comfortable having someone port the slide for me than the barrel.

Also, you doing multiple pistols? I can understand, possibly, porting a race gun, but the drawbacks make it not worth it for me to have any of mine ported. Sight cleaning, noise, blowing back powder/gas into my face, flash inhibiting my sight, effective shortening of barrel...

Bleh! I'll pass on that.
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Assuming the pistols are not of the HK P7 variety with a fixed barrel, why not just buy a ported barrel to drop in? Usually not that much more expensive, and you are less likely to have some unknown ruin a decent barrel. You could practically dremel the slide yourself, but I'd be much more comfortable having someone port the slide for me than the barrel.

Also, you doing multiple pistols? I can understand, possibly, porting a race gun, but the drawbacks make it not worth it for me to have any of mine ported. Sight cleaning, noise, blowing back powder/gas into my face, flash inhibiting my sight, effective shortening of barrel...

Bleh! I'll pass on that.
Noise and discharge is a big downside but I'm looking to do a glock. the 17L 4th gen I want to put in a zev trigger, get some stippling done. Drop in a stainless threaded barrell with dimples and put a Magwell on it. Not much of it is big work most of it I'm gonna drop in myself like the barrel and stuff but if I get the barrell ported then you will be able to see the the stainless barrell beneath and the dimples. I just saw a similar one the guy at a shop in Purcellville had and for a glock it looked top notch. I Just want it for show purposes mainly. plus the upgraded barrell should group great.
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Noise and discharge is a big downside but I'm looking to do a glock. the 17L 4th gen I want to put in a zev trigger, get some stippling done. Drop in a stainless threaded barrell with dimples and put a Magwell on it. Not much of it is big work most of it I'm gonna drop in myself like the barrel and stuff but if I get the barrell ported then you will be able to see the the stainless barrell beneath and the dimples. I just saw a similar one the guy at a shop in Purcellville had and for a glock it looked top notch. I Just want it for show purposes mainly. plus the upgraded barrell should group great.
Looks are all about personal preference, so more power to ya, but ported may not improve your grouping - it effectively shortens the barrel, so you may just have a point of impact shift, or you may have an actual dispersion pattern change. For shooting 25 ft and in, who cares. But if you were to shoot bullseye targets at 50 yds, then I'd recommend against it.

Also with the threaded barrel, are you going to put a suppressor on it? The porting will most likely screw you over, because you won't have enough blowback to cycle the slide. The suppressor would give you enough weight and recoil reduction that the porting would be a waste.

Again, for looks? Go for it. For use?
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Looks are all about personal preference, so more power to ya, but ported may not improve your grouping - it effectively shortens the barrel, so you may just have a point of impact shift, or you may have an actual dispersion pattern change. For shooting 25 ft and in, who cares. But if you were to shoot bullseye targets at 50 yds, then I'd recommend against it.

Also with the threaded barrel, are you going to put a suppressor on it? The porting will most likely screw you over, because you won't have enough blowback to cycle the slide. The suppressor would give you enough weight and recoil reduction that the porting would be a waste.

Again, for looks? Go for it. For use?
If I wanted to supress it somewhere along the line plus I like the look of the threaded barrel. Porting the slide is only for looks to show off the barrell
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August 14, 2015, 07:52 AM

the guy at the gun shop had a very similar build on his gun and he had a grouped piece of paper he shot at 25 yards the grouping was quite impressive at that distance. I appreciate it. I will. check into the concernsystem you mentioned but Im in love with the look and will almost surely take the risk
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Yeah I want a cool gun. Something self designed for the porting so I don't have every run of the mill glock.
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August 14, 2015, 09:58 AM

Ah, well if you're only porting the slide, then there is no issue. I thought you were going to port the barrel as well.

If you are looking to get some reduction in felt recoil, and you'll be getting a threaded barrel, then get a compensator. The different styles have various levels of performance, but most are generally useful. I prefer totally symmetrical designs so that I don't have to worry about timing the threads, but a lot of versions are ported only at the top of the compensator. It's also good to have on the threads so that they don't get dinged up. Leaving bare threads is a bad idea, so either get a compensator or a threadcap (preferabbly one with a decent crown).
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August 14, 2015, 10:41 AM

This is the barrel I want.
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