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Galil Gunsmith needed in houston or DFW! Help!

Post by Click Click Boom » Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:57 pm

I m looking for a Galil smith to do a barrel swap in the Houston area. Ill make the drive to DFW area if I have to. Does anyone know a good galil smith?

I have a .308 ARM that I want to swap barrels. I have locateed a new unfinished IMI 7.62x51/.308 barrel.

what else will I need to do this swap? The rifle is in excellent condition.

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Post by JMikeSteen » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:07 pm

Sorry I don't know anyone in that area but you should not need anything else. Any good smith can press off your gas block and drilling the new barrel is not a problem as he will just use the block you have as a guide for the new gas port after he has aligned it to the proper position.
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Post by Click Click Boom » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:41 pm

I am more worried about propper headspacing.

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Post by JMikeSteen » Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:12 pm

On a new barrel it has to be cut anyway so unless your smith is a Mr. Smith there will be no problem.
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Post by Click Click Boom » Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:01 pm

I dont know of any gunsmith in the Houston area at all.

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Post by Tom Doniphon » Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:39 pm

What is wrong with your current barrel? In general they are very durable.
It seems that it would be hard to wear one unless you had 40,000 rounds of .308 and a lot of time!

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Post by Click Click Boom » Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:19 pm

I want a shorter barrel.

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Post by JMikeSteen » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:17 am

There is a much easier solution, Have a smith cut, recrown, and thread your current barrel, LOTS cheaper and less to go wrong. Just remember the 16.1 inch rule for the barrel or 16.1 with the flashider if you have the flashider pinned or silver sodered in place.
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Post by Tom Doniphon » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:18 pm

It is very important not to shorten Galil 308 barrels to much. Since you are not going to move the gas block back I would talk to Mark at Arizona Response Systems. He has shortened them before and was the one who warned me about the problem. As you shorten the barrel in front of the gas bock you also decrease the amount of time the gas piston has pressure on it. You also may decrease the peak pressure as well. While you may think that you could just open up the gas port you will find that at a certain point it will not work. When the length is too short you are pushing on a string.

Mark is only accessable via Email since he is quite busy.

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Post by Click Click Boom » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:53 pm

The barrel I want to have installed is a 18.5" bbl.. This is one of the ways the Galil came from the factory. I shouldnt have a problem with this..

Thanks for the replies.

Still no Houston or DFW smiths.

I have read some really bad things about Elite in DFW.

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Post by JMikeSteen » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:20 pm

Dave Walters (214) 691-6973 in Dallas, Texas is a true gunsmith old school

this guy did a GREAT job for me on an ODI/Viking Seecamp type of 1911 45 conversion. he actualy had to make a few parts. I don't know if he works on Galils but call him and tell him mike from Fl sent you, remind him of the ODI Viking and I know he will remember me.

PS it would still be a lot cheaper to cut the barrel you have and you could sell the new barrel and come out ahead. You have some cost involved in pressing off the block pressing on the block drilling the port cutting the extractor and headspacing. then you gota park the barrel. You can get yours cut for what it will cost just to park the barrel.
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Post by mikebaker1129 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:12 pm

There is a guy in Houston named Andre Varrin . He mostly works on AK's but he might be able to help. He is the former head gunsmith at Global trades/Armory USA,before the split or whatever happened over there.
He now works out of his own shop.
I will see if I can locate his card and post the contact information .
Mike

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