Guns America Digest Article On Smith & Wesson

Guns America Digest Article On Smith & Wesson

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    Guns America Digest Article On Smith & Wesson

    I had not seen this article before.

    I'd like to take a peek inside Smith & Wesson, do a tour, be sworn to secrecy on what all's going on in there.

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    Seeing how raw materials are transformed to a finished product is always fascinating, as a truck driver I had many chances to watch how things were made while loading/unloading. Back when I was stationed at Travis I was riding up in the mountains in northern California and wound up in Oroville the home of RCBS. While touring the Huntington’s Museum I asked around if the factory gave tours and someone he would call and check. A little later a man showed up and informed me they sometimes tours to groups but since I asked he would give me a quick tour. We started out at one of the lathes where reloading dies are made, they were making 30/06 dies on that lathe. The dies start out as a 40 foot bar of ¾ inch cold rolled steel feed into a lathe with a tool head for different operations. It would turn out a complete die in about 4 minutes ready for polish and heat treatment. All in all the tour only lasted about an hour but was very enjoyable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Seeing how raw materials are transformed to a finished product is always fascinating, as a truck driver I had many chances to watch how things were made while loading/unloading. Back when I was stationed at Travis I was riding up in the mountains in northern California and wound up in Oroville the home of RCBS. While touring the Huntington’s Museum I asked around if the factory gave tours and someone he would call and check. A little later a man showed up and informed me they sometimes tours to groups but since I asked he would give me a quick tour. We started out at one of the lathes where reloading dies are made, they were making 30/06 dies on that lathe. The dies start out as a 40 foot bar of ¾ inch cold rolled steel feed into a lathe with a tool head for different operations. It would turn out a complete die in about 4 minutes ready for polish and heat treatment. All in all the tour only lasted about an hour but was very enjoyable.
    It's surprising what manufacturers will do at times. A friend came to visit from California and owns a Christensen Arms AR15. He called the factory and asked if he could do a tour while he was here. We went there together and they had a guy give us a personal tour that lasted for about an hour. We saw a rifle that had just been finished for Donald Trump, Jr. (his name was engraved in it) and got to hold it. They gave each of us a Christensen Arms hat. We were very impressed with the sophistication of their operation.
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    Had an opportunity to be taken for a tour of their whole plant by Bert Deverny [ head of the training division ] when I worked for them as their edged weapons instructor. It was a great two hour walk through. Today I'd imagine even more high tech than 2000
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    Does S&W have a tasting room?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Does S&W have a tasting room?
    Sure, if you like tasting gun powder, brass, or lead
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Does S&W have a tasting room?
    They do if you bring the flask.
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    Good stuff. S&W is a neat company, in terms of the breadth of products it offers. Most manufacturers have a particular set of processes that they specialize in. S&W has CNC, forging, manual gun-smithing, injection molding, surface treatment, woodworking, engraving, etc. The level of quality is impressive, especially considering the diversity of methods in use.
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