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Old 05-20-2008, 06:17 PM
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Fitting a mag well, advanced.......pics!!!

First pic shows measuring the gap between mag well and bottom of frame. This one was a bit worse than most. Gap is .017".



Turning a pin plug from a bar of stainless steel.



Plug silver soldered in place.



Location is altered by .017" and the new hole is counterbored, drilled and reamed.





No more gaps!





Roughing out the frame. This pistol will be fit with both the mag well and with a standard mainspring housing shown in place.



Drilling the pin hole for the recessed lanyard loop.



I'll be posting more pics in a reply as the project develops.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:18 PM
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Lanyard pocket milled.
Golfballing completed.



Flat bottomed hole cut into each side. Two stainless pins turned on lathe. Will be press fit into the holes and machined to provide a tight fit with the frame.



Pins finished. Ribs peened and fitted.



The visible porosity in the silver solder around the pin hole, only extends to where it filled the original, exterior chamfer.

Now this mag well fits the frame with no play in any direction. Milling and finishing of the internal funnel can begin.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:19 PM
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As rough machined.



After contouring with an 1/8" diamond cut carbide burr in a Dremel.



Finished!







Same frame with the fitted standard mainspring housing.



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Old 05-20-2008, 06:24 PM
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Outstanding. I learn something everytime I click one of your threads.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:39 PM
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Tagged for the rest! Nice work Chuck, very cool peak into how you do it.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:32 PM
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I've got a couple S&A magwells that need the hole shifted...

thanks for the tutorial
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:27 PM
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Man, I wish that I had all the machines to do that, Only hand files and a Dremmel. Great work in showing us how you work Chuck. Very informative and thankyou for showing us on how it is done.

Great job and best regards,
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:58 PM
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:03 AM
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Man, I wish that I had all the machines to do that, Only hand files and a Dremmel. Great work in showing us how you work Chuck. Very informative and thankyou for showing us on how it is done.

Great job and best regards,
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:32 PM
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:13 PM
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Are you still not accepting work Chuck?
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:35 PM
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Awesome work, Chuck. Do you ever plan on taking small work again? Such as front straps and MSH work?
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:50 PM
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I am not currently accepting any new work.
I may do an 'open batch' of golfballing in the future.
I will continue to support vetted customers.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:44 PM
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Wowzers! Awesome work.
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:21 AM
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I don't know how much you get for one of those 'Full House" builds but I doubt it's enough. Chuck your work is outstanding. I hope you don't tire of hearing it. Thanks for taking the time to post pics like this. I love to see yours and Bob's "How to" posts!

I worked at Boeing for 17yrs in QA and I never saw work that good coming off our machines. Obviously there is an awful lot of skill behind yours. Anyone can buy one, few can use them well.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:47 AM
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Why Pins

What was the reason for the pins in the side of the MSH? Also if you don't mind me asking, how did you do the golf ball treatment, a drill or a ball nose end mill of some special make? I would love to see a picture of your complite shop layout, with all the machines and stuff. Like everyone sayes, VERY nice work, I can only wish.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:17 AM
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awesum chuck, as always,when you fit a front dove tail sight can you show us how its done. thanks jim
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:46 AM
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Chuck,

Fantastic pictorial!

Another prime example of incredible attention to detail. No doubt the paycheck won't come close to matching the effort, but you can rest easy knowing you did your best.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:55 AM
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No doubt the paycheck won't come close to matching the effort, but you can rest easy knowing you did your best.
1. Bob - Takes one to know one!

2. Chuck - That is simply incredible work. Not sure I've ever seen the dual MSH/magwell setup, and wondered how the fitting for the magwell would look with a "regular" MSH. The answer, of course, is that they both look like they were the only approach, and perfect.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:03 AM
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Unbelievable attention to detail. I am thinking many pistolsmiths would bend the legs down to meet the frame or explain to the customer he would have to live with the gap. This is the way it should be done, incredible work.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:17 AM
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I don't see what all the yapping is about. I could do that with a Black & Decker drill and a file.

(NOT!... the only thing I could make with a milling machine is scrap. And a broken machine. Must be nice. You need to work on that photography, though.)

Beautiful. I love these instructional threads.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:23 PM
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Chuck,
I've waited a bit to "digest" these pics before I run my yap. Quite possibly the smoothest S&A magwell I have ever laid eyes on. I would hate to imagine the number of hours spent on this one, although every painstaking minute is apparent.

Whaddya say fellas...a write-in campaign in November? Chuck Rogers for Prez !!!!
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