The Strauss Pirate 36 caliber

Discussion in 'Bruce Bump Knives' started by Bruce Bump, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

    I'm overdue for some new WIP's around here so here is one I've had on the books long enough.
    Its a 36 caliber black powder muzzleloading single shot pistol on the right and a damascus folding lockback blade on the left. Its going to take some time to make and I hope you guys come back often to see the progress.



    As with my guns and knives they always start with a hand drawn sketch.

    The steel for the frame is 3/4" thick 1018 mild steel plate. The barrel is a cut off from a 36 caliber muzzleloading rifle.

    The breech plug is a grade 5 hardness 1/2 x 20 bolt. I drilled and threaded the barrel and threaded it. I hollowed the breech plug (bolt) to form a smooth rounded bottom for the combustion ditribution and tig welded it in place. Its non-removeable but can be cleaned out through the muskett nipple hole. You'll see more of that later.

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  2. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

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  3. Steven Janik

    Steven Janik SUPERMOD & AWARDS BOSS

    I see a Pulitzer Prize for Publishing in my future. Luckily, you are gonna do all the heavy lifting and brain work.

    Looks great so far.

    Steve
     
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  4. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

    A coffee table picture book for sure. I hope theres not too many pics by time its done.
     
  5. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

    The barrel rides too high so I grooved the frame so it would bed down. Notice the ram rod hole is drilled and reamed too. The frame was surfaced on each side so the rod hole will be centered. Theres nothing worse than a crooked ram rod hole. Know what I mean?

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    Now comes the fun part, figuring out the hammer and trigger and hollowing out the frame so they and the main spring all fit inside.
    Stay tuned, thanks for looking so far.
     
  6. Knifeologist

    Knifeologist Knife Dealer

    Thanks for doing the W.I.P. on this, it's going to be fun watching the progress.
     
  7. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

    Hey Mark, I hope you dont mind showing the world how your gun is made. I cant think of a better thing to do with all this space Boss Dog gave me.
     
  8. ddavelarsen

    ddavelarsen Well-Known Member

    Bruce you can't imagine how freaked I am knowing what's coming. I'm so psyched I don't know what to do with myself. This is going to make the summer heat bearable! Thanks for taking this one on for us.
     
  9. Josh Dabney

    Josh Dabney Moderator

    Hot Dog ! The BB Channel is back up and running Whooo who ! I'm here with my coffee and tuned in.

    -Josh
     
  10. Denny Eller

    Denny Eller Well-Known Member

    Yippee!! I love the BB Channel - I'd rather watch it than Baywatch reruns! Does that mean I'm getting old? Thanks for doing another one, Bruce.
     
  11. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

    You guys are hurtin for entertainment. hehe
    Dave, where the heck have you been, on walkabout? You are missed my friend. Thanks for coming back, stick around.

    Many of you may have already figured out that this project is for Mark Strauss. I finally met Mark at the PKA show last year in Denver. Mark has pondered this project for a few years and we finally got together there to discuss some details and nail them down. His major request is to be sleek and slim and much like the Tortuga II 45 cal. pistol/folder so in order to meet that request I dropped the barrel bore size one notch to a smaller diameter 36 caliber, stretched it out and lowered it into the frame. The overall size is about 1/2" lower and 1/4" longer than the Tortuga II. The lock mechanism is modernized a bit and will use a lockback blade. The damascus blade is narrower and slightly longer with a thumb stud. I'm thinking the "unlock method" could be another thumb stud at the front tip of the engagement or like the pictures show, a simpler raised tab back at the handle. Thats one of the fun things about going without a strict blueprint is things can evolve as the build goes along.

    We have no official name for this gunknife yet so if anybody has input for that lets hear it. The "Strauss Pirate 36 Caliber" is fine for now until we hear just the right one.

    Its nice to be back in the saddle. I love doing these Work in Progress threads. This WIP is exclusive to KnifeDogs thanks to the kindness of Boss Dog for this much freedom and space here. Thanks Boss!
     
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  12. ddavelarsen

    ddavelarsen Well-Known Member

    Bruce I keep a close eye on my heros here, and a Bump WIP is an event to make my life special. I'll be watching all of your work with intense enthusiasm, believe me. I love this stuff.
     
  13. MLazyB

    MLazyB Well-Known Member

    Watching history unfold once again. Bruce thanks for keeping these WIP going. Your Power Naps are going to be a lot shorter for the next little while.:biggrin:

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  14. Justin King

    Justin King Well-Known Member

    It's probably just as well that not everyone has the equipment and know-how to do stuff like this. I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone how cool it is, so I'll just watch it unfold.
     
  15. LR Harner

    LR Harner Well-Known Member

    yep cant wait to watch this unfold
     
  16. Brett Mathews

    Brett Mathews Well-Known Member

    Ok Bruce you cant make use what this long in between update's! it just not right.LOL
     
  17. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump Forum Owner-Moderator

    I do have a few more pictures to put up but nothing too exciting yet. I drilled a couple holes in the frame and took it to our local saw and knife shop. They have a bandsaw welder so I had them put a new Diemaster II metal bandsaw blade through the hole and weld the ends together. Now I can cut the center out of the frame. Pics coming soon, I promise.
     
  18. J S Machine

    J S Machine Well-Known Member

    You're work is amazing my friend. I try to make good WIP's but yours blow everyone's away :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011
  19. Jim Poling

    Jim Poling Well-Known Member

    Bruce Thanks for posting another WIP, it is always fun and educational to watch the progress of you work:)

    Jim
     
  20. BossDog

    BossDog KnifeDogs.com & USAknifemaker.com Owner

    Go Bruce!

    Love these...
     

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