Ever bubba'd a firearm?


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FROGO207
September 14, 2009, 12:44 AM
Have you ever tried to do "something" to a firearm and end up actually doing more damage to it?:banghead: Might be like trying to make a magazine fit something else and fail miserably. When I was a teenager once I attempted to Fix an old revolver that had a bad firing pin by grinding it off the hammer and drilling,tapping and adding a screw in place of it. Did that hammer ever drill hard.:eek: First time I pulled the trigger on an empty chamber the hammer snapped off where I had drilled it!:cuss:
Never tried that again.:D

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mljdeckard
September 14, 2009, 12:52 AM
I once had a taurs T-92, and I wanted some Pachmyr grips on it, but I could only find Beretta grips, so.....two hours with a file, and they went on. And worked. It looked like a beaver had done the job. I eventually found the right set of grips and chucked them.

I never mutilated a gun terribly, but I had a few break so badly it wasn't worth it anymore.

Deckard
September 14, 2009, 01:56 AM
I'd like to learn how to do it properly, but learn by doing is out of the question because my budget can't take any foul ups.

gimlet1/21
September 14, 2009, 02:39 AM
I once bought a shot gun from a pawnshop that had been bubba'd; when I worked the pump action , it fired. Luckily I was outside when I discovered this important fact!

Quilbilly
September 14, 2009, 02:54 AM
I sawed off a shotgun barrel.....then had to saw the other end off a week later after I checked the rules.....if you know what I mean. OOPS!

tigeroldlone
September 14, 2009, 04:07 AM
I bilt a mosin nagant 91/30 from parts so I could have it scoped. However all of my work goes to my gunsmith so it turns out right.

mcdonl
September 14, 2009, 07:01 AM
I did this to a perfectly good 10/22

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/mcdonl/GUNS/DSCF1735.jpg

But, to make it better I did this to a perfectly good mosin....

Before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/mcdonl/GUNS/DSCF1746.jpg

After:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/mcdonl/GUNS/DSCF1791.jpg

CajunBass
September 14, 2009, 07:35 AM
Back in my IPSC club days, it was all the rage to have the front of your trigger guard checkered, or at least have grooves in it.

So......(insert innocent look here) I don't know how it happened but "someone", yea...that's it..."some guy", took a file to the trigger guard of a perfectly good, satin nickle, series 70, Colt GM 1911, that I used to own. :what:

Man, it was UGLY. If that fool ever shows up around here again, with a file in his hand, I'll have to kick his butt. :o

Mp7
September 14, 2009, 07:39 AM
...an AK underfolder-stock

http://www.buymilitaria.com/ak_images/AKUNDERFOLDER.jpg

on a perfectly fine Patriot pistol

http://www.trackofthewolf.com/imgPart/TC_Patriot_wanted_1.jpg

No, i am not showing that :-)

KenWP
September 14, 2009, 07:44 AM
I tried to install my own scope mounts and didn't know what hole to drill to tap out later. I must have drilled the hole a bit to small as I snapped off the tap in the hole and had to fix that afterwards. never tried it again. I also bought a set of Lynx rings and found out they are not steel and stripped the one bolt on it and had to tap it out to another size of bolt that I luckly had around that matched the rings. Have used it for 20 years that way

halfded
September 14, 2009, 08:16 AM
Halfded+dremel+Ruger 10/22 trigger pack= Almost getting an extended reservation at Club Fed.

mcdonl
September 14, 2009, 08:38 AM
No, i am not showing that :-)

Chicken

Sav .250
September 14, 2009, 08:46 AM
Nope.........:)

9mm+
September 14, 2009, 09:46 AM
Nope, I haven't bubba'd a firearm in a long, long time (since hacking off the sights of my childhood .410). Firearms are too expensive to screw up and I don't have the money to fix them after I screw them up. Whatever mods I need are handled by a gunsmith.

B yond
September 14, 2009, 12:57 PM
I wouldn't call it a 'bubba' job, as it is more enjoyable for me after the modifications, but some would disagree (and did the last time I posted this pic)...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=44711&d=1158000991

This was a $90 surplus m44 and I did the following to it:
-replaced beat up original stock for synthetic ATI stock
-hacked off original straight bolt handle, welded new (bent) one on (after breaking a tap in it trying to bolt the new one on) :(
-drilled and tapped receiver, mounted scope
-slapped on a bipod
-blued the bolt except for the new handle
-'smoothed' the chamber to a mirror finish so lacquered surplus ammo wouldn't stick in it as easily

I was lucky to get this gun for the price i did with the bore in the condition it is. It shoots better than I do, and can put 3 rounds in a 1" group at 100 yds, which I'm pretty happy about for a rifle that I have under $300 into.

theotherwaldo
September 14, 2009, 01:39 PM
I just buy up what Bubba has already screwed up. Then I can do what I want to the poor things with a clear conscience!

GRIZ22
September 14, 2009, 01:48 PM
I wouldn't call it a 'bubba' job, as it is more enjoyable for me after the modifications, but some would disagree...



I wouldn'rt either. You didn't take a rare military rifle and chop it up to make it look cool. If you're going to use that rifle exposed to the elemnets on a regular basis a synthetic stock makes sense. Maybe I wouldn't spend that much on a Mosin but I don't think you went way overboard. Enjoy your rifle!

Claude Clay
September 14, 2009, 01:55 PM
B yond-- how do you prevent ejected brass from impacting the scope?

I'll guess that i am flattered that you like my sig line enough to paraphrase it:uhoh:

Carl N. Brown
September 14, 2009, 01:59 PM
I though nothing of bobbing non-collectible grade military bolt actions to get that Krag cavalry carbine look I so admired, until I realized even a "beater" grade Mauser or Carcano was an irreplacable historical artifact.

mcdonl
September 14, 2009, 02:08 PM
I should note that my mosin above is rare in the mosin world... It is an 1895 french made, with the sight graduates on the left side, not the right and has a 1 year production run rear sight... No offense to anyone who mods thier mosin, I will mod the next one this one just deserved to look original.

tomh1426
September 14, 2009, 02:15 PM
I dont think of it as Bubbad but I did do some unreversible stuff to a Yugo SKS.
I cut the barrel, sights, bayonet and grenade launcher off, sanded out the stock for the mags and ground down part of the bolt to let the mag drop free.
Its just as accurate as it was befor and Its alot handier, I dont feel bad at all about chopping up a $100 gun.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z161/tomh1426/DSCF0083.jpg

RainDodger
September 14, 2009, 04:08 PM
When I was 15, I had a sporterized Springfield '03, .30-'06. It had a scope mounted on it and I didn't see the reason for leaving the front sight on it. Dang, it was hard to get off. I had to put that barrel in a vise and just rip on that front sight with anything I could grab it with... probably big, big pliers. I thought it was an interference fit. I worked it back and forth and finally got it off... and left a huge zig-zag groove in the steel where the set screw dug a little valley all the way to the muzzle.... if I'd only taken the blade out of the dovetail, I would have seen that little screw... At least I padded the barrel when I put it in the vise!

cleardiddion
September 14, 2009, 04:39 PM
I had a BSA red dot on my Marlin 60 for like a month.
It made me feel dirty :p

41magsnub
September 14, 2009, 04:53 PM
The only gun I have hacked up is a 10/22 . All my other guns I have left alone over the years.

mcdonl
September 14, 2009, 04:55 PM
10/22's are fun to modify and easy to put back together again.

41magsnub
September 14, 2009, 04:57 PM
That's why I chose it, plus if I managed to ruin it somehow it's not like I trashed anything I couldn't go to most any gun store and replace on any given day from stock.

gearchecker
September 14, 2009, 05:04 PM
I fired a round right behind a Squib and it ended up costing me $165 to replace the barrel.
If that's not Bubba'd I don't know what would be.
Never shoot a round behind a squib.
If it would have been just a squib, a brass rod would have pushed it out. NO..... I had to blow out the barrel. - DUH!!

GBExpat
September 14, 2009, 07:48 PM
Ever bubba'd a firearm?

Yes, back in the late 60's.

jordan1948
September 14, 2009, 11:11 PM
I didn't do this but it looks like something I'd want to shoot.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr144/jordan1948/mosin-pistol.jpg

B yond
September 15, 2009, 12:55 PM
B yond-- how do you prevent ejected brass from impacting the scope?

The rail I used was designed to be mounted on Mosins in this location. It has a relief on the right side to allow brass (or lacquered steel in this case) to eject.

Joe Demko
September 15, 2009, 07:42 PM
I didn't do this but it looks like something I'd want to shoot.

You should use reduced-charge ammunition in an obrez.

Claude Clay
September 15, 2009, 11:52 PM
B yond-- can you reveal the name of the manufacture.....still in business?

21bubba
September 16, 2009, 12:56 AM
What did i do?

DeadLiver
September 16, 2009, 01:20 AM
I'm no expert, but doesn't the grip on Jordan's pic above look photoshopped? Regardless, if I knew somebody who'd done that I'd want to shoot it.

tigeroldlone
September 16, 2009, 02:09 AM
I am converting a saiga 20ga to pistol grip.

PandaBearBG
September 16, 2009, 02:19 AM
Yeah DeadLiver, it does look photoshopped, everything is kinda blurry and the grip top edge looks very defined. If it was real though, wouldn't that be illegal? Converting a rifle to a pistol?

RS14
September 16, 2009, 05:04 AM
The above photo looks slightly off, I agree. Regardless, here's a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNFsUvh078I) of one being fired. The same user also has a video of it being fired at night.

B yond
September 16, 2009, 12:44 PM
B yond-- can you reveal the name of the manufacture.....still in business?

Stock, scope rail, and bolt handle were from ATI (http://www.atigunstocks.com/index.aspx).

The stock and rail were fine, the bolt handle was supposed to be secured with a single bolt, which I don't think would've held had I been able to tap the hole without breaking my tap off in it. Once welded in place it worked fine. I wouldn't recommend the bolt handle kit unless you plan on welding it on.

marv
September 17, 2009, 12:25 AM
I drilled and tapped some holes in a nice Springfield 1911 where 1911's don't have tapped holes. Prolly ruined the resale value but it is not for sale anyway. It is one of my clean guns. No paper trail.

Dustyattic
September 23, 2009, 11:22 PM
Milled the back of the receiver down, drilled/tapped hole for HK rear sight.

Chopped barrel off with hacksaw, chucked in lathe and crowned it. While I was at it, I turned down the barrel to slip fit the new front sight which was made of an SKS bayonet latch. I drilled/tapped a hole, sharpenened a screw in a lathe and threadlocked it to make the post. Wood is chopped down too of course. Original rear sight is removed.

I bent down the bolt handle for whatever reason.. just for looks but I think I do like the feel of it better bent down.

Bore looks sort of like the inside of a sewer pipe, but its fun to shoot.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y177/dustyatticx/Mod.jpg

tribbles
September 24, 2009, 04:39 PM
Yeah DeadLiver, it does look photoshopped, everything is kinda blurry and the grip top edge looks very defined. If it was real though, wouldn't that be illegal? Converting a rifle to a pistol?

It might be legal if the receiver in question was made before 1898 and thus considered an antique, which is a distinct possibility with a Mosin-Nagant (though most likely not one with a round receiver).

Edit: just followed the link to the video, some of the comments discussed the NFA legalese.

jordan1948
September 24, 2009, 04:43 PM
I'm no expert, but doesn't the grip on Jordan's pic above look photoshopped? Plus Mosin's don't have semi-pistol grip stocks.

CoRoMo
September 24, 2009, 04:57 PM
I have not bubba'd a gun, but have known of some.

One guy welded a riding mower's muffler to the end of his shotgun barrel. It muffled the report as you'd expect.

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