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Tinkering with Firearms

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by DieselScout, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Does everyone tinker with the firearms they buy? Anytime I am looking to purchase I always look into what parts are available and how easy the gun is to improve in my own home by my own hands. Typically when I am recommending a rifle or pistol to someone this comes up in the discussion. It just kind of hit me today. There are people who will go buy a gun and leave it alone!:bluelaugh: To me it just seems foreign. I almost have to sit on my hands not to tinker with the wife's Buckmark.:laugh:
     
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  2. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Tinkering with the kinds of firearms I buy would reduce their value by half or more. Which is fortunate, because I prefer mine just as they were made.

    Keith
     
  3. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    I am the same way.First thing I do when I buy a gun is scour the net and find out how to improve the trigger.It especially gets exiteing if something breaks or wears out.Not many parts cant be fixed or remade with a few files and a drill.
     
  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    depends on the Firearm. I recently replaced a totally trashed out M1 Carbine stock with the most accurate and best looking reproduction stock I could find. other then that nothing was done to the rifle.

    I have a Savage MKII FVT .22lr target rifle which I am building a completely new target rifle stock replacing the bottom metal with some I custom made to help keep the action screws tight. A new metal trigger gaurd and a custom accessory rail (target style under the forearm)

    Other rifles I have I would never touch. My Winchester Model 1895 Deluxe would be a crime to do anything to.

    It just depends on the value and use of the rifle.

    On pistols the most I have ever done is to polish the internals to help smooth up the action. And to make custom grips.
     
  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    If I were in this situation I would leave it alone for sure. I can see the value of leaving something as is. But, none of the guns I have are rare or posses any historical or intrinsic value.
     
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    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    I'll never buy a firearm for its value, I only buy shooters. So, yes, I mod all my weapons even if it's a minor trigger adjustment all the way to smoothing the action with file and polish.
     
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  7. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    1) Just keep track of your mods and keep your old parts.

    2) Make sure you give full disclosure to a potential buyer.

    I like to mod some of my guns but other than night sights and grips I leave my HD and CCW guns as they came from the factory.
     
  8. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    i dont really like buying used guns just because of this.
    buy a good gun and maybe change the trigger or ambi safety or something if needed but it seems its always the guns with ed brown this and wilson combat that that dont fire right anymore.then you have to try to figure out what the last screwball did to the thing.
    no i dont tinker with my guns,i try to buy good guns with good parts.
     
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  9. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If I buy a Smith and Wesson revolver, it usually gets a set of Wolff springs to lighten the trigger right away. I have played around with my M4gery duplicating my service rifle and all the accessories that were on it. Bottom line is, have fun as long as you don't make an unsafe weapon.
     
  10. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    Other than optics, all my rifles are stock. Same for pistols, other than night sights, they remain stock from the factory.