Hey folks. I've been in and out of this forum for a few years now, and you guys have always been helpful. So I turn to you for some help in finding a gunsmith that will work on a Wiselite M53. I bought it back in 2010 as a coming-home gift after my second tour in Afghanistan, and it's had problems ever since. I know that seems to be the general consensus with these guns, but I still consider it one of the centerpieces of my collection.
From the beginning, there have been issues of failures to eject. It's always been extremely difficult to chamber the first round by using the starter belt. In fact, it'll only pull and feed a round if the bolt is held to the rear and the cover is closed (with the feed pawl aligned properly, I know). Lately, at the last family range retreat, it started burst firing anywhere from 2-10 rounds at a time. It slamfired for a while as well, but hasn't done it after removing the firing pin return spring. Although that might be cause the burst problem, not sure. The disconnector broke in the factory trigger setup, so I had to file and fit another one. The hammer and trigger themselves are specific pieces, so I haven't replaced them. The trigger pins have broken 3 times.
So in short, it's had a multitude of issues. It was also a significant financial investment, so I don't want it to go to waste. I like the gun a lot, but just wished it would work. Back in the spring, I had sent it to a shop in Texas that said they would work on it. The gunsmith, named Doc, was a former employee at Wiselite Arms and said he would work on it. I sent it, and a few weeks later a get a call from the owner of the company saying Doc had been "let go" and didn't keep a log or receipt. The gun just got sent back in the crate as-is (although I found out he did replace the top cover that had a cracked pin).
Does anyone know of a gunsmith that will work on it? I'm out of ideas and frustrated with troubleshooting, so I'd just like to pay a trustworthy gunsmith to fix it and get it running right.
Thanks for the help, fellas. And yes, I searched.