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My project - Gun out of skip

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by chris_1982, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. chris_1982

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    Final complete picture here:
    http://www.heritagelighting.co.uk/index_files/gun/gundone.jpg



    You may remember the thread about my gun i was given out of a skip:eek:, a bsa mercury. here are some pictures of its progress.


    This is the condition which the gun was in when i recieved it, pretty good although there were a few things to correct. The stock had a varnished finish which was showing significant wear, with plenty of small dents, the sights had bits missing and the barrel was scratched. It was also stuck in the cocked position and was seized.

    http://www.heritagelighting.co.uk/index_files/gun/originalcond.jpg

    I took the gun to a gun smith who repaired the jammed piston. He replaced the spring, piston head, piston buffer washer and breech seal, the gun now fired at least:cool:

    so i started sanding the stock with medium coarse sand paper followed by grade 0 wire wool

    http://www.heritagelighting.co.uk/index_files/gun/gunsanded.jpg

    I then stained the wood with walnut stain from my local gun shop and let it to dry, it take about 5 coats to get the colour i wanted, you have to water down the mix and do it in stages, letting each dry ou before re-applying

    http://www.heritagelighting.co.uk/index_files/gun/staindrying.jpg

    Once stained i rubbed over with the wire wool as the grain had lifted causing a rough feel.

    The next stage involved rubbing in the oil, i was told to use linseed oil but couldn't find any, so i used teak.

    http://www.heritagelighting.co.uk/index_files/gun/firstoilcoat.jpg


    whilst waiting for the oil to dry i took a look at the metalwork on the gun, some wear marks were visible but not enough for me to bother with re-bluing. I used black smooth hammerite as the areas were small.

    http://www.heritagelighting.co.uk/index_files/gun/gunpainted.jpg



    Next step, repairing the gun sights....:)
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2007
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    Links don't seem to be images. :confused:
     
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    yes chris sort it out I am looking forward to seeing them.
     
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    They work fine for me !!...and nice work too, except I have to say I don't like the painted metalwork, cold bluing would have been the better option in my opinion....but hey..it ain't my gun !!!
     
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    What browser are you using.. ?
     
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    Ah they work in IE :D
     
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    You mean there's another ??? LOL

    Yes IE6
     
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    The paint i've used on the gun is only about a milimetre on the ends, just where it was worn. 99.9% of the gun is original paint. Dont forget this is a 1976-78 gun so it wont ever look perfect unless i have it dipped.
     
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    Im liking the stock mate!:D good job
     
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    looking very good chris good job.
     
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    way to resurrect :up:
     
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    good job mate!:up:
     
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    Nice looking gun Chris welldone. It's always more enjoyable when you can see the results of your own labours.
     
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    well done you have saved your self a few quid doing the stock your self.
     
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    wheres the pictures ?
     
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    Look at the date.
     

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