Thursday, June 22, 2017

Another Ironworker Knife Build

A member of our local gun forum that goes by the name Ironworker built a couple of really nice knives (see his previous knives here and here) and is at it again.

This time he is starting with a section of 3/4" steel cable. He wired tied them and then welded the ends to prevent fraying.


 A lot of heat and some pounding and he had a flat piece of forged steel, this is similar to the hammer forging done to create "Damacus" steel.


After getting it to the right uniform thickness and width he cut out his blank


Cutting the bevel, adding some serrations to the spine and heat treating have been accomplished


Polishing and etching to bring out the "damascus" (can damascus be an adjective??) in the steel



Adding the handle and pin


 Shaping and finishing the wood





Monday, June 19, 2017

Guns on the Streets

We hear the saying all the time....."we've got to get the guns off the streets" or "These guns don't belong on the streets"....of course the leftist muttering these lines doesn't literally mean there are guns laying on the pavement....but sometimes there are guns laying on the pavement.....stick with me here.

About 10 years ago I was driving to work early in the morning and spotted what I thought was a pellet gun (a pistol) laying by the side of the road. It was on the gravelly part where the pavement ends.
I stopped and ran back to get it, what I picked up was not a pellet gun, but a Ruger Mark II with a 6" barrel. The gun had a fully loaded magazine, but an empty chamber. It was missing the front sight and the tape residue led me to believe the screw had come up missing and the owner taped the front sight on (bush league move).
The gun was scratched from it's fall to the pavement but was otherwise in good shape.
I called my local Sheriff's Office to have the serial number ran to see if it had been reported stolen or lost, It had not. I also checked the websites that allow people to post serial numbers of their stolen or lost guns....no luck there either.

I ended up replacing the front sight and screw (maybe I should have looked again on the side of the road for the sight??) and installed some Hogue grips on it.



Years later, having not been notified the gun was lost or stolen, I sold it to buy a stainless Ruger Mark II Competition model.


Last year my friend in Oregon was driving along U.S. 101 when he also came upon a Ruger Mark II laying in the middle of the lane. He stopped and picked it up. He turned it over to the local police, but has not heard back if the gun was ever returned to its rightful owner (this sometimes takes a year or more).

Then just this past month, my Father-in-law found a pistol while taking his grand daughters for a walk. This got me to thinking......how often does this happen?

My son relayed a story to me that he heard from a friend, the Ecology Youth Corps (those kids that clean up garbage along the freeway) find an incredible amount of guns, most are turned in to law enforcement, but I am sure a few are smuggled home. 

So I decided to pose the question on some of the gun forums and here are some of the responses I got:

  • My brother in law found an AMT Automag V under a water meter plate. (He works for the local water district). He turned it into the local PD, and after a half a year or so they gave it to him. 


  • I hunted with a guy in Spokane who found a Model 94 30-30 leaning against a stump one morning at a pullout along the hi-way. It was snowing, no tracks but ours in the pullout and snow on the gun. His son was still using it 15-20 years later.


  • I found a 410 sawed off shotgun in a reservoir in San Angelo, TX when I was in 2nd grade


  • My dad found a new pistol in the middle of the street when I was a kid in Long Beach, CA. Went to the police found out it belonged to a motorcycle cop. The guy never even thanked my dad for finding it and turning it in.


  • About 4 years ago while at work I found a rusted Remington pump shotgun. The stock was broken and couldn't work the action. Since I work for a city I turned it into the PD.
  •   I Found a Remington 30/06 laying on a snow covered road while hunting in the Taneum unit. I'm pretty sure the truck in front of me kicked it up so it was visible. Obviously had been run over and was trashed. Ran into the owner shortly thereafter and he was grateful to have it back, even if it was scrap. Something about being a family heirloom

  • I was out snow kayaking in north ID with some buddies. We set the lower truck, (mine ) than I hopped into my buddy's truck and headed up the creek.
    we got to the put in, the other passenger hopped out and said " look at this!" He found a Ruger SS MK II in the mud he put it in the truck and we did our run.
    ...I never knew what he did with it but some snowmobiler was sad.  

  • I Found a Colt Gov't 1911 on I-90 while driving from Ellensburg to Spokane this summer when I pulled off the road to take a piss. Contacted the state patrol and dropped it off at one of their stations along I-90 an hour later. I got a call from them two weeks ago saying it hasn't been claimed and the "registered owner" had passed away. They asked me if I wanted to purchase ($200) it. Otherwise, it would go to one of their auctions.


  • I found three .22 rifles in a trash pile I was cleaning up at work.  Two Mossberg Plinksters and a 10-22.  They were pitched in a old drum out side an old cannery building in a big pile of junk that we, city employees, were working at getting cleaned up when we had time. 

    I called the VPSO, Village Public Safety Officer, we documented where they were found and the rifles, and forwarded the info to troopers.  While we waited for call back, they were stored in evidence storage.  Within 24 hours troopers said that they were not stolen, and that they did not have any owners info, so do what you want with them. 

    The Plinksters were corroded beyound salvaging so I locked them in a vise and chopped them into 4-6" pieces, then tossed them in a Smart Ash Burner with a load of used oil filter, and sorbents.  The 10-22 was in bad shape but it's better metallurgy aloud me to use it as a starting point for a youth sized 10-22 build

  • Winston-Salem, NC.
    I found a Glock outside a Circle K once.  Just outside the door, behind a trash can. 
    If I hadn't been about to stuff old McD's bags in the can, I'd never seen the gun.
    I knew better than to touch it, so I moved it around with my penknife.
    it took me about 5 seconds of looking to know I wanted to call the cops, so I did.
    someone had made a s___ty attempt to grind off the serial number and manufacturer's marks.

Moral of the story is, keep your eyes peeled when walking or driving, you may just find a gun. Guns, like any tools, are subject to misplacement. We should strive to be more responsible when it comes to firearms, but these things happen for one reason or another.

And BTW, make sure you do the right thing and call the local Law Enforcement, what you found may have been used in a crime or stolen from your neighbor.....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Ruger 10/22 LTR Project part 4

See the previous posts here:


I need to shorten the barrel and recrown the muzzle. By law a rifle barrel must be 16" or longer (unless you file with the BATF and get a tax stamp for a Short Barrelled Rifle). The barrel on a standard 10/22 carbine is 18.5", so I will cut 2" off the end.


after cutting I checked the barrel length (with a cleaning rod in the bore) and we cam out just shy of 16.5"


Using my dove tail jig, I flied and sanded the end of the barrel so it was smooth and square


I then used my drill and a ball mill to chamfer the crown


I then removed the chatter marks with a brass stove bolt and some valve grinding compound
 

I stuffed a patch in the end of the bore to keep the valve grinding compound from getting inside.


I then cleaned the end with some 400 grit sand paper and my thumb....which now sports a blister...



I noticed that for some reason the barreled receiver fit very tight in this stock, I got out the lamp black and painted the bottom of the lug where the take down screw resides and checked to see if it was making contact. As I suspected it was not. When I pushed on the back of the receiver to get it all the way in, the front would lift up.


So I broke out the small files and sand paper, it now fits snugly, but easily and no more rocking back and forth.


Before going further we need to install a pillar for the factory take down screw and then figure out how to anchor the rear of the stock. I had a bunch of these flanged wahers in my parts bin, I used one on the target rifle project and it worked perfect, so I am using one here as well


I drilled a 23/64" hole down to the stock escutcheon and fitted the washer


I had to remove some material so it would touch the escutcheon while sitting flush and not raise the action in the stock


I covered the barre/receiver junction with tape and a liberal coating of car wax to prevent the JB weld from sticking to it


I mixed up the JB weld and put some under the washer and on top, when the barreled action is clamped it, the excess with squish out and the flanged washer and escutcheon will touch each other, preventing any movement.


The next day I pulled the the gun apart, there was a few small pieces of tape stuck to the JB weld, but otherwise everything is peachy. The fit is perfect, no rocking fore and aft and it feels rock solid.



I had planned on using the 10-24 x 2.25" long button head stainless screws to anchor the receiver.
The screws will go through the rear trigger pin hole which is 3/16". 
3/16" is equal to .1875", a #10 cap screw is .190, slightly larger, which will fit, but will be tight. 



So how do I drill the stock and get the holes lined up perfectly? I found this post on the Rimfire Central forum by Hipshot, he built a jig using a piece of angled aluminum and long 6-48 bolts, screwed into the scope rail holes.






I bought these #6-48 screws that are 1/2" long, which should be plenty long enough.




I couldn't find a piece of 90 degree angled aluminum, so I made one. The metal is from the same sheet I plan on using for the side panels.


 I marked and drilled the top holes with a 9/64" drill bit, then drilled the side trigger pin holes with a 3/16" drill bit

A trial fit with the #10 cap screw


Then again with the trigger group installed. I drilled the front trigger holes as well, but I don't think I will be using them.


Stay tuned for part 5




Monday, June 12, 2017

Interesting Firearm Photos X


A "Last Ditch" Japanese Arisaka Rifle from the latter part of WWII, you can see the crude machining and apparent lack of craftsmanship.


Here are WH Murphy and his assistant, of the Protective Garment Corporation of New York. 
By 1923, the Protective Garment Corporation manufactured a light weight bullet resistant vest for police use and they held a live demonstration in DC at the police headquarters.


 World War II, US soldiers prepare "Easter Eggs" for Hitler
 


A U.S. soldier stands night watch as oil wells burn in the distance in Kuwait, just south of the Iraqi border on February 26, 1991.


The prop gun used in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.



A poster for the Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, circa 1991 (I own one of these posters...)



South Vietnamese Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the National Police, executes Vietcong officer Nguyen Van Lem, also known as Bay Lop, on a Saigon street on Feb. 1, 1968.


US GI's stack up captured German K-98s, date is May 10, 1943....could one of these rifles be in your collection today?



Two Korean Businessmen defend their stores during the 1992 LA Riots


Ernst Hemingway with his W.C Scot & Son Shotgun, years later he used this very shotgun to commit suicide on July 2, 1961.


Lieutenant Wendell C. Neville (far left, with sword) presents the Marine Guard aboard the USS Maine, circa 1895. Neville would later become the 14th Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1929; the USS Maine would later sink in Havana Harbor in 1898, sparking the Spanish-American War.


Cutaway of a Ruger 10/22



Shortly after landing on “Red Beach” on Sept. 15 of 1950 to begin the “Battle of Inchon”, a Marine named Baldomero Lopez was photoed as he scaled a seawall. A few minutes after this photo was taken, Lopez was killed after covering a live grenade with his body.
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor…and his Marine buddies took back the city of Inchon from communist control.




The Atlantic 
SBMania 
Unframed World
The Chive

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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Cobray Model D Project

I did a write up on this pistol earlier this week and now we will show you how it goes together.

These are the two frame sides I bought at the gun show for $1 each.


When I discovered that the parts kits were still available, I ordered one up right away, it came from Excalibur LLC of Ducktown, TN, in this small box




The box contained the barrel assembly, hammer, trigger, pins and springs. It also included the parts list/diagram with a template of the breech face which will be handy as we will need to make one.


My Father used the template to build the breech plate and weld it to the frame plates, here is what it looked like before we did a trial assembly



Here is the parts diagram for reference
Despite having the grip spacer plate installed when he welded the breech plate, the frame plates were too close together to fit the hammer spring


I used the Dremel to make enough clearance


Trail assembly, we could not get the latch to fully engage the barrel lug.


After much filing and fitting we got positive lock up.
We also had to file the firing pin hole in the breech face.


Time to test fire!

We cut down an old 410 shot shell and test fired the pistol, we got a good solid primer strike.


Then we stripped the gun back down, we rounded the sharp edges and used the wire wheel to clean up the surfaces and prep for paint


We also filed the top of the breech plate to expose the rear sight


In addition we sanded and polished the ramp on the barrel lug.


After the paint dried (flat black) we reassembled the gun and did a function check. 




Everything is good to go, so we took it out for some test firing. we shot low base .410 bird shot in it. The gun worked flawlessly, although the recoil wasn't pleasant, it wasn't unmanageable. We haven't tried any 45 Colt ....yet