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Offline JasonR

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Pistol for friend
« on: November 18, 2023, 02:13:32 AM »
Hi all. Attaching a few photos of my latest project. Was delivered today as surprise gift to my long time mentor and former Marine, Bill Staats of Belleville, WV.  Bill is in poor health, so I hope it brings him some joy.

Special thanks to "Blacksmoke" Hugh Toenjes for the attractive curly maple stock from 2018. Other parts: Rice 8" straight .45cal, Chambers late Ketland lock, brass I swaged out - some with guidance from the kindly George Suiter. I did battle with that trigger guard, cut and swaged it from 1/8" sheet stock and soldered on the front extension to fit into the stock. BC Super Blue rubbed back with maroon Scotchbright. Permalyn sealer after staining. Fairly firm burnishing with a little washboarding. Minimal carving except for moulding. 5 or 6 layers Chambets Oil then Renaissance Wax. Will strive for cleaner engraving lines in future but standing was a challenge; finally had back surgery today so I needed to get it to Bill before being down.













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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2023, 02:22:19 AM »
Hi Jason,
Well done and good on you!!!  The greatest joy I know in gun making is helping to make or making a gun for a friend as a gift or to fulfill a need. It is a way to use your skills to help as you can.  Nice pistol and I am sure it will bring great joy to the owner.

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2023, 02:29:53 AM »
Nice! hope you both are on the mend!

Offline dadybear1

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2023, 04:00:15 AM »
VERY NICE, JASON.. 

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2023, 04:55:56 AM »
Excellent build, your friend will be pleased and proud.

Offline JBulitz

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2023, 07:07:04 AM »
Your engraving has a distinctive style I like, particularly around the tang bolt (and especially considering your back challeges).  A gift for a mentor is a special thing in itself, looks great!
« Last Edit: November 18, 2023, 07:10:13 AM by JBulitz »
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2023, 08:35:12 AM »
Well done Jason - he'll love it, I'm sure.
Daryl

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2023, 05:02:11 PM »
 Very nice job, looks Great, the lock inlet really caught my eye, it is very well done, a place for everything. Nice tribute too.

    Tim C.
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2023, 06:00:29 PM »
I love it, great job.
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2023, 06:46:29 PM »
Great job. Great project.
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2023, 11:16:30 PM »
What a wonderful gift!
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Offline JasonR

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2023, 12:20:41 AM »
Thanks for the kind remarks. Definitely brought a smile to his face.

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2023, 12:06:43 PM »
Very good work! But the religious reference ruined it for me.

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2023, 01:15:47 PM »
Nicely done, I suspect your friend will love it.
Dennis
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2023, 04:25:26 PM »
Very good work! But the religious reference ruined it for me.
From a historical point of view, this was not uncommon to see on original pieces.

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2023, 05:49:34 PM »
Thanks Jason for documenting your build with such good pictures, that inspire us rookies. I appreciate all your evident handwork, lovingly motivated for a friend.  I also like the scripture reference that fits the historical cultural context, and needs our remembrance today.

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2023, 02:06:47 AM »
very nice Jason, the pics were also great.         Steve

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2023, 01:57:50 PM »
I commend you in bringing some Joy to a friend, with generosity and skill.
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2023, 01:30:31 AM »
How did you make the screw recess for the two side plate screws?

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2023, 01:36:37 PM »
How did you make the screw recess for the two side plate screws?

Not sure how he did his but I cut mine using a 2 flute end mill in my Jet Bench milling/drilling machine. You might get by using a drill press if you take it slow and careful. Years ago I had a chuck come off a drill press while I was milling some aluminium with it. Kind of scary with that sharp endmill and chuck flying off, climing the wall then dancing around my legs when it hit the floor. Believe you me I was also dancing around trying to get away from it!
Dennis
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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2023, 12:08:20 AM »
Dennis, I had the same thing happen. It's an eye opener to say the least. There's just too much vibration for a drill press.

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Re: Pistol for friend
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2024, 10:10:52 PM »
I really like it.  I know your friend will understand the heart put into it as well.   God Bless,   Marc