Here's what others have said about Brown Dog Gunsmithing.
Thanks for keeping memories alive. Appreciate everything you did to get my son's gun fixed. Had a great hunt. Can't thank you enough.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho via a Christmas Card
A letter of recommendation to a local sports shop looking for a gunsmith to refer their customers to:
I am writing at the behest of Hunter Techau; D.B.A. Brown Dog Gunsmithing. Hunter said you would like some "Bona-Fides" concerning his skill as a gunsmith. I'm sure you will agree that a good gunsmith is difficult (and expensive) to find. Keeping that in mind, Carol and I started Hunter out with small projects: trigger adjustments, scope mounts, and minor repairs. Everything was done correctly, at the agreed upon time, accompanied by a fair price. Through this process we gained a level of respect for, and confidence in, Hunter's skills and abilities.
For Carol and I, this process had a specific purpose. We wanted to build our first custom rifle and we wanted to be on a good footing with the gunsmith we chose to do it. Hunter built a 300 Win Mag for us. It is the most accurate rifle we own as you would expect from a custom rifle. Carol shoots a bit better than I do but we both have shot "clover leafs" with this rifle. We just started another project with Hunter, our second custom rifle which will be a Rem. 25-06 "walking varminter". We are very comfortable with Hunter. We recommend him frequently and without hesitation.
Bruce and Carol
I have been doing business with Hunter for several years now and I have no qualms whatsoever in recommending him for the full spectrum of gunsmithing and custom gun building projects. He is very competent at his trade in addition to being a very personable individual to work with. Talk is cheap so I recommend getting in contact with Hunter and visiting his shop to take a close look at his work. That way you can see for yourself the degree of his skill and talent.
Cheney, WA via email
I found Hunter by word of mouth, and I wasn't disappointed. His work is as good, as any I've ever seen. I'm a picky Ex-Jarhead, I want it right the first time. It always has been with Hunter. I won't take a weapon anywhere else.
Coeur d'Alene, ID via email
I've known Hunter for a few years now. A friend of mine found his add in a local paper. Myself being in need of a good gunsmith for a few projects I had in mind, I went with him when he took his rifle to Hunter to get the firing pin fixed.
After talking with Hunter about his training,"School Taught" or "Family Taught", and finding out that he was a graduate of the Colorado School of Trades, I decided to have him re-chamber a .300 Win Mag on a Mauser 98 action to a .300 Win Short Mag.
I liked the results.
The 2nd project was building me a .376 Steyr on a Mauser 98 action.
The 3rd project was re-barreling a Mosin Nagant military 7.62x54mm rifle with a new .308 diamater bore barrel and chambering it to the original 7.62x54mm caliber.
I was happy with the results on all three rifles. Great accuracy on all three.
Well about 6-8 months after Hunter finished re-barreling my Mosin Nagant, he called me up to tell me that he had just discovered that his Barrel Thread Cutting Machine had gottin bumped and the Thread Angle was a little "Outta Whack" and that he needed me to bring him those three rifles that he had done for me so he could check the thread angle on them to make sure that they were correct because he just wasn't sure when it had happened.
And if the threads on my rifle barrels were wrong, he'ld fix them and it wouldn't cost me anything as it was a mistake on his end. Well as fate would have it, they were all wrong, and true to his word, he fixed the problem, which intailed buying new barrels, re-chambering to the existing calibers, and re-bluing them as well.
Now I ask you, How many Gunsmiths out there would do that, especially after that amount of time had passed?
I don't know of any that would even admit to making a mistake like that, let alone getting ahold of his customers to check out the possibility that a mistake might have happened AND THEN fixing it if there was one at no cost to you.
Because Hunter was concientious enough about his work, and the welfare of one of his customers to do what he did for me, well Hoss, that speaks volumes to me.
So yea, I highly recommend Hunter to anyone thats looking for a good compatent Gunsmith.
He's also re-blued a shotgun for me and has found a couple of parts for an old Colt .32-20WCF that I need, and glass bedded that "ol Mosin Nagant". Can't wait for the weather to break so I can start re-working a hunting load for that one.
Plus the fact that he's only 8 miles down the road from don't hurt none either.
Spirit Lake, ID via email
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