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Hobbs Gun Club
(505) 392-4053
Po Box 2295
Hobbs, NM
 
Desertguns
(505) 391-9090
210 West Broadway Street
Hobbs, NM
 
Southwest Arms
(505) 396-3928
618 South Main
Lovington, NM
 
Roughcountry Outdoor Gear
(505) 534-0540
1874 Hwy. 180 E
Silver City, NM
 
Absolutesporting Goods
(505) 872-4570
4400 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
 
Sportsman''S Supply
(505) 397-4547
115 E. Taylor
Hobbs, NM
 
Southwest Arms
(505) 396-3928
618 South Main
Lovington, NM
 
Marquez Gunsmithing
(505) 425-3221
314 Chico Drive
Las Vegas, NM
 
Lawrence Bits & Spurs
505470500
74 Big Draw Rd
Stanley, NM
 
Ronpeterson Guns, Inc.
(505) 255-8695
4418 Central South East
Albuquerque, NM
 

One Way to Bring an Old Gun Back to Life

I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days.  But I do watch for bargains.  Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money.  One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago.  What attracted me were the exposed hammers and the $75 price tag.  I had been looking for an exposed hammer side by side for some time.  New ones are priced in the $350 range. This example was clean, unpitted by rust inside or out.  The action was reasonably tight, the stock has been knocked around but is complete, and the hammers fired. The barrels had not been bulged or bent. But I did find a broken firing pin on the left side. I pointed that out to the owner who had it up for sale (who didn’t seem to know much about the piece) and brought it home for $50.
 
I took the old pins out with the aid of a small screw driver (just unscrew the retaining screw and push the pins back toward the hammers until they come out) and found that they were an unmatched pair.  At least one of the pins had already been replaced with an imperfect match.  The left one was broken off short, the right appeared the have a broken tip – probably from the action being closed with the firing pins extended
 
The pins were not straight pins such as could be replaced with a nail.  They are made from a narrow rod that strikes the primer attached to a larger cylinder which the hammer strikes to drive the whole pin forward.  The larger cylinder has a rectangular cut out that the tip of the retaining screw fits in preventing the pin from falling out of the shotgun.  The pins could be recreated easily enough but the cut out was not something easily accomplished with hand tools so I was now in the market for a pair of firing pins.
 
I looked online and came up empty.  But a local gunsmith thought he might have something that would fit.  A few minutes looking over his box of odd pins salvaged from innumerable repair projects turned up just one pin that almost matched.  It was the right shape but the diameter was too large.  He gave it to me gratis.  Yes, I’ll go back and do more business there for sure.  This is also a lesson in saving parts from other things.
 
Back at home I secured the replacement pin in my electric drill chuck and worked it carefully back and forth on its side against a flat file gradually decreasing the diameter of the cylinder.  When it fit the recess, I reversed the pin in the chuck and repeated the process reducing the diameter of the small rod until it too fit the firing pin hole.  Yippee!  I now had one replacement pin.
 
I then took the old pin with...

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