Being a man who enjoys the finer things in life and having an income sufficient to allow the occasional indulgence of these cultivated tastes, Big Mike decided he needed a rifle with some historical significance to go along with his Rock River AR-15. I don't think a persuasive argument could be made against the M1 Garand to fit into this category neatly, and Mike had seen some examples of Miltech's work at a local range. The quality was outstanding, so Mike placed his order, and as a matter of policy Mike chose to make payment with a personal cheque delivered via the U.S. Mail. The delivery time was specified as six to eight weeks, and ten weeks later Mike hadn't heard a thing from Miltech, and so the battle began. Mike used the old tried and true method of repeated phone calls at irregular intervals, and one year later Mike still had no rifle. On one memorable occasion Mike called and listened to the sales spiel, then asked if they were actually shipping any product. When the nice sales lady affirmed that Miltech was indeed shipping on a regular basis, Mike countered with "You couldn't prove it by me."
Being nothing if not patient, persistent and persuasive Mike continued to worry various nameless voices over the phone and listen to one hard luck story after another. As the second year without the promised addition to his gun safe rolled by, Mike started to lose his sunny disposition. By February of 2011 Big Mike had had enough, and informed Miltech that he wanted either his money or his rifle, and he really did not care which he received, but one or the other would be delivered. What he didn't say was "or else."
Or else what? We're in California, you're in Ohio. What are you going to do, call us names? Well, you see kids, Mike thoughtfully paid by cheque which was delivered by the U.S. Mail. That makes screwing Mike over mail fraud, and given the political climate regarding firearms, the USPS (United States Postal Service) might be interested in the case, as might the Attorney General of Granola Land. So Mike drew a mental line in the sand and planned not to say anything to anyone except the authorities, to whom he would pass along a summary of the transaction along with copies of all correspondence, which he had thoughtfully kept. The people at Miltech would find out the hard way that an ex-client was unhappy with them.
Mike placed his order on October 15, 2008. Given an eight week delivery date, his rifle should have shipped on or before December 8, 2008. On April 14, 2011 Mike's rifle finally shipped, and Mike picked it up April 23, 2011. 855 days late. The vendor in question is:
P.O. Box 322
Los Altos, CA 94023
Phone: (650) 948-3500
Fax: (408) 255-7144
Running a reverse look up on the phone for Miltech, I came up with this:
Edward P Silva
1750 Eastbrook Ave
Los Altos, CA 94024-6308
Update: I don't think Ed Silva lives at this address anymore. The place changed hands in March of 2013, and given Silva's shipping problems I think it's entirely possible that Silva slipped his cables without leaving a forwarding address.
Second Update (4/9/2014): Silva and Miltech have moved. The new address is: 10225 Imperial Ave; Cupertino, CA 95014. Silva's FFL License Number is 9-77-085-01-4M-62861 and expires December of 2014. My source is ATF California List of FFL Holders. It seems that Big Mike is not the only one to have problems with Silva and Miltech.
I looked up the address using Google maps, and the Satellite view reveals a nice house in big bucks Los Altos, CA. Clearly, someone is making a few bucks in this business.
The rifle did arrive, but the promised accessories were not included. Miltech still owes Big Mike a bayonet and some ammunition. Mike has calculated delivery time at around one year from now. Anyway, the rifle is absolutely gorgeous. The pictures I took do not do the rifle justice, but they're all I have just now. Here's the M1 from Miltech.
|30.06 Ammo Compared to a .45 ACP|
|M1 Garand as Manufactured By International Harvester|
|Note the excellent stock|
If you get a rifle out of this guy who calls himself Miltech, the quality will be excellent. Just know that unless he has an excellent reason for delivering your order on time, you'll end up waiting. Big Mike is still waiting for his bayonet and ammo, and I hope he turns the whole business over to the attorney general in California.
Next I'll have a range report for the M1 and we'll see if it shoots as good as it looks.