Traditions trapper build

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by magnumman, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. magnumman

    magnumman New Member

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    My dad gave me a traditions trapper pistol kit for Christmas last year. I have always enjoyed wood working and building things so this was a great project for me. After quite a bit of fitting parts, finishing wood and steel, and trigger tuning, the project is finished..... Sort of. The dovetail for the front sight is larger that the sight itself making it a sloppy fit. Does anyone know of a way to make it a secure fit short of tac welding it in place?

    Here is what she looks like


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  2. mountainman13

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    Looks great. How's it shoot?
    A couple of taps with an awl (dimples) on the floor of the dovetail should fix the issue. If not a couple of hits with it where the edge of the dovetail meets the sight should do it.
    If it isn't too loose to sight in first I suggest you do that.
     

  3. magnumman

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    Great, thanks for the info. I will give that a try. It shoots pretty good for having a loose front sight lol.

    This is 10 yards 1 handed.

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    I shot 6 times so it isn't as great as it looks
     
  4. JayCody

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    I have always wondered about those pistols.
     
  5. magnumman

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    I'm far from an expert on this kind of gun, but it they are a really cool design. It is more ergonomic than the cane handle design of the Kentucky pistols, and the set trigger is fantastic once you get it the way you want it.
     
  6. JayCody

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    I would buy one if I knew where to shoot it I'm guessing indoor range is out of the question and I doubt my out door range would like the smoke...
     
  7. magnumman

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    I go to the game commission range up here in Pennsylvania. It isn't rare to see people shooting black powder. I don't think there in an indoor range on the planet that would let you shoot black powder.
     
  8. readygirl

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    JB Weld....? I dont know, maybe something to consider. Nice job..beautiful gun..
     
  9. readygirl

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    The LGS/Range i work at allows BP on the outdoor. In fact, Thursday evenings are primitive only....lots of fun. I have 2 BP revolvers, and a Thompson Hawken. some of them dress the part, some real charicters....lol
     
  10. mountainman13

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    Hey that's good shooting for what you're working with. What caliber is it? (.45 I assume) what size ball and thickness patch are you running? How many grains of powder? These can all be tweaked a bit to pull in the grouping.
     
  11. magnumman

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    Thank you.
     
  12. HM2Grunt

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    Looks like a real nice job. Looks like you now know what other gunsmiths have learned over the years. You can take metal off, but you can't put it back on. Why don't you buy one of those automatic center punches, or sharp pin punch. You can stipple the metal inside the bottom of the sight dove tail. This will raise the surface of the metal, and maybe get the sight tight. If it is still too loose you could opt to use a shim, or find or make another sight. You have put a lot of work into building this pistol, take you time. I think you will more be happy with your results. than welding it. I may be wrong to some, but I don't like to subject gun parts to extreme heat, before trying other things
     
  13. magnumman

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    Thank you. I plan on doing it without any modern equipment. I am going to take a punch to it to start with but it is really loose. I may have to make a new sight base if that doesn't work. I had no intention of welding it, that was me being a smart @$$. I did all of the work to this point with sandpaper, carving tools, and files. The last thing I am going to do is take a welding rod to it.
     
  14. HM2Grunt

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    Magnumman, no sweat, it's better to be a smart a**, than a dumb one. Good luck

    oh, if it is still too loose, try light taps, with a non-maring hammer over the fount and back edges of the dovetail. Baby taps, testing the fit for change as you go.
     
  15. magnumman

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    I'll give it a shot. I am on the middle of a 2 week work hitch at 12 hrs a day 7 days a week so I won't have time to work on it for a while. I just want to finally get this thing finished up so I'm doing my homework before hand.