The original old-time users didn't use guards, but for safety we all should today. So any properly fitting guard is the one to use; it can be taken off for "period correct" photos or display.What is the correct flash guard for a NW Trade gun?
Also what is a good solvent for the pan and lock area?
IF you have the common lock found on the trade guns..., you simply compress the frizzen spring slightly, then remove the frizzen screw, put the screw through the guard, and reinstall the screw now holding the guard. Then uncompress the frizzen spring. Voila, done. The small amount that the screw is raised due to the guard will not harm the piece. Can you post a picture of your lock???Never taken a lock off before but I will attempt to find a longer bolt.
Um not really, having "run one" for a quarter century, on Bess, or a rifle. You see most folks don't shoot that much to really foul a lock, unless of course you're one of them reenactors, such as myself, and then you need one as you stand in line for volley fire. They are pretty easy to keep clean. They don't funnel rain water into the pan either, at least the two versions that I use, and in fact I find more of a problem with water running toward the pan, along the edge formed where the wood meets the side of the barrel, than anywhere else. You may also want one at the range, especially for the fellow shooting a left handed lock.They certainly get in the way, make it difficult to clean the pan and touch-hole, and make a nice funnel for water in wet weather. And look ugly
Do you know what size screw threads there are on the screw you want to replace?I ordered the gun from Access Heritage. The frizzen screw is internal. I obtained a longer screw from T of W but it is slightly too large a diameter. Apparently I have a different lock from their TG but they look the same.
How can I tell who made the lock? Anyplace besides TofW where these longer bolts can be obtained?
I have a tap and die set that I use to get thread size. What do you use? I will try the hardware store and T 0f W.Do you know what size screw threads there are on the screw you want to replace?
If I were doing it on one of my guns, the first thing I would do is find out what the screw threads are. If I didn't have an unthreaded blank screw the right length, off I would go to one of the large Hardware Stores to see if they had a longer screw I could modify. I would probably take the screw I wanted to replace with me and a pair of precision or digital calipers, plus the estimated length I would need the new screw to be.
Perhaps something easier is checking at Track of the Wolf to see if they have a longer screw in that thread size like a Side Plate Screw and then cutting it and modifying it as necessary. You don't even have to have a drill press to do that, as long as you have a good electric hand drill large enough to accommodate the screw. BTW, this is why I have only bought 1/2" Electric Hand Drills vs 3/8" ones for decades, as the 1/2" drills are well worth the money for their versatility.