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The work shown on Bill Adair's website ( www.restoration-gunsmith.com ) looks to be very nicely done and it is a lot less costly than Doug Turnbull. Can anyone give any feedback on work done by Mr. Adair on Colt 1911's? Thank you.
 

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He does excellent work however, in the past he's been so covered up, that it can take up to a year to get your pistol done. Lately he's restricting the amount of work load he takes in.
 

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Bill now specializes in the 1911, and his area of specialty is restoration of markings. His finishing work is excellent. He refinished my 1953 Government Model, but I specified a non-original finish - basically a 'brush-blued' look like a pre-war A1. I get a lot of compliments on it including from those who have seen and worked on a lot of guns. I did this because the pistol had already been polished and blued at least once when I got it and the roll mark was weak. Now it looks new; edges and markings are crisp, the slide is tighter and it just looks great. Will I ever get my money out of it? The way old Colts keep going up, it's possible I could, but I doubt I'd ever make any money on it. I'll never sell it anyway, just another mutt in my doghouse full of them.
 

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Bill Adair

That is one beautiful Colt, Mr Saxman...wish it were mine! I've had 2 1911s restored by Bill-superb work. Two more are going in for restoration this month (Colt pre-war revolver and a Woodsman). Bill should be somewhat caught up by now...he wasn't taking on any new projects towards the end of last year.
Bob
 

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I had a Remington Rand restored by Bill a couple of years ago. I can highly recommend his work.

 
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