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Here is an example of a rifle in poor condition. This Model B was dis-assembled years ago and some parts were lost. Although the sealed valve unit was tested and held air, the rifle was not functional. The rifle could have been cleaned, assembled and made fully functional turning it into a good condition gun and keeping some of its' character. However, the owner wanted it restored. Either way this rifle would have an enhanced value and be saved for future collectors.




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stock needed minor repair and was refinished to factory original appearance
also fitted with an NOS butt plate

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barrel/tube assembly was cleaned and re-soldered at all three mid-ribs
polishing brass or bronze barrel/tube is not recommended; in most cases it decreases value

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receiver cleaned with aluminum jelly and #0000 steel wool
and all action parts cleaned and lubed


original black paint on edge of receiver is an indication of how it was masked at the factory before painting

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new front sight soldered in place and rifle assembled for test shooting


At this stage the rifle is in good condition and could have been left as is
if that had been the plan the receiver would have been cleaned only with alcohol
the new front sight could have been aged to match the barrel/tube

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here the barrel/tube has been refinished to factory standards
the paint used was as close to the original finish as possible
rifles that were originally chemically blackened are more of a challenge

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here is the completed rifle in excellent restored condition













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