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Old 05-13-2015, 10:00 PM   #1
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I want to DIY a beavertail to my Hi Power, any advice?

I'm considering picking up one of the many surplus Hi Powers on the market these days and tinker around with it as a little project. In addition to sights, trigger, and overal cosmetics, I am considering extending the beavertail. I am by no means a professional gunsmith, but with an engineering degree and a background in machining, I imagine it'll be tedious, but overall not that difficult to do properly.

So my first question is, is there concern when doing frame modifications to have the types of steel match? (e.g. if the frame is 4140 steel, is it critical to weld on a 4140 beavertail?)
 
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:39 PM   #2
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From a metallurgical standpoint, it isn't critical. I'm not sure if the finish will be uniform, however.
 
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Maybe you could use Heatstop to prevent any damage to the rest of the frame finish.
 
 
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From a metallurgical standpoint, it isn't critical. I'm not sure if the finish will be uniform, however.
I was thinking about finish inconsistency as well from dissimilar metals. So that begs the questions, what alloy of steel is used for Hi Power Frames?

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Maybe you could use Heatstop to prevent any damage to the rest of the frame finish.
That's a good thing to note.



So moving on to the general approach of adding a beavertail, Does anyone have any thoughts on the general process?

1. Cut a keyway of sorts in the frame to interface the new bit of material
2. Roughly shape piece of material being added
3. clean/degrease/sandblast both pieces
4. Silver solder? or weld the new section in
5. Shaping of the beavertail to my liking
6. polish out all the contours
7. Prep for finish
 
Old 10-13-2015, 09:51 AM   #5
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Just TIG a piece on, finish shaping and refinish as desired. Not a lot of stress here and it's basically all cosmetic.

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