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'51 Snubbie build
« on: August 28, 2013, 03:50:48 PM »
I said I would post some photos of the way I built my '51 snubbie from a kit gun. So here goes:
This is what I started out with, a rough kit gun. Only finished parts were the barrel and cylinder. I just kinda wanted something different so decided to cut it down.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2013, 09:20:07 AM by mazo kid »

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 03:52:03 PM »
The moment of truth! Cut the barrel off, no turning back now. Started some polishing.
« Last Edit: August 28, 2013, 03:57:18 PM by mazo kid »

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 03:56:57 PM »
I tried heating the back strap in order to bend it, but kept getting "mystery" bubbles in the brass, decided to try to cold-bend it. OOPS! Back strap broke. CRAP! I had some 1/8" brass stock so cut a strip out to the width of the grip frame. Made a template of the curve I wanted for the bird head grip and bent the strap to match it. Also got the length too. I soldered the strap to the grip frame. OK, so far, so good!

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 04:00:23 PM »
OK, moving along, I put it together and found some nicely grained walnut scrap and fashioned grips and escutcheon screw.

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 04:02:09 PM »
Here it is over a picture of an original gun.

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 04:04:03 PM »
And the finished gun! I rust blued the frame; not completely happy with the way it turned out but I can always re-do it.

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 05:21:17 PM »
I did a modification to the hammer spur; I ground a bit off the bottom of the spur, put the hammer in a vise as a heat sink for the sear, and heated the spur to try to bend it down. Couldn't get it quite hot enough with my Mapp gas to bend it close to the body but it did bend some at the tip. Can't seem to find a picture right now.

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 05:33:57 PM »
I took a picture of the finished gun to show the hammer modification, also the front sight. Yeah, it is probably laughable to have a sight on a snubbie! I drilled and tapped the center top flat of the barrel and threaded a brass rod in, rounded off. So, there it is.....a fun little project.

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2013, 09:07:57 PM »
Wow...incredible workmanship! I'm impressed! :)
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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2013, 11:15:48 AM »
I really like the way that turned out....

Maybe my new .36 Pocket Navy will look like that someday......


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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2013, 11:45:36 AM »
Gotta hand it to ya, Mazo.....I wouldn't have the guts to strip and chop a new gun. :D
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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 03:45:43 PM »
Hey, yeah it was a new gun, but I wanted something different. Once the barrel was hacked off, the rest was easy!

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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2013, 09:13:16 PM »
Turned out totally awesome! Just love those grips!
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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 04:01:42 PM »
Dude, sorry for the late reply to this post, but I just got here, lol!  That is without a doubt the most awesome thing I have seen in a long time!  That looks just as fine as that Dixie gun works snubbie i bought, but with the advantage in concealment and size of the .36 as opposed to the .44.   I only wish I had the skill to do something as sweet as you did!  Fine job, my man!+1
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Re: '51 Snubbie build
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 02:48:48 PM »
Aww, shucks. T'warn't nuthin'.  Anyone that is a little handy could do it....hacksaw, propane torch, drill, files, all are hand tools most of us have. Hardest part was cutting the barrel off, needed a mental adjustment for that!