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    Orlando
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  • Orlando
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    Columbus Machine does a good job, I have had several done by them, no issues. It is pricey though after paying shipping both ways on top of the repair

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  • mbear
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    I have a spare op rod I need to send off to be checked out and refurbished if needed . I'm interested in how yours turn out .

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  • 1911A1
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    thanks Orlando, I was looking at the site, but didnt see the prices, I guess I didnt look very hard!

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  • Orlando
    First Lieutenant

  • Orlando
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    http://www.columbusmachine.com/oprod.htm

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  • 1911A1
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    What do they get to re-tab rods? $$ Does he install new pistons also? I am only an hour from them

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  • Pfc Thomas
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    The answer is simple. A dear friend who is a serious Garand guy(has over a 100) says that the M14 guys he has run into are the most picky group he has ever run into. I pride myself some days for picking the "fly s--t out of the pepper" and matter of fact one of my dear friends thinks of me ever time he buys or uses pepper. Doesn't get any better than that.
    Pfc out
    Hawk thanks for putting up with my twisted humor

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  • Hawk
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    I know this is a bit off track, but, I've always wondered why it was OK to use re-tabbed op rods, but frowned upon using welded op rods.

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  • Pfc Thomas
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    Lou is Good People. When I got into the 14 world of custom builds I was told of LRB. I called and Lou spent 45min to an hour with me on the phone. He never once asked if I was looking or buying and I have never looked back. I have a M25 in 10200 range and it sets in the safe a lot more than it should.
    Pfc out

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  • OldGarandDad
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    Pfc Thomas,

    The fact that the op rods worked flawlessly with the LRB M25 receivers is a testament to Columbus Machine's precision work. Lou at LRB keeps the tightest tolerances I know of. If you ever have a problem with a part fitting on a LRB receiver 99.99% of the time it is the part that is out of tolerance.

    BTW -- I have the first production M25 receiver (10012) and the receipt signed and dated, 12/15/2006, by Lou attesting to it. Actually the receiver was the tail end of the first prototype run but mine was certified as "production" by Lou since they had such success with the previous ones in the batch and my receiver was milled using the actual production procedures. When Lou started taking orders on the M25 I was something like 326 on the list. By the time Lou worked out the production problems a few years later I was the only one with my name not scratched off the list. Patience does pay!

    Dang! Now I have to pull that baby out of the safe and get her to the range one day. She's been sitting in the gun safe for too long.

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  • m14brian
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    For shooters I'd definitely do re-tabs and save the NOS rods for special builds. You're right Pfc, time to get a rifle done right is now...
    m14brian

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  • Pfc Thomas
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    Well over the week end helped a guy with a build or 2. He installed the op rods that were retabed in LRB M25 receivers and they fit&worked like a Swiss watch. I think if I need a spare just to have I'm going to find a worn out op rod send it off. Incredible work&service from Columbus Machine. The days of having true craftsman are winding down and if one plans on having tools in the wood shed working. Start getting projects done.
    Pfc out
    Last edited by Pfc Thomas; 09-22-2015, 10:58 PM.

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  • Orlando
    First Lieutenant

  • Orlando
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    Columbus Mahine works on Garand ,M14, BM59 and M1 Carbine Op Rods

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  • Jersey Devil
    Benevolent Dictator

  • Jersey Devil
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    I hope they don't straighten the Garand op rods too much!! LOL

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  • m14brian
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    I saw on their website that they only do straightening service for Garand op rods, but not M14 op rods, does anyone know why?
    I have heard good things about them too and the prices are good. Looking forward to seeing the work.
    m14brian

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  • Orlando
    First Lieutenant

  • Orlando
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    I have had several op rods rebuilt by Columbus Machine. They are maybe 1 hour away from me. One of these days I need to drive over and see them at work

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