Gunsmithing Silliness

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:

Jennifer:

Just thought you’d like to know. Bruce has no front sight.

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Instinct:

AHHHHHH!!!!

Poor Bruce!!! He can’t SEE!!!!

Jennifer:

So I guess you would cringe to see a drill there in his eye?

02Drilling

Instinct:

LOL

Be gentle! He’s the only one I have!!!

Jennifer:

You know, Bruce has never been to heaven, but now at least part of him has been to Oklahoma.

Evyl Robot:

He’s in good hands. He’ll have a glowing cyclops eye in just a few minutes. Now, the surgeon needs more whiskey

Instinct:

You’re having too much fun with this, Jen 😀

Jennifer:

Yeah. But just tell me you aren’t enjoying the play by play

Instinct:

I am. Now I have a photo documentary of it all

Jennifer:

And now for the tapping.

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Wee-Bot says hi.

04waving

Jennifer:

Here’s one of your friendly neighborhood evylrobot.

05spybarrel

Instinct:

HI Wee-Bot!!!

So he’s learning gun smithing at an early age 😀

Jennifer:

He’s ready for sight installation!

06barrelhole

Instinct:

Nice shot 😀

Instinct:

Let’s see…. Power tools and whiskey….

Nothing could go wrong with that

Instinct:

Ummmm…. There’s a hole in his barrel…

Jennifer:

No worries! That’s where the sight goes.

Evyl Robot:

…Dear Liza, Dear Liza…

Evyl Robot:

Nah. Nothing could ever go wrong there!

Jennifer:

Indeed. He can take apart a Ruger 10/22 for thorough cleaning.
Ooh! Bruce’s sight hs been restored!

07glowsight

Jennifer:

Mmm. Whiskey

08whiskey

Instinct:

YAY!!!

Best birthday/anniversary present EVAH!!!

Jennifer:

The Wee-Bot and the kittehs approve.

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Okay, so the kittehs do not approve of pictures.

Jennifer:

Thanks!

Gatakitty:

Oh, I’ve never been to heaven,
But I’ve been to Oklahoma….

Evyl Robot:

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.

Instinct:

Yeah, kitties have that “I’ll kill you in your sleep for this” look

Instinct:

One day I want to have a place to do man-work and a little evyl minion of my own to help me 😀

Jennifer:

Well Wee-Bot is a good one. And we might rent him out for a nominal fee.

Instinct:

I think I can live with it 😀

There is no rear notch on the Remington so I think I’ll be good

Jennifer:

You’ll be fine. It is better centered than my factory sight was on my Defender.

Evyl Robot:

Whew! I was afraid you were going to ask for your money back! Aren’t you planning on adding a rear?

Instinct:

Can we clone him?

Instinct:

I’ve got a big enough one right now so no need…

OH, you mean on the shotgun. No, probably not

Jennifer:

Nope. He’s a limited edition.

Jennifer:

We like big butts and we cannot lie…

Evyl Robot:

*sigh* God has some sense of humor. My butt doesn’t belong on a white dude my size.

Evyl Robot:

…Ya’ll other brothers can’t deny…

Jennifer:

My jeans say “curvy”

Evyl Robot:

😛

Evyl Robot:

Instinct, would you mind me transcribing this thread to my blog? I think it would make a kick-butt blog entry!

Instinct:

Why would I mind?

And, that’s how it happened. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

10 thoughts on “Gunsmithing Silliness

  1. Now, I must clarify that the reason I sent it to you was because I don’t have the tools to accomplish the task, not because of my lack of skills.

    If I had a work table with a clamp and the room to do the job I would have. But since I didn’t I went to the next best thing. :)

    Soon as everything is together I’m gonna do me some Duracoating!!
    .-= Instinct´s last blog ..John McCain will you please go NOW?! =-.

  2. Yeah, I gotta admit I cracked up when you started talking about your butt. Not that I have particularly looked at your butt, but I didn’t notice that it was out of proportion to the rest of you. Never mind, I’m shutting up now. But thanks for the laugh… I needed it.
    .-= Kristy´s last blog ..Rest in peace, my dear friend. =-.

  3. So why weren’t pictures of your and Jennifer’s butts in this entry? Inquiring minds want to know. LOL!!

    Hmm…I have a drill press and a vise that mounts to the drill press…(just thinking to myself. Heh.)

  4. ONinNY, PM sent.

    (No, not really!) 😀

    Instinct, That’s TamMY. And, no. I don’t want her stealing any of my guns. LOL! Tell you what, if I get a Glock and chop it down, maybe I’ll let you tie dye it. My revolvers are much to pretteh for such sacrilege. Although a tie dyed AR… …Oh, wait! Those are illegal to have in your draconian state. Nevermind. Just a few days till you get your barrel back!

  5. Kalifornia. Well, I think there are some ways around it if you know how to jump through the hoops, but the collapsible stock/pistol grip arrangement is right out.

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