Monday, August 24, 2015

Adapting a Lee Enfield Parker Hale stock to a martini henry

I tried to find a stock for my Martini Henry rifle but the prices were more than i was willing to pay
so i decided to try to Adapt a Lee Enfield Parker Hale stock to my martini henry there still lots around
and the price's are still quite low I don't know if it will work or not but i will try.

The stocks a bit wider than the martini frame so i will have to trim it

 The Parker Hale stock above has a bump that would need to be removed for the lever to close properly.

 The barrel I'm using is a 26" A.G.Parker .303 barrel that's been converted to a .22 the barrel drops right in the front hand guard but it will need to be cut off where the old lee enfield action used to be.The martini and the lee Enfield both use a 1"x14tpi thread so the .303 Lee Enfield barrels will fit the martini actions with only minor modification.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1851 colt revolver

This is my original 1851 colt black powder pistol in .38 calibre the timing was off when i got the gun,meaning the cylinder did not line up with the barrel.
Usually it means the hand below is worn the top one was the original and the one on the bottom  is from a
modern Italian made gun i had to grind off the small raised area near the bottom where the hand attaches to the hammer.

                                       1851 antique colt and Italian made interchangeable parts?
Most of the Italian made uberti small parts of the guns will interchange with the antique guns some with minor modifications some will just drop in.except for the screws they are metric

Someone nickle plated this gun so it lost most of it's collector value i want to fix it up and use it as a occasional shooter according to the serial number this one was made in 1856.

The cylinder on the colt was also worn so i adapted one from a Italian made uberti revolver i was told it would just drop in but i found that it was about 1/8 inch too long.(i believe part of it was due to the ratchet teeth being longer than the original colt ones)so i trimmed it down on my lathe i could have draw filed it but it took only a minute to do on the lathe. i also found that i had to trim down the hand because it was now too long because the ratchet teeth on the rear of the cylinder were not in the same location as the original cylinder.
i could also have filed down the ratchet teeth but i didn't want to take the chance of ruining the timing on the

                                Here it is installed but still to be polished with emery cloth and blued

       Swapping Uberti barrels can involve fitting the arbor to the barrel sometimes.  Often the outside contour dimensions will differ at the bottom of the barrel lug at the frame not that it really matters except for looks.

 Pietta revolver parts have different dimensions than the original colt revolvers so should not be used.                                                                                                                                                         

I was able to get out today and try it out i had a couple of misfires but it seemed to be the caps i was using
when i switched to some Remington ones i had it worked a lot better. but now it looks like i need to tighten up my loading lever.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

my antique guns

Belgian made Fake Smith & Wesson .450 caliber
 my collection of antique guns
   De Aretio Vitoria  Spanish double-barreled pin fire pocket pistol ca. 1860

Belgian-made Double-Barrel Pistol,  .40 caliber Percussion. One shot per barrel. Unknown manufacture date but believed between 1850 and 1870. Pistol has the Belgian proof-mark ELG (in an oval) on the left side of pistol. Walnut grips.
I was told this gun was recently found sealed up in the wall of a home in Germany that was being renovated.
at the end of the war Germans hid the "contraband" firearms to avoid being arrested by the Allied soldiers while searching there houses. 

These are my bacon co. revolvers top is a .31 cap and ball revolver below that is a 38 rimfire revolver 3rd one down is a 6 shot 32 rimfire pocket pistol and at the bottom is a single shot 32 rimfire.