I was given these three orphans the other day. Wow, talk about neglect, abuse, rust and boogered & broken screws I have it here. Don't know what the future of these guns will be. I disassembled the Cresent Fire Arms Co. "New Empire" 12 ga. double barrel and cleaned removed rust as well as I could to see what is there. It has cleaned up well enough but has a broken side plate screw and it's mate on the reverse side is well boogered. Will see if I can talk my machinist neighbor into extracting the broken stub and make me a couple new screws. If that is possible I may refinish the wood ????
Took the Springfield Model 187-J apart and cleaned it and removed rust. More boogered screws and a broken extractor. Can't find a replacement extractor at "gunparts" so ????? It will feed and extract and eject dummy rounds now. Will try some live ammo when I get to the range. It's future is still up in the air.
Now I haven't even touched the old Krag that someone made a terrible attempt to sporterize. It is pretty rusty on the outside but don't know what the interior looks like. It may just turn out to be a parts gun. It's future is also up in the air.
Sad to see just how badly some people treat fire arms. But these will provide some entertainment for the cold winter days to come.
These projects may quickly surpass my knowledge and ability, I am a shooter not a gun mechanic, so I am proceeding carefully. I may wind up with nothing more than a supply of parts for someone in need.
Retired Praefectus Vigilum
NRA Endowment Member