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"Call me a coward..."

#1 Post by Old No7 » Tue May 21, 2019 12:08 pm

As follow-up to my recent posting about the German Blitz Triggerplate Drilling I am involved with, it turns out the solder didn't hold on the rifle hammer's cocking indicator pin, so I'll have to come up with another solution for that.

"Call me a coward..." if you want...

But this is how I test fired both shotgun barrels and the rifle barrel -- 2 shots each -- at the range today:
( with a 3' string on the trigger )

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All is well and the action & barrels held up (which all do have Nitro proofs), so now I just need to finish the mounting of the German scope I have for it, do some refinish work that's needed on the stock, and then see if I can't make the rifle's cocking pin work.

The 2 gold marks you see on the right grip are two brass woodscrews inserted where I found a large crack in the stock (one reason why this Drilling was offered so cheap; you can see the crack extending past the comb). After opening up the crack with a shim and filling it with highly viscous CA super glue, I clamped it tight overnight and then added those brass screws at two key spots. They now stand ~1/32" proud of the stock, but they'll be filed flush when I redo the stock's finish. I may also rub some vinegar or blackpowder fouling on the ends of the shiny brass to dull them up (just like what happens with the brass on BP guns) so they don't stand out so much.

Finally, after all the above work is done -- whenever that may be -- then I'll be ready to go and shoot a round of trap with the shotgun (which is choked F and IM) and put the rifle on paper, with and without the scope.

It's quite a project -- and at times I wish I knew how to swear in Deutsche!

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#2 Post by gamekeeper » Tue May 21, 2019 1:32 pm

I have fired a few old guns in my time and have wished that I had a string on the triggers, better safe than sorry.
It's always good to see a neglected old gun put back into shooting order, well done Darryl..... :wink:
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#3 Post by M. M. Wright » Tue May 21, 2019 1:38 pm

Love the ratchet straps! It's a lovely old gun, glad you're enjoying it.
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#4 Post by JRD » Tue May 21, 2019 2:45 pm

Not cowardly at all- smart.

I've done the same thing myself for the inaugural shot through older guns. I wouldn't fire the first shot at all if it was sketchy, but if all looks good, fire the first shot from a sandbag rest and check the brass. If the brass looks normal, then I proceed with holding the gun.

Keep up the progress reports. I like seeing them.

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#5 Post by GunnyMack » Tue May 21, 2019 6:15 pm

No cowardice at all, that is the smart thing to do!

What kind of solder did you use? Silver solder is the ticket. Although if there is heat treated parts involved then you will not be able to use the silver solder. Not exactly sure of what & how you need to attach but it could be possible to use JB Weld ?
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#6 Post by Ysabel Kid » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:00 pm

GunnyMack wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 6:15 pm
No cowardice at all, that is the smart thing to do!
Agreed. That is just being SMART!

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Re: "Call me a coward..."

#7 Post by piller » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:20 pm

There is no cowardice involved in protecting your eyesight and keeping your fingers. I have seen a few examples of cowardice. Cowardice often looks like stupidity, but by those who really should know better.
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