Pedersoli Pistol Kit

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  1. Jan 25, 2020 #1

    Jim Evans

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    Thought I would put a Pedersoli .54 kit together, but I think they put the wrong trigger guard in or didn't rout out enough wood.Even if it does go in it interferes with the trigger.The nose cap is tight and will need filed down to fit on the barrel.Something tell me poor quality control. fullsizeoutput_7f5.jpeg
     
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    After a phone call and some bending of the trigger guard and a little on the trigger its fitting in place.
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  3. Jan 25, 2020 #3

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    It is a kit. You should expect some work to make things fit.:oops:
     
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    You stole my line. :)

    People seem to think a "kit" should be like one of those things that just snaps together with everything lining up and no work involved.
    That might be true if we are speaking of plastic model cars or things like that but even the factory made gun kits do take some work. The pieces are semi-finished parts that the factory workers adjust and fit to come up with the finished gun.

    At least the parts in a big factory's gun kit are semi-finished.
    The parts in the "kits" (and I use the term loosely) supplied by companies like Track of the Wolf and Pecatonica River are just a box of rough sand castings, wood with undersize mortises cut and no holes located or drilled. The only thing on these "kits" that is close to being finished is the set trigger and the lock and both of these need work done on them to actually install them.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2020 #6

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    I know its a kit, and I have done these before, but this one was the worst one for the trigger guard being so far out of wack. I was just trying to say that most of the company's quality control has gone out the window.
    I talked to Dixie Gunworks and they said they will not get any more kits from them because of the poor quality control and complaint's from customers.
     
  7. Jan 26, 2020 #7

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    All you really need is a BIG hammer!
    Everything fits then.
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    Yes, I truly believe that all kits are made up from reject parts off the main assembly line. Kits are excellent for building problem solving skills.
     
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    Sorry to read this thread. I’ve been considering a .54 Flint Pistol kit to make as my first. I’m pretty handy/mechanical, and while I “assisted” (more like an involved observer) an unmentionable build with a friend/gunsmith, I’d be on my own for any future builds like this.

    Guess I’ll scrap the idea of a kit, at least until a point where either I retire and have more fiddle time, or if I learn of a manufacturer who makes quality kits for more amateur finishers (I.e. non gun builders).
     
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    Hey Flynhog,Don't let this thread scare you off. A kit is very doable if you possess a modicum of mechanical ability and just take your time. There is plenty of help here if needed. The satisfaction of owning a weapon that you built cannot be overstated.
     
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    Yes agreed Tallpine, the kits are very doable and provide lots of opportunity for improving ones' skills, problem solving and increasing your learning/knowledge curve. Think about all of the ones sold in the States around the Bicentennial. Some were assembled well, some not so well, and they still fired. The quality was all over the place. I built quite a few of them when I was younger. It was my relaxation time after work and I fancied myself a kitchen table gun builder.I still pick up the pre-warning ones if the price is right. I can't stand that modern script all over the barrel. Thanks for the thread discussion! --Dr. Paul
     
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    I said that...
    Somewhat.
     
  13. Jan 26, 2020 #13

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    I have made the Pedersoli kits before and never had a problem,This was a first with them,I have done oneTradition flint Kentucky and was not impressed with the frizzen closing flat The .54 Pedersoli Kentucky is on sale at Dixie. so you may want to rethink this.Here is a photo of the frizzen fit, no gaps and there lock are good by me. fullsizeoutput_800.jpeg
     
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    Could not be truer said, especially in the early days. Sometimes to the customer's disadvantage because it is like buying windows and building the house to fit.
     
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    Looks like there's a piece missing there; ?? A plate or something?
     
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    That was the inside of the lock that goes in against the barrel, here what it look like in the pistol
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    Maybe now you know why they had it on sale.I have now nixed the idea of gettin one.You would have really been bummed if those parts broke when you were tryin to bend em.
     
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    If they would of broke they would of replaced them, that was e-mailed to me,That why you get thing from dealers that stand behind the things they sell, beside that you have to have some knowledge of what you are doing, and some people can't even think that far ahead.
    I just ordered another kit, hard to beat there price.
     
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    Yup, never force it, get a bigger hammer.
     
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    Note the Jim Kibler rifle kits; Everything precisely drilled, eliminates all the work you reference. He makes a Southern Mt. style with choices of wood, cal., etc. Just for information purposes, check his website if not already done so.
     
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