Re: payment question for smiths
I am not a smith, but I have had a few rifles built. If you look at the cost of parts. Mcmillan stock $700, action $750, fluted barrel $385, trigger $250. Would you want to float the cost of parts. How many times does someone change their mind and decide to go another route. Should the smith be left holding the bag? Labor is a relatively small part of the build. You should have to pay for all the components of the build in my opinion. If you change your mind the smith is out nothing and you have your components. That sounds fair to me.
I have a question how many of the gunsmiths out there have waited for payment after the rifle was completed? Last time I checked I have never waited for my paycheck it is there every other Wednesday.
As far as what I do. I will give my smith money until I have payed the rifle off in full. It usually takes about a year to get a rifle. I usually have it paid in full before he gets the components(usually around 3-4months). I do understand, my builds are in the range of $4000 for the rifle only it is quite a little money. Since you have the money shelled out you want your rifle. Trust me I have been there. If you feel like you are being jerked around tell them that. Ask for a estimate on completion. You might be surprised on why your build went over.
People love to talk with gunsmiths, if they answer the phone all the time they will get nothing accomplished. They are usually one person operations.
My smith doesn't ask for full payment. I have built enough with him if I call and say I want to build something he would order without anything down. He knows I am good for it.
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Last edited by blipelt; 02-12-2010 at 09:40 AM.