Sunday, June 9, 2019

Another S&W model 19 Refinishing Project Part 2

If you missed part one, see it here

I needed a break from the monotony of sanding the frame and decided to work the cylinder over. I used the wire wheel on my grinder to burnish the flutes and cylinder stop notches.

The bolt, washers and sleeve are a tool I made up to polish these S&W cylinders

I assemble the tool, then cover the threads with tape to protect them

Then I sand length wise with 150 grit paper, removing the small pits and nicks

I then put the cylinder in my drill press and spin it at high speed while sanding with 150, 220, 280, 320, 400, 600, 1200 then 2000 grit

I did the same with the ejector rod.

Back to the frame, once I had the dings and pits out I sanded the entire gun to 400 grit

After getting it to 600 grit, I then spent some time working over every surface with Crocus cloth.

Then I taped off the polished areas and bead blasted the top.

I was able to get the gun parts blued, here they are fresh from a bath in oil

The only part that didn't turn out well was the cylinder release, I'll have to strip it and blue it again

In the mean time the owner purchased a set of these Altamont walnut service grips

The gun is finished, but I have an issue with the rear sight I still need to fix

Before and after pics

On to the next project!

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