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Pocket Model Redo
« on: December 18, 2017, 07:33:57 AM »
Due to Krylandians generosity, I was recently the recipient of this DGW Pocket Model kit gun from the mid-80's.  It's had a rough go but has plenty of life left in it, just needs a little tlc and a few corrective measures taken.  This was built from a kit, has no markings on it of any kind, save a few imprinted numbers on the tip of the arbor.  Judging by the shape of some of the internals I'd say this was probably an ASM model.  It also had no staking pin on the arbor, screw in only.  Here's a quick list of the basic things that really needed fixing and what I've done so far.

1.  Arbor was loose
2.  Wedge beat up and loose
3.  Recoil shield ring uneven
4.  Crazy stiff mainspring
5.  Hand spring broken
6.  Sharp edges on all the action parts
7.  Machining and casting marks in various places and in the frame
8.  Safety pins on the cylinder contacting the outside of the recoil shield ring
9.  Polish screws

What I've done:
1.  Drill and staked the arbor with a nail and red threadlocker - not moving now
2.  Tapped the arbor end, inserted a set screw to tighten up the wedge
3.  Evened out the recoil shield ring and eliminated safety pin contact
4.  Replaced hand spring with a bobby pin
5.  Polished action parts and inside of the frame
6.  Reduced main spring tension
7.  Added an action stop
8.  Polished bolt head, thinned the bolt arms
9.  Polished the hammer/trigger contact surfaces
10.  Tuned springs
11.  Properly timed it

Here it is:
 

Taken down and cleaned:


Action Parts:


Arbor without Pin:


Arbor with Pin:




Arbor Set Screw:


Action Stop:


The brass trigger-guard has all kinds of great patina to it, I made every effort not to disturb that. 

The finish - overall I'm kind of mixed on leaving it in the white or perhaps bluing it.  Since the frame isn't CCH, or it has worn off if it was ever there, it might look kind of silly with a blued barrel/cylinder and the frame in the white.  I also thought it might be kind of cool to make a pair of stag grips for it, though I've never seen a pocket model with such.  Any thoughts on bluing/not bluing?

Many thanks Krylandian, it turned out great, I hope to shoot it later this week or over the Holiday. 

Whip




 

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 08:26:21 AM »
Hi Whip, nice restoration, excellent job. I always like seeing a basket case brought back to life.

BTW, I would leave the finish as is, a vintage C&B revolver.

I look forward to your shooting report.

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 09:22:22 AM »
Nice job Whip!
Richard is right, leave it be, it will get some patina by time, or you might forego with some uneven light browning.

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 03:35:13 AM »
That looks pretty good!   L@.

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2017, 05:39:11 AM »
How about a deep rust brown all over? It would look different
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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2017, 07:23:45 AM »
Great save Whip! I wouldn't change the finish were she mine.

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2017, 08:53:22 AM »
Thanks for the input, so far the general consensus seems to be to leave it as is.   

If I can nab a few antler pieces from a buddy I may try to make a pair of stag grips, just for kicks.  That could look better or worse, who knows.  Maybe a dovetail front site.

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2017, 09:42:30 AM »
Nice job Whip!!

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2017, 05:13:35 PM »
Yep, You did very well whip. I vote for leaving it in the white too. It will take a while to develop a patina, but you can help it out some by leaving the revolver out and handy to where you can pick it up and handle it as much as possible each day. And do so when your hands have not been freshly washed. Try and make contact with as much of the metal parts as you can and don't worry about oiling it down.

Once again, nice work!

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2017, 08:56:37 PM »
Wow, nice job. I think I would just let it patina naturally. Nice that it's a steel frame too. I think a lot of the old kit pocket models were brass framed so that's really nice you got one with a steel frame.

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Re: Pocket Model Redo
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2017, 06:19:37 AM »
Thanks fellas.  Yea, I sort of expected it to be a brass frame also LP, was pleasantly surprised that it was steel, makes the repair efforts more worthwhile.  I think I'll allow this one to live in my garage, the South FL heat and humidity should really ratchet things up.