Originally Posted by confederatemule
I think I can buy one for a 5.5 barrel. If so, do I just shorten the latch end of the lever?
What do you mean by; ""tomato patch" the frame and barrel with a little muriatic acid."?
Yep,that would work.Just make sure the catch under the barrel is firmly fixed so you can fit the lever and catch for the rammer.Tomato patching is a trick I learned from an old gunsmith up in New Hampshire.When you want to antique a part or a repair,you bury it out in the tomato patch for a couple of months.Gets a coating of light rust and a few surface pits that you can steel wool with oil,and then wax.The old guy could make a news Thompson barrel look like it came out of the Hawkin Brothers shop 150 years ago!