Independence Day Holiday

Classic American Gunsmith will be closed Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 Jul 2018. The shop will reopen Monday, 9 Jul 2018. We will receive incoming transfers during this period. They will be available for transfer on/after Monday, 9 Jul 2018.

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day holiday. As you celebrate, please take a moment to remember and thank the men and women in uniform who sacrifice to maintain the independence this holiday celebrates.

IWI Tavor Armorer Course

Although I have been working on them for years, I finally signed up for an Israel Military Industries (IMI) Ltd. ⇒ Tavor Armorer’s course. This course will familiarize me with the basic maintenance, breakdown, and conversions for the Tavor SAR & the X95. Additionally, it will cover left-to-right & right-to-left conversions on both models as well as 9mm conversions on the SAR. They are even going to make me take a written test (wish me luck).

I do not expect anything presented in this course to be groundbreaking for me. I do hope that there will be some tips and tricks that will allow me to find more efficient methods for doing certain jobs associated with working on the many Tavor’s that come into the shop.

I will take the course in June 2018. I have made arrangements so that the shop will open normal hours while I am attending the course. I will post more on this once I return from training.

Normal Hours This Week

For some reason, I think I previously stated that the shop could be closed while I was out of town for training. As I will not be out of town, the shop will be on its normal schedule this week.

We will be open Monday through Friday 4:30 PM to 7 PM for walk-ins. Appointments are available at all other times (usually 9 AM to 9 PM) unless I am doing something that I cannot stop in the middle of (bluing, welding, etc.).

We hope to see you soon.

UPDATE: Cerakote Factory Certified Applicator Training

Classic American Gunsmith’s Gunsmith was originally scheduled to attend Cerakote Factory Certified Applicator Training 30 Apr -1 May 2018. Unfortunately, due to a family health issue, this had to be postponed until 15-16 Nov 2018.

In the meantime, Classic American Gunsmith is working with the fine folks at CoatingsUSA to offer Cerakote Factory Certified Application services to our clients. CoatingsUSA is a five-star customer choice applicator for Cerakote. They have a long-standing successful business producing high-quality work with a great track record for customer satisfaction. We can not think of a better company to partner with to provide Cerakote services to our clients.

Moving the jobs between our location in Charlottesville, VA and CoatingsUSA’s state of the art facility in Front Royal, VA requires some logistics and we are currently planning on a 3-4 week turn around time for Cerakote work.

CoatingsUSA can be found on the Cerakote website ⇒. Cerakote is still listing us on their website ⇒ as a ‘coming soon’ shop. We are looking forward to training later this year!

Stop by the shop to discuss your Crakote project!

UPDATE: This posting has been updated to reflect the most current information regarding our Cerakote Factory Certified Applicator Training.

Power Outage: 2 Mar 2018

UPDATE: As of ~11p we have been without power for a full twenty four hours now. The wind is still loudly swirling around outside so doubt there will be a quick resolution. We noticed earlier that every meter on the Red Hill Substation is currently with out power. Watch here for updates.


EARLIER: As of 3:30p we still have no power.  There will be no walk in shop hours today (4:30p-7p). We will coordinate something for transfer pick ups over the weekend (once the power is back). Watch here for updates.


EARLIER: We have been without power since ~11:00p yesterday. CVEC Outage map now has over 5,600 outages. The Red Hill Substation is usually (or at least seems to be) last to be addressed because we are the smallest (least number of customers). Thus we may not have power back for awhile.

We will not be holding appointments or shop hours during the outage. We will update the website as we know more.

We will still be here to meet the shipping companies that are bringing incoming transfers.

Lyman Product Safety and Recall Notice

Lyman Products Corp. is recalling certain black powder rifles and pistols due to the potential of separation in the breech plug.

This recall includes black powder rifles and pistols regardless of caliber (including Deerstalker, Great Plains, Great Plains Hunter, Trade Rifle, Plains Pistol, Black Powder Kits, and replacement barrels; excluding Percussion Left Hand Great Plains and Left Hand Great Plains Hunter models) manufactured from March 1, 2017 to December 22, 2017. Barrels with the serial number in the range of A595960–A599026 are subject to this recall.

If you have a recalled item or do not know if you have a recalled item, immediately discontinue any use of the product(s) and contact the Lyman Customer Service Department.

Additional information and contact details can be found at the Lyman Recall webpage. ⇒

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