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This shut in thing ain't stopping this old man from putterin' around in the tool shed....

Got this 629 off of GB here some time back.




What I really need is a stainless summer time sidearm for EDC.

So, I jest got to thinking.....Maybe jest maybe....

And now I's got one. A 3 1/2 incher that works with my EDC rig.







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What grips are on the 3 1/2 incher?
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That's really a nice combo, love the leather and what I assume are KB stocks.
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It will do to "ride the river with." I can't think of anything better for EDC than a stainless gun, properly chambered and sized for the job at hand. Those grips are pretty sweet and what I see of the leather has my wheels turning as well. Great to hear from you, my amigo... stay safe!

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The stocks are from Keith Brown, exhibition grade 'Cokes'


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Those are beautiful.
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Not bad...not bad a'tall.
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nicely done... beautiful combination
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Nicely done!

Did you cut and taper the barrel yourself? Relocate the front sight?
If so, you’re a pretty handy fella to have around!
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Nice work. Looks perfect. I take it you cut thee barrel down and sanded thee markings off. No doubt you did it on both sides to make it symmetrical.
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Looks great Dave!

Now you just need to make some 'Summer time carry' leather goods to goo with
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Looks sweet Dave. Nicely done!
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Nice work. Looks perfect. I take it you cut thee barrel down and sanded thee markings off. No doubt you did it on both sides to make it symmetrical.
Yup, removed what was left of the roll markings....
When this current panic slows down,
I'll run it by the engraver and have those re-cut.

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I do all my own machine work....
Only send out the plating and engraving.

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Mr. Dave, did you silver solder the sight ramp on or cut a tenon and groove and pin it on? Always enjoy what you put together!
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cut a tenon and groove and pin it on?
Always enjoy what you put together!
Milled a tenon & groove........


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Suppose you are carrying that and need to defend yourself? You will win the style points hands down!
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Hereis another option other than engraving.Get a stencil for use with electrical etching. It is how I put my makers mark on my knife blades which are very hard. Properly done they are very clear. A small 12 volt battery charge will work fine for a power source. Negative on work piece and a dapper on the positive side. I use a piece of nylon with a copper plate attached and a felt covering held with a rubber band. But, some guys just use a Q-tip with the clip from the neg stuck where the cotton joins the stick. Use salt water to wet the dapper and hold it on the stencil or in the case of the Q-tip wipe the stencil for a while. Say 20-30 seconds. It will remove metal in clear areas of stencil. Longer you etch the deeper the etch. You can make crude stencils by cutting out tape, varnishing or painting an area and scraping away where you want the mark, Finer ones can be made via using an exposure method and developing. I order mine from Ernie at Blue Lightning Stencil Etch.
He will work from your art work or whatever

Reusable many times and you can get quite a bit of detail. It is how I would remark a barrel. I am sure you could get one that said 44 Special, Smith & Wesson, S&W and a couple of others on one sheet.
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Steelslaver,
I'll check that out.
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I don't know much about etching and etc. but I have to say that your knives are real works of art.
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Great looking gun it looks like regular factory production, some of the barrel cuts I've seen from big name gunsmiths don't look as good.
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Great looking gun it looks like regular factory production, some of the barrel cuts I've seen from big name gunsmiths don't look as good.

Thanks for the kind words....

I've cut a few in the last 40 years... Maybe two hundred or so.

Bob'd several RMs and a few other pre-war barrels too.


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I have a question, How do you do your muzzles? I have a fixture to put my barrels in my lathe and center the muzzle. Once I have it flushed off flat, I cut the front of the rib back a bit, then setup to slowly take the cutter tip across at a shallow angle from outside to bore, then use a ball end mill to start the center. Then I use about 120 grit to take the top of where the inside cut meets the outside to better round and smooth things out. Then go to higher grits. I also have 2 pieces of brass, one with a rounded end and the other cupped. I hold emery grit against those while they are chucked in tail piece and press them to muzzle. Finish with a ball bearing and valve grinding compound on the actual muzzle. Is there a simpler better way. The rib makes it way difficult than if it was just a round piece. Limits your tool approach to piety much dead on from the front.

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Wow that 3.5 inch barrel looks amazing on that 629. Would you be interested in cutting and removing the marks on a 64 barrel I have?
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I use a couple of different crowning tools that I made here in the shop
from old carbide inserts silver soldered to a square piece of cold roll.

For S&W barrels,
One is ground with a 1/8" concave radius followed by a flat to dress the rib to the correct setback.

The other one has a 1/16" concave radius for the thinner walls of tapered barrels.

These lathe tools finish cut the crown and rib in one operation.

I use a 45 degree crowning cutter with a bore pilot to actual finish the cut on the rifling.


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I use a couple of different crowning tools that I made here in the shop
from old carbide inserts silver soldered to a square piece of cold roll.

For S&W barrels,
One is ground with a 1/8" concave radius followed by a flat to dress the rib to the correct setback.

The other one has a 1/16" concave radius for the thinner walls of tapered barrels.

These lathe tools finish cut the crown and rib in one operation.

I use a 45 degree crowning cutter with a bore pilot to actual finish the cut on the rifling.


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Figured there was a better way to skin the cat. I finally picked up a muzzle tool with a pilot a while back, but have not done a barrel since I gat it. My way works, But, a lot of fiddling to get it looking right. One interesting thing is, I studied a lot of S&W muzzles when I first started to cut one down. Their is a lot of variation from one to the other. So, "just like factory" has some leeway.

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That’s the best looking stainless gun I've ever seen. Should you think of parting with it, I would show interest.
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