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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bowles
    Things used to be different....
    Yep, way less disposable income for most and way more highly skilled, lowly paid folks working hard to rub 2 cents together. There was a time those that had money had the best that could be done. Now everyone wants it and damn few know how to make it. Hence the 6 year wait at Randall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romulus View Post
    $200 million at least.
    Three things come to mind:
    1) You hit the powerball, or,
    2) You are doin' all right* by conventional provincial (read: 'peasant') standards or,
    3) You are safe. Nobody's gonna go the $200,000,000 while you wait.

    * ....what is it...a trust fund? I gots ta know.....
    Carry on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozmo View Post
    Yep, way less disposable income for most and way more highly skilled, lowly paid folks working hard to rub 2 cents together. There was a time those that had money had the best that could be done. Now everyone wants it and damn few know how to make it. Hence the 6 year wait at Randall.
    I'm impressed Coz, you nailed it regarding Randall. Craftsmen retire or pass away and you can't find a replacement at Home Depot. The demand remains the same so, until some new folks can be trained, the wait continues.
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    Isn't that more or less what happened at Colt? They were down to one tech who knew how to assemble the SAA and he was going to retire before long or something like that. Supposedly new people have been hired but training to a competent level doesn't happen overnight.
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    I waited for a Randall, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

    I sold my Model 15 to my medic, to buy my Model 1, and got it in a couple of months - including the special features - when civilians had to wait a couple of years.

    Of course, having an APO address sped things up...;-D

    That Model 1 has well and truly seen the world a few times over, and my old medic still has his, as well.

    Back then, custom knives were often seen - today, hardly at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash
    Isn't that more or less what happened at Colt? They were down to one tech who knew how to assemble the SAA and he was going to retire before long or something like that.....
    I was going to mention Randall and Colt and stopped short on Colt. Colt had plenty of folks capable of building a stellar SAA just a few odd months ago. Many of the long time Custom Shop Colt employees now work at Standard after they virtually closed the Custom Shop and sold off the inventory to "rebuild the custom shop" again and start over for employees. Hard to imagine the Colt employees that were Union members wanting out of a high seniority job to then just go back to work at a non Union shop. I must be missing something.

    From the out side it looks like Colt's management team is FUBAR. But what do I know?!

    I get a significant amount of guns and gear custom made and have for years. Never seen the like of what Colt has done recently. And I have seen a lot of custom makers come and go....even the worst one man shops can't compete with Colts' nonsense, price gouging or lack of customer care and service. Just how it appears to me from the outside as a fourth generation, life time Colt Customer. But what do I know.

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    My Randall. The one I bought on sale for half price 35-45 years ago. It doesn't have much of a history as I haven't used it much. I think it`s the model 22 outdoorsman in looking at their catalog but will have to dig it out of the safe to be sure.
    https://www.randallknives.com/knives...2-outdoorsman/

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    Quote Originally Posted by feralmerril View Post
    Whadda ya mean I gotta wait ten days! I`m mad now!
    Speaking strictly for myself, 10 days is an unacceptable percentage of the time I have left on planet earth.

    What a strange culture we live in. Suppose you decide to kill yourself - in a state which allows assisted suicide. You can go to doctor and don't have to wait 10 days. But to buy a gun, there is the "cooling off" period.

    Beam me up, Mr. Scott!
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    What is a year of life worth?

    Honest to God 365 days.

    And if you read this, you just burned 30 seconds out of one of them days.😈

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    I am not a patient man when I have a chunk of up front money out there. Several years ago I contracted a budding holster maker (now well known) to make me a spin off a Lawerence 120. It was expensive and he wanted full payment up front. I agreed to half. Initially I didnt bug him, but after several months I tried to contact him for an uipdate. Sometimes he responded, sometimes not. Then I started gettin the excuses. His wife was sick, his dog ate his homework, etc. Finally, after almost TWO years I got the holster...and it was not completely what I had ordered. I called him on it and he said to send it back and he would make it a priority. I decided to decline.

    Fast foward to a coup of years ago I contacted a rifle builder for some work. I had a 700 Rem. action I wanted trued and a Schneider barrel to install. His price was fair, but I explained my patience issues to him. He told me he could get that work done and back in a couple of weeks. He sent me regular pictures of the process but also advised me of other things I should do while he had it. A month later he sent me pics of the final product. I asked him how muchmore I owed. He said take it and shoot it first then we will talk. By far the most accurate rifle I have ever owned! I got ahold of Mark to settle up and he said "Merry Christmas, just pass my name around". You can bet I did and now poor souls are waiting over a year.
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