13 Apr

Fox Model B Shotgun Repair, Junkyard Gun Treasures, and Classes in Session!

Steven K. Ledin,

Friend John's brother goes to a local junkyard and shoots rats with a 12 gauge Fox Model B shotgun. The stock in places is wafer thin, and it eventually splintered in 5 places. The right barrel also wouldn't work. When I got it, a couple of receiver pins were not in place. When that happens, springs do crazy things to remaining parts. I was able to put it back together, and the reason the right barrel wouldn't work was due to a worn sear / hammer relationship. I could get a new sear, but couldn't find a hammer, so I put it back together witht the left only working again. I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it because I didn't think the repaired stock would have a lot of longevity. I soaked the oil out of the stock and broken pieces, then reglued and clamped. I noticed it had already been repaired once in its life. I steel wooled the excess dried glue off then recoated with a couple coats of Tru-Oil.

A few weeks later when dropping off the gun to John, he showed me his brother's latest junkyard find. In a locked and rusty metal box were three handguns, pretty worse for the wear. The first one was a Spanish "Buffalo" .25 that I may have a chance to get working after soaking in oil for a lifetime. I'll need a magazine spring minimum for full function if everything else goes okay. The next was a rusty old Iver Johnson that should work if I can make some kind of trigger return spring and clean the corrosion off. Then he pulled out an old S&W break top and I almost wet myself. So far I think it's a New Model Number 3 in .45 Webley. It has the NOT ENGLAND stamp above the trigger guard, so it was an export, and the forcing cone ring in the cylinder tells me it could be that rarer cartridge. I sent drawings and pictures to Roy Jinks, the S&W historian for a letter of authenticity, which, by itself, should increase the value by several times. It may even be worth it to send out for a restoration. It is mechanically perfect with a great trigger and what looks like original stag grips. What a find! We should be so lucky!

I appointed our man Trevor as Training Coordinator, and he completed his four Binoculars 101 Training classes last week. He did a great job, and he'll start the Riflescopes 101 trainings this week. Kudos to Trevor!

Our Product Intelligence department does a lot of filming for our Marketing department. Take a look at WWW.Youtube.com/OpticsPlanet for the latest. Chase just completed a spot using an OTIS kit to clean a black gun that may prove helpful, and more are filmed every day. I take one of the small OTIS kits with me on all my hunts.

Enjoy spring!

About Steven K. Ledin

Steve has never not known guns. Before motorcycles, money, or girls, they have always been part of his life. He was tenured as General Manager of one of the country’s largest gun stores and ranges, a buyer in a big box sporting goods store, and is currently OpticsPlanet’s Director of Product Intelligence. He was a US Navy gunners mate, and is an NRA certified instructor in ten categories, as well as an Illinois CCW instructor. He shoots competitively and has hunted from Alaska to Africa. He thoroughly loves life with his beloved wife, Shirley, and their three wildish dogs Tinker, TranRek (pronounced “Train Wreck”), and Crash Almighty. He is a stubborn stage 4 cancer survivor not yet ready to cash in his chips.

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