Clark Concealed Carry Revolver


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XavierBreath
March 20, 2010, 10:11 AM
It's sad that custom guns are often limited to reciprocating shell chuckers. Revolvers are often not deemed worthy of custom gun treatment, and they just soldier on shooting reliably as intended.

Close to a year ago, I dropped off a Smith & Wesson 649 at Clark Custom for a Meltdown and a Trijicon front sight. Yesterday, I picked it up (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/03/clark-concealed-carry-revolver.html). For those interested in a simple, purpose built J frame, here are a few pics.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa89/xavier-pics/ClarkConcealedCarryLEFTLARGE.jpg

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa89/xavier-pics/ClarkConcealedCarryRIGHTLARGE.jpg

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa89/xavier-pics/SightLarge.jpg

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Brian Williams
March 20, 2010, 10:35 AM
Nice melt, I wonder what he would do with a 940.

joe_security
March 20, 2010, 02:14 PM
Excellent ! THR members never cease to amaze me. No one could ask for a better 649.

gwlammers
March 20, 2010, 02:20 PM
I only ask out of ignorance. Why did this take a year?

David E
March 20, 2010, 02:51 PM
The work on the gun did not take a year, but when you do good work, people get in line. Sometimes, it takes a year (or longer) to get to YOUR spot in line.

rainbowbob
March 20, 2010, 02:56 PM
Excuse my ignorance - but what's a "meltdown"?

Guillermo
March 20, 2010, 03:34 PM
meltdown is when the hard edges and sharp corners are softened or rounded

sm
March 20, 2010, 04:17 PM
XB,
Very Nice!

Clark are good folks to deal with.

Sending best-
steve

sm
March 20, 2010, 04:19 PM
XB,
Very Nice!

Clark are good folks to deal with.

Sending best-
Steve

Rexster
March 20, 2010, 04:47 PM
Eh, autoloaders are a passing fad. Sweet fivegun! :)

David E
March 20, 2010, 04:50 PM
If you would, please detail all they did (was it just a meltdown and front sight?) and how much it cost.

Thanks !

BullfrogKen
March 20, 2010, 05:45 PM
Excuse my ignorance - but what's a "meltdown"?

That's what your six year old has in the grocery store when you tell her she can't have that box of Super Sugar Smacks.



Xavier - Very nice. I wonder if he offers a gold bead insert option on the dovetailed front sight.

W.E.G.
March 20, 2010, 05:50 PM
Where is the holster?

bdb benzino
March 20, 2010, 06:38 PM
Your 649 is what I would call perfect for concel carry!! Congrats on a beautiful revolver!!
I cant wait to see a range report.

RevolvingGarbage
March 20, 2010, 08:57 PM
Does anyone know how they go about the "meltdown" process?

Is it mostly a careful dremel/file/beadblast?

XavierBreath
March 20, 2010, 10:48 PM
I'm not certain how they go about a Meltdown. I'm guessing it's a bit of circular sander work, a bit of Dremel work, and a bit of file work. A combination of all three. This is my second Meltdown gun. I've seen and held several. One thing you notice about their work is the lines of the gun stay straight, and the curvatures stay as they should. I've seen a few guns that the owners attempted to do the same thing to, and the results were horrendous. Ruined guns.

Ken, Jimbo doesn't plan on offering the Trijicon sight, or even removing another J frame front sight to dovetail in a different sight. I was fortunate enough to visit last year when he was experimenting with a buddy's gun, placing a XS Shotgun front sight on the muzzle. He showed me the work he was doing, and I asked if he would like to have another to play with. I just happened to have my 649 with me. I agreed to let him experiment on mine as well, and wait as long as necessary. While he could place the modification on his menu, he has a year backlog on comp guns right now. Jimbo's bread and butter is comp guns. He enjoys trying new stuff, but he knows what keeps the lights on.

The ramp front sight was removed, the barrel rib was serrated and a dovetail was cut for the XS Trijicon shotgun sight. The rear sight notch was opened up to match the XS sight. A Meltdown and bead blast was done. Trigger polishing and action polishing was done. I wanted to keep the original trigger pull. I asked that the sideplate screw forward of the trigger remain domed. I use it to index my finger. I decided to keep the old Uncle Mike's grip. It fits my hand well and I like how it fits in my pocket. If I can find a walnut grip with the same profile, I might consider swapping it out. I asked that the Clark trademark be etched into the sideplate. Jim will leave it off if requested.

The Meltdown does make the gun nicer in your pocket, and it reduces wear on the holster. My Colt Commander that received a Meltdown still fits correctly in a standard 1911 holster. I use a Uncle Mike's pocket holster with my J frames, but I suspect it will fit a leather holster as snugly as it did prior to the Meltdown.

Total cost on the job was $362.64, with Clarks furnishing the front sight. The revolver Meltdown with a bead blast finish by itself is $225. That is a standard item, although not many people get their revolvers melted. Frame size of the gun doesn't change the price of the job. If a finish other than a bead blast is needed, it will be added to the cost of the Meltdown.

For comparison's sake, here is the same 649 prior to the work.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa89/xavier-pics/SmithWesson649.jpg

Phydeaux642
March 20, 2010, 11:12 PM
Sweet. A gold bead would be very nice. I've got a Colt DS that I wanted to sent to Grant Cunningham for some work, but there's a two year backlog and no way for me to keep up to the minute on when he's taking on new work.

NG VI
March 20, 2010, 11:53 PM
That is sex on ice friend. Congrats on getting it back all ready to go, have you wrung it out since it came home?

Elm Creek Smith
March 21, 2010, 12:20 AM
sweet!!!!

ecs

MattTheHat
March 21, 2010, 12:48 AM
Makes me want to go grab a Ruger SP101 snubbie and get to work! Sweet shooter!


-Matt

JAguirre
March 21, 2010, 01:29 AM
That is very very nice work. Congrats on the sweet pistol.

XavierBreath
March 21, 2010, 07:52 AM
Congrats on getting it back all ready to go, have you wrung it out since it came home?

Yep, I shot it yesterday at a tourney. I got my tail waxed, of course. I might get to wave at Jerry Miculek once in a while, but I darned sure can't reload and shoot like him!

Funny thing, while I was ducked behind cover with my Speedloaders, those targets did not advance on me as expected. That would have made my ambush strategy a bit more viable......... :p

FWIW, I usually shoot a 1911 in IDPA, but it was fun to take this one out for a course of fire.

lawandorder
March 21, 2010, 09:58 AM
Just got this one back from Cylinder & Slide with a lot of the same features. This one has a gold bead front. Have not had a chance to get it to the range yet.

http://usera.ImageCave.com/lawandorder/P1010743(2).JPG

I like your Clark. It is very nice.

XavierBreath
March 21, 2010, 10:16 AM
Very nice L&O! It's cool to see the same way of thinking in another gun.

NG VI
March 21, 2010, 12:53 PM
Funny thing, while I was ducked behind cover with my Speedloaders, those targets did not advance on me as expected. That would have made my ambush strategy a bit more viable.........

They never do quite what you'd like them to do they?

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