I recently got back one of my very first firearms purchases: an '80's-era CVA Kentucky Long Rifle kit. It's been sitting forgotten in storage since '88 when I left it there, unbuilt. So of course, once I verified that I had all the pieces, I built it. All of the parts fit like they should, and the mechanical stuff all does what it's supposed to do. Now my question is, should I shoot the darn thing? I've heard bits and pieces on and off over the years about older CVA barrels splitting etc, but finding out the actual dates of mfg/models affected has been like chasing ghost farts. Anyone out there with an opinion, or better yet, the real skinny?
Oh, yeah ETA: I also got back my first built BP gun, one of the CVA .36 Navy Colt replicas from the '80s. It was a solid block of rust from sitting next to the rifle kit in storage. After a couple of days bathing in a noxious pool of various solvents, I managed to get everything hammered apart, sanded down and back together. Other than what ended up being some pretty patina, everything seems solid as well. It used to be a great shooter back in my teen years when Reagan was in office. so. Ditto here, do I light off this baby, or leave it as a shop decoration?