Originally Posted by Highpower
Did you spend any time working on the magazine release? That is my only complaint about the stock pistols. Both of mine required a 2 thumb death grip on the release button to start
to release the magazine, and then I had to drag
them out of the gun. Even then the mags would only release from the left side.
Now they will both freely
drop the magazines with a single finger push from either side. Almost makes it a totally different gun when you can easily
change the mags.
I understand the experimenting though. This is one of my Enfields that I refinished a couple years ago with "tool black". Not exactly bluing, and not exactly parkerizing - but it is a black oxide process that can be done cold. It holds an oil film pretty well, but not quite as well as parkerizing. Although a good part of that is because I bead blasted the gun instead of using aluminum oxide media.
Perhaps you might consider a "clear coat" (Gun Kote) to protect the metal and yet retain your look? Just thinking out loud....
Your CZ is very nice! Is that a Dura-Coat finish of some type? Anyway, to answer your question regarding the mag release button.. Of all the parts of putting this pistol back together, the mag release was the worse part for me to figure out. The guide that I was using gave great detail instructions on how to "tear down" the gun but lacked a bit in it's rebuild portion.. I'd neglected to take pictures at key points of the process (which did not help matters any) and at one point thought I'd lost a piece..
I think what helped was that I cleaned up the parts as I went which I believe made the gun much smoother operating after it was all back together. The mag button only needs one thumb to operate and my magazines drop freely once the button's been pushed..
I wish I could blow up your Enfield photo.. That looks like a very nice job as well.. I'll have to upload some of the pictures of the ones that I've done.. I'm even restoring a grenade launching model that "had" the wire wrapped on it. I found the exact gage of copper wire and plan to re-wrap it and solder it just as it was done originally (only slightly cleaner
I blue all of my Enfields rather than try and mimic the grease paint that had been used on the older ones. I do suppose I could Dura-Coat them which would be closer to the original but I love the blued steel look.