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    2307 Teegardin Rd Streator, IL 61364
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    Pistolsmith, IPSC, Hunting, Photography, and metal detecting
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    Rich Dettelhouser

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  1. Back in the day to be an IPSC gunsmith it was kind of simplistic become a GM with reliable guns and shooters would seek you out. Their guns always run reliable and was able to become a GM with it, so I can do it with their guns to. That's kind of how I did it but I only built guns for myself then Medical problems ended my construction career so I switched to pistolsmiting and added parts maker everything was going good until medical problems arose again stopping everything. Here is some advice I was given when I first started out or some facts. First if you love the sport as in like to shoot a lot of matches forget it, your time to practice will dwindle away and you will be constantly repairing guns at matches so performance will drop. 2) There is no such thing as an 8 hour day when your self employed more like 12 to 14 hour days. At times business skills, record keeping, and correspondence will eat up most of your day, less time at the bench. 3) Four successful pistolsmiths told me there is no money in pistols build rifles(not AR's), less time involved per gun and more money. All four had switched to rifles with a few pistols now and then, larger client base than IPSC. 4) It takes money to make money so don't give it away, think about that hard. 5) Most of what your working on is a luxury item for people, for sport/fun not their work tools so when times get tough people stop spending. 6) In general gun people can be kind of stingy with their money, always looking for the best deal, set your price and hold firm. There is only one industry insurance company Joseph Chiarrello, your liability is based off of your dollar volume the more you gross the higher the premiums. Don't forget to take care of yourself medical insurance is a must and take a salary if you don't then why are you doing it. There are a few more hoops to jump through to get an 07 FFL, don't get discouraged stick it out. When the agent asks you are you doing this for a profit the answer is always YES, say no and you will not get an FFL. Develop a signature mod it lets people know whos work it is without asking, there is a sea of gunsmiths out there and they all tend to look the same you need something to stand out. Rich Hind sight being 20/20 I should have left for Alaska the day after I graduated high school and been an outdoorsman probably would be happier and healthier today. Don't get me wrong construction and pistolsmithing was a hell of a good time.
  2. The Caspian wide body frame is an excellent base to work from. The Tanfoglio(Mec-gar) mags are a good option with just a slight modification as mentioned above and the original Caspian 9mm/38 super are a very good option in 19 and 21 round capacity. One can have 2 of these mags welded together to make a 170mm length. The Pro-Mag option isn't worth messing with too many problems to over come. With a Caspian frame your are building a custom pistol so the sky is the limit. To say Caspian doesn't support their product because of magazines doesn't fly because I can name a half dozen companies who have never made a magazine for their product ie most of the modular frame clones on the market. You have to go buy SV, STI, or MBX magazine. The Caspian frame was designed to be the smallest double stack frame for the 38 super/9mm cartridge for an Open Division gun and is wide enough to support a true double stack .40 cartridge which makes Limited Div. possible with it. Rich
  3. EGW used to have checkering inserts that are welded on. At one time they offered a service to EDM a front strap pocket for the insert to fit into. Rich
  4. Cut a slot on the end to use a straight blade screw driver. Is that assembly actually needed? I thought on the 1050's we would remove it, it's been 20 years since I had one, I load on the RL 1000's now. Rich
  5. Just an observation of a few decades of shooting and pistolsmithing IPSC guns, I've seen barrels split, cracked, ruptured, bulged and what ever adjective you can come up with. Nearly all of them had the same common factor reloaded ammo and I've seen a couple damaged by name brand ammo. I've had a couple fail while I was shooting them. I personally witnessed the most catastrophic failure to date, an Open pistol(brand new) shooting steel loads, the very first stage two rounds fire two poppers fell and the only parts that were reusable was the mag well and mainspring housing the dot landed in the next bay over. The shooter had a minor cut and a little rattled. The vast majority of these failures occurred after the power factor was lowered. An under charge can be just as destructive as an over charge. Anyone who shoots reloads accepts the risks when doing so, some manufactures even state shooting reloads will void the warranty. If you reload use due diligence when doing so and accept the responsibility that goes with it. As to the issue of the original post was it poor quality barrel material or poor quality ammo that caused the failure it will probably be never known. Since the original poster likes to quote Shuemann's info maybe you should do some research and find out who set up SV in barrel making. Rich
  6. I've had two Springfield HC Ultra Compact frames that I want put a 3" to 3.5" slides on them chambered for 9x23. I would try to have the sights part of the slide like SV's "Tiki" pistol. These would make neat little pocket guns with power greater than a .357 magnum. Someday I'll be able to do it. Rich
  7. Start with the part, is it held in the jig securely? Then jig to the vise, vice to table, table to the knee. Indicate the travel of the table, some where along the line of testing you will find the problem. Rich
  8. Now my Production guns will be legal again and the hundreds of guns I worked on, sadly most had to go out and buy new guns to keep playing the game legally. Rich
  9. Use an O ring on the elevation screw to keep it from bouncing. Also check to see if the sight is tight in the dovetail. Rich
  10. Great guy, always helpful, shot with him many times. Rich
  11. What would it take? A New RPM(Charlie Prest) 8 shot in 9x23 and the odds of that happening is slim to none and slim left on a Harley along time ago. Rich
  12. One has to step back and look at the gun market outside of the competition world, the competition world is very very small compared to other markets available to sti. Look at USPSA membership numbers, then look at active member numbers, then Open-Limited-SS participation numbers which sti has guns for those Div., every time the number of potential customers goes down and down. The LEO/Mil-Tactical/Carry market is much larger than competition, their biggest problem they face in this new market is the potential customers aren't used to having to use a gunsmith regularly to keep a gun running like the competition market is used to. They will have to build to a higher quality and provide a far superior customer service than they have done in the past. Rich
  13. With the poly grip the old Wilson 5 ounce(4.5 ounces actual) tungsten guide rod would make weight for SS Div. Next someone will suggest allowing double stack grips with spacer plates to allow just single stack mags to be legal. Rich
  14. TiAlN for the upper and electroless nickel with Teflon on the lower. This gives the classic two tone but a more durable and rust resistant finish. Rich
  15. Canyon Creek is no more, short of a miracle I probably won't be able to work on guns again. Rich
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