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314/23CES
August 10, 2007, 12:06 PM
I am so disgusted right now. I wrote out a whole story and hit the wrong key and wiped it out. I will ask the short of a long story. 10 years ago I bought a llama from a friend behind on an electric bill for 75$. I tore it down, polished it with my dremel and put about 2000 rounds through it with not one problem. I have since sold it and upgraded. My daughter insisted on an AB10. How good can it get that my daughter loves guns. Should I tear it down and polish everything like I did with my llama. I am mechanically inclined and have torn it down already as with all of my guns. I know it is a piece of junk but she loves it. If polishing the internals is good what should I concentrate on. By the way she can shoot a quarter off of a fence post with her 17 hmr at 100 yards. She also loves carlos hathcock. Just tell me what you think and I don't want to hear get rid of it and get a better gun. She, like most women, will not hear of it?????????:confused:

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fletcher
August 10, 2007, 12:11 PM
Let's see if I can decipher the block of text... ;)

I'd just get one and let her give it a try. If it works well, just leave it as-is; it may not need to be polished. Just buy and work from there.

314/23CES
August 10, 2007, 12:25 PM
If perhaps it does need polishing, what needs to be concentrated on. She has already put 64 rounds through it and killed many a tin can. No problems yet. I hear so much negativity towards cheap weapons. I have found that proper maintenance, good ammo and the original intent of the weapon are key to getting what you want. I am a single dad raising a wonderful daughter. She had made many good choices. Her deer rifle is a 303 enfield and 4 dead deer are to show for it. I just want to give her the most fun with a gun as I can.
She wants a 7mm-08 for her birthday in a few weeks. I wish she would choose the .308 instead. Simply because of ammo availability. I am so richly blessed. As she says, (guns forever). Crazy huh?

fletcher
August 10, 2007, 12:28 PM
Seeing as it works and she's happy with it - no need to fix it if it ain't broke.

have found that proper maintenance, good ammo and the original intent of the weapon are key to getting what you want.
Pretty much.

sansone
August 10, 2007, 12:32 PM
be careful not to polish any trigger parts. many triggers now are soft alloys with a thin hardened layer that easily grinds off exposing soft metal

highfive
August 10, 2007, 12:33 PM
Hey I hope my daughters turn like that, at least the oldest one (only 4) sits by me when I'm looking at guns and says daddy you really love guns, i'm going to love guns when I get big :D soon I'll probably be buying a 22 rifle so she can begin learning. On the other hand hey like he said if is not broken don't fix it. let her have fun with it and keep an eye on the gun, check it out every now and then.

Have fun

Mad Magyar
August 10, 2007, 03:37 PM
I bought a llama from a friend
Kind of curious, what model Llama did you have? I'm one of those rare "nuts" that found Llamas to be good guns....:)

10-Ring
August 10, 2007, 07:51 PM
A man and his dremel......:rolleyes:
I've seen some funny things when Dremels meet firearms (should be a Fox special!). I've seen guys that were mechanically inclined polish off a front sight or even polished trigger parts so much his pistol went full auto. IMO, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! ;)
Unless, you're of the other school of thought, "If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is!" :neener:

grizz5675
October 9, 2008, 08:54 PM
mad magyar just for you ,i own a llama minimax 45acp in stainless and love it,glad to hear theres others out there.

Treo
October 9, 2008, 09:32 PM
Since we’re off into thread drift land here’s my two cents (Phrased so as not to offend the Llama fanboiz)

My personal experience with Llamas has been uniformly bad. I have found every single Llama I’ve own to be of inferior quality. I have found the magazines to be difficult (if not impossible) to find and very high priced. Lest I forget there’s also that “mythical” soft metal issue that “mythically” caused my Llama to disassemble itself while I was firing it. On a positive note this condition did make field stripping it very easy.

Since I am obviously a victim of that vicious Internet gossip I will go ahead and recommend that everybody go buy a Llama. Oh wait, you can’t the company has been out of business for almost 10 years (quality had nothing to do with it)

contenderman
October 9, 2008, 09:57 PM
Some of the inexpensive guns have milder steel than others. While their finish may be rough and the fit a little loose they initially function well. Problems usually surface as the round count climbs. With some of the mfg. there have been cases of metal/component failure.

Will this be the case w/ your daughter's pistol? Don't know, but I'd encourage you to keep a close eye on the more critical components for fatigue signs. I also would not polish the components unless there is a dragging/friction problem. And then be careful, as previously mentioned the hardening on a lot of these guns is pretty superficial. Of course wear will also show this aspect up.

Lastly, if she is that seriously into guns and such ... teach her to handload, that way she can learn more about ammunition performance while feeding the 7-08 that you'll probably end up getting for her :D

Treo
October 9, 2008, 10:29 PM
In all seriousness you're talking about two different guns. I would wait till you have a problem before you try to fix it

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