If you joined us last week on Wheelgun Wednesday you already know that a Nagant M1895 7.62x38mmR revolver has joined my collection and I have promptly decided to have it sent off to a company to be threaded for a silencer. That company is Tornado Technologies who was suggested by a revolver loving friend of mine and also a TFB writer – Samuel Schaust. The fact that I had not heard of Tornado Technologies before only speaks to my personal ignorance and nothing of their lack of reputation. In fact, it is just the opposite.
Tornado Technologies – What are They All About?
Upon further researching who would be a good company to entrust my Nagant’s barrel work to, all signs pointed towards Tornado Technologies. They have been in the business of threading rifles and pistols for 13 years now, and although their reputation precedes them, the photos they have for prior work done on Nagant revolvers is confidence instilling; they look perfect. The simple “About Us” section on Tornado Technologies’ website is one of the shortest I have ever encountered which leads me to believe they are all business.
In business since 2007, we specialize in threading rifle and pistol barrels for use with muzzle accessories. Our work carries a satisfaction guarantee and our services are recommended by most major industry manufacturers.
Tornado Technologies offers rifle and pistol barrel threading for 44 different manufacturers with numerous models they include under those different brands. This includes firearms as exotic as a Nagant M1895 and as common as a Hi-Point. They also offer other gunsmithing services surrounding muzzles and related devices outlined below:
- Cut and Re-Crown Barrels to Custom Length
- Index or “Clock” Muzzle Devices
- Mount Muzzle Devices with Rocksett
- Permanently attach Muzzle Devices
While it is good information to know that Tornado Technologies can do much more than Nagant M1895 revolvers, my only concern for the past few weeks has been this project wheelgun and getting it up to speed where we can screw a suppressor on the end. So, while I am sure that Tornado Technologies will come through on their end of the bargain (since my revolver was shipped out to them a while ago), there were a few things I needed to get done as their customer.
Tornado Technologies – Process of Ordering Barrel Threading Services
When it comes to ordering gunsmithing services from anyone – not just Tornado Technologies – there are several things you should do as a consumer to ensure your own happiness with the end product you receive. The first and maybe most obvious of which is to decide, verify, and triple-check the service you are requesting. For me, it was simple: I want my Nagant M1895 threaded (specifically ½” x 28 TPI). When you solicit a gunsmith for their services they are likely doing an irreversible change to your firearm. You cannot get your firearm back and be like, “On second thought, I don’t want my barrel threaded… put all that material back so it’s like normal again.”
Another element to account for once the services you would like performed are resoundingly decided is prepping your firearm to be received by your gunsmith. Take off all the accessories that are not pertinent to the task that is to be performed. If you have a bunch of grips, slings, and other do-dads hanging off of your given firearm that only makes the gunsmith’s job more difficult.
Also, it almost goes without saying (but we’re going to say it anyway) make sure your firearm is unloaded and no ammunition is sent with the firearm. That is Gun Safety 101. I keep the lights on in my house by selling firearms through my family’s gun shop and it is appalling how many customers bring in firearms stating they are unloaded, and then in our due diligence we check the chamber and magazine and it turns out to be loaded with live ammo.
Finally, patience is a golden virtue. A lot of gunsmithing, including the barrel threading of a Nagant M1895, is pretty technical work. If it wasn’t I would be in my garage with a hacksaw and other suspect tools playing “Bob the Builder” hoping to keep all of my fingers at the end of the day. So, if the gunsmithing task at hand takes a little bit longer than expected do not freak out. My father taught me from a young age that you can either get something done, or you can get something done right. You obviously want the latter. Do not put a gunsmith under a 24-hour or arbitrary time constraint because you failed to plan ahead adequately. That simply pushes for sub-par work to be performed, and you to be disappointed in the end.
Tornado Technologies – final thoughts
With TFB writer Samuel Schaust and the interwebs all suggesting I have Tornado Technologies thread my Nagant revolver, I can honestly say I am antsy like a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas morning. Heeding my own advice though, I am going to let them do their thing and not call or pressure them (still can’t wait to get it back though). For everyone in our reading audience, have you ever sent anything off to Tornado Technologies to be threaded? Have you already done a Nagant M1895?! As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.