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Old 11-11-2016, 06:03 PM
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This project took over eight years to complete: it was lost in the aftermath of a fire (5 years); "the holy grail" search for parts; and the learning curve that was required to assemble and fit the parts along with the dozens of times that it needed to be completely assembled and disassembled. My thanks to TennesseeExplorer and Hondo44 for their help with this project. What follows is a photographic sequence of its development starting with the discovery of a barreled frame with side plate at a gun show in Dothan, AL in 2008.

This next photo shows the lock work assembly but is not the final product. Most of the parts ended up being new (old stock)N frame 1917 parts with the exception of the hammer and trigger from another Triple Lock, both of which are nickel plated.

The only part that was never found was the ejector rod/center pin assembly that had to be manufactured by a mechanist at a very significant cost. Note: the e-clip in the photo was replaced by a smaller one that had to be turned down with a diamond coated polisher on a Dremel. Same with the washer used as a cradle for the spring.

And here is what an old triple lock reconstructed from about 1910 looks like with serial number 2187 with a star next to it, which indicates a return to the factory in March 1928 for plating. More photos to follow.
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:31 PM
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Bravo!
Can't wait to see it progress to completion.

The problem with the E clip size may be because the factory uses a C clip.

Do you have another photo with the parts all oriented in the same direction?

Also a photo of the spring assembled on the ctr pin would be helpful to other members so they can see the difference between TL and later ctr pin spring positioning.

Great thread, thx!
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:36 PM
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The next phase of this project will be a bright nickel plating job at Fords in Crystal River, FL. It will be polished, the S&W logo re-established, and off for light engraving. The action is as smooth as butter with no end shake or side play. Timing is excellent. She shoots like a champ.



It was a lot of fun rebuilding this old gun and some of history was saved in the process. One of my sons will take her into the future. She will be engraved with the motto: GOD DUTY HONOR COUNTRY a code to live by!
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:39 PM
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Keith brown can bring back those stocks to like new!
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:31 PM
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Wow! great! Happy to have been able to help.
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If people can do this with cars, it only makes sense to do it with guns too! Nice work!
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Really, really nice work!
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Nice job and I for one appreciate that something like this is basesd on the appreciation of the gun and not about the value. My hats off to you.
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