Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

where do guns go to die?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by bolus, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    6,977
    After disassembling, coating and reassembling my CZ82 with all 55 parts I got the bug and want try and learn some more gun smithing and refinishing techniques.

    Where does one find 'gunsmith special' handguns? Something that might not work well or is broken but is potentially fixable to a novice.

    Century has like 3, SOG has one, J&G has one. really very little in the way of options. old C&R eligible ones would be even better for me.

    There has got to be more dead handguns around somewhere for a hobbyist to work on.

    I went by The Gun Broker and then have a few boxes of dead long guns for spare parts but no pistols "we dont accept any non-working pistols" was the response I got. They were my best local bet for a non-working handgun to try and fix.
     
  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    6,725
    Likes Received:
    10,934
  3. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    6,977
    Thanks, I'll give them a call tomorrow when they open up. I did not see anything on their site though (I've already tried to get an MK1 Hi Power internal extractor from them)
     
  4. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,043
    Likes Received:
    2,187
  5. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    6,977
    Cool, at very least thedealershowroom has a Browning Hi Power internal extractor.

    I talked to H&K gunshop in Forest Grove and he has several he keeps around for parts so I'll be giving him a visit.
     
  6. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,043
    Likes Received:
    2,187
    I would call any of them and not rely on what's listed on the sites I posted links for.
     
  7. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    669
    Likes Received:
    807
    On some of the facebook groups I belong to I have seen people just ask for old broken guns for the reason you want and they have received several replies with offers. You might just try asking.
     
    Throckmorton likes this.
  8. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,828
    Likes Received:
    6,266
    :D There are times I come across gun that are parts kits, they sell rather fast. What parts set would you want, knowing the frame is destroyed?
     
  9. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    9,857
    Likes Received:
    10,560
    If you need parts for anything, Brownells used to be a great source.
     
  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    7,573
    Likes Received:
    10,645
    Have you tried a WTB post in our classifieds?
     
    U201491 likes this.
  11. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    9,857
    Likes Received:
    10,560
    Even better Idea :)
     
  12. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,943
    Likes Received:
    1,231
    I agree with deadeye - I've seen John's old shop (dealer showroom) before he moved to OR, the guy has a ton of stuff. His old shop looked like an avalanche of boxes full of parts kits, demilled guns, parts kits, and broken stuff. Even though it looked completely without organization he knew where to find just about any part I was after. He usually only advertises the stuff he has fairly large quantities of on hand. A friend bought 4 or 5 demilled guns from him and welded them back up to sell at one of those gun "buyback" deals. In reality they would never shoot again without a ton of work but they were cobbled together well enough to make a click when the trigger was pulled so it was good enough.... nothing like getting them to pay you to get "bad guns" off the street without them knowing they really were bad (to the point of not working)....
     
  13. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    6,468
    Likes Received:
    7,678
    Show up a the next gun buy back event.
    A lot of the guns being brought in are non functional or in rough condition.
    I've bought a bunch from people that didn't want to wait inline for over four hours.
    Some were near mint condition.
     
    bolus likes this.
  14. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    6,977
  15. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,650
    Likes Received:
    2,374
    When I get guns in that are beyond what it financially responsible to fix, they generally get stripped and the parts sold off or kept in a drawer for later. I don't keep many guns in the shop that are fixable by the novice, otherwise, I probably would have fixed them and sold them. Your best bet looking for projects to work on is the classifieds here, the local nickel ads, facebook, etc. Putting an ad in will get someone who has a broken gun laying around to respond eventually...
    Good luck!
     
  16. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    6,977
    Thanks, when I initially started looking I was hoping to find more options like this

    http://www.southernohiogun.com/handguns/surplus-handguns/hungarian-ap32-pistol-32acp.html

    $60 no grips and mechanical problems. If I cant get it fixed up Im not really out much but I got some experience and education out of it. But it seems pretty clear now that a good chunk of the dead guns go to parts.

    But let me know if you get anything in that doesnt need fancy gunsmithing to get it fixed up especially if it is C&R eligible. (though Im a little be proud of myself using my drill press as a make-shift lathe to get a new internal extractor for my Mk1 Hi Power to fit and function properly)

    Im not that far away from your shop
     
  17. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,650
    Likes Received:
    2,374
    Feel free to stop by. If you end up with one of the 1903 Colts mentioned above, I have a drawer just for those parts and might be able to help you get it back up and running.
     
  18. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    6,977
    Well, I got one to work on. Eastern Arms co. 38. (it was a sears brand, probably made by Meriden Fire arms).

    Its a bit loose, the hammer does not lock back. But it still has rifling and all the parts and will be a good on to practice refinishing and bluing on.

    Best part $25 (H&K gunshop in Forest Grove)

    dzfshys.jpg
     
  19. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    7,573
    Likes Received:
    10,645
    It's actually kind of cool!:D