IT came from the Florida Swamps!!!!
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...to seek revenge on its horrible construction and fitting.
Raise your hand if you're familiar with the 1980's ...
July 23rd, 2013 12:44 PM
July 23rd, 2013 12:44 PM
The original breechface had an incorrect cut: a flat angle. This was beyond my skill level or tool set to fix. This where Chuck Warner was incredibly gracious and offered to participate in this disaster. He recut the breechface and blackened the slide. He also recut dovetails in the top of the slide for new GI-style sights, and then blackened everything!. It was like Christmas.
After, with dovetails. The bright marks on the blackening are where bubba had welded the old front blade on, and they wouldn't take blue or blackening.
The ignition system was a NIGHTMARE. Unsafe is an understatement. The gun would fire dropping the slide on a full magazine.
Bubba had absolutely destroyed the hammer hooks to the point were only one hook would engage with the sear nose when cocked. Note the blatant file marks under the full cock hooks.
The hammer and sear were replaced with a Harrison Design Bullseye spur hammer and a Warner true radius sear.
I had to carefully file the thumb safety stud to proper clearance and sear engagement, since the stud was actually too big for the new hammer and sear.
The recoil spring was replaced with Wolff 16#, then the firing pin spring was replace with a Wolf extra power. The extractor was pretty beat up, and had failures to extract despite re-tensioning, so it was replaced with an Evolution Gun Works extractor.
The rear sight became a Harrison GI-style, which I LOVE.
I think that about wraps it up. A few thousand rounds later, there have ben ZERO, count em, ZERO, ZIP, NADA failures. Hollowpoints, LSWC, FMJ, nothing fails. The gun is safe, reliable. Now it's time to play fine tuning.
July 23rd, 2013 12:46 PM
July 23rd, 2013 12:47 PM
July 23rd, 2013 12:56 PM
Bubba-licious turned wonderful, again. Nicely done.
What was the original purchase price of the bubba'ed example, when you got it (if you're willing)?
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July 23rd, 2013 01:03 PM
I think I paid between 200-300. Could have been worse.
July 23rd, 2013 01:24 PM
It speaks for the genius of J.M.Browning & your understanding of its workings. I was wondering what you were gonna' do with that brazed front sight in the first photo. This proves that you CAN (with skill & patience) turn a sows ear into a silk purse. Pretty nice crown on that barrel too. How does it shoot? Well done Chris.
July 23rd, 2013 01:41 PM
Ignore the old worn out sear spring, it's being replaced ASAP, but the sear legs, trigger bow/stirrup, disconnector pad and sear/disco pin were all polished to mirror.
July 23rd, 2013 01:46 PM
ghost, the last time I shot it was after the work done in post #2, basically functionally reliability and new ignition system with true radius sear:
Originally Posted by ghost tracker
That was probably at 14 yards.
July 23rd, 2013 01:57 PM
Great work! Really good job on polishing might I add.
Originally Posted by ChrisATX
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July 23rd, 2013 02:13 PM
Nice work, ChrisATX. You should be proud of a job well done, sir.
Last edited by Sontag; July 23rd, 2013 at 09:55 PM.
July 23rd, 2013 02:39 PM
Very nicely done, great job.
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July 23rd, 2013 02:49 PM
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July 23rd, 2013 02:52 PM
July 23rd, 2013 02:59 PM
Wow, that thing was scary. Good Job keep us posted
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