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Amature Gun smithing

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by WhatThePho?, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Apr 20, 2012 at 1:31 AM
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    WhatThePho?

    WhatThePho? [OP] Greg Graffin 2016

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    The things required to pull bitches
    Anyone do their own work?

    Everything from basic to advance work. Post up your pics and details.

    I'm doing basic stuff like filing and hand fitting a beaver tail grip safety into my milspec. Next part is hand checkering the front strap.
     
  2. Apr 20, 2012 at 1:41 AM
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    WhatThePho? [OP] Greg Graffin 2016

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    The things required to pull bitches
    Before
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    After
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    Nighthawk trigger, emc hammer, cylinder and slide light sear spring, and smith and Alexander .220 btgs
     
  3. Apr 20, 2012 at 2:47 AM
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    I do my own stuff as well. My S&W 642 had the most horrible trigger when I got it...heavy as hell and quite gritty. I was disappointed. I looked up Wolff gunsprings and got a few different weights to try out,and decided which ones I liked. Then I VERY gently polished every moving part inside the gun. Any load bearing surface got a go with my polishing kit ( 3400,4200,6000,8000,and 12000 grit paper ). Then I oiled it and put it together...smooth as glass and a nice trigger pull ( still on the stiff side for target,but perfect for self defense ). I've polished the feed ramps in all my semi autos and helped out my brother in law with some issues he had with his pump shotgun. I bought a DWM Luger recently and had that all apart cleaning it. I don't think it had been taken apart that far since it was new,and the gunk and oil residue was excessive in places. Love doing my own work,and knowing how to strip and clean everything I own.
     
  4. Apr 20, 2012 at 3:41 AM
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    Thinking about giving it a try. Need to change out the spring on my SW40ve as a starting point.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    i have no B&A pictures but i always do my own, unless it has a chance as affecting the my safety and the integrity of my gun or i absolutely do not have the tool and don't want to buy it.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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    I've done a little basic stuff. Polished the hammer sear on my Model 94 to smooth out the action. Replaced the grips on my P229 with the newer E2 style. I plan on replacing the magazine followers on my .22 mags for the P229.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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    Some of those tools and jigs are costly. Make me reconsider doing the work. Good thing the beaver tail jig was 12 bucks, the file kinda ate through the jig.

    The front strap checkering jig is pretty costly too.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    i've got almost all the basic tools for AR's if you need help.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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  10. Apr 20, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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    Good to know. I want to start building one soon.

    Im the exact same way, not just guns, almost everything I own.
     
  11. Apr 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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    45acp Paint me back in Wyoming again...

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    Only picture I have of it but this was my first rifle that I got when I was 15, and I did all the work when I was 16.

    My Marlin 25n (.22lr), started out looking like this-

    [​IMG]

    -Removed the leaf sights
    -Added second sling stud in the forearm
    -Free-floated the barrel
    -Glass bedded the action
    -Bent the bolt handle out (easier to cycle the action)
    -Removed the barrel mounting screw and relocated it to the action, replacing the magazine housing screw
    -Cut the 7-round magazine down to accept 4 rounds and fit flush with the stock
    -Changed out the trigger spring for a lighter pull weight
    -Shortened the sear travel
    -Installed a trigger stop screw
    -Cut off the raised monte carlo cheek piece and shaped a new, taller one
    -Obvious camo paint job

    Could hit soda cans all day at 100 yards, 200 yards with little effort. Always head shots on the squirrels. :cool:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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    Anyone out there got any bob tail 1911? I'm thinking of bobbing mine.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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    Interesting... I might be. I just want a few more lighten trigger sear spring and maybe the sear and disconnect.
     
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    How about this one? I found this 1917 No.1 Mk III* British Enfield on a junk gun table at a gun show. It had been butchered with the stock cut off half-way up the forearm, the barrel exposed and nose cap removed and then swathed in a god awful rust red paint. This old War Horse was screaming out at me to be saved - and at $40 I decided to give it a go.

    Before:

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    And after: She is the 2d from the top on the rack.

    [​IMG]

    Not a perfect restoration, but not bad for my first attempt. She shoots like a champ.
     
  17. Apr 25, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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    Very nice!
     
  18. Apr 25, 2012 at 7:22 AM
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    I've always liked SMLEs. I have a "Jungle Carbine" in the basement (your third down there) that I need to put some new sights on and take out to shoot again one of these years.
     
  19. Apr 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    I really enjoy shooting MILSURPS - the Jungle Carbine is a true shoulder buster.

    Here is the companion rack to the one above.

    [​IMG]

    From top to bottom:

    Soviet Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine
    Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 Hex Receiver
    Soviet Mosin Nagan M91/30 Sniper
    Finnish M39
    German K98 Mauser
     
  20. Apr 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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    You've got that right -- that hard rubber "recoil pad" is sort of laughable.

    I cleaned up an early-war Arisaka 99 once for a cousin. It still had the imperial chrysanthemum intact and was in excellent shape, one fine specimen of an historical military rifle. Unfortunately, it was stolen when he was overseas.
     
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