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"Bubba'd " my Charter Undercover

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gb6491, Apr 2, 2010.

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  1. gb6491

    gb6491 Member

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    I have a Charter Undercover that just never has thrown the slugs where the sights are pointing. Well one night, I got the idea in my head to try and tweak the front sight a little to correct it's windage problem. I got it nicely secured in a padded vise, taped the sight off and tried to bend it some with a pair of vise: no go, it won't move, so I move to a punch and BIG hammer.
    The thinking (actually, probably wasn't much of it) here was:
    if it bends the sight; great.
    if it turns the barrel; fine, just check the barrel/cylinder gap and adjust if necessary.

    The reality was that I broke the front sight off:
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    Now, I'm pretty upset with myself, but then I realize since it wasn't hitting where it was aimed before, not having a front sight isn't that big of a deal.
    I'll just file the remainder flat.

    Flash forward a couple of days, I notice a take off SIG sight in my parts cabinet.
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    Hmm.., in for penny in for a pound, why not go for it. In hindsight, this actually was, IMO, a good idea; I just should have had a smith mill the dovetail (though it was hard to justify the cost in my mind). Out come the files and sometime later I have a dovetail (actually a trench) cut. No doubt about it, I need to work on my dovetailing. The sight does slide into it, but loosens up after a certain point:( . Anyway, a little super glue on the bottom of the sight holds it in place and I'm off to the range. Drifting the sight, I can now correct the windage and make note of the sight's position. That done and back home, I decide to solder the sight in place and do so. To finish, I tape off the barrel, bead blast, Oxpho-Blue, then apply shake and bake paint. The results aren't the best, but not bad (I think?) and the gun now shoots to it's sights. I also learned a thing or two.
    What say yea?
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    Regards,
    Greg
     
  2. rhartwell

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    you are absolutely better then me on this kind of stuff. All I can say is wow
     
  3. collector rob

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    Bubba would have JB welded it back on. That there was home gun-smithing.
    Looks great!
     
  4. 41magsnub

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    I do not see anything wrong with what you did. It looks great! If I had that done at a gunsmith and it came back like that I would have been very happy.
     
  5. 1KPerDay

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    Looks good to me. :)
     
  6. Jimfern

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    Really well done

    If you hadn't told me you did it, I would have assumed it came from the factory that way.
     
  7. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Member

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    I'd say its an improvement.
     
  8. JAguirre

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    I think its great!
     
  9. shockwave

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    I am in awe. Well done, Sir.
     
  10. MattTheHat

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    I was thinking JB weld too. Looks danged good to me!


    -Matt
     
  11. Ronsch

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    Very cleanly done and professional looking. Well done, indeed.
     
  12. Guillermo

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    very nicely done
     
  13. Low Budget Shooter

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    Dear gb,

    I think what you did is fantastic, especially as it shoots POA now.

    The only problem with what you have done is that it gave inspiration to the rest of us to bubba ours. I'm afraid there are going to be a bunch of cut-up old revolvers appearing around the country over the next few weeks.

    LBS
     
  14. jimmyraythomason

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    Very nicely done!
     
  15. Lakeshore

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    Nice recovery gb!

    Drug out my beloved 1960s vintage Undercover to compare the front sight with the one in your photo, discovered mine's slightly off too. :eek:
     
  16. Ohio Gun Guy

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    Fumble......and recovered by the offense for a Touchdown!


    A gun that the sights are not adjustable and not shooting to POA isn't much of a gun IMO. Now you have a functional pistol (With a night sight?) that at a minimum now shoots POA! Good work!
     
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    Good save!!!
     
  18. NG VI

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    I scrolled up the thread to the first post to see the pictures, I actually couldn't see anything unusual until I got to the picture of the broken off front sight.

    Fantastic work, that does not count as Bubba'ing.
     
  19. Ozark Guy

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    That turned out really well.


    Just remind me not to let you near my '68 Colt Detective Special...Especially if you have a hammer and punch in your hand. ;)
     
  20. content

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    Hello friends and neighbors // Reminds me of the time I tried to duct tape a car battery wrapped in tinfoil........
    Great story and save, I think it looks much better.

    Approx. how long did it take to make the dovetail with a file?
    Did you need to tweek the sight at the range right after the superglue was applied or had it dried?
     
  21. messerist

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    Fantastic save old boy! Hats off!
     
  22. VA27

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    Naaah, Bubba would have took a swig of beer, leaned into his 3/4hp Craftsman grinder and smoothed that bugger off! Sights! We doan need no stinkin' sights!

    Excellent work! Looks like a pro job to me.
     
  23. GRIZ22

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    Good recovery. Try peening the front sight along with your super glue.
     
  24. Nick5182

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    Looks great to me, like a factory done job. There's no way I'd be able to do something like that.
     
  25. Fat Boy

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    Here is another person who would have used JB Weld- I really like the looks of the finished product!
     
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