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 Post subject: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:01 pm 
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What should I expect do be done during a "yearly service" on my Perazi HT? Do I need to send it to a Perazzi specialist, or is it something that a local gunsmith can do? I am in Houston so both Briley and Gordy and Sons are options for me. I could also take it to be serviced by Perazzi during nationals, but may be tought to work it in around when I'm shooting.

Curious if there's anything special or if it just needs to be looked over by a reputable gunsmith.




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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:07 pm 
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I live in Idaho and send my Perazzi's to Don Rackley. He is a great Perazzi tech and he lives in Texas. This post will get affirmed by other members I am sure. He also has do it yourself videos on you tube. His trigger work is awesome. Ok I am done gushing


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:19 pm 
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"yearly service" does not exist. Routine maintenance every 25k-50k round rounds is what you're looking for. Your gun does not know what the date on the calendar is.

You paid $10k+ for your gun, do not let a "local gunsmith" touch it.

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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:54 pm 
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I agree that "yearly" is not needed. I would use one of the "Perazzi" guys and have used Mark Gadbaw, Dan Lokker, and Perazzi USA's in house man(can't recall the guy's name--super nice and quite excellent, he replaced Lucio).

My most used gun w/ 80,000 + shells thru it had service at the 80,000 round count and needed very little. I have replaced 3 leaf springs myself in that time.

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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:56 pm 
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If you have any mechanical ability you can do some basic things yourself. High volume shooting will the main reason for some minor routine maintenance. Firing pin wear is something to check occasionally, easily changed out yourself. Changing the top lever spring is a little more involved but doable.
http://www.donrackleygunparts.com/Default.aspx
Youtube his videos.


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:17 pm 
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The above poster is correct, replacing a few small springs and checking/replacing firing pins can all be done by the owner.

When I get a gun and the owner mentions an "annual" I start with an ultrasonic cleaning and looking for worn parts that may fail in the next few months. By the time I ask a few questions I know of any issues that are bugging the owner and then I look for ways
to prevent a breakdown on the line.

A new Locking Block is needed when the lever is at the 6 o'clock position, checking/setting overcock and tightening the action and forearm are things I recommend a novice do not attempt. The same can be said for retiming or fitting ejectors.

I work on a lot of guns and offer a quick (1-2 day) turnaround and I do a considerable amount of triggers to set pull weights and minimize creep. I also install mechanical conversions for subgauge and other shooters.

Don Rackley

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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:20 am 
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Send it to Don Rackley in the Dallas Area, I live in Houston also and know both places you mentioned well.
Don has more inventory of Perazzi spare parts than those 2 combined
Have had 3 Perazzis serviced by Don over the years and they are flawless.
If you can hook up with Don that is best way to go IMHO. Especially living in Houston

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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:03 am 
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fal777 wrote:
Send it to Don Rackley in the Dallas Area, I live in Houston also and know both places you mentioned well.
Don has more inventory of Perazzi spare parts than those 2 combined
Have had 3 Perazzis serviced by Don over the years and they are flawless.
If you can hook up with Don that is best way to go IMHO. Especially living in Houston

Where do you shoot, living in Kingwood?

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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:39 am 
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rpenmanparker wrote:
fal777 wrote:
Send it to Don Rackley in the Dallas Area, I live in Houston also and know both places you mentioned well.
Don has more inventory of Perazzi spare parts than those 2 combined
Have had 3 Perazzis serviced by Don over the years and they are flawless.
If you can hook up with Don that is best way to go IMHO. Especially living in Houston

Where do you shoot, living in Kingwood?


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:59 am 
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I would second Fal777’s suggestion to use Don Rackley. I have found him to be very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. His customer service seems to be second to none. Plus, I’ve seen no tendency for him to oversell.


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:51 am 
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Thanks for all the advice. Will be getting in touch with Don. Agree that the gun does not know the calendar which is why I put quotations around "yearly", that's how I often hear the routine maintenance on high end guns referred too.

I did have one other question - why does routine maintenance seem to be more important on the higher end guns? I shot a Beretta SV-10 for years (10+), and only had it gone over once with zero issues and no parts replaced, other than the ejector timing being off. My Perazzi firing pins are definitely starting to show wear after a year and a half of use. I am purely asking out of curiousity, there is no comparison between the guns, the Perazzi is miles better.


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:37 am 
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“Why is routine maintenance on high end guns of such importance?”

I believe routine maintenance is preventative maintenance. You can run a machine to failure but then the repair cost and time out of service increases. Maintenance intervals obviously vary as previously noted but it’s less expensive to identify and fix little problems before they cause big problems. And if you are fortunate enough to own a high end gun it makes sense to protect your investment.


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:30 am 
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Sultah--I found Berettas to be shot "to pieces" in 30k rounds. So many things had broken that a new gun was a better idea than a huge over-haul. My Kolar worked fine if you don't consider the Type II triggers which never stayed "tuned" thru many trips back to the factory.Similar issues w/ my K 80.

My SO 5 --a gorgeous beauty that garnered compliments from across a club's field barely made it thru two tournaments w/out BREAKING. I had to carry my Perazzi as a back up.

So over time I sold those guns and bought Perazzis to replace them. I have had 3 leaf springs go belly up plus 2 top lever springs. I can change a leaf spring but I'm too ham-fisted to change a top lever spring , which is a $4 item. My "main" Perazzi has over 85,000 thru it and one minor overhaul (costing $600) and is tight and fine as ever.

After shooting 5 different Berettas , one of which shed it's trigger the 1st time out, my wife now has 2 Perazzis.

Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:08 am 
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sera wrote:
Sultah--I found Berettas to be shot "to pieces" in 30k rounds. So many things had broken that a new gun was a better idea than a huge over-haul. My Kolar worked fine if you don't consider the Type II triggers which never stayed "tuned" thru many trips back to the factory.Similar issues w/ my K 80.

My SO 5 --a gorgeous beauty that garnered compliments from across a club's field barely made it thru two tournaments w/out BREAKING. I had to carry my Perazzi as a back up.

So over time I sold those guns and bought Perazzis to replace them. I have had 3 leaf springs go belly up plus 2 top lever springs. I can change a leaf spring but I'm too ham-fisted to change a top lever spring , which is a $4 item. My "main" Perazzi has over 85,000 thru it and one minor overhaul (costing $600) and is tight and fine as ever.

After shooting 5 different Berettas , one of which shed it's trigger the 1st time out, my wife now has 2 Perazzis.

Good luck.


That is some really solid and varied experience to back up your choices! I respect that. Good to know!


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 Post subject: Re: Yearly Service Question
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:44 am 
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sera wrote:
Sultah--I found Berettas to be shot "to pieces" in 30k rounds. So many things had broken that a new gun was a better idea than a huge over-haul. My Kolar worked fine if you don't consider the Type II triggers which never stayed "tuned" thru many trips back to the factory.Similar issues w/ my K 80.

My SO 5 --a gorgeous beauty that garnered compliments from across a club's field barely made it thru two tournaments w/out BREAKING. I had to carry my Perazzi as a back up.

So over time I sold those guns and bought Perazzis to replace them. I have had 3 leaf springs go belly up plus 2 top lever springs. I can change a leaf spring but I'm too ham-fisted to change a top lever spring , which is a $4 item. My "main" Perazzi has over 85,000 thru it and one minor overhaul (costing $600) and is tight and fine as ever.

After shooting 5 different Berettas , one of which shed it's trigger the 1st time out, my wife now has 2 Perazzis.


Good luck.


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