- Gunsmith Services
Looking for a Gunsmith in Houston?
Cerakoters has a state of the art facility with all the tools needed to work on your project, no matter how big or small. We have lathes, every kind of file imaginable, as well as armory tools for specific weapons platforms. We also aren’t going to talk down to you. When you make an appointment to visit the shop, you’ll see one of our smithing benches right up front, in plain site. If you want a gunsmith that gives the same attention to an old Glock that they give to the newest $20,000 Barrett, then look no farther. We do it all, and will treat your weapon with the care and attention to detail it deserves, no matter what the price tag says.
How Much Does Good Gunsmithing Cost?
Gunsmiths in the area can run the gambit when it comes to pricing, but most of them stay in the range of $75-$125 per hour, depending on what part they’re working on. Cerakoters keeps a rate of $95 per hour, and bills in 30 minute increments. Specific prices for cleaning services can be found here.
Gunsmith or Do It Yourself?
Like most things in modern life, there are generally two approaches to modifying your weapon. You can pay a professional, or try to do it yourself. Doing stuff yourself can be a learning experience, and it can definitely save you money, assuming you don’t mess up, but it’s usually a trial-and-error process. Complex jobs can lead to a bigger expense in the long run than it would have cost to have a professional do it right in the first place.
If you are plopping a reflex sight on an AR-15, you might need a little extra sighting in time as opposed to having someone bore-sight the weapon during the install, but it’s low risk, and not much to break if things don’t work out. If filing is needed for the mounting, you can take it to the smith later.
Some jobs aren’t so forgiving. A thousandth of an inch on a trigger job can mean the difference between a smooth pull and an illegally modified firearm that goes full-auto when you test it at the range.
Some will judge each job for themselves, but in general, if you don’t have the tools and knowledge to do the job right, most firearms aren’t something that you want to use as a learning tool. They’re expensive, and the risks, depending on the job, can be great. If you’re unsure, it’s probably best to talk to the gunsmith at Cerakoters. We’ll get you in and make sure that the job is done right.
The Mark of a Gunsmith
When a professional does the work, there is no mark. Those little blemishes that are commonly found on DIY guns that were “upgraded” by someone with the wrong tools are unsightly reminders that someone should have paid a gunsmith. Buying the tools required is often more expensive than outsourcing the job, so the average gun-owner will benefit from saving time, money, and “idiot marks” on their firearm, or possibly damaging it beyond repair.