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Old 11-14-2010, 06:00 PM
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Hi all, let me tell you a story which started more than three years ago.

Maybe some of you remember my bad luck with the Model 53 .22 Jet. One of the chambers was bulged. The reason was probably stucked powder
in the powdermeasure. I didn't felt any strong recoil or heared a louder bang, but the cylinder was blocked and the chamber touched the topstrap.

After a lot and heavy blows with a woodhammer was it possible to swing the destroyed cylinder out. And then what????
No chance for a repair-part here in Switzerland. I put the disassembled gun in a box and tried to find a substitute. I found another Model 53
after two or three month......and it costs me a lot. But hey, I got all the reloading-gear, a lot of cases and the .22 Jet-bug.

The destroyed Jet was resting in the box for many month. The contact between the bulged chamber and the topstrap let me be concerned about
the condition of the whole frame. But after a close inspection, I didn't found other damages or bending. But can you imagine how difficult it is to
find another cylinder of a gun, which was not Swiss-made, chambered in a caliber which was never-ever popular in Switzerland and
was for more than 30 years no longer in production???????
I saw no chance for a new cylinder. But my luck let me find another Model 53 in very good condition here in Switzerland. The damaged one
was not forgotten, but I started to accept the fact that it's over.

But then I heard some rumors out there, that Mr. Hamilton Bowen from Bowen Classic Arms,
+ B O W E N + Bowen Classic Arms - Custom Revolvers, Pistols and Guns Repair and Pistolsmithing,
offers a serie of slightly longer K-frame-cylinders with small pre-drilled holes.


I checked my information-sources and get contact to Mr. Bowen via a forum-member. After some discussion about the possibility to replace
the damaged cylinder, we found out that the laws made it necessary to make all chambering-work here in Switzerland. So I called the Swiss
forum-member Dani and asked him for help. First he was very carefull, but then, after a close look at the work and time-investement, he said OK.
Shooting-buddy and mech-wizzard Dani was involved into this project. He has so much questions about the transforming-process, and we recieved a
lot of anwers and recommendations, for the upcoming work from Mr. Bowen. We got big respect for this project and we know that this process is
not that easy for Dani. There was always the risk of loosing all. Now it is time to say "Thank You" to all the good ghosts, who made it possible that
the Model 53 barks again.

We decided to order a cylinder. To my surprise, a forum-member and good friend of mine, was able to send the blank Bowen-cylinder to me.
He sent it as a Christmas (2009) gift. WOW!!



After the cylinder arrives in Switzerland was it time to order the tools. I found the Pacific-Tool in White City USA.

Pacific Tool & Gauge Inc. - Chamber Reamers
Kathleen and Mr. Kiff helped me through the ordering-process and soon was the .22 Jet chamberreamer in Switzerland.
The reamer for the correct pilotdiameter of the chamberreamer and the .224 reamer for the cylinderthroats were ordered in Switzerland
for not much money.

Then Dani's work starts. Because this was a "afterwork and weekend-project" and the work was time-consuming, was Dani in his basement for many nights.
He doubelchecked every step and so he avoided mistakes. There was no second chance.

First he opened the holes of the blank cylinder to the measure of the reamerpilot and then he reamed very carefull the chambers with his
CNC-milling-machine. (cellphone-camera-pictures)





After this first work he adjusted the lengt of the cylinder-backside. He sent me this pictures....




...and later this video in May 2010 (Click at the picture to see the video. Loadingtime ca. 15 seconds)


The frontside of the cylinder was not adjusted to the correct gap. Because the breech of the barrel got some serious eroding-traces,
was it wiser to cut back the breech for adjusting the correct gap between barrel and cylinder.


He made two centerpins from brass to hold the barrel correctly in the lathe. Then he cutted the breech as much as it was necessary/possible.
The erosion was almost away and the gap is perfect.


After reasembling the gun, was it time to go to the range for the first testfiring. Here's a the video of the first shot with the white
cylinder. (Click at the picture to see the video. Loadingtime ca. 20 sec.)


The exctraction of the fired cases was real hard, because of the somewhat rough chamberwalls. Next step was carefull polishing.

Then was the next testfiring scheduled with the white cylinder. The hands were supported on the desk...no supported gun.
This were Remington factory-ammo.

The extraction of the cases was much better.

The result was good enough. The gun was disassembled again and Dani brought the parts to a fine company, which reblued the gun.


After some days we got the Model 53-parts back. Dani reassembled the gun and we met at the range with a bunch of my different loads!!!
Here is the gun (the lower one) with its substitute/twin.




Here some pics and comments about the next testfiring....
50 grainer aren't for the .22 Jet. Both pictures shows tumbling 50-grain-bullets




But then we shot the 45 grainer and the results were good. So I decided to build up the tripod and the Camera. This
video is uncutted and shows my testfiring with the repaired Model 53. The sound sets in after 15 seconds.
(Click at the picture to see this 2 minutes long video. Loadingtime is ca. 35 seconds. So please be patient).


This gun isn't an original S&W Model 53 anymore. But it is a great piece of craftmanship and it means a lot to me. This gun is a real loud sign of
Friendship, Patience, and Skilled Workmanship.


Many thanks to all the friends who are a part of this story. I am proud, that I can tell it here.

Regards

Swissman

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Old 11-14-2010, 07:53 PM
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Wow. Nice story and with a happy ending.
This forum is the best!!

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OUTSTANDING! I love reading your posts Swissman. I've never seen a up close of a Jet cartridge or a cylinder. Neat indeed, I neve rrealized how big a .357 hole was in the back when compared to a .22 hole in the front.
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Yes, thank you for sharing this. Dani is a great craftsman.
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great job! you going to try some handloads in it?
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congrats swissman. jets are my favorite of all my smith guns. if you have access to american powders i would be glad to email you some of my favorite loads. have been shooting jets since 1974. nice when a difficult project comes together and gets completed to your satisfaction.
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A remarkable, wonderful story!

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Wow! What a great post and a happy ending. Congratulations Swissman on your REBORN Mod. 53!
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That is what I call perseverance!!!

Very, very good!!!
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Very well done, with pictures of every step. Happy shooting.
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Thank you for sharing the story of how your jet was saved from the scrap pile.

I can tell that Dani is a fine craftsman.

Now be sure not to repeat the reload which blew the cyclinder and have a great time with your new revolver.

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As the kids would say,pretty cool.
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I think it's really great that you have it back up and running again.
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It would be hard to improve on a S&W/Swiss combination. That has to be a first and thanks for sharing it with the forum!
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Enjoyed it - especially the final video production. The music was a nice touch. Very satisfying to get one back in service when you know there's a chance it may never be used again after a mishap.

But you should do an on-camera shot of yourself in one of these so we don't continue to think you're Al Bundy . . .
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Maybe some of you remember my bad luck with the Model 53 .22 Jet. One of the chambers was bulged...

This gun isn't an original S&W Model 53 anymore. But it is a great piece of craftmanship and it means a lot to me. This gun is a real loud sign of
Friendship, Patience, and Skilled Workmanship.
Yes, I remember the story about the wrecked Model 53. So many of us who have been around Jets a couple decades or more have seen guns like that. Lots of them remain perfectly serviceable otherwise, the cylinder though thoroughly hors de combat. I have passed up buying a couple in that condition, but it took fortitude. Until recently, repair parts like the ones from Mr. Bowen were not available, and finding a replacement Jet cylinder even here in the U.S. was no sure thing.

It might amuse you to know that one fellow I have spoken with continued using his similarly damaged gun as a "five-shooter" when he was able to get the cylinder to rotate again. Certainly not a practice I would care to indulge, but I know the gun was used that way for many years.

It would not matter one bit to me that this gun is no longer all-original. You have something many times more special than any ordinary production revolver - many memories, and certainly a conversation piece, in addition to being a good shooter.

I particularly like your pictures of the two guns together, and of the finished project with "desk set" and cutting tools. Just a great story all around and everyone associated is to be commended for bringing this revolver back to life. Nice job, Swissman and Dani!

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Swissman, I don't know what you do for a living, but with your level of ingenuity, intelligence and perseverance, you are bound to be successful. In fact, you've made me feel badly because there are a couple of projects that I've put off because they are "too hard". You have destroyed that excuse.

More to the point, you have saved a rare and important Smith from the scrap heap. In a technical sense, it may no longer be a collectable piece, but many of the guns I value the most have been modified by clever and intelligent men to meet their needs.

Well done...

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How cool is that? Swissman, your perseverance and dedication to doing things right really paid off. Your photos and videos really helped to explain all that had to be done.

Good job!

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Yes, nice touch indeed. Hopefully Swissman did not get a good whack on the back of his head for borrowing his wife's CDs.

That was a fun video. Thanks!
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Swissman, I don't know what you do for a living, but with your level of ingenuity, intelligence and perseverance, you are bound to be successful. .........

Well done...

Charles
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Thanks for this friendly comment. But my job on this project was easy. All I had to do was:

1. Blow up the orginal cylinder
2. Holding the nose constantly into the wind
3. Ordering the chamberreamer
4. Keep up the contact to my friends on both sides of the big pond for all the questions.
5. Looking good while testfiring the almost finished gun

The honor for this great repair belongs for sure not to me.It belongs to Mr. Bowen, who offers
this great and perfectly made blank cylinder,.....


... then for sure to the good friend who sent me one of this gems as a Christmas-gift (WOW!!)....


...and for sure to Dani who transformed all this into a great and accurate revolver. (it's the lower one)



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Swissman this is the most interesting presentation on the model 53 that I have read on the forum so far, my model 53 is the second favorite revolver that I own with the 57's being the top. A very well done and informative post. Thanks Jeff
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Great story and what a wonderful ending. Your photos are top shelf as always. Thank you for sharing this story.

It is stories like this that are the true essence of the shooting sports family.
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Great story! Love the music in the video also... Kinda like showing some Swiss pride!

I have a 53 but don't have a .22LR cylinder. Didn't know Bowen made cylinders for the 53, so may give him a call.

Thanks again for the great story and PICTURES... we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words and the video made it that much better.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:05 PM
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Excellent! A lesson for all of us.You have an outstanding S&W and a wonderful friend in Dani. You have created many good memories and thank you for sharing the story and the photos. I love these S&W projects that restore life in these old castaways. I, too, seek to restore those old guns that still have some life left in them.
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Beautiful and outstanding machine work !! wonderful job !! Hat is off to everyone involved in that project!
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It's great to see a nice revolver resurrected from an early grave. Congratulations sir, excellent post.

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nice repair job. glad you got that paperweight running again !
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You might want to keep an eye out for the 22lr inserts that originally came with the gun. See
Lot of 5 JET 22 Inserts : Collectible Ammo at GunBroker.com
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