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Thread: Old Pistol Barrel (Not Dug)

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    Old Pistol Barrel (Not Dug)

    I found some cool old gun parts in an old tackle box of a coworker's recently deceased father's basement a couple years ago. She told me to grab everything I wanted, otherwise it goes to the dumpster. In the tackle box was the trapdoor of an 1873 trapdoor Springfield riffle. In a zip lock bag was the trigger guard, trigger, and two parts. One part, the weird shaped bent metal piece is definitely from the Springfield based on the letter marking, the other piece looks to be from a more modern gun, and is marked with a small circle with "SA" inside it (any ideas what type of gun it may be off of?). There was also a small screw in the bag, probably from the Springfield. In the tackle box was another cool gun part, a percussion cap pistol barrel. I tried to measure the barrel with a ruler, it looks to be a .30 caliber shot. I am not sure though if it is reproduction or original though, and don't know much about guns. Part of the barrel is very shiny, part of it has some light rust. The screw that attaches the percussion cap thing doesn't seem to be original, it it a little bit too long to have it fit there tightly. What do you think this barrel is from, and is it even original?
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    based on the allen screw plug in the drum I'd call it a modern piece... It's still unfinished and the tang hasn't been drilled and tapped, but with some work and some parts you could build a neat little boot pistol out of it. Dixie Gun Works probably has everything you'd need as far as lock and trigger, and you could make a nice grip out of a chunk of walnut.
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    The lock is correct for an 1873, whether it's original or not I can't say, I would see about looking through any other boxes or hidey holes down there for the rest of the parts
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOLA_Ken View Post
    based on the allen screw plug in the drum I'd call it a modern piece... It's still unfinished and the tang hasn't been drilled and tapped, but with some work and some parts you could build a neat little boot pistol out of it. Dixie Gun Works probably has everything you'd need as far as lock and trigger, and you could make a nice grip out of a chunk of walnut.
    Thanks Ken! I would love to try to complete it, it looks like a nice solid piece right now. These early boot pistols look beautiful when made well, I love the craftsmanship on them. It would be a fun project to buy the parts and finish up the gun, I will definitely look into doing it when I have the time, and will check out Dixie Gun Work. I also got some money for Christmas, and have been actually looking into buying a nice antique pistol, preferable from the Civil War or earlier. I love how they look, and all the work that was put into them. Thanks again!
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    Could be a kit gun, popular in the 50's/60's.
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    My guess would be kit gun as well.
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