Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Safety Mechanism

The safety on my shotgun caused it not to fire several times on the range. According to one forum this is common with the safety feature on Uplander. Nothing a 12" straightblade screwdriver, philips screwdriver and punch cannot slow.

I am not the best gunsmith so it took me an hour to complete this project. Remove the butt plate and unscrew the rear stock, which exposes the saftey mechanism. You punch out the pin; leaving the saftey switch for cosmetic reasons, but removes the lock over the trigger.

Cowboy Action Shooting requires the shotgun to be breached, unloaded and pointed down range at all times, so there is no need for a safety. It also slow down your match time each time you have to undo the safety.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


I purchassed an Ultrasonic Cleaner (pictured above) from Harbor Freight for wet cleaning of brass. It was on sale for $25.00, I thought it was good alternative.

I returned to Harbor Freight to purchase the tumbler cleaner picture above. Again on sale for $49.95, I am very pleased with the results.

I purchased fine walnut shell media, so I can immediately start cleaning my brass after a cowboy match. The length of time when I hand spent brass to my person doing my reloading is getting longer now that I have more brass. I was told to clean my brass as soon as possible, so I am doing it my self now.

Also I am considering purchasing a used MEC, 12 guage reloader from a friend.

Many things to consider in reloading brass and shotgun ammo, especially if the prices continue to rise and the difficulty associated with finding 45 LC ammo on the shelf. Cowboy loads vary too much when you commercially purcase, so I want to engineer my own.

I continue to talk with people and read forums to get ideas.