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Which Simmons?
February 16, 2019
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Greetings to the Board, along with apologies if this topic violates or bends any posting protocols.

I have long heard that one of the premier outfits for working on vintage Winchester shotguns has been "Simmons." And there are plenty of postings on the auction sites for classic Winchester shotguns which state "reblued by Simmons" or "ventilated rib installed by Simmons."

So now I'm getting my prized Model 1897 Trap Gun ready to send off for some work, but have found two different "Simmons" out there. One is in Olathe, Kansas (with a Facebook page and a dysfunctional ".biz" website), while the other, in Bastrop, LA, is listed on the Winchester listing of "Authorized Repair Centers" (the Olathe Simmons is not on that list). So now I'm getting nervous.

The only previous Model 97 work I had done was done by Wright's out in Pinckneyville, IL, but they weren't available (due to health reasons) the last time I checked.

So which Simmons is which?

TIA,

Tom

February 16, 2019
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The full name of the original company was "Simmons Gun Specialties, Inc."  (Which I know from a wonderful Simmons poster I have showing an English Setter asleep in the back seat of a '40s car.)

If you don't find that same name, I'd guess it was a different company.

February 17, 2019
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You want the Simmons in Olathe, KS. Their address is:

700 Rogers Road # A, Olathe, KS 66062. 

Phone number is:  (913) 782-3131
Olathe is just on the West side of Kansas City on Kansas side of state line.
They were the original "Simmons Rib" Company, and were still installing ribs last time I was over at the shop.
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February 17, 2019
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Great -- thanks!

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