Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cleaning Up the Diana 5 Sight

Almost done...

The rear sight was a bit of a mess.

Removed the elevation screw.

The windage screw is retained by a cir-clip.

Best not to lose the ball and spring.

Mostly disassembled.

Rear sight blade is retained by a tiny cir-clip.

Blade off.

It's important not to lose that small bushing that fits over the spring.

I cleaned it and hit the worst areas with blue, etc.

The washer has a dimple that fits into the plastic piece.

Some grease helps hold the windage detent bearing and spring in place.

All back together.

Looks as good as the rest of the pistol. Returned it to the neighbor in better condtion than I received it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Finally Getting Around To That Diana 5

I disassembled the neighbor's Diana model 5 2 years ago (part 1, 2 and a view) and finally got around to fixing some of its problems, mainly cosmetic. Air Rifle Headquarters has seals now, so I also fitted a new seal.

The metal was pretty pitted but I cleaned it up as best I could.

Oxpho Blue...

Slather it on, let sit, rub it out with steel wood, repeat...

In the end it doesn't look bad, but certainly not a hot blue.

Now what?

Cleaning up the end cap.

The screw threads in.

When I was reassembling it the spring compressor wore off some of the blue. Which is why cold blue sucks.

Mostly fixed but for one spot.

Then I had to make a few shims for the barrel seal. I decided to try lathe cutting them.


A shim parted off.

I did a few of different thicknesses.

Reassembled and it looks much better.

Now to clean up the rear sight a bit...