Gunsmithing

Educational Zone #59 – Great Firearms – The Tokarev Romanian 7.62 X 25 Pistol

I recently saw that the BATF had clarified that they considered the TT-33 pistol to be C&R qualified. I was excited, as I had always wanted one and now had a chance to have the Brown Truck O’ Happiness deliver one right to my door.I ordered one from AIM, as their pistols were advertised as “refinished”.Their ad said:“Tokarev-TTC Romanian TT-33 7.62×25 PistolItem# Tokarev-TTCOriginally [...]

Educational Zone #60 – Stripping a Stock with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner

My buddy Tman and I recently saw an ad where they were offering 91/30 Mosins for $49.95. How could we pass up a deal like that? So, we both ordered two of them and waited for the Brown Truck O’ Happiness to arrive. When they got here, they were pretty nice. One of mine was a light orange color that I liked. I decided to refinish them to make them look new, but to keep the original colors as much as possible. The [...]

Educational Zone #41 – Tiger Striping a Firearm

My old buddy Ted and I have one last Sistema each, and decided to paint them.We wish we had more, but here’s the last two, mine on top and Ted’s on bottom. As always, we started out by washing them in mineral spirits to clean them of all oil and grease, then bead blasted them to prepare the surface for finish. We had read that a good parkerized surface will hold paint better, so we decided to park them.The [...]

Educational Zone #46 – Cleaning and Lubricating a Revolver

I’ve had a few friends ask me how to properly clean and lubricate a weapon. I will try to demonstrate the best way to do these tasks, as my 50+ years of experience have taught me.First off, let’s get the “WD-40” question out of the way. For some reason that I simply cannot understand, some folks have an unreasonable hatred of WD-40 and even say things like “I’d never put that stuff on [...]

Educational Zone #47 – Cleaning a Semi-Auto Pistol

We last talked about cleaning a revolver, so let’s look at cleaning a semi-auto pistol.The same discussion applies to using WD-40 as a solvent.It is especially important to use a good solvent when cleaning a semi-auto, as they tend to get a lot more unburned powder, soot, and other stuff inside the working parts of the pistol.This stuff should be “washed out” with a good solvent.We will be cleaning my [...]

Educational Zone #35 – Refinished Turkish Mauser

I have been interested in Mausers lately. Got a couple of them with my C&R and refinished them, enjoying the whole thing.I was interested in getting a Turkish Mauser and have been looking for a nice one. I was frustrated, as most of them are “rough”. Those Turks didn’t believe in babying a rifle.I finally found one on the net and made a deal on it. I got it a couple of days ago and when I opened the [...]

Educational Zone #36 – Interesting Firearms – Saiga in 7.62 X 51

My old buddy Tman just completed a new project.He purchased a new Saiga rifle imported by Russian American Armory and manufactured by Izhmash of Russia and did some work on it. Here’s the rifle as he got it. Here it is after his modifications.As you can see, he moved the trigger forward, installed an Ace Galil grip and an ACE non folding stock. Here he is at the range this morning.It has a 20 round US made magazine [...]

Educational Zone #38 – Refinishing a Sistema .45 ACP – pt. 1

I recently purchased a Sistema .45 ACP, Model 1927, from Gander Mountain.It was priced at $249.It was about as free of bluing as is possible, but seemed to be mechanically sound.It looked like a fun project to me.Here it is in its original state. And here.As you can see, the bluing is completely gone.But it had a certain “charm”.My buddy Tman took one look at it and said, “Nice trot line [...]

Educational Zone #39 – Refinishing a Sistema .45 ACP – pt. 2

In part one we showed how we disassembled and prepared the pistol for refinishing.I had ordered some DuraCoat from Lauer and had to wait a few days for it to arrive. It finally got here and we were ready to go.First, we had to tape areas where we didn’t want any paint. I also had to design some wooden “holders” to hold the pieces for painting and that would allow them to be placed in a vice to dry [...]

Educational Zone #23 – Cosmoline Removal

I had a few folks ask me how to best remove Cosmoline from a firearm. Cosmoline is a Vaseline-type preservative that was used to preserve firearms.Collectors of C&R (Curio & Relic) firearms often find old firearms that were built around WWI or WWII and then put in storage. These guns were usually just dipped in a big vat of Cosmoline and then put into storage.Sometimes folks forget what is going on and get all [...]
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