So for about the last 24 months, I've had her on a serious diet. Now I am happy to
report that she lost nearly 13 ounces and is feeling so much better. And let me
say one thing, when I pick her up with one hand now she is light as a feather.
Well, almost a feather.
Things I have done so far:
OEM main tube was lightened by me.
Barrel is OEM and trimmed down by me.
Main tube plug is made of Delrin by me.
Gas cap is aluminum, comes from HPA and bored out by me.
Hammer is made from Delrin by me with a modified 1701P striker.
Valve is an aluminum Disco rear end with a brass Pro-Top by Anthony.
Trigger grip frame is aluminum by Bluefork Design and then hogged out by Gregg.
Front barrel band is aluminum, made by Anthony, drilled by Rich and milled by me.
I don't know what Tim's barrels cost him, but the Lothar / Walther barrels are $110.00 + shipping. The L/W then has to be machined for whatever purpose, and then has to be finished ( as in bluing ) .
Tim's price is very good.
And from the experience I had this last weekend, got to shoot a USFT, they are very good barrels indeed.
All I was saying, was that in my own anecdotal experience, the local gunsmith would charge $35 an hour. It takes a bit less then an hour to machine a barrel, both ends and even a reduction in diameter if called for.
As for me, the cost to have me machine and finish a barrel for that particular pistol would be in the $50 range, not including the cost of barrel, not including installation or testing.
Again, a different business set up then the one charging $35, and much different then the machine shop that would charge much, much more.
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