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Offline Old Ford2

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Re: Rear Sight From a Railroad Spike, made with hand tools
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2014, 03:16:48 PM »
The mottled look seems as though in came through a fire.
Looks great!
Please tell us more.
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Re: Rear Sight From a Railroad Spike, made with hand tools
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2014, 06:49:41 PM »
The barrel is charcoal blued in a fire using Jerry H.'s methods modified for a firepit. I will post more about that when I post pics of the gun.

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Re: Rear Sight From a Railroad Spike, made with hand tools
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2014, 07:35:33 PM »
   I'll be looking forward to seeing the gun .....Thanks.       AL
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Re: Rear Sight From a Railroad Spike, made with hand tools
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2014, 10:40:09 PM »
great job on the sights, I thought I saw smoke in your direction, how long did it take to get the courage to put that barrel in the fire?
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Re: Rear Sight From a Railroad Spike, made with hand tools
« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2014, 06:33:34 AM »
Paul, not long, only about six months or so, lol!  I practiced with the trigger plate and screws first, they turned out well so that encouraged my to try the barrel.

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Re: Rear Sight From a Railroad Spike, made with hand tools
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2014, 07:58:19 AM »
I forge my sight blanks out of wrought iron scrap.   That way there is no cutting, just filing.    Just forge out a strip the right width and thickness, then do a 90 bend in the end of the bar and do a hot cut about an inch back.    It takes two heats, one if you are very efficient with your strokes.   I make as many as I can get out of the bar and put them in a drawer for later use.