The amateur who is determined to have such a gun must do one of two things—either be content with a Camp Pefry Model S. S. Pistol, or make up his mind to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 for the job; for it is entirely beyond rhe ability of anyone other than a toolmaker of the highest order, and a barrel man who thoroughly understands his business.
The barrel must be specially made with the quicker twist required for pistols. Turning down a rifle barrel to size will not answer, as the twist is too slow. This fact was ignored by one factory, in my experience, to the supreme disgust of the owner after he had paid his good iron dollars to have an 8 inch barrel fitted to a .22 Colt Police Positive.
When the Colt factory decided to lengthen the "horn" on the grip safety of the .45 Automatic, they rendered a real servicc to the chap with a large hand which was pinched and gouged between the hammer spur and short grip safety each time the gun was fired. But—they reckoned without knowledge of my good friend Carl Schilling, whose hand looks just about like any other man's hand when he is not shcoting the .45 Auto. 'In that case, after emptying
8-32 countersink-head screw to hold it in place. A picce of thin ribbon silver-solder was then fitted between the two pieces and the screw set up snugly, then the assembly heated redhot with a blowtorch causing the silver to melt, firmly brazing the parrs. The screw was then set in as tightly as possible, and the head, which was slightly countersunk, was peened in tight, then head and point of screw filed off flush, as at "D," and the extension filed to shape; after which
the part was nitre blued. After trying the gun with this alteration Carl was so tickled he immediately bought another which underwent a similar grafting operation before it was fired; and while some think this "fiddle-head" looks funny, Carl swears by all that's holy that the way it presses into his hand holds the gun much more firmly; and the hammer spur is absolutely prevented from doing any damage to his "mitt."
"BUSTED" REVOLVERS. Accidents will happen, even in the best of families! Figure 204 shows a Colt Officer's Model that "let loose" in the face of some ten or more grains of Bulls-eye—the result of an adjustment screw having slipped on a powder measure. Happily the pieces'of brass and cylinder which blew off missed the owner completely, the only damage noted, outside the gun itself, being to his peace of mind and his undies!
Of course the usual claim of "faulty gun" was presented to the folks in Hartford, but they, being wise to the ways of this wicked world, promptly denied the allegation and defied the alligator. Moreover, they kindly offered to repair the gun with a new frame and new cylinder, for the trivial sum of thirty-nine dollars and fifty cents. Just how they "figgered" is beyond my ken, since $40.75 will buy a new gun, and the total value of barrel and action parts, grips, et Cetera, none of which were damaged, is quite a little in excess of $1.25 according to the parts price list. So old man Beals sat himself down to cry and to curse, and bemoan his fate—until he happened to remember of one George Titheringron of Stockton, California, whom he met at Perry. Accordingly and forthwith, a photo of the busted gun and particulars thereof were posted to George, who allowed as how he might do it some good, since he was sure he couldn't make it any worse.
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