Hobby Gunsmith Newsletter

Volume 1  Issue 5                                           August 2003

Mohave Gambler's Internet Newsletter for Hobby Gunsmiths

Feature: Slicking a Marlin 1894 CS

Things are a little behind on the old home range so I am slipping in a special little article I produced with Howdy Doody on how to slick a marlin 1894CS.  Howdy didn't want to do the writing on this one so he invited me to his home one hot day to show me how he made his so smooth.  I admit that I am not familiar with the Marlin so please bear with me if I get a little of the terminology wrong.

   Howdy had already installed the one-piece firing pin he obtained from the Cowboys and Indian store.  He notes that only the front roll pin is used when installing the new firing pin.  Howdy had already done this when we worked on his gun so that is not being covered in this article.

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Special: AWA Lightning Test

   Next month should include our second test of a new firearm or part.  As I put the finishing touches on this edition, I just received a note from Barry Globerman of American Western Arms that a Lightning is on its way to California for me to test. 

   This will be a production gun that Barry wants tested in a field shooting environment and he has asked me to make it available at matches I attend so people can shoot it and we can see if there are any problems. 


Keep it safe

   One of my first major gunsmith projects was to shorten the barrel on my Remington revolver had a brass frame.  That was not a problem until I also decided to convert that revolver to shoot cartridges using a Kirst Konverter.

   I used the appropriate logic that the .45 ACP casing only holds about the same load as my regular 20 grain BP load and I was using a safeguard of pressing a round lead ball into the cartridge that made it look much different than any other kind of load.  It seemed safe to me and it actually is.

   I then received a request from Walt Kirst to not do this with my projects.  His logic is that someone else might not fully appreciate the need for my safeguards and could fire a hot smokeless load and be injured.  Walt was right and I am heeding his advice.

   Manufacturers know how to safely use their products and provide the appropriate guidance.  I am calling on everyone to read their manuals and to not advocate using a product in a manner not recommended by the maker of the product. 

   Mohave Gambler


Mike Daly (Birdshot)

Cowboy shooting would not be a successful sport if it were not for the hard work of dedicated individuals who are willing to take risks to produce something for the sport.  For this month's edition of the newsletter, it was my pleasure to interview Mike Daly, Director of Customer Satisfaction for Hodgdon.  Mike shoots under his SASS alias of Birdshot.

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Bluing and Browning your gun at Home.

I have often seen people turn their noses up at the idea of bluing a gun at home.  It evokes images of the simple cold bluing solutions that are sold over the counter to people who want to touch up a scratch or holster wear.  This article will demonstrate just how to do a top quality bluing job in the home gunsmith shop.


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Inside this Issue
  • Feature: Slicking a Marlin 1894 CS

  • Profile: Hodgdon's Mike Daly

  • Editorial: Keep it Safe

  • How to: Browning and Bluing at Home