How many of you have built shootin' irons from the various pistol "kits" available? All said and done - have you been using them regularly and have you been happy with them?
Pros - Cons - Favorites ???? :confused:
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October 28, 2006, 04:25 PM
It's been several years but I have built a number of BP rifles and pistols from kits.
First of all, I need to say that the kits I built were distributed by companies that either no longer supply them or are out of business. It was about 30 years ago...
Having said that, I found them enjoyable and quite easy to do. Basic assembly and understanding the instructions were no problem. All required some detail finishing as to inletting for the metal parts, and all required finishing the metal and stock materials. No more than some decent elbow grease, except that I did hot browning rather than cold bluing, so my setup was a little more elaborate than minimal.
The main kit distributor was CVA; as I said they no longer supply these kits. However, as near as I can tell from the catalogs, most of what's available now from other distributors is very close to those old kits if not exactly the same stuff.
I should also mention that the high end rifle kits from the custom houses tend to be more complicated and are not something I'd use for my first experience. You can pretty much choose your poison depending on your level of skill and time available. Also, tools can get expensive for some of those really basic high end kits.
I suggest you call the supplier and talk to them about the skill levels and tools required before spending a lot of money.
Good luck and have fun. And yes, I still shoot these things, 30 years later.
October 28, 2006, 05:31 PM
I've built a few pistol and rifle kits. Only production gun kits so far, but a semi-custom is in the near future. The kits I've built have been from CVA, Traditions, Lyman and Investarms. I've enjoyed building them, but realistically, you don't save any money building a kit usually. I build them for the fun of it, and to personalize the gun the way I want it.
That said, I have not had any good experiences with the CVA kits. Traditions kits have been simple and the parts fit pretty well. Lyman and Investarms are top notch kits. I haven't built a Pedersoli kit, but I am looking forward to trying one. I like their guns.
Generally for most kits I've built, the parts fit relatively well but often still need some hand fitting. Inlets need adjusted, screw holes often need filled and redrilled to be in the proper position, metal parts need filed and fitted, etc. There's always a lot of final contouring to do to the wood. I have yet to find a kit that was just sand, stain and finish the wood, and blue or brown the metal.
October 28, 2006, 11:43 PM
Apparently, some of Spanish kits are better than others.
See this thread including post #17 by pascalp: