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Taurus Falcon .38 Redux

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Michael Tinker Pearce, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    Old-school Taurus! Looks like a Model 10 clone at first glance, but the frame is slightly beefier. Internals look S&W too, pretty similar to a 5-screw K-frame, though it has a different hammer-block, hand mechanisms and a coil mainspring. Paid $150 for this at Ben's Loans. It's tight and right, and aside from a little corrosion on the right side of the muzzle it's in decent shape. The DA trigger was a bit on the heavy side, and while not vintage-S&W-smooth it wasn't bad.

    Naturally I couldn't leave well enough alone...

    First things first, I detail-stripped the gun and had a good look at the mechanism and parts. The inner workings are properly hardened and tempered steel, but were not awfully well-finished. I bobbed the hammer, broke all the sharp edges, polished it properly and gently polished all the bearing surfaces. A also serrated the top of the hammer so it can be manually cocked, though I really don't intend to. I removed the grooves in the face of the trigger and carefully polished the bits that engage the sear and gave it an overall polish. I cut two coils off the trigger-return spring as well.

    Next I bobbed the barrel at 2-3/4" and gave it a recessed crown. I made and mounted a new front sight. Next I relieved the right-front side of the trigger-guard to allow quicker access to the trigger. I also 'melted' the rather sharp cylinder release.

    The gun came with a square butt, but I modified the grip-frame to a more rounded profile, made a set of Moose Antler grips, and added a BK Grip Adapter. Finally I touched up the bluing with mark Lee #1 Instant Rust Blue and reassembled the piece. Here are the results-

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    The trigger is now much improved; I still wouldn't call it 'light' but it's smooth enough that Linda, a serious DA trigger snob, said it was 'pretty good.' It feels really good in the hand, and the narrower front sight improved the sight picture quite a bit.

    I'm liking this gun a lot. After I get some shooting done and make sure everything is dialed in I think this will go into the carry rotation.
     
  2. Monac

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    Nice gun! Shows what can be done if the basic design and materials are sound.
     
  3. tubeshooter

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    I like the final result! It should make for a nice little carry gun.


    That being said - I also like how it was to begin with. So I guess it was a win-win situation, the way I see it. Enjoy!
     
  4. Sovblocgunfan

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    OUTSTANDING.

    I’ve always kinda wanted a Falcon.

    If you ever found one of the ones where they left lines in the cylinder flutes, would you remove them or leave them?
     
  5. ontarget

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    MTP your work never disappoints. Very nice.
     
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    I like the sculpting of the trigger guard. You made a Plain Jane, meat and potatoes Taurus .38 into a work of functional, carryable art. As always, great work!

    The answer is in the 'after' photos. He left them.
     
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  8. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    This one has the lines, and yeah, I left them.
     
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  9. Sovblocgunfan

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    Dang, sorry. Was a little blinded by the awesomeness
     
  10. WestKentucky

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    Another one of those “I thought I already had seen my favorite MTP custom”. Seriously dude, your work is impressive. If you ever decide to sell your guns, you really want to put them up for sale here. I know I’m not the only one who would pay a premium for guns like this one. It’s not every day that you see an old beat up budget gun turned into a beauty like this. Well done.
     
  11. Ohen Cepel

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    Very nice!

    I remember when Pachmyer used to do a trigger guard mod like that on their Combat Carry (think that it right). Helps one index their finger and if you have large hands get your finger to the trigger faster.
     
  12. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    Thank you!
     
  13. Ratshooter

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    Looks great as usual. How did you install the front sight? Is it just silver soldered on? How do you like the BK grip adapter? I am thinking of getting a grip adapter for the new model 10 I just got. Love the grips. You did a great job on those.:thumbup:

    I like Taurus guns. I have owned several and never had a problem with a single one of them. The models 80 and 82 were some of my favorites. Just good basic guns that were just a little bigger than a K frame S&W.
     
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  14. horsemen61

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    Nice work op!
     
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  15. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    I cut a slot in the top of the barrel and staked the sight in place. This has worked for me on any number of guns, but the sight on this one left for parts unknown with the first shot. Going to stake and silver solder the next one...

    The BK grip adapter is great, and their service was good too.
     
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    I dont generally care for this type/size of revolver, but i REALLY like this one. well done!
     
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  17. Remy1858

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    How can you tell if parts are “hardened and tempered steel”? I am curious, genuinely don’t know.
     
  18. DWFan

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    I'm tempted to say this revolver is "cute". Excellent work, Sir.
     
  19. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    A valid question- I'm not sure how much detail to go into here, so I'll keep it simple and let you tell me if I need to elaborate. It has to do with the working qualities of the material. Hardened steel is more difficult to cut and polish than unhardened; with experience you develop a sense of how different hardnesses of steel respond to tools, abrasives etc.. Also when ground on steel produces a different sort of spark when it is hardened and tempered, and to an experienced eye this is conspicuous. I've been a full-time knife-maker for over twenty-five years, so though I am not a formally trained metallurgist I am familiar with working steel in a variety of conditions and different tempers, and my statement is based on that experience.
     
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  20. WestKentucky

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    If you want to know without doing much damage, you can use a nail punch. With a little practice you can tell the difference in the indentation left from a gentle hammer whack. Do it under a grip or somewhere otherwise inconspicuous. Truly hard parts (trigger sear, hammer face) may not leave any indentation from a gentle whack.
     
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    Another fine job on a rather vintage Taurus! Like all the mods you did and the way you brought everything together. Love the shorter barrel, the round butt configuration, the moose antler grips, and the BK grip adapter!
     
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  22. 460Shooter

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    Sweet! Really nice job.
     
  23. Ratshooter

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    I have talked to the BK guy before to see if he had an adapter that would fit my first year Security Six gun. He was a super nice guy.

    I like Silver Solder. I buy mine from the model airplane hobby shot. Sta-Brite brand. I use it on the models I build and it holds great.
     
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  24. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    I use that regularly. Good stuff!
     
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    I had one that was slicker than snot on a griddle. Someone, perhaps Taurus, had gotten inside and jeweled the entire interior along with commensurate stoning and honing of contact points and chambers. It was an exceptional pistol in general, and Taurus in particular.

    I paid something like $85 because the owner had been Taurus-shamed by his "friends". I tried talking him into keeping it but he wasn't having any of it.:)

    Todd.
     
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