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Cypress Sam, SASS #10915

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  1. It’s not a primarily trigger stop. It prevents the hammer from dropping until the bolt is locked. The bolt is locked by a lug on the lifter rising into place locking the bolt. The trigger is blocked from dropping the hammer by adjusting the “trigger stop”. If you, starting with the lifter in the down position, hold the trigger in a “pulled” position and slowly raise the lifter while holding the trigger, you will see how much the lifter has locked the bolt when the hammer drops. The hammer should drop just as the bolt becomes fully locked. If the hammer drops before that, the gun is unsafe and the trigger stop should be adjusted out until the hammer drops at the proper time. If you can, get someone familiar with the 97 to help you with this.
  2. The front sight is smaller and much closer. So look at that first, as soon as it comes into view. Once you have seen the first target (before the beep), you know where it is so you don’t need to focus your eyes on it, either look at the gun or just relax and look at the ground in front of you without focusing on anything. What you don’t want to do is have your eyes have to change focus from far vision to close vision. After you practice the eyes-closed drill mentioned previously, you should be right on target with your eyes open. You should be able to get off the first shot without changing your focus to distant vision. And build the confidence that your first shot is going to hit, without pondering it a few seconds first.
  3. Which “good ole days”; two weeks ago? Three months ago? Three years ago? My parents referred to the good ole days as the 1920’s and my grandmother spoke fondly of the 1890’s. I guess for me the good ole days were the time before I entered Old Fartdom.
  4. Thats a good Idea.. I may try that just a tad. wouldn't need much, nor would I want much of a counter sink, but in this case, just a little bit would help I'm sure. I'm also hoping that this was a little bit of a "break in", and the next time shouldn't happen so quickly, and not to such a high degree. You don’t need to do more than break the sharp edge and remove the raised ridge.
  5. You can bevel the edges of the firing pin hole by placing a drill bit (Wrapped with masking tape to prevent damaging the rifling) down the bbl. Then hand turn the bit to “countersink” into the frame a little. This will prolong the life of the FP hole before you have to do it again. Don’t use a powered drill for this not even a hand powered one. Turn the bit with your fingers and keep it straight with the barrel.
  6. I’m very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I lost contact with him over the last few years, but he was one of my mentors when I started SASS a quarter century ago. Not only was he a good shooter, he was a fine gunsmith and master machinist. As far as I’ve been able to determine, Bill was the first one to short stroke a 73. He machined a set of links out of aluminum with the slot angled 11 degrees as a trial for the functioning of the gun. He made the next ones from tool steel for actual shooting. I don’t know how they came to be manufactured, but that’s how hey started. Bill was a great guy and I will miss seeing him.
  7. The Dillon dies have a spring loaded decaping pin that positively ejects the spent primers (at least mine do, not sure about all). That is a plus because sometimes a primer sticks to the decaping pin and is then reseated. The decaping stroke punches out the dent from firing, so now you have a squib or failure to fire. I have a hunch that many “bad primers” were actually reseated spent primers.
  8. I ordered some imitation ivory made from canvas micarta polymer from macecraftsupply.com. A piece 8”x10”x1/2” was enough for 4 sets of one piece grips. They are closed until May 24 because of the COVID19 according to the website. The material cost about $60. This is raw material, not semi-finished grips. Here is a picture of them on a pair of 125th anniversary Colt Commoratives.
  9. I read an article about annealing in G&A several years ago that gave an el cheapo method. Fill a baking tray or other flat pan with enough water to completely cover the base of the cartridge, leaving the rest sticking up. Heat the mouth red hot and tip each case over with the end of the torch to quench. I’ve never tried this but it sounded reasonable to me.
  10. Great job Dom! Finally I know someone famous. Andrews does great work on his SASS rigs. Dom is quite an asset for them.
  11. Depends on whether you have large or small hands. The 1860 grip frame is larger while the ‘51 and ‘61 frames are the same size as the 1873 Colt grip frame. I have all three models and prefer my 1861 Navies with Richard Mason conversions to .38 spl. The ‘60 Armies’ grip frame is uncomfortable for my hands.
  12. I’ve had really good service from Dillon as well over the years. Last week I broke my 44-40 shell plate for my 550 trying to pull out a stuck case. After a long wait I talks with Tim who told me to trash the old shell plate and sent me a new one. Great service, great people, great company, great products.
  13. If you didn’t like Georgia, you’d HATE Central Florida!
  14. Or you could use more powder and/or a heavier bullet to increase chamber pressure enough that the case expands to prevent blow-by. Then you won’t have to clean it so often.
  15. It’s the ammo that is the problem, not the gun. If the ammo is sealed well, like military ammo, it will fire even after months or even years of submersion. Commercial ammo should survive short or moderate periods of submersion as well. Handloads, it depends on how well sealed they are. My Colt Commander was submerged one time for about 30 hours or so (another story for another time), and 5 of the 8 handloaded rounds fired. If you are actually firing the gun under water, don’t forget that the water in the barrel has weight and that is added to the bullet weight as far as the gun is concerned. The result is an increase in pressure. Lead is about 8 times as dense as water so in a pistol with a 4” barrel, it would be the equivalent of having a load with two bullets. Probably not a good idea to shoot a submerged pistol with full loads. It will fire though.
  16. What Abilene said for the cartridge loops. For refitting the holsters, after wetting them (I use rubbing alcohol instead of water because it dries faster), wrap the gun in a plastic baggie and mold the leather to the gun by rubbing it with something like the rounded end of a toothbrush handle. You can also flare out the entry to make reholstering easier. After it dries make sure that the fit is what you want or rewet and fix whatever problem you had. At this point the leather will be stiff from having dried out. When you are happy with the fit, to keep the rigid shape, put the gun back in a baggie and liberally apply some Minwax Wood Hardner (available at Home Depot). This will make the leather rock-hard. You can then polish it with wax for looks if you want.
  17. I saw a 9mm conversion unit in a gun store for sale really cheap so just had to buy it. It was a Springfield unit consisting of slide complete with extractor, firing pin, bushing, recoil spring and barrel with link. (No ejector). I put the “kit” on a Remington Rand (WW II vintage 1911) and it ran just fine with the factory ramp and ejector. Later I bought an old Colt 1911 45 frame at a gun show for a cheap price. This too worked fine with no modification other than installing the “kit”. I since found another slide, barrel with associated parts to convert back to .45. Either frame works fine with either caliber with no ejector or ramp modifications. I’ve heard that the ejector for 9mm is different, but mine works fine for either caliber. The one the right is the converted 9mm and .45 slide/bbl. The other is the Remington Rand .45.
  18. A 32-20 case has a base closer to the size of a 38 spl. case than a 32 Mag base. I haven’t converted my 650 to load either 32-20 or 32 Mag yet but the Dillon shell plate for the 550 is different for the two calibers. The center of the smaller based 32 Mag case would be closer to the center of the machine if you are using a 32-20 sized shell plate. That would make the case seem to be canted inward even if it were vertical. Just for the record, a Dillon 650 doesn’t have the same paper clip retainer that a 550 does, so I’m sure that’s not DDD’s problem. I agree with some of the other responders that the solution is to call Dillon support.
  19. I watched the first couple of episodes of Quick Draw on Hulu today. It’s about as tongue in cheek as a western can get, comedy of course. The guns are pretty good, handling not so much.
  20. Gunsmithing is a skill acquired by many years of training as a machinist and metal work accompanied by a love of guns. Teaching is an art form that some were born with honed by years of training and a love of people. Video production is also a special art and some talents so specialized that I have no idea even what they are. It would seem to me a bit unlikely that these three highly specialized skills are going to combine and have someone offer up a high quality production for free to a very limited audience. That said, I’ve found that many of the very talented gunsmiths will freely answer your questions if you ask. Widder spent an hour or so explaining to me how to get a Marlin extractor to work. I called Bob Munden to ask about tuning a Colt action and ended up getting an hour and a half tutorial on how he did a complete action job. Lassiter has been very open and helpful on a variety of problems that I’ve run into over the years. Coyote Cap explained the function of a 97 to me (how the hell did John Browning ever come up with that thing?). Just Wild Bill (Bob Brotherton, one of the early pioneers in the development of short stroked 73’s) spent several hours with me discussing function of the toggle link action (11 degrees was the secret). He also showed me how to free spin a Vaquero with a piece of wire and a dab of J.B. Weld. The point is that if many of these very talented professionals, will gladly spend their time with a rank amateur like me, some of them would probably help you too if you asked. They are most likely not going into the free tutorial video business though!
  21. Just remember: Life is too short to do things you don’t like.
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