For what its worth I collect Browning Shotguns. I can directly call the historian Glen Jensen at Browning he will tell me how a gun will letter before I letter it. I have the option of ordering a letter or not based what info he provides me on the phone. Why order a letter if the gun is not correct, correct ? Or if the letter is going to be very limited. He tells me what the letter will say before I spend a dime. I like that option. When I call I get him, not a voicemail mail. It cost me 35.00 dollars a letter and I have the letter at my doorstep within 5 days of my initial contact with him. I have lettered rare 50,000 dollar guns with Browning and they charge me the same ole simple 35.00 dollars regardless of the guns value. That's what I call true customer service. He is a one man show and he takes care of business. I wish you could get that type of service with Colt or Smith or even something remotely close.
If someone who really took pride in their work( and I'm sure there are a lot of them honestly) was skilled at refinishing looks like he could make a killing at this as much as I see everyone post about the wait times at Colt. To bad all I do is drive nails
LOL D, I need to try my hand at carving some since I can't afford any right now. Side note,I am working on another set right now. Eventually I'll try to get many members of the Boa family ALL under 1 roof