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I went to a yard sale yesterday. I had been texting back and forth with a guy that has a bunch of antique pistols. He has like 50 of them. I went to his house for his yard sale. He only had 4 junk pistols at the sale. I bought 3 of them for $5 each!!! Two of the guns were complete. The third one is missing the trigger assembly and guard. The two 1900s both had broken hammers. I know I can get a new one for $22.95. But I decided to try my wire feed welder on it.

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The gun in the post above that is in the middle is the one I am working on. It was complete. It had a broken hammer and a barrel that was totally plugged with cobwebs, leaves and dirt. I was able to clean it up and clear the barrel. The barrel had some rust in it. But it was actually in better shape than I expected. Some minor pitting, but the rifling is still good. I welded a new firing pin on the end of the hammer. I put a primer in a 32 acp case. I put the hammer and spring back together and installed the cylinder. I pulled the hammer back...bang! I did it 4 times. The first 3 punctured the primers. I used some 600 grit paper to remove the burrs and soften the point. The 4th primer worked great and did not puncture. I am going to go get some naval jelly and soak the parts and barrel before I do anything else. I believe I may actually have a $5 shooter!

This is a pic of the hammer I welded on. It is not perfect. But I will do some smoothing and polishing on it later. I guess I am going to be handloading another caliber.

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The bottom gun in the pic is also complete. It too has a broken hammer. But this one in a 32 rimfire. Idon't know where in the world I will ever find 32 rimfire ammo for it. So I am going to modify the frame a little and put a firing pin like I put on the other one. It should be easy to convert to center fire. That gun has something wrong internally. It will lock up the cylinder when you pull the hammer back. But the cylinder will spin freely both directions when the hammer is down. It should only spin one way. I would not be too surprised if it is just full of gunk and crap like the one I am working on now.

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With the top gun in the pic I may just use it as a display or piece of art if you will. I may get some parts or may not. I found an old ad for the gun from back in 1907. Might be cool to just print out the ad and mount the gun and the ad in a small wooden display box. It is amazing what some people will pay for stupid crap like that.

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The guy sent me a photo of his collection. He has 52 revolvers. They are all turn of the century 1875-1920. I am going to try to buy a few more from him. He has some Ethan Allen 22 short revolvers too. I think I can buy them for about $15 to $20 each. He wants to get rid of them all.

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Well I got the rust cleaned out. The barrel is in great shape. The frame looks strong. Very little pitting. But the finish is pretty much gone. It was nickel. I am thinking about striping the nickel off and bluing the whole gun. It is not really worth anything anyway. In very good condition it would only be worth around $100 - $150. For $5 I think I am way ahead of the game.

Any opinions? Should I blue it or leave it crappy looking?

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You should send it to me! Lol awesome deals. I would maybe just do a bake on or stay finish. However blue would look pretty good if it would turn out.

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I think I will blue it. But it will have to wait. I am on my last day of vacation. And the garage/workshop is a mess. Too many projects going on.

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Well if fired my first round out of the gun yesterday. It was a lot of work for one round because I don't have dies or molds for 32 S&W. I have a bunch of 8mm lead bullets that I molded years ago but don't shoot any more. I took a pair of lineman's pliers and cut off the end of one. It was 180 grains to start with. I cut it down to 85 grains. I then put it in my lube-a-matic and ran it down to .313. It formed a rounds nose and smoothed the back where I clipped it. Then I primed a 32 acp case. I put .8 grain of HP-38 in the case. Then I seated the bullet with a pair of channel locks. I crimped it using a 7.62x39 crimping die. I used the pushing part of a .309 Lee sizer to push the cartridge up into the die. I put a couple of large washers on the Lee pusher to activate the crimp die. Hey it worked. I am going to check the local pawn shop today to see if I can find the proper dies.

This was a lot of work. But when you have a 100 year old gun calling to be shot...you do what you have to do.

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