Still no gunsmith but I am darned persistant

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by k4swb, Jan 28, 2019.

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  1. k4swb

    k4swb Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I found the freaking plunger!!!! It was not in the last place I looked or not really. I had looked there numerous times, just didn't see the thing hiding.

    I knew it hit me in the chest and fell into my lap but from there I lost sight of it.
    Never made it to the floor so all the crawling around with light and magnet was for naught.

    It had gotten caught, just barely in between the seat cushion and the arm rest on the chair and we had almost pulled the seat out digging around in it but it was in a slight hole(?) at the very front of the cushion/arm rest. I walked in last night and looked again and could see it barely just laying there.

    The chair had be sat in, turned every which way even upside down but it managed to stay right there until I barely touched it to pick it out and then it fell on through the hole onto the floor.

    The gun is back together just one day before the two I ordered from Midway are to arrive so when I take it apart again, (and I will because the trigger is still at least 1 pound too heavy for my taste)
    I'll have a couple of backups.

    Thanks to everyone for the support.
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    My lost parts usually don't resurface until I buy replacements in an offering to the gods of missing things.
  3. Mizar

    Mizar Member

    Mar 23, 2004
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Sometimes, when I'm crawling on the floor with a flashlight in my teeth for an hour, sweating, and swearing, and back pain, and frustration, I start to wonder: "Does human sacrifice to please the gods is such a bad idea after all?"
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  4. Catcar67

    Catcar67 Member

    Jan 3, 2019
    When I find something in the last place I look, I keep looking for a while because I just might find something else I dropped.
  5. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    Up State New York
    it's amazing how things can go flying. i have lossed small gun parts, its bound to happen. i lost a large punch one time drifting a broken kingpin wedge, the thing when up into the insolation in the shop sealing. about a year later after getting my new snap-on box, the punch feel gout and landed on the drawer latch. nice little dent in a new $7800 box.
  6. Drail

    Drail Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    First law of gunsmithing is anytime a pin goes flying you will tear your shop apart looking for it and never find it, order a new one (plus spares), finish the gun repair and return it to the customer - and then find the pin in the very back of a tool chest drawer under a pair of pliers. Don't ask how I know this.
  7. AZAndy
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    AZAndy Contributing Member

    May 20, 2007
    Prescott, AZ, USA
    I learned the hard way that the best way to disassemble a 1911 is inside a cardboard box. I don't do it anymore, now that I know all the flying parts risks, but I used to. Found a recoil spring plug in the bottom of a furnace vent about a year after I'd replaced it with a new one...
  8. tark

    tark Member

    Nov 25, 2013
    atkinson, ill
    Try disassembling an Astra 400 or 600. One slip up and the biggest, strongest recoil spring in the entire pistol world will propel the barrel bushing with enough force to drop a charging bull elephant.
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