It is all a matter of individual mentality. I know guys who won't wait a year for a custom revolver. Others like myself place the order, send the deposit then get on with life while the process unfolds. I have had projects help up due to health issues in a one man shop, timing of subcontractors like barrel rebore guys and even gunsmith burnout. I have one gun that is going on 8 years at the builders shop. Do I like it? Not necessarily but the fact that he even took on the project make it worth the wait for me. YMMV is all I can say.