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Who rebuilds 60+ year old Air rifles...?

June 17 2017 at 9:08 PM
Ron Hapton  (Login rh7mm08)
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A firiend has a JC Higgins 126.19300 air rifle that he had as a youth in the early 1950"s. It is a 22 caliber rifle that has to be pumped in order to fire. It no longer holds air and needs a professional rebuild of the internals. Who is capable of performing this task? I see that a seal kit is available on EBay for this particular rifle, but I do not have the knowkedge or the skill to rebuild the air rifle for my friend.


    
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gerald galko
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I have used AB Airgun and would not hesitate to use them again.

June 17 2017, 11:32 PM 

The owner's name is Alan Schweitzer. His website is abairgun.com. He can be reached at 620-492-1713. 6pm to 9pm CST M-F. 9am-7pm CST S-S.

 
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Dennis
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I couldn't agree more.

June 18 2017, 12:59 AM 

Have utilized Alan's expertise for several years now. His prices are fair and he tends to email and confirm you are satisfied. Don't know of another airgunsmith who goes to those lengths.
Big fan of the tuned springer thunk.

 
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db
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The JC Higgins 126.19300 is a Crosman 1400. Rebuild parts are readily available.

June 17 2017, 11:34 PM 

Many on here have rebuilt them themselves & said they are easy to repair.

I have a Crosman 140 & a Crosman 1400 that need rebuilding...might be good weekend warrior projects.

I believe Baker Airguns https://www.bakerairguns.com/repair-restoration/), or Precision Pellet http://www.airgunshop.net/contactus.html), or AB Airguns http://www.abairgun.com) have parts or can handle the repair.

Parts can be bought many places, like JG Airguns:http://www.jgairguns.biz

Here is a post on rebuilding one:http://www.airgunhome.com/agforum/viewtopic.php?t=8012

Here is a repair manual:http://stevespages.com/pdf/crosman_factory_service_manual_all.pdf

 
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Kevin
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Very cool..

June 18 2017, 1:07 PM 

I have a venerable Crosman 1400 that I received for my 15th birthday (45 years ago - gads..) I have already had it reblued and I have refinished the stock (amazing wood) but it doesn't hold air at present. I would like to do a rebuild sometime with one of those pistons with the o-ring, if I can find it.

 
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KW
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Easy to do, but if you want to send it out try Rick Willnecker at Precision Pellet

June 18 2017, 7:47 AM 

Rick is fast, efficient and inexpensive. His work is top notch. He will also sell you kits to rebuild it your self.

http://www.airgunshop.net/contactus.html

Precision Pellet
37 Stoney Lane
New Park, PA 17352
Phone: (717) 382-1481 | Fax: (717) 382-4065
Email: airgunshop@aol.com

 
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James Dingle
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I second KW's recommendation. Rick get's the credit for getting me into Air Guns

June 18 2017, 9:41 AM 

and his work is top notch. In fact I was happy to talk to him a few days ago. I'd called to ask if he'd modify PCP's and he does do Crosman PCP's but doesn't have the time for the project I want. Very fair priced and fast turn around.

 
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John in FL.
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3rd, Rick is helpful beyond belief. nt

June 19 2017, 3:51 PM 


 
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David Cerqueira
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I picked up one as well a little while back.

June 18 2017, 11:47 AM 

Great guns and easy to use. Shame Crosman doesn't do an updated version with their current steel breech so it be easy to scope and swap calibers. Lot of great info in this thread as well.

 
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Ronald
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I took a 140 and did this......

June 18 2017, 4:44 PM 

MRod trigger, steel breech, hammer on valve, LW barrel, power adjuster, modded stock, etc.
[linked image]

With a faux black walnut clip
[linked image]


http://www.network54.com/Forum/275684/message/1483988034

Mods:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/275684/message/1472675944/Internal+investigation

Ronald


    
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Kevin
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Great work..

June 18 2017, 4:59 PM 

That is amazing work, Ronald. Blasphemous but wonderful. What is the trigger guard that you used?

 
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Ronald
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I made it from a piece of band steel......

June 18 2017, 5:04 PM 


 
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Kevin
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Re: I made it from a piece of band steel......

June 18 2017, 5:21 PM 

Thanks for the link - that's a great shape you made with it. I recently installed a Marauder trigger group on my Discovery and used a Benjamin Trail trigger guard on it but I am not quite satisfied with the look. I think I'll pick up some band steel stock and see what I can do. How did you bend it so nicely?


    
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Ronald
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If I had to do it over again I would.....

June 18 2017, 5:40 PM 

probably use aluminum or brass. The steel was a real PIA to bend. I used a vise and bent it around some metal pipe. Heating it with a propane torch makes it bend easier. Used files and a belt sander for the taper. Truck bed paint finished it off.

Ronald


    
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Kevin
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Brass is a GREAT idea...

June 18 2017, 7:55 PM 

Kind of goes along with the color scheme I am thinking of for my Discovery to go along with the current brass boolt probe and power adjuster. Now I need to find a brass or bolt handle...

Something like this to make the trigger guard out of? https://www.grainger.com/product/GRAINGER-APPROVED-Flat-Stock-1PTR1?s_pp=false&picUrl=//static.grainger.com/rp/s/is/image/Grainger/2ABE9_AS01?$smthumb$


    
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Ronald
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360 brass will work but 464 or Naval brass would be better if you can find it.

June 18 2017, 9:08 PM 

360 brass alloy has about 3% lead and will machine better and is less expensive.
Either one will work. 360 brass is what I use for most of my parts.

Online metals guide to brass:
https://www.onlinemetals.com/productguides/brassguide.cfm

Ronald


    
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James V.
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Ronald are you the guy that makes pump heads for o-rings on them?

June 19 2017, 1:09 PM 

If so, Can I please contact you?
Your stock should not be made of only walnut.

 
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Ronald
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I make most of the parts for my air guns, so yes.....

June 20 2017, 9:49 AM 


I've made o-ring pistons.

If you post your email I'll get in touch with you.

Ronald

 
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James V.
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Thank you for responding

June 20 2017, 2:02 PM 

My email address: jv1957@aol.com
Your stock should not be made of only walnut.

 
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