Retasking an old M&P .38

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Michael Tinker Pearce, May 25, 2021.

  1. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    My custom 3" Model 1902 S&W is getting a bit long-in-tooth (and after 110 years who can blame it?) so when I stumbled across a nice of .38 M&P I decided I'd found a suitable replacement. I cut and re-crowned the barrel at 3", fabricated and installed a new front sight, bobbed the hammer and cut away the trigger-guard on the right for faster access for my big, fat trigger-finger. I made a set of custom Pao Ferro grips fitted to my hand, hand-sanded them to 3000-grit then applied 5 coats of lacquer.

    I'm very pleased with the result; this gun has an amazing trigger; light, smooth and no stacking but ignition has been 100%. As a bonus it fits all of the 'Old Dog's' leather.


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    The front sight is a best-guess based on the original sight, but it might be a bit tall; I tend to err on that side as it's far easier to remove material than it is to add it. I'm looking forward to shooting it in it's new configuration, and after suitable testing it's going to be my new EDC.
     
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  2. ontarget

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    Another fine creation. Nice work, as always.
     
  3. bannockburn

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    Yep, sure looks and sounds like another MTP Custom revolver!
     
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    You, Sir, have talent! Nicely done. :thumbup:

    I have a dumb question though, not trying to be critical, but why bob the hammer yet install a Patridge type sight that may snag?
     
  5. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    Not at all a dumb question. It's predecessor had a similar sight, but in practice it didn't snag due to the OWB holster and the clothes I tend to wear, so I went with the same style.
     
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    Cool! Thanks. I can see that working just fine.
     
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  7. ThomasT

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    Can you give some details on how you installed the front sight? I looks like its soldered on. Did you cut a slot for it to fit into?
     
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  8. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    Yes, I cut a slot with a cut-off wheel in a Dremel tool. Keeping the speed low and being careful has yielded excellent results. Then I used low-temperature silver-bearing solder, which has also worked out well in the past.

    I did test-fire the gun today and it's shooting a bit low. About 1/16th" off the top out to set it up proper. :)
     
  9. defjon

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    Careful, round these parts if you don't edc a semi auto with at least 8 rounds and reloads you're ill prepared for what life may throw at you.

    I carry a five shooter, might as well switch a single shot spitwad!

    Very nice work, I like the grip and tall front site. You can't beat those guns for triggers. We are all likely to wear out before they do !
     
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    Very Nice Work!
     
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    I dig that trigger guard modification. I had never heard of it until you mentioned as a mod on a different gun you customized.
     
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  12. Tallball

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    Very nice. I always enjoy seeing your projects! :)
     
  13. Armored farmer

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    That thing looks baaad!
    When I say baaad, I mean good!
    Nice work as always MTP.:thumbup:
     
  14. Kevin Keith

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    You always do the neatest stuff! That pistola is great!
     
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    I like everything, except for that trigger guard modification.



    But, only because, being a lefty, it is relieved on the wrong side. :)
     
  16. Jonesy814

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    Nice work, as usual
     
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  17. Kevin Keith

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    Old gunfighter’s trick. This illustration is from Bill Jordan’s No Second Place Winner.
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    A serious carry gun. Nice work! I wouldn't expect anything less.
     
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    I just can’t get over those grips. Beautiful and functional. Very nice. :thumbup:
     
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  20. SeanSw

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    I really like it. I'd love to chop my beat up old model 10 into 3" with a round butt conversion but haven't found anyone to help with the work, mostly reinstalling a new sight.
     
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    What a simple way to do that. I spent so many years working in my dads machine shop I guessed you had a mill and used a small cutter to cut a groove in the barrel. I like your solution.:thumbup:
     
  22. WestKentucky

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    How did you do the trigger guard mod? Drum sander? Belt sander?
     
  23. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    Small contact wheel on my belt sander.
     
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    Very nice work, great looking gun!
     
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  25. Riomouse911

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    Neat! You did a great job on the M&P :thumbup:.

    It truly amazes me that our computer, information technology and our medical advances race ahead at warp speed, but we are all confidently shooting, collecting and sometimes even trusting our lives to devices using technology that’s basically 100+ years old. :) Those early gun designers were true geniuses :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
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