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    I'm looking for recommendations (or warnings) about Fairbanks gunsmiths. I have 1 rifle I'm thinking about getting re-blued (rust blue) and another 1 I'm thinking about having restored (100+ years old). I may end up sending the older one out to one of the well known restoration guys in the Lesser 48, but I'd like to keep it local if I can.
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    The two most popular are Gary at Arctic Gunworks and Doug at Doug's Repairs (formerly of Down Under Guns). I flat out refuse to use Arctic Gunworks after my one and only experience with them. Long story short, Gary is one of the rudest people I've ever meet. I had him work on a pistol of mine, and he acted like I was bothering him for even asking. Then when he finished it, he left a message on my voicemail saying, and I quote: "You need to hurry up and call me back because this thing is taking up space on my work bench." I swore then and there that I was done with him.

    I've never used Doug, but I actually need some work done on another pistol right now, and I just called him a few hours ago and left a message. I haven't heard back from him yet. If I don't hear from him by tomorrow, I'm probably going to drive down to Anchorage and use WWG (that's how adamant I am about refusing to use Arctic Gunworks).

    Doug's number is 907-687-8500.

    UPDATE: Doug just called me back the second after I finished typing this. I'll let you know how it went when I get my gun back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walk-in View Post
    I'm looking for recommendations (or warnings) about Fairbanks gunsmiths. I have 1 rifle I'm thinking about getting re-blued (rust blue) and another 1 I'm thinking about having restored (100+ years old). I may end up sending the older one out to one of the well known restoration guys in the Lesser 48, but I'd like to keep it local if I can.
    I would call Doug and ask him. He's a straight shooter, and if the particular job at hand is beyond the scope of his expertise I know he would not hesitate to say so. He likely could give you a recommendation for another smith too.

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    I'll give Doug a call. Anyone know anything about D'Artois Gunwerke?
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    Just got my gun back from Doug. He was super nice, super cheap, and his work was super good. He'll be getting all of my business from here on out.

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    [QUOTE=walk-in;854115]I'll give Doug a call. Anyone know anything about D'Artois Gunwerke?[/QUOTE

    If its the place over by the Westmark? I have done some business there......
    I believe the guys name is Steve and he does very minimal smithing, to my recollection....
    I have had him order some ammunition for me, it came in when expected, his prices were very good and he called when it came in.....what a concept? I had some ammo on order with Frontier for months..........same stuff, could never tell me when It might arrive........nice folks, but it was awfull..................Steve got the job done quickly......
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    I've not used anyone in state for rust bluing, sent my one true/custom rifle project over to Turnbull in NY...turn around was 2 wks at that time and price was good. As for restoration, most knowledgable smiths worth there salt can restore a weapon...they have been doing Mauser's now for over 100yrs., Chic Worthing, Jim Dubell, Jim Kobe, Jim Anderson etc. All these I have mentioned are out of state and all are excellent smiths, I've used these and some others for one task or another.

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    If you are considering using Arctic Gunworks, PM me first.

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    I know you mentioned bluing, but if you're interested in a fabulous coating for a great price contact Lee at http://www.blackicecoatings.com

    He does fantastic work and the Teflon coating works great for harsh Alaska weather.

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    Has anybody here worked with Jay Frazier from Delta Junction. I think that he is a guide too. They have a custom of his on Champlin arms and it doesn't suck. English Style stalking rifle with NZ English Marble Cake. I am just curious if the old coot is still kickin. It is a top shelf job with a price tag north of 6K.

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    Many years ago I had Jay do a build-up and checkering job on a pre-64 Winchester. Last time I heard he was still in Delta. The guy is good, very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walk-in View Post
    I'm looking for recommendations (or warnings) about Fairbanks gunsmiths. I have 1 rifle I'm thinking about getting re-blued (rust blue) and another 1 I'm thinking about having restored (100+ years old). I may end up sending the older one out to one of the well known restoration guys in the Lesser 48, but I'd like to keep it local if I can.
    If you're just having rust blueing done I would recommend Glenrock Blueing in Wyoming. They do very nice work and have a quick turnaround. For restoration work you need to go with someone who specializes in the type of firearm you have. There are Colt experts, Winchester experts, etc.

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    We do DuraCoat and are located in North Pole. We have a sample now of something with a simulated bluing color. Not exactly re-bluing, but an option. PM me if you want more information, I can't PM out yet or I would have sent it that way (too new to the forum).

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