So, a few weeks ago, my friend Instinct was asking about the installation of the Meprolight shotgun beads that I installed on our Winchesters. Now, my disclaimer is that I am NOT a gunsmith. I do a little work on my own guns from time to time, but I do not do this sort of thing for hire. I simply am not professional enough with this sort of thing to take on the liability of it. That being said, I told him that it’s really easy. You just get a 6×48 tap and the coordinating drill bit, remove the old bead, drill and tap the hole and thread the new sight in with some Loctite or nail polish on the threads. He said that sounded too complicated, so he shipped the barrel from his 870, ‘Bruce,’ and sight half way across the country to me to have me do the job! LOL! I received his barrel yesterday, and installed the bead last night. It will be shipping out to him today. During the installation, the Evyl Robot Empyre got silly and emailed back and forth with Instinct and a mutual friend, Gatakitty, for the whole procedure. That went as follows:
Just thought you’d like to know. Bruce has no front sight.
Poor Bruce!!! He can’t SEE!!!!
So I guess you would cringe to see a drill there in his eye?
Be gentle! He’s the only one I have!!!
You know, Bruce has never been to heaven, but now at least part of him has been to Oklahoma.
He’s in good hands. He’ll have a glowing cyclops eye in just a few minutes. Now, the surgeon needs more whiskey
You’re having too much fun with this, Jen 😀
Yeah. But just tell me you aren’t enjoying the play by play
I am. Now I have a photo documentary of it all
And now for the tapping.
Wee-Bot says hi.
Here’s one of your friendly neighborhood evylrobot.
So he’s learning gun smithing at an early age 😀
He’s ready for sight installation!
Nice shot 😀
Let’s see…. Power tools and whiskey….
Nothing could go wrong with that
Ummmm…. There’s a hole in his barrel…
No worries! That’s where the sight goes.
…Dear Liza, Dear Liza…
Nah. Nothing could ever go wrong there!
Indeed. He can take apart a Ruger 10/22 for thorough cleaning.
Ooh! Bruce’s sight hs been restored!
Best birthday/anniversary present EVAH!!!
The Wee-Bot and the kittehs approve.
Okay, so the kittehs do not approve of pictures.
Oh, I’ve never been to heaven,
But I’ve been to Oklahoma….
Now, I’m gonna tell you… The factory bead did not unthread, but broke off in my vice grips. It is steel, and a PITA to drill. I scuffed the finish a little on the block trying to get it flat. I’m not worried about that since you’re about to duracoat. It is ever so slightly off center – I’m talking about thousandths of an inch. I’m not real happy about that, but it will probably never make a difference. With the finish applied, you won’t see it, and I doubt it will screw with the POI. You should be able to easily tune to it with your rear notch anyway, once you’ve installed it. Honestly, you probably wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t mentioned it, but since you are a friend, I couldn’t just not.
Yeah, kitties have that “I’ll kill you in your sleep for this” look
One day I want to have a place to do man-work and a little evyl minion of my own to help me 😀
Well Wee-Bot is a good one. And we might rent him out for a nominal fee.
I think I can live with it 😀
There is no rear notch on the Remington so I think I’ll be good
You’ll be fine. It is better centered than my factory sight was on my Defender.
Whew! I was afraid you were going to ask for your money back! Aren’t you planning on adding a rear?
Can we clone him?
I’ve got a big enough one right now so no need…
OH, you mean on the shotgun. No, probably not
Nope. He’s a limited edition.
We like big butts and we cannot lie…
*sigh* God has some sense of humor. My butt doesn’t belong on a white dude my size.
…Ya’ll other brothers can’t deny…
My jeans say “curvy”
Instinct, would you mind me transcribing this thread to my blog? I think it would make a kick-butt blog entry!
Why would I mind?
And, that’s how it happened. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!