Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FWB Sight Cover Plates

Neglected to show one of the final things I made for Frank B's 124 before sending it back.  Just a simple rear sight cover plate to cover the breech block and fill the screw holes.

Since Frank has more than one scoped FWB, he needs another.  Turns out Nick also needs one--and  I'd like to replace the plastic FWB factory cover plate on my gun, too.

Cut three pieces of 0.500" wide steel strip.  Filed them to about 89.7mm long.

Apologies for the switch from inches to metric, but the sight holes on the FWB 124 are 63mm apart CTC so it made more sense to keep all the measurements in the same units.   Holes were marked starting at the rear and working forward.  The rearmost hole is 17mm from the rear of the plate.

Spotted and drilled.

This is where I screwed up.  I  didn't have enough M3 mounting screws, so I ordered some up. I didn't have the screws in hand and I wanted to get the plates finished.  I assumed the head size and angle and countersunk accordingly.  Of course, the screws arrived two days later and they didn't match up.  Fixing the angles didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped.  Once installed, it's not really noticeable, but I feel like an idiot sending something like this off to my friends. 

Rounded and shaped all the plates by hand on a belt sander.

Took the plates to 400 grit then buffed them out with a gray ScotchBrite.

Some Van's cold blue.

Kept the ugliest one for myself.

I'm trying to figure out my next project.   Check back soon.

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