Thus you have a high grade beautiful and efficient sporting Springfield, for around $50, the price of a perfectly plain factory made arm. This does not include any allowance for your time, which of course would be considerable—but then think of the fun you will have doing the job!
A similar arm, built to your specifications by a competent gunsmith will cost from $60 ro $150 or perhaps $200 in addition to the cost of the original Springfield parts. The man who has never built his own sporter may think the gunsmith is "holding him up" on the price. If any one feels that way about it, he is cordially invited to build his own. With care and patience he will, in all probability turn out a good job, and one that he will have cause to feel proud of. But never again will he think of the gunsmith as a financial pirate; he'll realize that the job is worth every cent charged for it—and he'll earn the gun if he builds it himself.
It is not necessary to dwell at length on the various alterations made upon Springfields by their owners to adapt them to their ideas of what's what. The accompanying illustrations may offer some helpful suggestions, the carrying out of which will be fully understood if you have read the rest of this book.
One thing not touched on previously is the bending and otherwise ALTERING OF BOLT HANDLES. Generally speaking, such alterations are not to be advised, due to the danger of ruining the bolt by heating. Often, however, it is necessary to either bend or grind away part of a Springfield bolt to enable it to clear a telescope sight. Figure 136 shows a lever made for bending the bolt handle down and back as required. This is made of a bar of 5/8 x 1 inch cold rolled steel, notched as shown, and the edges of notch filed smooth and rounded. Two of these will be required. The bolt should be well wrapped in soaking wet rags, and firmly clamped in the vise. It will be necessary to use one or two short lengths of square steel srock in the vise jaws to hold the bolt as required. Have an assistant stand by to renew the water on the rags near the bolt
handle. Use only an acetylene torch to heat. Heat bolt handle to cherry red. Then take the two notched levers, one in each hand, and bend handle as desired. There must be no bend or twist in the fiat portion where handle joins the bolt. Hold this portion firmly in the notch of one lever, while bending the lower part of bolt handle with the other. If desired the knob may be bent down very close to the stock, and the under side of knob ground flat for
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