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Clark Concealed Carry Revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by XavierBreath, Mar 20, 2010.

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  1. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Member

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    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. For those interested in a simple, purpose built J frame, here are a few pics.

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  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Nice melt, I wonder what he would do with a 940.
     
  3. joe_security

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    Excellent ! THR members never cease to amaze me. No one could ask for a better 649.
     
  4. gwlammers

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    I only ask out of ignorance. Why did this take a year?
     
  5. David E

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    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.
     
  6. rainbowbob

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    Excuse my ignorance - but what's a "meltdown"?
     
  7. Guillermo

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    meltdown is when the hard edges and sharp corners are softened or rounded
     
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    XB,
    Very Nice!

    Clark are good folks to deal with.

    Sending best-
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    Very Nice!

    Clark are good folks to deal with.

    Sending best-
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  10. Rexster

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    Eh, autoloaders are a passing fad. Sweet fivegun! :)
     
  11. David E

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    If you would, please detail all they did (was it just a meltdown and front sight?) and how much it cost.

    Thanks !
     
  12. BullfrogKen

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    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.
     
  13. W.E.G.

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    Where is the holster?
     
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    Your 649 is what I would call perfect for concel carry!! Congrats on a beautiful revolver!!
    I cant wait to see a range report.
     
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    Does anyone know how they go about the "meltdown" process?

    Is it mostly a careful dremel/file/beadblast?
     
  16. XavierBreath

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    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.

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  17. Phydeaux642

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    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.
     
  18. NG VI

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    That is sex on ice friend. Congrats on getting it back all ready to go, have you wrung it out since it came home?
     
  19. Elm Creek Smith

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    sweet!!!!

    ecs
     
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    Makes me want to go grab a Ruger SP101 snubbie and get to work! Sweet shooter!


    -Matt
     
  21. JAguirre

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    That is very very nice work. Congrats on the sweet pistol.
     
  22. XavierBreath

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    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.
     
  23. lawandorder

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    XB Here is one to compare to yours.

    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.

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    I like your Clark. It is very nice.
     
  24. XavierBreath

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    Very nice L&O! It's cool to see the same way of thinking in another gun.
     
  25. NG VI

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