Don't feel that Lonnie is singling you out. I consider Lonnie a friend. We have a common background and, when I can catch him by phone, we have wonderful chats. He's had my lock and funds for probably as long as he has had yours. Like you, I have no idea when it will be returned. It doesn't make it right but Lonnie works on "Lonnie-time."
So here is my experience: Spoke to Lonnie Ingram (Sherman) in February 2012 about a Vickers lock spring conversion, he said he was doing a run in a few weeks and gave me a price to convert lock to semi and do coil spring conversion.
Bought a very nice Vickers lock at full retail (did not have any spares at the time) and had it shipped to him, he confirmed receipt. Sent him an occasional email every three months since then to check on progress, usually followed that by a phone message (since no one ever answers and voice mail is full, it prompts you for your phone number which I always left).
After a year, I ask him via email and phone message that if he was unable to complete the job to please return lock at my shipping expense. I never received an email response or phone call.
Last week after 2 years and 3 months I sent him a letter with a check for ten dollars (to cover insured priority mail return) with a request for return of the lock. I followed it up by email and a phone call. :help:
As of today, no response. I like to think of myself as a very reasonable and fair person with good communications skills. I am very disappointed in his behavior. I will wait a little while longer for a response before I bring in outside parties, not because I care that much for the loss of the expensive part, but because I don't like to be taken advantage of.
What pisses me off is that other forum members see him at events laughing and joking and talking about starting other gun builds. I honestly believe he is a truly talented designer and machinist, I will reserve judgement for a little while longer on whether he is an honest and ethical person.
Just my experience to date, Dave, I hope you have better luck with him than I have.