No worries. I talked with Todd a couple of times, and bought parts he had hand picked for me. He was a good guy, and we lost him to cancer in his 30s. Tragic. But like any company, there will always be some issues with a gun here and there. How you handle the customer service aspect is the key. I didn't know him really, but I was just getting into the hobby when ORF was the big player. Their right side plates were the common standard at that time, short of the finer T&S plates. This is before KMP and Halo were on the market with .30 cal plates. But no company is perfect.No disrespect intended to Todd Grove. I am a new guy with little access to historical info, I am sad to say, I mainly form my opinion by listening to other peoples complaints.
Got caught on the phone while typing, so adding on here. Bob, you said it quite well. That's exactly the dynamic that I perceived at the time. A tragic story, from a young man with so much to offer.My very first 1919a4 was an ORF from a group buy on some long-forgotten sight. $1,000 for a completed weapon, a manual, a few handfuls of Izzy links, all in a wheeled plastic case. Still have it and have never had a problem with it. Like Lucky says, complaints, moaning and feuds aside, Todd was huge in the early semi-auto build scene, especially with 1919's. There is no doubt in my mind that had he not passed away so young ORF would be a very large, very profitable company today and he would be cranking out SA conversion of every size, shape and nationality. As I recall, he had just moved and expanded his shop and his health really started to fail. I believe some of the communication problems people had came when his health was really starting to fail. He kept his illness to himself and for many people, his obituary was the first notice anything was wrong. And of course once the boss passes away, everything stops, nobody knows what to do with the stuff returned for repair, and you know the rest of the story. He was in his early 30's but managed to get a lot done in a short period of time.
Talk about a bidding war that extension went for $765.00 !! What the heck is up with that?That extension pictured in the auction is for sale in another auction but SHHHHH dont tell anybody because im bidding on it