Saturday, April 9, 2016

View from the Road

My trip to the airgun show in Findlay, Ohio was foiled today.  Heading west from Akron, the conditions were getting worse with each passing mile.  After twenty miles, it was obvious it was going to be three-plus-hours of white knuckle driving each way.  Dejectedly, I turned around and headed home.  Hope everyone who can make it has a great time.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Crosman Model 130 (Metal pump Handle) Disassembly

Hey, remember me? Yeah, I used to blog about air guns before I ran out of space and money, as well as all the air guns available in the valley... Well my buddy Kent came across this Model 130 in a barn and it needed resealing so here I am again. I previously covered the earlier version of the 130 so it will be neat to see the differences.DSCF3934DSCF3938DSCF3940
In good shape but it appears some shade-tree mechanic has been at the innards…
That does not bode well…
That hole should be for adjusting hammer spring tension, but only on guns with a knock-open valve, on this model I suspect it’s what they had on hand?DSCF3944
A lot of scratched around the roll pin…DSCF3946DSCF3948DSCF3949DSCF3950
The bolt screw hole had a burr on it that prevented it from coming out until I deburred it.
It looks like they tried to use a tire patch to seal the transfer port. Not the best idea.DSCF3957DSCF3958DSCF3960DSCF3964DSCF3967
This is going to be a pain. The other 130 had an o-ring instead of a pump cup. I’ll have to try and press the brass ring out and modify a 1377 pump cup. Or I’ll machine a new one…DSCF3968DSCF3969DSCF3974DSCF3975DSCF3976DSCF3980
Roll pins only come out one way. Well they come out both ways but one does less damage.
A nice oval piece of spring keeps the trigger from slopping around.DSCF3983DSCF3985DSCF3990
The mechanic inserted a flat piece of rubber between the hammer and the blow off valve because he had no idea how the gun worked.DSCF3991
Notice the dents on the valve spacer.DSCF3997DSCF4002

Now to clean and reseal, hopefully soon.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Belgian Hy-Score Again.

I know I haven't posted much lately.  Been working on projects here and there, but given how much Nick and I have already covered, nothing has felt "blog worthy".  Guess I'm saying I haven't broken any new ground in a while.

This doesn't break any new ground either, but its just such a nice little gun, I wanted  needed to show it off again.  It's the old Belgian Hy-Score.  Recently cleaned it up a bit more and gave it a few coats of Arrow Wood Finish.    Put it right on top of the old finish and burnished it in with bare hands.  The patina of the rifle is still there, but warmer and better protected.  The grain stands out a bit more, too.

There's still a plan kicking around to make a new trigger.  Mentioned before that the trigger really needs another 1/2" or so of set-back.  Guess that'll also entail a new trigger guard.

Still on a sling kick, the slender 22mm (7/8") sling mounts from the HW35E finally found the right home.  They look exactly right on the old girl.

Even the front barrel band was a good fit.

Finding the right 7/8" sling was the hardest part.  This isn't exactly the place for a two point black nylon Magpul.  A trip to Dick's Gun Room did the trick.  They had a nice selection of leather slings taken off trade-in rifles. 

Digging through the options yielded an old 7/8" George Lawrence Co. #5 military sling.  A few minutes with some Sno-Seal leather conditioner, pure beeswax, and a heat gun on low had it looking like a million bucks.

Thanks for checking in.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

11th Annual Flag City Toys that Shoot

The Flag City Toys that Shoot Airgun show is on Saturday, April 9th in Findlay, Ohio.  New, used, modern, vintage, cool, weird.  But most of all--FUN.  This show has it all!

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

New Trigger Guard for the CP1-M Pistol

My single biggest complaint about the CP1-M pistol centered around the "too small for my finger" trigger guard.   Found some time this week to do something about it.

Started with a chunk of 6061 aluminum. 

At 0.625" thick it was too wide to fit the inletting in the grip. 

 I milled down to ( I think) 0.550".

It was the right size when it just fit into the wood.

Winging it with the layout.  Nothing new there.  There's a bit of stock to hog out.

To get the stock out quickly, I drilled a 1" diameter hole.

Followed by a 7/8" hole.  This removed about 80% of the material.

Scratched some lines to connect the holes and swapped milling vises to one with a different base.  As the guard will have a tapered slot,  I needed the ability to swivel the vise. 

Milled out the web between the holes.

Had some concerns about the guard collapsing and binding the milling cutter as the last of the web was removed.  Went easy on the vise clamping pressure and took lighter cuts to compensate.  Note the metal left at the extreme right for support.  It was later removed with a hacksaw.

Milled a slot in the top of the guard for the trigger blade.  The slot has to be both centered and have the correct clearances to fit around the trigger block.  The sides of this slot block in the trigger pivot pins to prevent them from walking out.

And a relief slot for the sear.

Milled some angles into the guard to lose excess metal and make it marginally less "blocky".

Hand filed the curve at the top to fit into the front of the inletting.


 Test fit. 

Used a transfer punch through this hole to locate the 5mm mounting screw location.

Drilled for the aforementioned screw.   Not shown:  Turned the guard over, lined up the hole again and drilled a counterbore for the head of a M5 SHCS.  (that's a Socket Head Cap Screw)

 More shaping.  Less blocky.

About done.  Here's the counterbore.  Started to deburr the edges.  Needs some sanding and spit and polish.

Obviously, it's not a full wrap guard.

A bit chunky, but it'll work.  Besides, all the metal in the front is hollow for the mounting screw

 Some milling marks.

You can see the trigger housing nested in the oval slot.

After more sanding, blending, edge relief then a light bead blast.

Gave it a shot of black epoxy paint.  It's a pretty close cosmetic match to the anodized breech.

Much, much more comfortable now to shoot.  Instead of being annoyed by the guard, I can focus on the dot alignment.  I see a few areas for improvement (which were ignored while rushing to get it done) that I may revisit--if I can talk myself into stripping the finish.

Thanks for checking in.  More soon.