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Hey everyone, I have 2 questions for you today. My grandfather recently passed away and after going through the house we found his old pistol. The story is that my grandfather bought a gun, brang it home, than when his wife found out about it, she made him "fill the barrel". I'm not quite sure what that means, and I'm on vacation so right now I don't have access to it for a couple more days. My questions are what does a filled barrel mean, and is there any possible way to fix it, as it's my grandfather's and would like to get it working again. Thanks.
 

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Personally never heard of such a thing. Hopefully someone with some knowledge will come along!
 

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My guess would be that the barrel has been filled with something to make it inoperable. Bringing it back to useable status would depend on how it was plugged and what with.
 

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My guess would be that the barrel has been filled with something to make it inoperable. Bringing it back to useable status would depend on how it was plugged and what with.
Yea that's understandable, although I'm having a hard time believing that he would have completely ruined the gun making it inoperable. I was thinking of using a rotary tool with one of the diamond bits if it's filled with something hard. Do you think that might be an option?
 

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I was thinking of using a rotary tool with one of the diamond bits if it's filled with something hard. Do you think that might be an option?
Only if you want to completely destroy the rifling in the barrel and make the gun as inaccurate as possible.

Regardless of what is in that barrel, the first thing I would be doing is finding an experienced gunsmith. They will know whether the barrel can be salvaged or not.
 

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Only if you want to completely destroy the rifling in the barrel and make the gun as inaccurate as possible.

Regardless of what is in that barrel, the first thing I would be doing is finding an experienced gunsmith. They will know whether the barrel can be salvaged or not.
Thanks, I'm hoping it can be fixed. When I have access to it I will post a picture
 

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First you'll need to ascertain what exactly it was "filled" with. Then, if the material is removable, you need to take it to a gunsmith. 'Course you can always screw it up yourself with the diamond bit idea.
 

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Sorry about your grandfather. Yup, I know you’re wanting answers now but you’re really going to need to wait till you have the gun in hand and can post some good pictures along with an explanation. Anything now would just be speculation. I do encourage you to do nothing to the gun without checking with us first. Not a slam, but your mentioning going at it with a Dremel and a diamond bit just says you need to learn some things. Looking forward to seeing your updates.
 

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We (you) will have to wait for you to find out what is in it. If it is lead then I can tell you how to do it with out over heating your barrel. Even a novice can do it if you take your time but that will have to wait intill we know what it is filled with.
 

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Friend of mine back in High School, his father was an airline pilot. His father brought him back an MP40 submachinegun from Germany in the mid 60s. The barrel was plugged with lead to make it non functional. Being a 16 year old and not knowing any better, of course my buddy heated the barrel and removed the lead. Dang thing worked! I have no idea of what became of him or that MP40...
 

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Poor guy. Sounds like your Grandmother was pretty tough. Your grandfather brings home a new gun and is all excited about it and she says fill the barrel? What a let down. Of course i get the same treatment from my wife!:confused:
When I get a new gun my wife says to fill the barrel too. She even comes outside to make sure I do but when I do it it only stays filled as long as it takes for the bullit to go down and out the barrel.:rolleyes:
 

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When I get a new gun my wife says to fill the barrel too. She even comes outside to make sure I do but when I do it it only stays filled as long as it takes for the bullit to go down and out the barrel.:rolleyes:
Yep that's the best way to fill and unfill a barrel.:)
 
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