any job without difficulty. A little ingenuity is of value here, as elsewhere in the field of gun work. Each job presents its own problems, the most common difficulty being that of petting at inaccessible places, such as around sight bases, etc. A good rule to follow is always to remove everything that is removable, and polish first the barrel, then the sights, bases, etc., and put them back on. Then any pins used in attaching can be polished off with a minimum of labor and difficulty. One exception to this rule is the fixed stud
on the Springfield barrel which need not be removed. The stud should first be polished without regard to the barrel. Then the polishing cloth and files may be worked rif?ht up against edges of barrel band without damage to its finish. When bands for swivels or forend screws, or bands forming leaf sight bases are used, they should be fully polished in the direction of the barreft length, before being fitted into place. Polish the barrel, fit on the polished bands, or sight bases, then a light final polishing of the entire assembly will not be difficult.
Barrels and parts should also be fully polished before soldering on any bands, sight ramps, etc. The heat of soldering will of course blacken and discolor the metal at this point, but the surface being quite smooth, only a little final polishing is needed.
Both care and patience are necessary when polishing around parts that have been soldered on. If the least bit of solder remains in the edges of a barrel-band or ramp, it will not blue, but will "grin" through the final finish and mar the appearance of the whole arm. The solder, being practically the same color as the bright steel is
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