Local Machine Shops for Pistol Work

So I wanted to get a Trijicon RMR mounted on my Glock 17...  There are some amazing companies doing incredible work out there, but most of them are either out of my price range, or the lead time is measured in months it seems.  So in checking around the internet I found two articles on rifleshooter.com

One article was about how to machine a Glock slide for a Trijicon RMR and the other article was about how to machine cocking serrations.  Well, I am not a machinist, but I do know one.  So I showed him the articles and asked if he could do it.  He said, "Sure." (He made parts for the Mars Rover)  So a week or so later I had my newly machined slide in hand for $200. 

I just went and zeroed it yesterday and got a chance to put some rounds through it.  Lots of fun so far...

Here is a link to the two articles as well as a video I posted showing the slide and talking about the process: https://kitbadger.com/slide-modification/

If you are going down the road for some slide work, check locally, you might be surprised.

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If you paid $200 to get your slide milled then you got ripped unless this kind of work has skyrocketed in the last few years.  Mark Housel from L&M Precision did my slide 3yrs ago and it was perfect with no gaps anywhere as he knows what is supposed to be done with that type of sight.  He ceracoated the raw steel, mounted the RMR, mounted the provided Trijicon suppressor sights, and turned the whole thing around in about 3 weeks; cost then was $140.00.  The irons were dead-on and the dot was right with them; I still haven't had to change either.   I would caution others about using a local machinist who has no track record.  I've seen some slides that went this direction and the work was not right and the owners didn't know any better.

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