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Dug relic 1911 restoration (Pics and Video)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by AJAX22, Jul 26, 2012.

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  1. dirty dave

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    Here is picture where it is now.been soaking it for long time and taking off parts as I could.Frame still locked where it is.I can read it is a Colt the barrel I will replace I just need to finish getting it apart.
     

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  2. WardenWolf

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    Get yourself a thick wooden block, drill out a hole slightly larger than the barrel to a depth a little greater than the current barrel protrusion, and put it over and give it a few hard whacks with a hammer. That may free up the slide. If you can get it moving just a little bit, you can get some oil into it and free it up further.
     
  3. AJAX22

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    30 hours with new electrode
     
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    Scrubbed down and dry
     
  5. AJAX22

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    DIFFERENT GUN:



    THIS IS A VIDEO OF A DIFFERENT 1911.... THIS IS THE 1991A1 EVIDENCE GUN

    Some of you requested that I make a video showing off the 1991A1 evidence gun... so I did...
     
  6. AJAX22

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    [YouTube]MLVzD8P_EmE[/YouTube]

    I ran the mainspring housing by itself, results are promissing, but it is still frozen...


    I'm working on getting ahold of an ultrasonic cleaning setup bit it may take some time.... In the meantime, I'm sticking with the electrolysis
     
  7. Patrick Gookin

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    Have you ever used an air hammer? It's probably overkill for your situation, but if all else fails...

    I had a broken off bolt stuck in a rear leaf spring a couple years ago. I heated the leaf with a torch and tried to hammer it out. No go. I got a perfectly fitting punch and a 3 lb hammer. No go. I hooked up my air hammer to my air compresser and that bolt was out in literally less than a second.
     
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    simply amazing.. wish tv was this good
     
  9. AJAX22

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    I haven't used an air hammer before.... I don't have ready access to one, and I'm trying to avoid indulging my impulse to start smacking things with power tools....

    Anyway, I zapped her for another 24 with a new electrode, made a quick vid of how she looked, and stuck her back in to see if the same electrode/electrolyte can be used for 48 hours consecutively.



    In the meantime, I made a couple quick viewer request videos for the Mini 14 that was recovered from the bottom of a lake after 10 years.



     
  10. cyclopsshooter

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    How many of these wonder-mutts do you have? I want that 91A1 in particular
     
  11. Wildbillz

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    Any idea on what type of ammo was in the Mini while it was underwater? 10 years speaks well of its water proff propertys.

    WB
     
  12. AJAX22

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    It was remington with a .223 headstamp....

    Don't know what bullet style/weight... One of these days ill have to carve it out of the celing and figure that out
     
  13. SharpsDressedMan

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    Ammo submerged for 10 years fired into the ceiling?!!!!
     
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  14. RX-178

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    Hey Ajax22, I want to know if you intend to do more of this restoration in the future, and if you're going to make more videos about it also.
     
  15. AJAX22

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    Yes, 10 years submerged and it still went bang... I used to wear the case around my neck as a good luck charm... But I lost it when I moved... It was pitted almost all the way through.

    Yes I will be working on more restorations and doccumebting them. I like projects almost more than shooting... So this type of thing is super fun for me. (Just have to find the projects and save up the cash to buy them)

    If I can get ahold of a hands free camera, (like Google glass or something) I'll doccument the process with more detail....

    There is just so much you can do with a cell phone camera
     
  16. 19-3Ben

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    Where do you find these "rescue" guns?

    I have one Security Six that saw some nasty rust at one point, but I've never found guns that have been burried, or submerged in lakes, etc...
     
  17. firesky101

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    I like how in your Mini video you mention you are in CA so no pistol grip stocks, and you have a belt in the background that is obviously more than 10 rounds. Thats owned before 2000 though right;)
     
  18. AJAX22

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    I think a lot of these guns find me... Most of the people who have them think they are neat things to hang on the wall or are a curio that they just toss in a closet... So when they find out that I like to try to make them into functioning firearms again they are usually open to the idea.


    Yes, any and all high capacity amunition feeding devices were purchased prior to Dec 31, 1999 .... Lots and lots and lots and lots of them.


    [YouTube]6upC7dqBRKQ[/YouTube]
     
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    [YouTube]pqscBNQIsVU[/YouTube]

    Awesome news... The barrel bushing has started wiggling
     
  20. rcmodel

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    I just don't care anymore.
    I did, but I no longer do if you can't answer several of us who ask where the gun came from in "dug" condition in the first place??

    Is that too much to ask???

    Or are you too busy making YouTube videos to answer a simple question like that?

    rc
     
  21. AJAX22

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    I didn't mean to be evasive

    It was originally dug out of a field next to a bootlegging road in tenesee, it was down about 2-3 feet.

    It was found while some guys were digging a hole for an agricultural project (not sure what project)

    I don't have as many specifics as I would like to fill out the story, I'm a few steps removed from the guys that found it originally.

    I hope that answers your question, its not that I don't want to answer in more detail, I jusy don't have the info and what I have I'm sharing.
     
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    [YouTube]mrRTlj6l8X0[/YouTube]

    Bushing is OUT

    Barrel is wiggling and life is good
     
  23. rcmodel

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    your persistence came through
     
  25. SharpsDressedMan

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    Rcmodel, I sold the gun to Ajax22 after several years of him asking me to do so. I put it on display on the web a few years back, and he was interested (as you can surmise!). I originally saw it on ebay, and knew it would get kicked off, so I immediately sent a PM to the seller and offered to buy it, should it get booted. It did, and we cut a deal. I asked the same questions, as to where it came from, and all I got was what Ajax22 stated above. I wish I had pumped him more now, because I can't recall the town, the guys name, anything, as it has been about 4-5 years since I snagged it. It has been used in a CCW class (humorous "keep your wepon clean"), etc, but was just on disply in my family room, so it needed a good home, or in this case, someone who would turn it into a MOST interesting project.
     
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