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Old Trooper Gunsmiths LLC

SPECIALIZING IN MILITARY FIREARMS.

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Blue tank Zen.....

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM
This Is a seldom achieved phenomena. Often strove for but seldom achieved.   But to make up for the last week of floods and gunshows the gunsmithing gods and the ghosts of the many craftsman that have gone before, have smiled on me today. Certainly not the computing gods. they hate me. on the 3 rd computer of day. I was repaid for my laziness on swapping out towers. And the I pad dose not play nice..

    But last week started with a shop flood.. took several days to mop that out. Somewhere there is re hydrated cat wizz under the bench that needs to be neutralized.. But it is for the most part put back together. And of course this comes before the first gunshow of the season.. So had to pack up for that as well. Found out that little jeep trailer (M-100) works very well for a show trailer. Much to the wife's hatred of the tarp and pinnel hitch being left in the back cargo area... The show was, well... I think I spent more than we took in. My low profit margin items sold, the high profit margin stuff did not... Picked up a madi kalishnicopy for almost retail, but supposedly they needed to money.. Yeah right... Another type 99 arasaka, balester Molina. Not a bad haul on projects for resale.. Now if they would only resell...
     So my littlest shop helper and myself spent Monday unpacking and getting the shop back together. Today was the full shop day. Replaced a LCR sight, lit blue tank. Cleaned type 53 chamber, Dredged tank. Added more salts. Cleaned parts. Added more salts. More water. Dredge again. After tinkering with the sinister witches brew for several hours and about giving up on it, this happened.. For those of you who are not gunsmiths or ever had the misfortune of toying with this vile concoction . This is the ideal rolling boil with foam that the people at brownells say is "ideal". This seldom ever, EVER happens.. Pull out the parts that you have been messing with for hours with unsatisfactory results: Dark blue -black. Holy crap! Spray with finishing oil. Well, what else do I have to blue? That 03 barrel? In it goes! The pain in the ass 870? worth another shot? Yep in it goes! Those m1 carbine mags? yep...

I ran out of things to blue!

    Yes, I know for those of you sharp eyed, usually rather cynical readers. Yes that is a M1 rifle barreled receiver. I know, supposed to be parkerized... But the 42 receiver is so dark already, figured why not. In it went.. That is the new fate of the M1 "sporter". Getting the restoration...

    So to all the old "cyanide blue"  and "rust closet" Smiths that have gone before that watched over me today: Thank you.

     A few more of you noticed the sales page is smaller. Yep, show cleaned me out. The catmont fury II is finally done. Took a lot of trial and error, but is done. That will be retained as a "Prototype" and will be retained by the company as a sales sample. If you can not get a saga, going to have to start converting these. Turned out nice. may need to actually lay out the money for the proper conversion trigger group rather than the immense struggle with the stock AK47 rifle group. But was tiring to be cost effective.. 
     Will add a few more items once pictures taken of them. A new commander 1911, Maddi, ect.. But one computer problem at a time please!

    Stay frosty Patriots,


   Until the next ,
   Old troopers Actual....


  Out.

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