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Lookin' for a project

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by GuidoTorpedo, Sep 14, 2011.

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  1. GuidoTorpedo

    GuidoTorpedo Member

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    I've got the hobby bug and I'm looking for a project. I have zero gunsmithing experience but I wanted to give it a shot.

    I'm not looking to do anything drastic. I would like to purchase something inexpensive and preferably with a rough finish. Though I want the parts to be in good mechanical order.

    I basically want to have an inexpensive pistol. Completely disassemble it refinish it, and maybe add some non-stock parts.

    My gut instinct is to get a CZ82 but am turned off by the fact that even though the examples are getting rougher, the price seems to stay the same if not go up. I like the fact that they seem pretty easy to disassemble and that Mepro makes night sights for it. Also that you can get nice wood grips for it.

    Anything else I should be looking into? Revolvers are NOT excluded but from what I understand, they are typically hand fitted from the factory so that may be out of my league if thats required.

    Thanks.
     
  2. spelsh

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    1911?
     
  3. MICHAEL T

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    If you want to try a 1911 Buy a worn out Llama, Full size or Commander size. The insides are same as 1911 so you can ruin one of those a lot cheaper. And gather some 1911 experience .
     
  4. WinThePennant

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    I started a thread on this a few days ago.

    But a brand spanking new Glock lower, and install after-market parts. You'll have a 100% customized Glock. There are all kinds of options available for Glocks.
     
  5. OARNGESI

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    Id suggest a sks or ruger 10/22 both guns are easy to work with fairly cheap many simple available bods and enjoyable and cheap to shoot when done
     
  6. Exeter

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    A Makarov won't cost you much and is easy to work on. Makes a nice little carry gun, too.
     
  7. towboat_er

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    CZ82 is a great choice. See if ya can blue it.
     
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    One of the local pawn shops has a case full of sad, abandoned old pistols, looking for someone to adopt them, take them home, and give them some TLC, and some CLP, too. :D
    There is a beat up Colt .32 automatic in there, a 1903 model, I think, that's missing its grips, and looks like it was dragged behind a pickup truck. If parts were more plentiful, and my metalworking and bluing skills were better, I'd be tempted to offer a few dollars for it; it's completely out of the question in its current condition at the $189 they're asking for it.
     
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    OMG, seriously
    A CZ82, buddy have you done ANY research
    see it's a great gun
    simple to use, field strip etc.
    and CZ-USA offers a $70 bag gun special, you send your now in pieces CZ-82 to them, and for the small consideration of $70 (plus missing parts) they will put it back together for you.

    I would got for something inexpensive you want to do, like a 1903, but realize anything you do at home won't have the same value as a pristine example. So what I'm saying, save the learning attempts to something with out historic or collectors value.
     
  10. Dr.Rob

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    Start small.

    Find a beat up pocket gun and try a refinish at home before jumping into a big project with a 'real' firearm.
     
  11. USAF_Vet

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    Buy a black powder kit. Not very expensive, you really get to know the fit and finish of a gun you fit and finish and assemble.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    That's actually a VERY good idea USAF Vet.
     
  13. 19&41

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    Either a black powder kit, or one that someone else had and didn't finish so well. Either one can result in a nice shooter, or if worse comes to worse, you have a nice unit to grace the wall.
     
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    There's a lot of hand fitting with automatics, too.

    I'd just see what turns up on the used shelves, or go with USAF_Vet's idea
     
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