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Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

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Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

#1 Post by Charles Lipscomb » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:58 pm

I am restoring a Remington made Model 1917 rifle to as issued condition.
I have all the parts ready to go but the darn front sight does not want to cooperate.
The pin is out. I have been soaking it in wd 40, then p b blaster and back to wd 40. Third day now.
I would hate to ruin it , or worse damage the barrel. So i am going slow.
Goimg to move to a bigger hammer soon. I don't think we have fuel for the propane torch.
Dremel and replace are on the bottom of my list.
Thanks guys.
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Re: Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

#2 Post by 72 usmc » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:35 pm

IT IS A DOG TO REMOVE :shhh: :doh: :doh: :doh: You need heat, a a big hammer (BMF) and oak block.
See this old post for ideas:
https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread ... ht-removal

If its a really nice barrel, I would pay a gunsmith to take it off. Be sure it's an old salt that knows what he is doing. Most of the new guys are useless with vintage rifles.
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.

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Re: Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

#3 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:25 pm

I've noticed that the guys coming out of a gun smithing school in Pennsylvania aren't idiots. Ask were they went to learn the trade. I've had two occasions to notice good work coming from people from that school. Mine was very careful not to distort the barrel on a Snider-Enfield conversion rifle when putting a front sight blade on. Don't ruin a decent barrel if you don't have to. I know putting a new barrel on a M1917 isn't a cut and dry job either, so be careful. i learned many valuable lessons messing with a M38 Carcano. Luckily I got it cheap.

I think I modified a SKS front sight tool to work for a M1917. I think it only required some filling. SKS front sight tools ran about $5 a few years ago. Take your time!

Does BMF manufacture any other metal moving tools? Send me the catalogue!

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Re: Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

#4 Post by Charles Lipscomb » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:14 pm

Thanks guys. We got it.
Those who know my story know sitting up is still a work in progress. Balancing a rifle action and swinging a hammer accuratley even more so.
It would seem three plus days in wd 40 , pb blaster and more wd 40 worked
I called my baby brother in to help. He knows his way around a hammer.
We used a block of 2x4 to balance the muzzle on. I held the barreled action. Curt used a derlon blockon the back of the front sight and my 8 oz ball peen hammer.
Two good hits and then he pulled it right off.
I put the bands on and he replaced the front sight and pin.
I believe he was able to do it as he has no fear. I used to be that way myself. I was unafraid to tackle any gun that came my way. But as thsy get more expensive i get a little more afraid of effimg it up.
So thanks to my brother Curt i am one step closer to being finished with this project.
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Re: Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

#5 Post by Charles Lipscomb » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:15 pm

Proof. :)
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Re: Need advice: removale of f s assy m1917.

#6 Post by 72 usmc » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:57 am

:clap: :dance:
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.

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