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    06-19-2018, 07:45 AM
    ...in an effort to rival internet conspiracy theorists who haven't seen it. I am mindful of Ockham's Razor. The ordinary straight razor, which was quite old-fashioned in the Middle Ages because complicating it couldn't make it work better, if as...
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    06-19-2018, 07:35 AM
    Grooves with one side angled, as found in most Miniť bullets, were from Tamisier's patent which preceded the hollow base. But the flat side was at the rear of the groove, and the logic was that the extra air resistance at the rear would keep the...
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    06-19-2018, 04:47 AM
    The .45ACP could be used. But it might give only a couple of thousandths of rim to prevent the cartridge from sliding deeper into the chamber, based on my actual chamber diameter. Or it might not. The only thing those cases are guaranteed to...
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    06-19-2018, 03:38 AM
    The simplest thing would be to buy already stabilised knife scale blanks, but I don't know if they are available in hedge apple. It isn't on eBay anyway. I don't believe the epoxy adhesives, especially the slow ones, are fluid enough to penetrate...
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    06-18-2018, 11:43 AM
    Thank you for those kind words. Just one thing to add. You may find that nominally excessive rim thickness isn't a problem. But if it is, use drills and a counterbore to cut a dummy "chamber" with the rim the depth you want, in a block of steel....
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    06-18-2018, 08:49 AM
    If they had paid $2 and got to walk away (as most people do after firearms failures) fine... till the next time. If they were in the service and got it free, though, death might seem sweet. I think there is a pretty good chance that it would be...
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    06-18-2018, 08:16 AM
    .44 Special or Magnum cases are not the right way to load for this revolver. This arises from the mistakes in Frank Barnes's "Cartridges of the World", which are copied by John J. Donnelly in his "Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions", with...
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    06-17-2018, 02:52 PM
    If hiding the location of the guns is enough, this is better hiding than most. But as long as it is in the kitchen with knives and a can-opener, it isn't a safe. A padlock can't protect it effectively against forcible entry, and just shouts "This is...
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    06-17-2018, 02:38 PM
    They did indeed, but I always wondered if trying it had anyone as safe and unperforated as only a person with a broken-off hammer would be. It was an extremely good syste if unabused, and used also in their Safety Hammerless, where even that triumph...
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    06-17-2018, 02:25 PM
    Well leaving aside the possibility of making it into a pistol (and I don't think any kind of howdah pistol but a double made it into a howdah in the great age of howdahs), I would much prefer to use a cartridge contemporary with, and suitable for,...
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    06-16-2018, 03:58 PM
    Heating Accraglas will indeed make it more fluid, but it will also accelerate the hardening. Fine if you have everything set up right to avoid any delay... With the slow epoxies, about two hours in warm weather to six, you can mix them with a...
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    06-16-2018, 02:39 PM
    That sounds like it should work, but I would probably just have glued it, and bound it tightly with rubber strip or tubing to force the joint together. It isn't like it runs across the direction in which force would be applied. It has probably done...
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    06-16-2018, 04:42 AM
    That can be done. I've made a double action revolver hammer without one to copy. and it works. But you would be better off buying a replacement hammer from one of these: www.trackofthewolf.com https://www.blackleyandson.com/ The last has...
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    06-16-2018, 04:29 AM
    I think you would need an oxy-acetylene torch, as vice jaws and copper sheet would absorb a bit much heat for non-oxygen propane etc. You might do better by holding a square piece of key steel which passes through the tumbler square hole. Also a...
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    06-16-2018, 03:57 AM
    The snag is that you get less light through one eye than two, so poor light performance will be a little less. For a few applications, such as close-range wildlife observation, the stereoscopic distance estimation of binoculars may be useful, but...
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    06-15-2018, 05:48 AM
    I believe it was one of the founders of "The Old Western Scrounger" who had an embarrassing experience when an Orgies pistol went off in his pocket at a gun show, although fortunately nobody was hurt, not even himself. The pistol is in most respects...
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    06-14-2018, 06:50 PM
    I used to know the medical officer on the Riyadh air force base, who told me that Saudis would throw away white pills, as everybody knows white pills don't do you any good. It is obvious when you think about it. So he had a catering-sized bottle of...
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    06-14-2018, 11:46 AM
    Well I can tell you that colouring diesel red isn't automatically harmful. But you have put your finger on a problem for users in the UK, and no doubt elsewhere. Red diesel is sold for farming and industrial use, at a greatly reduced rate of tax,...
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