Guns & Dremels

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by NGIB, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    On one of the local GA gun forums there's a lot of drama happening regarding an XDm that was "tweaked" then traded. It appears the original owner took a dremel to it to "polish" the fire control group parts and basically made the gun unsafe. He then traded it off without disclosing the "gunsmithing" that was done. Folks, a simple rule is a dremel does not belong in the same room as ANY firearm. Word to the wise folks, look for signs of home "repair" or "upgrades" when you are considering a gun purchase...
     
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    NEVER EVER do anything on a firearm with a dremel......

    Classic case of "I HAS DREMEL I'S BE GUMSMIFTH".....
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Good "Heads up". Thanks.
     
  4. kdog

    kdog Member

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    I wouldn`t put that down for everything.

    # 1
    It always depends, if you know what you are doing, or not. If not, don`t do it!

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    I don`t see any major problem on using a Dremel on non critical parts. I for instance used mine to do the fional job when grinding my trigger. But that was the trigger itself, not the mechanism inside.
    Works pretty good.

    # 3
    see # 1
    If oyu don`t know, what you are doing, don`t do it!
     
  5. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    I use a dremil to hog out the wood on stocks I'm going to piller bed and glass bed, polishing flat springs using a cotton bob and polishing compound. I never use on on critical peices like a sear or hammer, those I stone.
    F.K.
     
  6. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    I thought Dremels were invented by real gunsmiths as a job security measure.;)
     
  7. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I've seen a LOT of guns screwed up by idiots with Dremels. If a person has to ask about using a Dremel on something, he has NO business even picking up the Dremel. Having said that, I used to completely wear out 3-4 Dremels a year before I retired.
     
  8. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Ha ha ha ha ha!

    Totally in agreeance........only use a Dremel if you know what you are doing!
     
  9. Mack Bolan

    Mack Bolan New Member

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    guns and dremels...
    guns and dremels....

    go together like dogs and kennels....

    if you must remove that nuuuuumberrrrrr.....
    dont use one without the.... otherrrrr. :D

    (We all know this is a joke not a recommendation, just a limerick modification for humor, sing to your hearts desire, just dont ever do something stupid like putting a dremel to anything engraved on a gun part.)
     
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  10. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    But, but, but i really wanted a stainless slide on my black & OD XD. :(
     
  11. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    I've polished bolts with a dremel... Hmm... Maybe I shouldn't have.:eek:
     
  12. superc

    superc Member

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    Except when you yourself are who messed up the engraving YOU made of your driver's license #, or how your name is spelled. :)
     
  13. hydrashok

    hydrashok New Member

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    A dremel is one of the handiest tools I have!

    I once removed a bur from the ratchet of a Rossi .357 because it would hang up while firing DA. I would also use a cotton bob and polishing compound to slick up the sides of the trigger group on some "less expensive" revolvers to get rid of the "sand in the teeth" feel...

    ...besides, what ELSE am I supposed to use to grind off serial numbers of guns I get from my more scrupulous customers??? :D (Kidding, KIDDING!!!)
     
  14. Ruzai

    Ruzai New Member

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    Dremels have caused just as many problems as they have solved. Dremel's are like a gun in a certain respect. Either in the hands of a moron or unsteady hands can end horribly, on the other hand in the hands of a comptent steady handed person it can come out with a wonderful result. I use a dremel on some things, but I never work on anyone else's guns with the dremel if I can help it. regardless of what I'm working on I'm extra careful because I know how easily it is to screw something up. I've never worked on any critical parts with a dremel, that's reserved for hand work because I always want to do it right and not cut corners (metaphorically and litterally).
     
  15. PTsouthpaw

    PTsouthpaw New Member

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    I think there is something to be said for using a dremel on SOME parts of a gun...like the stock. My aftermarket 10/22 stock was tight in the magwell area, so i hit it with a few passes from the sanding barrel. I don't consider this at all risking the integrity or safety of the weapon, and it solved the problem. I know my limitations, and would never consider using my dremel on internal parts. just my $.02.
     
  16. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    I once tried to polish some stainless with a dremel. I was very dissapointed in my dremel abilities. I put it away and have not used it since.

    Dremel in the hands of an amatuer = disaster if you ask me. Kinda like Nike but different....just don't do it.
     
  17. lkd

    lkd New Member

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    I have a Dremel that I use appropriately. Nothing more to say about that.

    I think the key message here is the old adage: A Fool with a Tool is still a Fool.