Tooling up, tooling out, and just havin’ a good time figurin’ and scraping.
Neighbor of Snake’s brought over an ol New England Firearm’s Pardner 12ga single shot break barrel over with a sheared firing pin; basically wondering if it were worth playing with.
Hey, I am always up for a challenge.
Well, Firing pin is out, and its a dinky lil’ thing but shouldn’t be an issue in makin a new one. Sacrifice of an old drill bit for the rod to cut it from (after removing any temper in a slow fire in my cool ass wood stove overnight) and I will get busy shapin a new one.
The question I had was “what would have caused it to shear off like that, besides age and wear and tear?”.
ah, that was the trick question of the week. there is a lot of play in the forward hinge and that extractor was kicking out and riding the face of the lower receiver. I will see what I can to do reduce that slop in the hinge and hopefully the extractor will start behaving itself. I would really hate to have make another pin soon after ‘fixing’ the gun.
Side note: This shotgun is pretty neat, but I can tell, just by handling it, it is a recoil BEAST! My lil’ Henry lever action weighs more than this shotgun. Plus, it is chambered for 3″ shells and straight bore for slugs. WHOMPF! My shoulder already aches just thinking about it.
Just for those curious, yes, I will retemper the pin after I get it ‘carved out’. I will only be doing one machining operation to make it and that will be turning the pin itself. Everything else is going to be done with grinding stones in a dremel. Once done, tempering it is pretty straight up, heat to cherry, quench then polish and temper to straw color. After all is said and done, blue it and install, test. (and that is where I am gonna feel the shoulder again.) Funny, recoil from a rifle doesn’t phase me or even intimidate me. I guess my run in with my Dad’s ol’ riverside, side by side when I was a wee-one, lingers in my memory hole. Remember kids, two triggers on a gun, pull the rear one first, or you are gonna have a fun time riding that gun to the ground.