P.k.'s Metal And Dan's Woodworking
Posted 13 June 2004 - 05:39 PM
The wood was completed by Dan Block and it also was finished in the 1921 Colt configuration. I will say that after many trial and error ( because I am an anal retentive kinda guy ), Dan was up to the task and his customer satisfaction guarantee is 5 stars!!!
The gun shoots as good as it looks ( approx 925 rpms ) and it is the most accurate Thompson that I own. I was expecting a difference in muzzle climb because of the lack of a compensator and it's faster cycle rate, but that was not the case. A slight push back and up a couple of inches and it stayed still.
I have sent my Class III work to others in the past, but P.K. has my business for as long as he's around. His work is just incredible!!!!!
Posted 13 June 2004 - 05:55 PM
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 06:57 PM
You gotta admit "Now" that it was well worth the wait.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:04 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:56 PM
You betcha on keeping that Colt '21 hidden away; it's money in the bank!
Thanks for bequeathing the honor of the " Most Beautiful West Hurley "
I will do my best to keep it unsullied, it is a beauty!
This beauty may belong to me now but the work and honor goes to P.K. and Dan. The pictures are courtesy of normandy 123 ( he posts here occasionally and took the picures for me at the gun store I work at on my days off from my real job ) and Nick Iannamico. Without Nick's help, I wouldn't have been able to get them on this board. Thanks to all you folks!
Get the Westy now and have P.K. give it a '21 makeover, I know you won't be sorry!!!
This nifty auto resides in a Greg Fox case with a Herigstad '21 cleaning rod and metal parts kit ( filled with all the original springs, brushes, etc.,etc. ) and all together it's just the cat's pajamas!!!!
Posted 13 June 2004 - 09:13 PM
A lot of thanks can go to you too. Folks, Randy loaned me a set of his original colt wood a while back (We had done an ebay sale or two, but can you imagine just sending some ebay contact your colt wood to borrow???). That and the input of a couple other people helped me along the way. It does help to work for a perfectionist as they point out small details in fit and shape that are easily overlooked (at least by me).
Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:48 PM
You and Deerslayer-Dan should be proud!
Posted 13 June 2004 - 11:22 PM
What a great job Randy.
Dan is making me a couple of sets of funiture for some of my 21's and I am really impressedwith the contacts with him and his help thus far.
That gun is too good to take out of the box Randy!
Posted 13 June 2004 - 11:58 PM
Gorgeous- Makes me think about sending mine to them before I even shoot it to fix everything West Hurley are know not to have done "just" right. Does PK have a webiste to contact him for suggestions? for that matter Dan also?
Wonderful job by all, very impressive.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 06:36 AM
My WH shoots great,and I have had no problem with it ,the lower is a little tight to get off,but no big deal. I wasn't going to send this at first to PK, because I was going let the next guy who gets my WH do it. But the temptation is to great now.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 09:38 AM
Did you stain the wood on this gun? It looks great!
Posted 14 June 2004 - 06:15 PM
Just wondering...what does " The drum slots were also reshaped & contoured into the 1921 style." mean?
I was not aware of 21 style drum slots.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 08:46 PM
Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:31 PM
Dan writes: (We had done an ebay sale or two, but can you imagine just sending some ebay contact your colt wood to borrow???).
I've actually met some nice people on ebay. I bid on some piddly military items from a nice lady. When I went up to Knob Creek one year, I drove to her house about an hour away from there to pick up a fragile item I won from her on ebay. She and her husband welcomed me into their house (real Kentucky hospitality). They had about 400 acres teaming with horses, wildebeasts, and llamas. They ended up showing me their warehouses which were stacked floor to ceiling with all manners of antiques and military stuff. More like museums. They had at least a dozen original 16th through 19th century naval cannons from Spain, Holland, England, etc. (just the metal, no wood), a 37mm Gatling gun. You name it, it was there. Spent a couple hours there and bought some nice things.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:37 PM
What they are referring to is the outer edges are beveled "funnel like" to allow the drum rails to enter the slots easier.
I believe that on the originals though that they were actually bumps protruding out. But the concave shape is easier to accomplish.
PK please correct me if I am mistaken.
Posted 19 June 2004 - 11:27 PM
( cleaned up & tuned by Merle Bitikofer ) and the weapon performed flawlessly.
Today I took it out to the range with 500 rds of ammo, (2) West Hurley 50 rd , (1) West Hurley 100rd ( cleaned up & tuned by Merle ), (1) Colt 50 rd and (1) Colt 100 rd drums. I wanted to see if this particular firearm was sensitive to certain makes and model of drums and I found that it is not. That gun ran like a Singer Sewing machine and did not miss a beat once!
After each full run of the 100 rd drums, the outside of the barrel was just a tad bit hot and smokin' like an expectant father.
Prior to sending my West Hurley to P.K., it was a very sensitive gun that would do o.k. with West Hurley Drums ( even after they were tuned by Merle ), but preferred Colt Drums and only certain 20 & 30 rd mags.
While I was at the range several shooters came by to see what was making all that racket. They commented numerous times as to the smooth metal finish and how beautiful the wood looked. Even after all that range time today it still looks great!
I am now in need of two things, a digital video recorder to share this fun with you all and a Dillon 1050 press to keep up with all this fun range time!
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