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Red Owl

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Just wondering- if you want to make an exact copy of a particular firearm you might have to make your own lock, or use internal parts and just make a lock plate, etc. Anyone make locks?
 

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In cases like this the easiest approach is to use internals from an available lock - say a Siler. I’ve done this several times. Then fashion the lockplate from steel stock.
 

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Chambers sells a "gunmaker's lock" which has all the guts but with a oversized rectangle plate that you can shape as required.
 

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Thanks- there are some originals in which the only way to get an exact copy is to make your own lock plate- the other issue is the Cock or hammer- trying to figure that out.
 

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on the gunmakers lock.. the everything is set and ready, if I'm not mistaken?? all ya' gotta do is figure out the shape and it's placement??( on the gun )
unless I'm missing something ??

Respect Always
Metalshaper/Jonathan

but what do I know 😆 last lock I made turned out sideways!!!!
 

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The Chambers Gunmaker’s flintlock cock, pan, and frizzen are style for a 1770s Germanic lock. If you want a different look it will require creative and knowledgeable re-shaping.
 
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I have made several plates for Siler guts. Here is an early John Armstrong plate with Siler guts. Excuse the weird trigger, I made the stock too long.
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I tried my hand at assembling a lock from a kit. Didn't work out too well. Couldn't get the frizzen hardened properly no matter what I did. Thought I had the hardening process down but it never would spark so I abandoned it, bought a ready made lock and kept the kit for spare parts.
 
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