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Old January 16th, 2017, 09:46 AM   #31
 
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Waveform,

That's very nice work!

I'm anxious to see night-firing photos!

Goodness, gracious! Great balls of...well, you know...

Keep us up to date on it.

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Old January 16th, 2017, 12:48 PM   #32
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Never had much use for a handgun who's front sight was held on by paracord.

Seriously look forward to seeing the end result.
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Never had much use for a handgun who's front sight was held on by paracord.
That's the windage-adjustable feature...

Also, it allows for a 90deg adjustment in case he wants to Busta coupl-a caps gangsta-style, yo!



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Waveform,

I've been following this progression of customizing, and it leaves me a little puzzled. It's your gun, of course, and what you do to is your business.

But, to me, you have taken a large framed single action revolver, and made it into a rather compact revolver chambered for a rather impotent cartridge (compared to .44~.45 cartridges) that will produce a rather big blast when fired. An unmodified Single Action becomes a five shot revolver, of .32 caliber which is marginal for defense shooting.

I understand the "what if...........?" thinking, but ultimately what is your anticipated goal for this revolver?


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At the risk of putting the thread to sleep here is another update on Smaug. A couple years back I bought the stuff to silver solder from Brownell's but never used it. My personal experience with soldering metal was sweating copper pipe joints in home plumbing repairs and while my joints don't leak they don't look pretty either. So I was a little reluctant to try my hand at soldering a sight since I didn't want globs of solder everywhere. But I decided the worst that could happen is I try and fail and let a pro chuckle while he fixed my efforts.

I picked up a map gas kit at Home Depot and got out my Brownell's solder stuff. Read the directions, followed the directions and waddya know - it worked! The front sight jig was a PITA to set up but once it was in place it was a big help. The solder I used is Hi-Force 44 in ribbon form along with No.4 Comet flux. Hi-Force 44 is a low temp solder that flows at 475 degrees so the map gas was plenty hot enough for the solder without getting the barrel too hot. The whole process was much easier than I expected and I'm happy with the result.







I robbed a set of grip panels off another gun just to get a better idea of where its headed. I still have some fitting to do on the grip frame, polish the frame, smooth out the chatter marks on the muzzle face and crown and take it for a test drive. Getting closer.....





(If you're still with me on this project thank you for sticking it out.)
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Yawn. Monologue much? And what's with making a more-impotent revolver.
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I've been following this progression of customizing, and it leaves me a little puzzled. It's your gun, of course, and what you do to is your business.

But, to me, you have taken a large framed single action revolver, and made it into a rather compact revolver chambered for a rather impotent cartridge (compared to .44~.45 cartridges) that will produce a rather big blast when fired. An unmodified Single Action becomes a five shot revolver, of .32 caliber which is marginal for defense shooting.

I understand the "what if...........?" thinking, but ultimately what is your anticipated goal for this revolver?

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Purely for the fun of it and nothing more. It has no purpose whatsoever besides making a lot of noise and flash. A novelty piece, a range toy. Hopefully it will punch holes in paper reasonably close to where it's aimed and adequately hit metal plates within 25 yards. I have a safe full of purposeful guns (most of which rarely get shot) and I enjoy the tinkering aspect of the project. I may have the only 30 Carbine Blackhawk birdshead known to man and be the only guy who ever wondered what one would be like to handle and shoot. And that's OK. Will it be noticeably louder and flashier than the 7.5"? Will the recoil be more stout in a birdshead grip? Will accuracy degrade to the point of futility? Is it a dumb idea?

Remember - if it's a total failure I can always send it back to Ruger on their dime for the transfer bar "upgrade" and while it's there have them rebarrel it and reblue it for less money than a blue job at Fords. So far I've spent $10 on a front sight and used parts I had on hand for everything else. It's a fun project and a cheap date. The answer to the rest of the questions will be found out pretty soon.
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Yawn. Monologue much? And what's with making a more-impotent revolver.
And yet you still read it.....

I reload my 30 Carbine using 110gr round nose over 14 grains of Viagra. It's a very potent round. (Seek medical attention for a range session lasting more than 5 hours...)
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And yet you still read it.....

I reload my 30 Carbine using 110gr round nose over 14 grains of Viagra. It's a very potent round. (Seek medical attention for a range session lasting more than 5 hours...)
Hahaha THAT was funny!
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Hahaha THAT was funny!
Gotta shoot it while sitting in a bathtub...

...oh, wrong propellant...

Nice job on the sight.

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And yet you still read it.....

I reload my 30 Carbine using 110gr round nose over 14 grains of Viagra. It's a very potent round. (Seek medical attention for a range session lasting more than 5 hours...)
Won't that just bring it back to having a 7.5" barrel?


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Waveform,

That grip looks way out of proportion to the frame, to my eye. But the installation of the front sight is very interesting, as is the rest of your work.

I do believe you have achieved your goal. Thanks for sharing with us.


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I reload my 30 Carbine using 110gr round nose over 14 grains of Viagra. It's a very potent round. (Seek medical attention for a range session lasting more than 5 hours...)
Marathon shooter aye?

Its turning out nice bud, now just cerakote it pink, and neon will be tryimg to talk you out of it.
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... now just cerakote it pink, and neon will be tryimg to talk you out of it.
I was thinking hydrodip Muddy Girl Pink to match his Prius plus a rail someplace so he can bolt up all his gizmos and gadgets.
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I was thinking hydrodip Muddy Girl Pink to match his Prius plus a rail someplace so he can bolt up all his gizmos and gadgets.
Yup, that should make his eyes twinkle.
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