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Title: BP Gunsmithing tips & tricks
Post by: Captainkirk on August 14, 2013, 09:37:53 PM
Post up your tips, tricks, shortcuts and spiffy ideas for tweaking your BP Colt!
Title: The incredible bobby pin trick
Post by: Captainkirk on August 14, 2013, 09:54:01 PM
Chances are, you have a member of the Fair Sex living in your house. (Why they call them the 'Fair Sex' is beyond me.....nothing they do seems fair, but I digress....) If so, there is a Very Good Chance that they use Bobby Pins..those aggravating little metal hair pins that we used to make 'snappers' out of as kids. Well, now you can have your revenge on the Fair Sex.....steal their bobby pins!
What?!! Cap'n Gone Mad?
Why, no. Cap figured out that you can use Bobby pins to replace the broken hand spring on your Colt!
Yep...done it on two of my Colt repros to date, and they work just fine!
Here's the thing; the bobby pins may not be the same thickness as your old hand spring, so here is what I do:
1) Using a very thin-tipped screwdriver or other thin tool, place the slot of the hand over the slightly open jaws of a vise and gently tap out the broken-off piece of spring.
2) Cut a piece of bobby pin and bend it in a question-mark shaped piece. Leave it a little long on purpose.
3) Drive in your new spring. It will be snug, but move side-to side.
4) Rather than bend over the hand slot, lay your hand and spring on a brick. Using flux paste and rosin core solder, heat up the area using a solder gun  and allow the solder to flow into the slot, securing the spring. This will hold it fast, but allow you to replace it easily next time it breaks.
5) File off excess solder using a hand file. Do your final bending and contouring of the new spring and trim it to correct length using diagonal cutters.
Oh...and when finished; grab a handful of those bobby pins and throw them in your possibles box. She'll never miss 'em!
Title: Quick-n-dirty trigger job
Post by: Captainkirk on January 17, 2014, 09:00:52 PM
OK, so you are headed out to the range with that new-to-you Pietta Colt you picked up....one problem, though. The trigger SUCKS!!!! Here's how to clean it up without turning a screw...
Hold the gun in your right hand (assuming you are right handed). Now, squeeze the trigger. HARD.
Maintaining that squeeze, thumb the hammer back multiple times (like 20 or 30). Now, holding pressure on the back side of the trigger, repeat several times. Now, cock it normally. Feel a difference? That's because you knocked off some of the burrs in the hammer/trigger area. This is no substitute for a good stoning job, but it has helped make some horrible triggers I've encountered until I can get at 'em proper.
Title: Re: BP Gunsmithing tips & tricks
Post by: mazo kid on September 19, 2020, 11:59:07 AM
If you are bothered by a small screw that wants to keep backing out in use, rather than investing in a bottle of LokTite ($$) use a drop of fingernail polish on the threads.
Title: Re: BP Gunsmithing tips & tricks
Post by: mazo kid on September 19, 2020, 12:01:41 PM
Another trick to keep screws from backing out....put a short length of fishing line in the threaded hole, then turn the screw in, snip off any excess line. This is kinda like the nylon inserts in threaded nuts.
Title: Re: BP Gunsmithing tips & tricks
Post by: Pustic on September 19, 2020, 05:19:49 PM
Another trick to keep screws from backing out....put a short length of fishing line in the threaded hole, then turn the screw in, snip off any excess line. This is kinda like the nylon inserts in threaded nuts.
Why not just put the screws in and then tig weld them?  L@J ).L
Title: Re: BP Gunsmithing tips & tricks
Post by: mazo kid on September 22, 2020, 01:07:31 PM
Works great if you NEVER need to take the screw out! It does take a fine touch though.