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    Gunsmithing: CMP vs Fulton Armory vs Orion 7 for service work

    Anyone care to chime in on their experiences (pros and cons) with each shop for maintenance and service work on recently acquired rifles that have sat for decades? I would be sending my rifle by mail, if that makes a difference. Would appreciate any info you might provide. My first choice was the CMP, but their backlog means I'll have a very long wait. Fulton seems like a great alternative. I'd never heard of Orion prior to reading Duff's book.

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    What are you planning to have done to the rifles ?

    If it is something that Tim Shufflin does,
    I would recommend Shuff's Parkerizing.

    http://shuffsparkerizing.com/
    Last edited by jak; 07-28-2018, 02:48 PM.

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      #3
      My goal is to keep each rifle as original as possible. I do intend to fire them, so I'm primarily interested in a qualified technical inspection and measurement of all parts subject to wear, lubrication and reassembly. No customization work at all.

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        #4
        personally I wouldn't waste the money on a inspection.You need to learn how to properly tear down clean and grease the rifle yourself. Its not hard and I certainly wouldn't pay someone to do it
        If you still want to send them off send them to Shuffs

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          #5
          This post is 2 years old, really no one knows Garands in my area. Seems ARs are not a problem,but old military hardware, is kinda left up to the owner. Like you said the more M-1 Garands that are sold,the deeper CMP is really back logged, personally the attitude some employees are taking is you bought it, it’s your problem, we have absolutely no Liaibility after your purchase. That’s very true and they state that if you read the fine print. I bought it I can fix it. But it’s a learning process, learned at the range and the workbench. Some of the U tube, is total ?Bull, and some are really helpful, you just have to watch them and try to weed out the back ones. Just my opinion, have a great holiday, AJ

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            #6
            I went to the range, nice day but darn cold, my Arthritis don’t like that, I started having issues by the 4th round, summed up that my hammer was not releasing. Successful ejecting the clip, and cleared the round, gave up and went home, my second trip to the range, really enjoy My M-1. I pulled the trigger assembly, and tested the function, my first notion was a broken spring, but that was fine, then I realized the safety might be the trouble, it was very hard to place the safety on,it would only go part way, Okay let’s take this puppy apart. I tried to release the hammer, it moved but not very smartly, What I found was a lot of trash I have sprayway aerosol solvent, Before the crap that came out of that assembly, old grease oil, I seen some warnings not to lube the trigger assembly, I cleaned it and wiped it down the spring was really dirty, but everything looked good and clean, I noticed on the lock assembly housing there were scratches. I like Remington Lube, and I put a small amount on that safety assembly, I put it all back together, and it was working really well. I think I am going to order another complete trigger assembly, just in case. For the price and to be able to have all the parts, for $80.00 including shipping I-felt it was a good deal, when you price each individual part. It is frustrating to work on the M-1 but a real learning process, the book I have really explains it all, Happy holidays Troopers Salute AJ

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