Friday, September 17, 2010

Feinwerkbau Palm Rest

Update on the Anschutz palm rest. I caved in and bought it.

Here's another rare palm rest. This one is a Feinwerkbau anatomic. (FWB's part # Unlike the Anschutz, this one has gimbaled adjustments, and is hand specific. This only fits the left hand so is made for a right-handed stock. Got it? Outside of the FWB accessory page on their website, I've never seen one before. I searched all the vintage Beeman catalogs and couldn't find a single shred of info. I'm guessing that Beeman never imported this item. I'll also assume since this is laminated like some of the FWB 10-meter rifles in the 1990's, that it was introduced sometime around the 601, C60/C62 release.

This one has been very lightly used. Mickey, the gentleman who owned it, collected 10-meter rifles and pistols and all the obscure related equipment. He traveled through Europe much of his life and so I'll surmise that he bought this in Germany.

Just a bunch of views.

The match gun accessory rail was standardized between most companies. This will fit FWB, Walther, Steyr, Anschutz, Dianawerk, Crosman, Air Force...

For a sense of scale, I typically wear a LG/XL glove. The Euro palm rests are massive.

Well, sadly, I've kissed it goodbye. This one's now gone off to none other than FrankB. Hope you enjoy it.

I'll be back to the Marksman Mod. 70 next time around. Also Frank's!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Marksman Mod. 70 Forward Progress

Hey! Happy belated birthday wishes to Nick!

As a brief reminder, Nick and I are looking for old airguns as blog fodder. If you've got any old guns tucked away that we can have for free or for crazy cheap--the cheaper the better--as our budget is almost zero. Even parts guns can be helpful as we may be able to salvage a barrel or some such part for a project. Shoot one of us an email if you've got anything we might be able to use. Anyway, we appreciate everyone all over the world who's been following our exploits. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read our blog.

Back to the task at hand. Made good progress today on Frank's Marksman. I appreciate his patience.

Started in on the trigger unit. I swabbed the inside with moly, but still wasn't happy with the second stage, so I started knocking out pins. The metal plate is part of the safety. The spring tensions the lower sear and trigger.

Upper sear and spring removed.

Here's the trigger unit completely disassembled. It's not as bad as it looks to reassemble--it's actually worse.

No, it's really not that bad. This is the general orientation of the parts to each other.

I polished most of the trigger components.

This surface bears against the lower sear.

Buffed the sides, too, where they rub on the inside of the trigger housing.

That center hole in the trigger housing is in exactly the right location to add a screw to adjust the amount of sear contact--it just needs to be threaded. Some measurement revealed the hole was the correct tapping size for an M3 x .5mm thread.

A bit of Tap Magic for aluminum and a plug tap.

Cut to full size threads.

Reassembled the trigger unit and screwed in an M3 button head.

It's too long--I'll shorten it later--but it works perfectly. It reduces the travel of the second stage by limiting the surface contact between the upper and lower sears. I'll set it up and err on the side of safety. The screw can also be backed out--or even removed completely to return the trigger to factory spec condition.

Excuse the redundancy. Yes, I'm going to make some screw cups. They're functional, dress up the gun and remove the flat head machine screws. Went through the transfer punches until I found a snug fit.

Measured the punch.

Cut a piece of drill rod that was a bit oversize...

and turned it down to 0.408"

Another view. Not shown: measured the depth of the holes in the stock


Through drilled with a #9 bit to provide clearance for the M5 x 0.8mm forend screws.

Counterbored with a flat bottomed drill to recess the head of the allen bolt.

Finished with a tiny boring bar.

Bolt was a tight fit into the counterbore, so I shaved the allen bolt head down slightly in diameter to fit.

Parted off and cleaned up. Made a second cup in the same manner. Fine tuned the length of each cup to a specific side of the gun. The left-side hole in the forend was about .006" deeper.

Not shown: cut a piece of delrin (acetal), through drilled for the piston stem, then reduced the outer diameter to press fit into the main spring. Left a 45 degree angle at the base to interface with a steel washer. Same technique as the Weihrauch spring guide made here.

Cutting the OD of the washer to slip fit into the Mod 70 compression tube. Not shown: cut the matching 45 degree bevel.

I've got the washer mounted on a homemade arbor. I "bumped" it until it ran true then locked it down with the allen bolt. It's a piece of free machining steel.

Spring, guide and base washer.

Still waffling on buttoning the piston. The spring is also a very loose fit inside the piston. Want to increase the liner thickness and snug up the fit, then I think it can all go back together.

More soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Removing a Crosman 101 Forearm From the Pump Arm

I’m building a “Frankengun” from parts of two beater Crosman 101 rifles. I needed to remove the forearms from the pump arms so I could swap them.


The two forearms.


One of the pins that holds the thing together.


Cleverly hidden by a plug.


I drilled out the plug with a smaller bit and enlarged.


Transferring the location of the pin to the other side with pencil marks, one hopes.


A smaller drill until I hit the pin and then punch with the pin punch.


When you’re lucky the wood splinters minimally.


It still leaves a ragged hole. It seems as though Crosman slightly peened over the heads when pressing them in as they do tear their way out.


This is what happens when you’re unlucky. In either case I’ll drill the holes a larger diameter to the depth of the pin heads so I can plug them with a matching piece of wood.