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Old 03-10-2012, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mag restoration

Everyone knows how incredible the Tonsixers' anodizing is but this blows my mind!
Tanongi did such an amazing job to bring this girl back to life.







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So, I thought I was through with Automags after the sale of my last mag, a very nice Z-framed mag that shot darts. I do have a little bit of seller's remorse with this one. I like it better than my pneumag but my CCM T2 has become my primary shooter.




I still lurk the AO forum and I came across this Dallara mag that someone in the BST. It's been there for a while and I finally couldn't stand it and bought the poor thing in hopes of restoring it to it's originally glory. I'm sure some of you will recognize it.








Lucky for me I work as the production scheduler in an injection molding facility equipped with a full machine shop and expert toolmakers. Here's a pic of the progress to date. I'm on vacation for 2 weeks so I won't see the rail completed until I get back.

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Old 03-10-2012, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ooh, how's that work? (the repair that is)
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My coworker made a couple of aluminum pins to push into the eye holes. When the pin was pushed into the body, the aluminum from the pin shears with the aluminum in the body. I filed off the excess on the inside and outside leaving barely visible witness lines on the outside. The rail is a more difficult fix. I'll post pics when I get it back.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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awesome, any risk of the plug coming out?
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The pin is pressed in there good. It's not going anywhere. The pin was probably a few thousandth of an inch larger than the hole. Keep in mind I'm a desk jockey not a toolmaker/machinist.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Spent some time making a foregrip. The rail still has blemishes but I'll work on it when I have some time. A bit more sanding, polishing then off to get splash annodized. I really happy with the results so far.



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Old 04-20-2012, 06:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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nice! i am surprised how happy i am to see that you were able to repair that beauty of a body! i too was looking at that on AO... i am glad you bought it so i didnt have to
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Alright, I give up. That horn on the bottom looks awfully precise, is it more than decoration?
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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bottle opener?
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The foregrip is the offspring of the Dallara + Airwalk. I carry my marker by the reg sometimes so I made a snatch grip at the base since I don't like gas through. Bottle opener...hmmm... I might need to rework the grip a little...

I'm really looking forward to shooting it tomorrow and I'm 100% sure that I won't be selling this mag. I got a lot of love for this mag since I put so much time into it.
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