Gun Refurb Time!

Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
So, Dad-in-Law’s little revolver was broken.  Asked me if’n I could fix it.  Now, who am I to turn down a fix job on a piece?  I mean it’s not the money (although this one is a freebie ‘coz Dad and all) but also I love to play around with old weapons, especially broken ones.  I love the challenge of either finding the needed part OR having to manufacture.

Now, turns out I was wrong about the make manufacture and model.  Found out when I busted it waaay down.  It’s not a Saur .22, but a Schmidt Colt Scout.  OR a Texas Ranger.  It’s confusing ‘cos as I tore it down, I found a couple of different things aboot it.

This of course was the ‘before’ refurb/repair.I tore it down, and th inside of the faux mother-of-pearl grips had some markings:

Now, the reason for the confusion is that one the bottom, very faintly stamped is the markings that say “Texas Ranger.”  I’m not exactly sure what’s going on BUT I did find out that the majority of Schmidt revolvers were outlawed and banned from import by the Gun Control Act of 1968 as it was considered a “Saturday Night Special” for the companies revolver frames were made of a Zinc-Copper-Aluminum alloy which melts at a temperature below 800 degrees F. making these revolvers illegal to sell in South Carolina, New York, and several other states.  The -only- model that was allowed to be imported was the Texas Ranger model… 

So here’s what -I’m- thinking:  The company had a ban on importing the el-cheapo pistolas, so they simply went and stamped “Texas Ranger” on the bottom of the Colt Scout model.  Back then all ‘cowboy guns’ looked the same, and it’d take a metallurgist to tell if the frame was bullshit or not.  The -other- reason for my guesswork I’ll get into as we go along.

Now, once it was torn down, I found that the gate on it wasn’t spring fitted per se.  There’s a pressure pin like you have on the AR safety that locks the gate in place, either open or closed:

That pin was knocked out of place… it looked like a little teeny gear that fits inside the larger piece.  Someone, in the mists of time used some sort of scotch tape to put over the pin, and then re-inserted it into the main gate itself!  What. The. Fuck?

Me?  I took a lil JB Weld on a toothpick, coated the inside of the gate side, and put pin ‘A’ into hole ‘B’ and then seated it with me little brass hammer.  2 hours later and it was like new.

But the fun wasn’t over, and this’s why I think the Krauts played fast n loose with the naming of this pistol.  The trigger and bolt spring screw, when I took it out, it practically fell out, along with a copious amount of metal shavings and threading bits.

And nope, not even Numrich had the screw in stock, not that’d matter as the frame itself, the threads were shot out.  Sooooo that meant having to manufacture a screw that’d work.  I found a slightly wider screw in my box o’screws, and when I put it in, I could feel it ‘cut’ into the frame as I was putting it in.  Hence why I think this one of them el-cheapo copper-zinc-aluminum jobbers.

I then marked it, and cut off the screw with my Dremel.  It worked like a charm.  

However, I wasn’t quite done.  I called Dad and asked if I could do a refinish on it, as it was pretty grungy and well, the finish was shit to begin with.  I hit it with a light ceramic Cerakote ripoff I got somewhere.  I’ve used it quite a few times before, and have never had an issue with it in times past. The results:

…and

The phots don’t really do it justice.  There’s a very faint amount of metallic flake in the mix, so it’s got a bit of the pimped out look to it.  And to those who are ‘purists’ of ‘leave the original patina on it’… under normal circumstances, if it was a legit Colt or something even like a repro FIE or something I’d agree.  However, these things have a market value of like $50.  Dirt-assed el-cheapo Ghetto Blasters… I mean Dad at 80 something, this’s his ‘last ditch oh shit’ weapon on the nightstand.  I think he’s gonna love it.

I also put a dollop of white phosphor paint on the front blade sight in case he’s using it at night.  Either way, it was a fun project for last night when I started it and finishing it today whilst I wait on ‘gainful employment.’

Let me know whatcha think!
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By BigCountryExpat

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4 comments

  1. I spent many a day in my misguided youth shooting 22 rimfires from a single action revolver and bolt action single shot rifle. Fun times. Cheap pistols like that can be loads of fun when shooting at beer cans, cow patties and turtles in the fish pond. Nice job with the touch up.

  2. Awesome job/rehab. Nuthin like putting those old girls back in service. There’s a Durablue color called “Park” that looks like that. I put it on one of the rehabed pawn shop/trunk guns and it looked fine relative to a real light colored Park tank job. Putting it in the oven at a lower than “usual” temperature really speeds the curing up.

    For the original bolt “tracks” on the cylinder…if you polish the sharp outer edges of the bolt it will tolerate things well without digging into the epoxy finish or affecting bolt lock up. If you’re ever doing a midnight blue Durablue on a revolver, sometimes you can do a heavy multipass cold blue polish with Oxphoblue on the cylinder before painting…it may match (or give a nice contrast to) the Durablue finish, good enough to skip epoxying the cylinder. If not, paint the cylinder. So, do everything including the crane and wait to see about the cylinder–sometimes you have to wait weeks because the surrounding paint job changes visually over the curing time.

  3. I once bought a very similar Sauer .22 (also with fake MOP grips) as part of a group of handguns I bid on shortly after moving to the sticks from Detroit. My neighbor and I were both very short of cash. He ‘dozed out a driveway for me and refused to take my money, so I gave him that .22 SA. Over 40 years later, he still has it and it continues to provide great value to him. We both insist it was the best deal, ever.

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