Re: C&R Photos
That nagant is beautiful! What's the story on it? It looks brand new.
Thanks for the compliments!
I ordered 2 from AIM. One is a 1928 hex receiver (I haven't de-gunked it yet).
This one is a round receiver 1942. The 42 was the cheaper one and the most beatup. I figured that there are millions of these out there and there's little risk in a museum coming to look for it, so I decided to do a mild reconditioning. Plus, this would be a good test run for getting some Duracoat experience.
I took it all apart and spent about 2 weeks "sweating" the cosmoline out of it. The metal parts cleaned up pretty good, but the wood took forever to get the cosmoline out....probably never will get it all out.
The metal parts were prepped and sprayed with Duracoat matte black The wood was prepped and stained with Cabot Stain "Gunstock" color that was leftover from another project. I then sprayed clear gloss poly over the stain and deglossed it with fine steel wool. I was pleased with the result because you can still see the imperfections in the wood.
While it was all apart, I shimmed the sear/trigger spring a little bit to help the pull (yes I dropped it a few times to make sure I didn't shim too much). I'll probably go back and add a trigger return spring. I also took the bolt apart and did a little polishing on the firing pin. My next step is to clean up the chamber a bit to help the bolt lugs lock up a little better.
I learned alot about Duracoat and when I'm done, this one will hopefully be a good plinker.