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Forum: Range Reports Today, 02:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By megafiddle
There's a good possibility that the target photo...

There's a good possibility that the target photo was rotated in the post (notice the target labeling).

The shots would then be too low, not too towards the right.

Nice shooting though!

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Forum: General Gun Discussion Today, 01:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,473
Posted By megafiddle
That is likely due to a legal requirement. They...

That is likely due to a legal requirement. They cannot show a price lower than the Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) set by an agreement among the sellers.

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Forum: Colt Today, 12:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 529
Posted By megafiddle
I'm not sure if manufacturer's know what...

I'm not sure if manufacturer's know what "classic" means anymore.

When S&W came out with their full length underlug 629, they called that one the "classic".

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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-13-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By megafiddle
I have a 4" Record, Sheffield England vise. Good...

I have a 4" Record, Sheffield England vise. Good quality, and good size for pistol work.

For small parts, tool makers vises (screwless vises) are very useful. These can be held in a larger vise...
Forum: Colt 07-11-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By megafiddle
Is it just the top round in a full magazine that...

Is it just the top round in a full magazine that will not feed when using the slide stop?

If so, it could be due to an overly stiff magazine spring, or insufficient clearance for higher than...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-11-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 673
Posted By megafiddle
The lugs can be protected from collapsing by...

The lugs can be protected from collapsing by placing a snug fitting feeler gauge leaf between the link and the inside of the lugs.

The support needs to be as massive as possible for those really...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-10-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 591
Posted By megafiddle
Use a cutoff wheel if you have it. Spring wire...

Use a cutoff wheel if you have it. Spring wire will dent the edges of diagonal cutters.

Cutting a couple coils off of a govt length recoil spring is common practice for use in commander size guns...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-09-2020, 02:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 369
Posted By megafiddle
The hammer relief looks good. Brownells...

The hammer relief looks good.

Brownells Oxpho-Blue can be used to produce a nice blue finish on smooth surfaces.

I have polished and cold blued many small parts with Oxpho-Blue. The color...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-08-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,042
Posted By megafiddle
In that case, not the frame ramp then, unless out...

In that case, not the frame ramp then, unless out of spec.

Still, a .125" gap is not normal. The barrel only has about .020' of vertical movement off of the frame bed within the slide. That is not...
Forum: Revolvers 07-08-2020, 11:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,125
Posted By megafiddle
Your top strap looks like that of a new gun. ...

Your top strap looks like that of a new gun.

Very nice find!

If it has been shot, it hasn't been much. Easily remedied though, with a few trips to the range.

Enjoy it

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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-07-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,042
Posted By megafiddle
.125" between top of frame ramp and bottom of...

.125" between top of frame ramp and bottom of barrel ramp is not normal.

You may have a 9mm frame.

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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-07-2020, 11:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By megafiddle
It is possible to insert the slide stop and miss...

It is possible to insert the slide stop and miss the link hole, but the gun will not operate properly. The link is essential to properly linking the barrel up into battery, and down out of battery.
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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-07-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By megafiddle
The mainspring cap and mainspring housing pin...

The mainspring cap and mainspring housing pin retainer are also different (larger diameter and shorter).

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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-05-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By megafiddle
That would make it more difficult to determine...

That would make it more difficult to determine what could be happening.

Is this with the thumb safety plunger and spring removed?

Without the plunger and spring, the thumb safety can flip up...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-05-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By megafiddle
The Ed Brown rebuild kit does not include a...

The Ed Brown rebuild kit does not include a recoil spring.

But the officer's kit has mainspring parts that won't fit a govt or commander size gun.

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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-04-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By megafiddle
It does sound like then, that the thumb safety...

It does sound like then, that the thumb safety shaft is becoming misaligned (cocked) when fully installed. In other words, with the thumb safety plate in its normal position against the side of the...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-04-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By megafiddle
More information about the thumb safety would be...

More information about the thumb safety would be helpful.

If it's a split shaft that interlocks within the frame and grip safety, the shaft may be becoming cocked while in the safe position.

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Forum: Revolvers 07-04-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 558
Posted By megafiddle
Some sellers might want to avoid building up a...

Some sellers might want to avoid building up a "ring" on the cylinder caused by the cylinder lock dragging on it while dry firing. This is a more common policy with guns in pristine condition,...
Forum: USGI/Foreign Military and other Vintage 1911s 07-03-2020, 11:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,069
Posted By megafiddle
It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the...

It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the "J" may not be worn. It may just be that the flat slide surface and stamping recess have a uniform finish of corrosion. The overall stamping still looks...
Forum: Revolvers 07-03-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 558
Posted By megafiddle
I would also check for lateral looseness of the...

I would also check for lateral looseness of the cylinder yoke (crane). There should be just a barely perceptible movement of the front of the cylinder side to side while locked. (depends on the...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 07-03-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By megafiddle
Is this a split shaft ambi safety that joins...

Is this a split shaft ambi safety that joins together within the frame and grip safety?

If so, were both ambi safety halves installed when using it only as a pivot?

Also, does the grip safety...
Forum: Rock Island Armory 07-01-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 212
Posted By megafiddle
What's involved with fitting an ambi safety on...

What's involved with fitting an ambi safety on that gun?

If the only modification to the gun itself is a relief cut in the right grip panel, a replacement set of grip panels can be modified (if...
Forum: Parts and Accessories Bin 06-30-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By megafiddle
Those aren't steel. -

Those aren't steel.

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Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 06-27-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 619
Posted By megafiddle
The cutter pilot and bushing can measure .198" to...

The cutter pilot and bushing can measure .198" to .1985". So it can leave a bit more remaining on the lower lug than one might expect.

I add a shim to the upper lug barrel recess to lower the...
Forum: Gunsmithing & Troubleshooting 06-27-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By megafiddle
That's all I do, remove machining marks, and then...

That's all I do, remove machining marks, and then fine abrasive blast it. The matte finish shows bullet impacts well for evaluating feeding.

I use a 1/2" acetyl rod wrapped with 320 paper. The end...
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