My $50 Basket Case

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by sprinter1, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. sprinter1

    sprinter1 New Member

    754
    Jan 1, 2006
    About a month ago I found this at a gun show and picked it up for $50. It was a bare slide, barrel, frame with the trigger assembly, magazine and a bare grip. It was missing all the springs, hammer block, firing pin, all the pins etc. The guy said he took it completely apart and lost the bag with all the parts to put it back together and lost interest in the gun.

    I started by sanding and polishing all the seams on the grip and shaping and reforming the trigger. I then hit my spare parts box and polished and TiN CBN plated everything but the springs.  The total job took about an hour plus the plating time. I hit the range today and fired about 100 rounds of various ammo without any failures.
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  2. eduk8tor

    eduk8tor New Member

    86
    Feb 10, 2008
    Some days you just kinda fall into it ;) good job on the restoration project! :)
     

  3. cybertek

    cybertek New Member

    111
    Dec 16, 2007
    Looks great. Good job!
     
  4. torrent

    torrent New Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Heck of deal I say! Wish I could luck out like that every once in a while. Good looking gun too!
     
  5. peaceful99

    peaceful99 New Member

    449
    Oct 21, 2005
    Too bad you can't show it to the original owner. He'd probably want to buy it back. :cool:
     
  6. forestranger

    forestranger Active Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    NC
  7. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    I love Wilsonesque stories like this one.

    Take some pics of the frame area with the slide off if you get a chance. I would like to see the shiny internals too.
     
  8. c0wboi38

    c0wboi38 New Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Wow!

    GREAT job!


    Just as an aside, I bet if you'd have sent it to KT, they'd have fixed it, too.
     
  9. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    ...and there goes all his FUN! ;D
     
  10. c0wboi38

    c0wboi38 New Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Well, I KNOW that!

    ;)

    I was just extolling the virtues of KT.
     
  11. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
  12. sprinter1

    sprinter1 New Member

    754
    Jan 1, 2006
    The first picture is the hammer and trigger bar in the frame and the second picture is all the parts I plated on this gun.

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  13. quickmick7

    quickmick7 New Member

    841
    Oct 24, 2006
    south florida
    some people have all the luck.....how about spreading some around :D
     
  14. wheelguy

    wheelguy New Member

    May 4, 2007
    They say you aren't supposed to envy - but I just can't help it  :D. Where opportunity meets preparedness - you find the gold.
     
  15. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    The first picture is the hammer and trigger bar in the frame and the second picture is all the parts I plated on this gun.[/quote]

    It definitely looks sweet! How come you didn't plate the takedown pin?
     
  16. sprinter1

    sprinter1 New Member

    754
    Jan 1, 2006
    The first picture is the hammer and trigger bar in the frame and the second picture is all the parts I plated on this gun.[/quote]

    It definitely looks sweet!  How come you didn't plate the takedown pin?
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    I prefer how it looks blackened.
     
  17. pocketgun

    pocketgun New Member

    May 4, 2005
    I hear ya - kind of blends in with the grip when left blackened. :)
     
  18. trentdeltasig

    trentdeltasig New Member

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    Jun 2, 2008
  19. alamo

    alamo New Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    What a fun project. That's the fun that I enjoy from getting old milsurp rifles and taking them apart and cleaning them up and making them look nice again.
     
  20. JJS

    JJS New Member

    50
    Apr 14, 2008
    nice find/great rebuild