Beaumont Adams

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ChrisPer1
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02 May 2009, 10:20 #21

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Fabian23
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22 May 2009, 19:08 #22

Well it arrived today! First evaluation: Cylinder, notches and nipples in great condition, overall frame is fine, a few dents probably from messing with the loading lever, bore is rough but with visible and tangible rifling.

Upon disassembly I found the source of the problem, namely the hand and hand spring. Firstly the slot in the hand in which the head of the spring sits is partially broken so the spring is not tightly held (loss of spring tension), and secondly the tip of the spring is broken, it should have a dog leg which biases the first sear towards the hammer tumbler and likewise forces the hand out to index the cylinder. The two parts are relatively simple but I do not have the time/tools to make so I am now looking for a willing volunteer to make these parts for me....any ideas?
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billcurtisra
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22 May 2009, 21:06 #23

These flat thin springs for the revolvers are quite easy to make. I use an old hacksaw blade with the temper drawn. Cut and file it to flat shape, heat to red hot and bend to shape. Then heat to red hot and quench in cold water. It is then glass hard. Get your lead pot up to molten, switch off the heat and drop the hard spring in and leave the whole lot to cool down. When cold the spring will be at just the right temper.
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Fabian23
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25 May 2009, 07:43 #24

Thanks Bill,

I have cut, filed and treated the spring, all I need to do now is cut a new thin slot in the hand to wedge the top of the spring into.

The top of the case has a few old shippiong labels stuck to the wood, the only readbale one is a very old Indian Airlines Corporation label, sadly the written parts have faded off, but I wonder when this might have been. It seems curious to me to send a cased gun as is, without packaging. The brass roundel on the case has no markings. The seller speculates that with was owned by a diplomat but why travel with a percussion revolver in the age of aircraft. The oiler, cap tin, powder flask and nipple key are original whilst the rod and brushes are old parker hale items.
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26 May 2009, 08:06 #25

The Beaumont has now been restored to its fully function, after one trial the spring was not quite the right shape to give resistance where it should so I repeated the tempering procedure tweeking here and there. Now it works well in DA and SA.
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26 May 2009, 10:09 #26

Well done - not as difficult as appeared at first glance. I forget who first told me about lead pot tempering but, whoever it was, it was a very good tip.
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26 May 2009, 10:38 #27

It is an excellent tip and saved me a lot of money.... I was contemplating getting the parts professionally reproduced. It is probably also good for the little pinfires since the flat springs in those are usually very weak.
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22 Mar 2010, 14:41 #28

I was looking into Dixie Gun Works, they have nice V=Springs in several` sizes, made for "Early double action revolvers and pinfires".Seems just the ticket for old Bulldog revolvers, etc.They are on the web, cost of Spring ,$3.50, won't break you.
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