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Old February 29th, 2008, 05:13 AM   #31
 
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Question for REB. Your polished SP on page 2 is beautiful. I intend to order grip inserts for a new SP. Did you do your own polish work or have it done by a smith? Is this something I can do myself?
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Old March 9th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #35
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I did all of the work on it myself. It's not that hard but it does take some time to do and the proper tools. To start with you need to be able to completely disassemble and reassemble the revolver. If you don't already have a copy of Iwogean's IBOK you need to request a copy of it from Iowegan on this board. While you are in the process of polishing the outside to make it look good you should also follow the instructions in the IBOK to clean up the insides so it will function as good as it looks. Let me also say at this point that I have been tinkering with firearms for a long time but I am by no means a trained gun smith. There may be better way to accomplish the same thing but this is how I do it.

I started by using a set of small Swiss pattern files to round the trigger and to fit the hammer to the frame. You need some type of vice to hold the parts without damaging them. I use a small vise with rubber jaws like this one. http://www.alliedelec.com/Search/Pro...D3288024CD617F

Most DAO SP101s I have seen although the hammer has the same contour as the frame the hammer is too tall and extends slightly above the frame line when at rest like show in the link http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...N1537_crop.jpg. I place the hammer in the frame and using a small file remove the excess metal on the hammer until the profile matches the frame. don't worry about scratching the frame a little with the file when you get close to the two matching because you will clean it up later. I also put the trigger in the vise and round the edges with a file because the edges of the trigger are a little sharp from the factory for me.

Lets talk about removing the warning on the side of the barrel. I have used a couple of different methods including a belt sander but for a novice the safest way I have found is to use a hand sander mounted upside down in a vise. This is slower than a belt sander but it is much safer because it removes the metal a lot slower and gives more control. I start with 200 grit wet with silicone oil and roll the barrel back and forth to slowly remove the warning. I also round all of the edges on the barrel and round the edge of the frame where the barrel mates to the frame. A small sanding drum on a dremel is good for blending the frame to the barrel but I don’t recommend it for removing the warning because it can easily take off too much metal and cause an uneven finish. You can also use sand paper by hand to remove the warning but it will take a lot longer.

For polishing first you want to remove any machining marks, file marks or scratches with sand paper. I start with 200 grit and finish with 400 or 600 grit paper wet with a light silicone oil to help keep the paper from loading up. Be careful around any markings like the serial number you are going to leave on the gun so you don’t round the edges of the marking. I start the polishing process with a dermal tool with small buffing wheels and two levels of stainless compound that I picked up at a local hardware store. I use the dremel to polish areas that I can’t get to with the bench mounted buffer like the inside of the trigger guard, the recess in the frame for the ejector rod and the inside of the cylinder window. I then polish the frame with the striped trigger housing and the crane assembly installed. I use six inch buffing wheels mounted on a bench grinder starting with a medium polishing compound and changing to a different wheel with a fine compound. You can find different wheels and compounds at most hardware stores. I polish the cylinder, hammer, trigger and cylinder release separately. On non SP101 revolvers where it’s not easy to remove the cylinder from the crane I polish the frame and trigger housing together then the cylinder and crane assembly together. I then assemble the crane and cylinder into the frame and do any blending needed. Be careful not to remove any metal where the frame is fit to the crane.

When you start the polishing process you may find machining marks or scratches that you did not notice before. The buffing compound removes very little metal and will most likely not remove these imperfections. If you find any imperfections that were previously missed is it best to go back to sand paper to remove them and then go back to the polishing process.
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REB,

Thank you for the thoughtful reply. This may be more than I am comfortable with as i have never completely disassembled any gun. I can field strip my autos but that is about all. I will keep this process in a folder and I intend to request Iowegan's IBOK in the future. I want to look at the trigger job procedure. Right now I want to take the new SP101 to the range for 100 - 200 rounds to see how the trigger feels then. If in the future I do not feel comfortable polishing this revolver I may have a gunsmith do it for me. Thanks again for the detailed reply. I will post updates as I fine tune this fine little gun.
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Beautiful, Cunroe!!!
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Very nice Cunroe! Do you mind if I ask what that holster is and how you like it? I'm looking for a clip on IWB for an SP101.
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Thanks for the kind words fellas.

DSTEP - Holster is an Alessi APX.
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Very nice, Flash.....

Very nice, Langler...
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