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    The acme firing pin company

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    So one of my buddies comes to me with these 2 firing pins, and says to me, &quot;these are out of some hardware store brand side by side .410 shotgun, probably made in the 20&apos;s and I have owned it for the last 60 years,&nbsp; and for 50 of those 60 years the one firing pin has been broken......can you machine me up a pair of pins?&quot;<br>
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    Out to the shop I went, grabbed a couple shoulder bolts, there good steel, hardened,&nbsp; but machinable,&nbsp; and went to work.....<br>
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    After I got done with this project, he then has the nerve to try to pay me......I told him &quot;you just don&apos;t do friends that way&quot; ok fine he says, and leaves a happy man.....came home from work the next day and found a N.O.S.&nbsp; bolt for my 03A3 in my mail box......<br>
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    What ya think of my handy work?

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    Cool nice work

    can you tell us about your lath ?

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    Good job, lots of old guns that just need a little part or two in order to function again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBronco View Post
    can you tell us about your lath ?


    My lathe is Southbend 10K (light ten) made in 1967, lived it's whole life in the tool room at the lathe works, 1hp 110vt motor, factory cabinet with underdrive, this is a nice tool room machine, you can take big "hog cuts" with or "dust off" a few thou as well, I prefer a belt drive small machine for my fussy work, you do not transfer the gear train vibrations thru the spindle to the work and there much quieter then a large machine, in fact you can barely hear my lathe running........this lathe is identical to the machine I cut my teeth on when I started to learn to be a tool maker (30 plus years ago) ........this machine came to me fully tooled , 3 jaw, 4 jaw, face plate, centers, steady rest,follow rest, collets and draw bar plus metric threading change gears.....I feel very blessed to have such a nice machine

    Aaron

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    Nice work, and lathe. Helped out many a friend, guns and other handy work especially boats. Came home many a day with a bucket of lobster on the porch.
    Them guys are are always welcome.
    Be well
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    Well done! By making him a pair of good ones so he has a spare, you have probably insured he will never have one break on him. The only time I tend to have a firing pin break is at a match when I have no spare... if I’m carrying a spare in my gun box, firing pins seem to morph into unbreakable super pins. Must be some corollary to Murphy’s Law, I guess.

    I admire your attitude toward doing a favor for a friend as well. If the recipient is “one of the good guys” it will at least give you a warm fuzzy, and frequently will come back to reward you in ways you least expect. Sounds like a “Win-Win” to me!

    Froggie
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    Hardware store gun is most likely a Crescent, they made them in your store name for a small to medium order.

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    ...and here I thought this would have been about the same supplier Wiley Coyote used!

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    You done well.

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    Great work! There's something especially satisfying about taking an old gun that's trash, and making it usable and functional again! It's the next best thing to making your own gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
    ...and here I thought this would have been about the same supplier Wiley Coyote used!
    Had the same thought. lol

    Nice job on the pins.

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