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    Gunsmith turn around time.

    I'm kinda unsettled about a gunsmith I dropped my gun off @.

    I dropped my gun of @ a smith on March 31st. I stopped by yesterday to see the status and to buy a fore grip.

    He mention that he hasn't even looked @ it yet. ???

    I just dropped the gun of for a sight replacement. No biggie I thought.

    I was expecting the most two weeks but it's been a little more than that.

    So I ask...is this normal? For a sight job? I would like my gun back in my posession, I tend to be getting a little uncomfortable about this.

    One I don't like my guns, not being under my control, and the length of time is concerning for me.

    Two my brain starts to go places I don't carefore...like a robbery, fire, or they took it out someplace and are shooting it. I just got it a new recoil spring in it....this is just starting to make me a bit paranoid.

    Advice? should I just chill? Or ask for it back and go to another smith? Or just ride it out. On the ticket for me to present when I pick it up it says,"not responsible for theft or fire" that kinda bugs me a bit.

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    For something as simple as a sight replacement, I wouldnt think it would take more than a couple of days even if he was busy. I dont blame you for being paranoid and wanting your gun back.

    Is he the only smith around? or is he that good? I would be tempted to find another, replacing a sight is not rocket science.
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    It depends on how backlogged the gun-smith is.
    Most reputable gun smiths will not push newer jobs in front of other jobs that belong to other customers who have already waited longer than you have.
    Since most smiths are very detail oriented and methodical they usually don't do jobs out of order. At least that has been my experience.

    You certainly can call him and ask when he expects to have it done.
    Is it possible that he needed to order your sights or did you provide them.

    If he had to special order your replacement sights then it's possible they are back-ordered and he does not have them yet.

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    Did you ask how long this would take before you dropped the gun off?

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    I asked and he said two 1/2 weeks. I asked how long he been doing this he said over 30yrs.

    I provide the sights. Red Fiber Optics.

    I really like this gun and just nervous about it not being here in it's home.

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    I resniper old Russian X snipers. I always have all the work I can handle. The thing is, how would you feel if I jumped past yours to do a quicker easier job. I do them by the order they come in, not how hard or easy the job is. I also do not look at them till I get ready to start on them.

    Most "good" gunsmiths stay covered up.
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    Is he putting a dovetail in for the new front sight?

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    This is exactly why I do so much business with the same 'reputable' gun shop. They know me by name, I get price breaks, and if I needed some quick 'smith' work, I have had it done while I wait...i.e., sights, springs, etc.

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    With some 'smiths, you can reserve a place in line, but generally, you leave your gun, and when that gun's turn comes up, the 'smith does the work.

    Some 'smiths will do as retsupt99 indicated, and do quickie jobs while the customer waits. Neither is system less ethical than the other. It makes simple sense to do certain short procedures on the spot.

    The original post did not specify the weapon, so there is no indication of how big of a job this front sight might be. If a Glock, well, that is not really gunsmithing. OTOH, some weapons might require machining and/or soldering to install a front sight.

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