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Acid Etch cylinders

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kBob, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. kBob

    kBob Member

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    I was looking at a "Gun Jesus" video about Brevet Colts yesterday and got to thinking it would be neat to acid etch ones own cylinder scene onto the black cylinders of say a cheap brasser 51/60 nothing "Colt" to make one's own faux Brevet Colt

    Not trying to fool folks or scam anyone, just though t it might be a neat thing to do with an old friend that was shadow box bound anyway

    ...and the idea of making a fake-fake from a fake is sort of giggle worthy.

    any thoughts?

    -kBob
     
  2. Old Stumpy

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    Wouldn't there already be a roll-engraved scene on the cylinder? Perhaps not on the rebel brass frame versions, I suppose.
    How would you go about acid-etching artwork onto a cylinder?
    Would it resemble roll-engraving well enough to be appealing and similar?
     
  3. kBob

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    No I figure it would not look as good as roll engraving but I don't believe any of us can do that at home. Notice I mentioned cheap brassers and model 51/60 replica nothings. so I am talking about pietta "CSA" .44s mostly.

    I would think the thing to do would be have a strip template made that would wrap around the cylinder. I was thinking things like copying some of the non colt sort of clones of the 1857 to 1865 period. Some of the Belgian Brevets were awfully lightly roll marked and had totally non Colt scenes.

    just thought if someone was doing the templates on a printer that it might be a hoot to have a Belgian snipe hunt or mounted cowboy chasing a mounted indian or the other way around (depending on where you start looking) on a non replica anyway.

    Shoot maybe even a little two line

    kBob
    BREVET

    on the top barrel flat just forward of the forcing cone

    Just playing...

    -kBob
     
  4. Malachi Leviticus Blue

    Malachi Leviticus Blue Member

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    Sounds like a fun thing to try even if just to see what happens.
    I'd be interested in seeing the results even if you think it resulted in a failure
    It's not like your going to destroy the cylinder. Worst case would be it turns out uglier than whatever shape it's in now.
    If you don't like it you can try something else on it.
     
  5. Old Stumpy

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    It occurs to me that it might be possible to have an engraving company or even a jeweller machine engrave a cylinder for you.
    Or maybe an industrial company.
    Alternatively, perhaps laser engraving could be used.
    They used to use a sort of pantograph to trace fonts to engrave, but CNC is far more common now.
    I looked at a few CNC engraver pictures and noticed that some of them look like small CNC lathes.
    The cost should not be too expensive for the work I would think.
    A revolver cylinder presents a regular and smooth surface.
    Also, I noticed that Pietta is selling fully laser-engraved cap & ball revolvers that aren't that expensive.
    Ruger uses laser engraving now for markings on some of it's pistols like the SR1911.
    Finally, I owned a rebuilt Tula Arsenal SKS that had crisp laser-engraved markings on various new parts like the breech bolt and barrel (In English under the hand guard) from the exporter.
    So, this might be practical.
     
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