Friday, October 22, 2010

Just some of this and that

I see this is post #450. Not sure if it's any kind of milestone, but congrats to my friend Nick nonetheless.

I've been working on airguns here and there, but don't have much that I really consider noteworthy--mostly because it's stuff covered previously--or it's just rather mundane. Probably even mundane stuff previously covered. Oh well, gotta go with what you've got.

Number ONE

7/8" HSS double-ended ball mill. Need it for one of those "future" projects. Bought it a few weeks ago because it was the right price for what will likely be one-time use. Problem? I don't have a machine capable of using it unless it's single-ended. About an hour (and three cut-off wheels) later, I cut through it without somehow hurting myself. What a super deal.

Number DOS

Looked at some guns online again (this passes for research) and finally settled on what I want grip-wise for the old Crosman 150. As I've been meaning to make grips for this gun for four or five months, this is a positive step forward.

It's a Bolivian rosewood.

Number Thrice

Didn't like the glossy black Crosman grips on this one. But I wanted black grips. Those guys on the Crosman Forum are right. Truck bed liner, TBL as they call it, feels great.

Two coats and the grit in the finish feels much better than stock.

Number Four

Didn't care for the bolt handle on a beater Crosman 2040. Knurled a scrap of 0.250" diameter drill rod.

Turned down here and there for breech slot clearance.

Cut the #8-32 threads.

All blued up and installed. The sharp-eyed will notice that this is not the same gun pictured 5 or 6 images above. I sprayed these grips with TBL, too.

450 airgun posts! Thanks again to all our readers.

More good stuff in a few days.


DaveUK said...

Derrick and Nick:
I keep myself quiet on here but being a special occasion....:)
Thank you for all the posts you both do.
A fascinating 'must read' blog in my favourites list.

derrick38 said...

Have a pint of Mackeson's Triple Stout for me! Feel free to speak up anytime. It's hard to gauge reader interest otherwise.

ragnarhairybreeks said...

regular reader here, but only occasional commenter. Keep up the good work guys.

Frank B said...

Three cheers for you both!You fan the flames of creativity in us all.Only a small portion of those with machining talent and engineering ability would take the time and trouble to share.....You are both my heroes for that reason.A humble "Thank you" and congrats!

derrick38 said...

Nick is the guy with both the machining talent and the engineering ability. I just take the time to share the trouble.