4D Reamer Rentals LTD has been providing gunsmithing tools to the public for about twenty years now, so its safe to say they are here to stay. They currently offer at the time of this writing over 1800 chamber reamers. That does not count headspace gauges or all the other unique gunsmithing tools they offer for rent.
I asked Fred over at 4D what kind of objections they get to renting? In this day and age of Internet trolls I figured he probably hears from the occasional malcontent… “Why would I rent? is the most common objection we might hear. Since the tools range is price from $100 to $300 on average some folks figure they are just not that big of an investment. That may be true if you are only building one gun and have no plans to do so on a regular basis, however, our typical hobby client rents from us several times a year and seldom the same caliber reamer. When it comes to professional gunsmiths they might rent several times each month” said Fred.
Beyond the rental of the reamer, most clients also rent headspace gauges, so when you add up the cost to buy all these tools it pretty easy to see why renting is a much cheaper alternative. Fred pointed out to me that 4D is not a hobby, its a full time business with all the considerations about cost and overhead that any business has. So their return clientèle is very important to the ongoing growth of the business.
Fred mentioned the need to care for clients, “We strive to take the best possible care of our clients. In the event that someone has a problem with a tool, we are going to do everything possible to resolve that issue and help our client to achieve a successful outcome.”
The staff at 4D is well equipped to help with that success as Fred mentioned. He graduated from Lassen College’s gunsmithing program in 1984. Since that time he has chambered so many barrels and repaired so many guns he lost count long ago. Over the years he has work in general repair gunsmithing, build custom hunting rifles, created a line of wildcats, done museum quality restorations, made tools including reamers & gauges. Fred has written several books on the subject of gunsmithing. He even wrote the curriculum for the Firearms Technology/Gunsmithing program at Flathead Valley Community College. So this guy knows his tools.
Of Course 4D Reamer Rentals is a sponsor of this Blog, so you know we are partial to their services.
Next time you need some tools for your project, we suggest you check out 4D at their web site: www.4drentals.com