Gunsmiths customize firearms to add value in different ways. To make the gun more accurate. To make it recoil less. To make it fit the shooter better.
My old friend Rick Devoid does those things for customers’ firearms, but he specializes in another kind of added value: he makes them safer.
Many people decline to keep a loaded gun at home or at work for fear that some unauthorized person may gain access to it. Rick is the sole purveyor of the one “smart gun” that actually WORKS: the Magna-Trigger conversion of a double action Smith & Wesson revolver. It can only be fired by someone wearing the provided, low-profile magnetic ring on their middle finger. I carried one for many years and kept it loaded at bedside when my kids were little. We tested hell out of it, even shot matches with it. The thing works: it shoots when its legitimate user wants it to, and won’t fire when someone else tries to make it do so.
Rick also has the exclusive on the less expensive Murabito safety conversion of an S&W revolver, invented by the now-retired Frank Murabito. It turns the cylinder release latch into a thumb safety, too. It’s very fast, and highly likely to confuse any unauthorized person who gains control of your handgun.
Rick is also famous for his action jobs on Smith & Wesson and Ruger double action revolvers, and his slick-up of traditional double action S&W semiautomatic pistols. Finally, he is an approved – and very experienced – installer of the Joe Cominolli thumb safety for Glocks. Allowing the right thumb (or for southpaws, the left index finger) to activate the device, it operates with the same movement as a cocked and locked 1911: up for “safe,” down for “fire.”Rick also reduces and reshapes the grip on Glocks; he did so on my first .45 caliber Glock 30, and made it shoot way better for me.
Rick and Tarnhelm Supply are known for reasonable prices and fast delivery times. I have many Tarnhelm custom guns and am happy with every one of them. Information is available at www.tarnhelm.com.