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Straight Shot Gunsmithing - endorsement

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Unread 02-09-2009, 10:36 PM
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Re: Straight Shot Gunsmithing - endorsement

Originally Posted by grit View Post
I offer this as an endorsement for SSGunsmithing.

I just returned from a couple fantastic weeks spent with Nathan Dagley and his family. Nate was kind enough to allow me to come visit to learn something of the gunsmithing trade. I was made as welcome as family and treated as an honored guest. Nathans wife, Elizabeth is a superb cook! I'm afraid I couldn't help being something of a glutton.

Between admiring Nathans work and feeding myself to immobility, Nate and I conducted experiments to determine which calls on the market are the most effective at frightening coyotes out to ranges we deign to shoot at. I am happy to report, nearly every call we tried had the desired effect of moving the coyotes away from us.

On to the endorsement: To say I am impressed by Nate and his work is a gross understatement. We shot his latest caliber, the 300Jazz (I believe). This rifle / cartridge easily attained 1/3 moa out to 750 without load development, and in far less than ideal conditions. Nate is an avid and skilled gunsmith. He truly loves what he does and strives for perfection in his work. When shopping for your next smith, don't overlook this modest man. I guarantee you'll be pleased.

Nate, thanks for the great time! I imagine I've embarrassed you a bit here. Ha!


I am a little red faced.

But am truly grateful for the kind words.

As far as the coyotes go, if the remote on the fox pro would have worked at 1,000yds we could have scared them to us

The whole family truly enjoyed having you here and you left us with a lot of fond memories. We also very much appreciated your help with the shop expansion. the new mill is up and running as of last night I just finished up running the air lines over to it tonight. You and your family are always welcome!

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Unread 02-09-2009, 10:53 PM
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Re: Straight Shot Gunsmithing - endorsement

$50 or $10000 he treats you the same. Which I cannot say for some in this world. I have been treated far better than I deserve by Nathan. I can brag about the rifles he has built me, but I think the character of this man out shines his gunsmithing abilities(if that is possible). There just might be a reason why he is so busy. A good gunsmith is hard to find, but a true friend is next to impossible.

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Unread 02-10-2009, 07:14 AM
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You are truly in the minority if you have had a bad experience with Nate. I have had work done on 1 rifle and he is now building me a complete one I can say nothing but good things about this man I just wish I lived close enough to him to meet him and be able to shoot with him. I went to him on a recommendation from Joel Russo and have had nothing but praise for him since the first time we talked. Okay Nate now that we have made your head swell can I get my rifle early? Dan Glover
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Unread 02-10-2009, 08:51 AM
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Re: Straight Shot Gunsmithing - endorsement

Originally Posted by tjonh2001 View Post
James have you talked to him about this i know that nate will come through.

Yes I talked to Nate 2 weeks ago this Thursday and he said he would see if he could find the receiver, I have not heard from him since.

The receiver is for a Heavy Gun I am building and time is starting to get short. It is getting late enough that I may not have time to finish it for this season.
More and more I am wishing I had gotten a Lawton kit. I could have had the rifle finished by now because I wouldn't have had all the issues I have had with the Phoenix, it has been an albatross since day one.
I am leaving for OK this AM to boar hunt, hopefully when I get back I will have the receiver.

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Unread 02-10-2009, 05:12 PM
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Nate, you did wonderful work for me in less than the time I asked for. Thanks.
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Unread 02-12-2009, 10:35 PM
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thanks Nate for taking on my project , may He bless and speed you ,


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Unread 02-12-2009, 10:57 PM
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Re: Straight Shot Gunsmithing - endorsement

Nate, don't listen to these two fools. You can't be perfect all the time, mistakes are going to be made no matter what. It's how you handle the mistakes. Your apology to James H was a class act, and he still complained. Sometimes you can't win, just don't let these type of customers get you down. I have had many custom rifles built by many different gunsmiths and not once were any of them completed when the gunsmith said they would be. I was not mad at all, because I know gunsmiths are busy and the good ones take there time to make sure everything is right. Some of these guys who have rifles built or want something fixed or attached to their rifle, think there ordering from a fast food restaurant.

Once again, don't let these guys get to you. Your doing an awesome job and your a class act!
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