Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Truck Gun

When Scott isn't making knives, he likes to play with guns - in particular - lever action rifles. 
He likes to shoot them and customize them. He just finished this Rossi 92 in 357.

Rossi's are known for their reasonable price, not for their aesthetics.
 This Rossi (see-below) came from the factory with a crescent butt plate, case-hardened finish, and a
 poorly fitted stock and forend made from the wood of a rubber tree.

Scott shortened the barrel, fluted it, Parkerzied all the metal parts, and fitted the gun with an
 English walnut stock and forend from George Peterson at Treebone Carving.
Here are some progress pictures. 

Fluting the barrel lightened the overall weight of the gun and gave it a nice look.

Scott also commissioned a bullet mold from Accurate Molds - 165 grain WFN.

Here's his first kill from the Rossi 92 357 using a cast bullet of his own manufacture.

Here's a video made right before the gun was completed. 

The new properly sized stock and rubber Pachmayr buttpad make it a pleasure to shoot. 

Scott also made a new sling for the Rossi. He did all the leather carving and braiding himself. 

Scott mounted the sling using antique swivels from
a Springfield 03-A3 (front) and a Pre-WWI French Berthier (rear).

The Parkerized finish protects the gun and makes her very user friendly. 

English Walnut makes her beautiful.

Closeup of re-crown work and fiber optic front sight. 

An antique Lyman receiver sight was an appropriate addition to this Rossi.  

Thanks for looking.