Originally Posted by Axxe55
i think our interests in guns also drive what we seek out to buy sometimes as well. sometimes i think many of us also buy something we like, simply because there happened to be a good deal on it.
here's another question. how many buy a gun simply for a project they have in mind?
or buy one that might be cosmetically or mechanically challenged to refinish or repair and refurbish it?
i know i have bought several in poor cosmetic shape, that with little money in materials and some labor, have brought them back to looking and working great.
i have even bought a few new, just for a project i had in mind for them.
Much too often. But not refurbish in my case. I tend to go for full blown custom jobs. I really enjoy taking a wall hanger of some type and breathing new life into it. My last/current project probably hadn't been shot in recent memory. So a basket case resurection.
I have a real tendency to have more projects going than I can finish in a reasonable time. I'll take some picts of my "bikers shotgun" as an example. Old beat Winchester mod 37a, I shortened the barrel, bobbed the stock to a mares leg, shortened the forearm to keep the proportions right and am adding a vent rib and dual beads. The rib is purely for a local ordinance against "sawed off shotguns". Its legal both in length of barrel(18") and OAL(27") but its a sawed off unless it has a bead sight or a vent rib. So I'm adding both. the short mares leg gets me around the "pistol grip" part of the law. Cylinder bore with one h^&l of a kick. Still working to lower/smooth/dehorn the barrel break lever to keep it from biting into my thumb again. Took a bloody bite out of me when I proof tested with a 3" buckshot load.
The gun started me thinking when I saw it. The action was tight but the forearm was cracked and missing the guard plate. The front bead was missing and the stock was missing ~2" at its toe. It wasn't worth fixing for the resale value ~$150 in good shape. Its a common 37a in 12 gauge not the high dollar collectable red letter mod 37 in a rare gauge. I got it for $50 out the door and was going to part it down, but something made me take another look. Cost me ~$30 for a aluminum forearm guard and a generic vent rib, plus my time so far. Way too much time.
I was thinking about the short sawed off from the mad max movie. Double barrel is cool but I had an inexpensive break action in front of me. So a new time waster was born. Im thinking about some type of sling or sheath to throw it over my shoulder when I ride. Maybe some nice paracord with a few spare shells looped into it. Makes a nice addition to my bugout rig, the road warrior rides again....
I've had a few offers on it from people who have seen it at the shop, when I'm working on it. Both in excess of the $150 I think it was worth in "fixed" original shape. But I'm just not interested in selling it yet. I guess I'm not done playing with my new toy yet.....
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