His shop is only about 7 miles from me, He use to see me parts but the partnership is breaking up and now they are only selling thier own pistols with about a 8 month to a year waiting list. Yost is moving out of AZ. So it is up in the air what will happen.
I wouldn't say anything was up in the air.
Only Lew Bonitz (the "Bo") is leaving. In fact, he is already gone. He had owned property in MT for a while, and set up shop/moved there. He did mostly long gun work, and has opened a shop in MT for that, called Grizzly Custom
Ted Yost is staying. Jason Burton is staying. Steve Bailey is staying. Without the "Bonitz" they couldn't be called Yost-Bonitz anymore, so changed the name to Heirloom Precision.
Same shop, address, and phone number.
They are going to stop the 1* series (for now?) and concentrate on full custom jobs.
They did buy a bunch of neat new machinery! Oh man, it's purty!
Anyway, from Jason Burton a month or two ago:
In the interest of making sure there is no confusion itâ€™s worthwhile to clear up any potential misconceptions with a brief explanation of what Ted and I are doing.
The basics are that Lew (the "Bonitz" in Yost-Bonitz) bought some property in Montana and moved there in early July. This move is something he had been planning and as such Ted and I knew this would necessitate some changes at the shop.
So in order to continue to do what there is apparently still allot
of demand for and something we both truly love, Ted and I along with Steve Bailey have formed a new company called Heirloom Precision, LLC. The company is essentially an extension of what Ted and I have been doing here all along, building high end 1911s and Browning Hi-Powers... Heirloom Precision is basically the next step or evolution for us.
As part of this evolution Ted and I will be limiting the focus of exactly what we do here to only include the things that are most time efficient and rewarding for us, which is to only offer the absolute best
in every gun we build with absolutely no functional corners cut. Some of those things previously done in the Yo-Bo shop don't completely fall in line with the philosophy of Heirloom Precision so in addition to no longer doing any long-gun work, this means eliminating the 1* packages as well the lower end and "piece-meal" pistol work that the Yo-Bo shop sometimes used to do. Rest assured we can and will still build a solid â€œworkingâ€ pistol similar
to the 1* guns however now every 1911 we build will follow our strict philosophy on building long-term 1911s and Browning Hi-Powers.
That philosophy is to build nothing but the best guns we can and to do so one at a time and as one cohesive unit. A major component of our gun building philosophy is that all the parts in the pistols are interrelated and connected in one way or another, and the only way to construct what will in the long run be a truly durable gun is to fit and tune each part together and correctly the first time. Ted and I are very adamant about this, as it is a lesson we have learned and witnessed throughout our years of experience both building and using these guns. Some guns can work just fine with a small package of work, or a partial tweaking here, possibly a bit of work there, and a refinement as time allows. But both Ted and I feel very strongly that in order to build what we believe will be a durable gun at not just the 10,000 round mark but also the 50,000 or 60,000 round mark the gun needs to be fit and built completely as one unit.... and that's what we're going to continue to do, build the best guns available one at a time.
What all of this essentially means for the customer is that, since we won't have any employees under the new company, every gun
that leaves the shop will be personally built from start to finish by Ted or myself or possibly Steve as his time allows. The reality is that, while a new company is being born, nothing dramatic is taking place. The same old players (Ted, me, and Steve) are still here in the exact same location with the same phone number doing the exact same thing we've been doing all along, building custom guns. Rest assured we are not going anywhere and we're not closing our doors, in fact just the opposite. Instead weâ€™re continuing our tradition of building nothing but the best 1911s and Browning Hi-Powers we can offer and with a renewed focus we look forward to even more and better guns than in years pastâ€¦ and all while working towards even shorter backlogs and lead times.
In a short while we will have a new website under the Heirloom Precision moniker so keep an eye out for that, thanks!