A guest post by Jesse Ingall from the blog Ideas, Thoughts and Happenings.
These firearms were brought in to be completely cleaned of rust and salt. They were flooded when the tide rose during Hurricane Sandy. They sat in salt water for a week or so.
I ran a steel brush through the barrels a bunch. Then I attempted to run a patch through one of the barrels and the pitting shredded the patch. Butt plate of a Mauser. Before and after:
You can really see the difference on the Enfield butt plate:
I sanded, sand blasted and blued this 1911. The pitting was so bad that I had to sand the frame and slide. Turned out great I think.
A rusted out side by side shotgun:
This is the entire collection of 74 guns once I finished cleaning them all:
I learned so much from cleaning these guns. I’ve mastered the Mauser, Enfield and Carcano bolt. I hope I don’t see guns in this condition again for a really long time. Luckily most cleaned up great after some elbow grease. All the bolts of the bolt guns had to be cleaned up with some buffing. The best way to learn about a gun is to take it apart about 10 times and put it back together. I’m really glad I cleaned these guns. It was a perfect opportunity to learn these guns inside and out.
Not one of these guns is that impressive or noteworthy in itself but this is a customers collection of guns. This process was a huge job that took a couple months to accomplish but in the end it was worth it. I certainly don’t own this many guns but I would certainly be devastated if I lost my entire very small collection of guns. The cost to do this Restoration was probably far more than the worth but it is better than losing a collection of rifles that are important to the customer.
The real moral of this job was to take care of your guns no matter the value. We saw a huge natural disaster but you should really think twice about where you store your guns.
I want to thank Everyday, No Days Off for inviting me to write a guest post.
Thank YOU Jesse. Make sure to check out his blog Ideas, Thoughts and Happenings for interesting original gun and hunting related content.
Thoughts? Do any of you guys have a plan for your gun collection when it comes to a natural disaster? Or is there a good chance it will end up rusted like this collection was?