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Old 06-12-2007, 11:45 PM   #1
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Sometimes...

...they just want to be what they are. You can dress them up, but they just aren't happy that way.

Last week I posted about an early Inland barreled receiver I'd bought and built back up with some early parts (principally an Inland flip-sight and dogleg hammer). Well, I got to shoot it this past Sunday and was pretty disappointed with the result.

On the good side, it grouped well, and the elevation was spot on, which is always nice. Unfortunately, the flip-sight had to be drifted all the way to the left to zero the windage, exposing the crater stake marks on the dovetail. Not so nice. On top of that, the sear engagement area on the dogleg hammer was so worn that the hammer would not engage the sear and lock back with the trigger pulled (i.e. during firing). The hammer followed the bolt every shot.

I spent the last couple of days thinking about what to do, and finally decided on a course of action. Off came the flip-sight. On went a NIW type 3 rear sight. Off came the dogleg hammer, and on went a Rock-Ola type 3 hammer that actually works. While I was at it I installed a nice CM marked rotary safety.

The hammer was a bitter blow, as that was quite the pricey part. I'm not going to ebay it and stick it to the next fellow though, I've chalked it up as a lesson learned.

Inland S/N 183,221 is now back to being what it undoubtedly was before someone stripped it down and sold it for parts - a functional rebuilt shooter carbine. Somehow, I think it's happier this way.
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:48 AM   #2
 
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Quag,

I know the feeling. I picked up a nice Inland recently. When I first saw it sitting next to a new AO, with it's dinged up stock that is almost red with age and wearing the leather handled bayo, it just called out to me. I was thinking how nicely I could restore her.

But what first attracted me was the initial appearance, the look of "Being there". My wife even commented on what a beautiful rifle it was and convinced me not to change anything.

After general cleaning and lube, she has rewarded me by being a good and consistent shooter!

I will change nothing (maybe file the front sight a little more) and we will both be very happy!

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Old 06-14-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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There's some real wisdom in these posts.

Thanks, guys!
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:04 PM   #4
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Can you regrind the hammer where it engages the sear? Though I never done one on a carbine, I have been successful in doing it with other rifles.
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:09 AM   #5
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I suspect that someone who knows what they are doing could weld new metal to the sear engagement shelf then machine it back to specs. Then re-heat treat the part.

It'd probably cost as much as I already have in the part to get the work done.
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:52 AM   #6
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Quag, did you get your 'Conservative shooter' problem settled or is it still shooting to the right?
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:57 AM   #7
 
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Guns are mens toys like a girls dolls............Some of us like to dress them up................others just like to play with them as they come out of the box. Do what makes you happy !!!
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:58 AM   #8
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Haven't shot it yet, hopefully will this weekend. The adjustable rear sight should take care of it I think.

Man, I'm beat. Just finished a marathon coding session. Worked from 3PM yesterday until 2:30 this morning, then took the project home and kept working until I finished the section I was working on just now. It's been a long night, but everything was flowing so I went with it.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:58 AM   #9
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Reason I asked Quag is that my Inland is doing the same thing. I have the adjustable drifted all the way to the left and the windage is 3/4 of the way over and it's still printing to the right. I think I'm gonna end up looking for a barrel.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:56 AM   #10
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I had a Blue Sky Rock-Ola that couldnt hit paper at full windage! I traded action for action +$100 at a gun show for a purty refinished Rocky! (Guy didnt like the repop paratroop stock and I wasnt lettin go my original skinny M2 cut Inland.) Had to sell her a few years back to make the house note. Got 1200 fot it I think. (ssssssssssssssssigh)
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:38 AM   #11
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Guns are mens toys like a girls dolls............Some of us like to dress them up................others just like to play with them as they come out of the box. Do what makes you happy !!!
Mike, we just can't be mixing dolls and guns here. It ain't right.

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Old 06-15-2007, 11:52 AM   #12
 
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Mr.J, as I understand it, Somewhere along the line, dolls became "Action Figures" and some of the action figures carry guns! Boy, am I confused. I'll take a Carbine w/ a double shot of ammo please!

Cheers,

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Old 06-15-2007, 04:24 PM   #13
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Dillo, as long as they are "action figures" and they carry guns everything should be cool. Now Mike, isn't that what you meant?

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