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Sweet Mother Of Pearl, my Fusion Commander Kit has arrived!

It is perfect, and about to become even better!

Alright, I will be doing things a little different this time.
I thought I would streamline my process, and actually time my progress. I will notate elapsed time at the end of each section. If you don't see one at the end of a post, that means the work continued into the next post (10 pic limit per post and all that)
I will not be counting set-up or take-down times, which I must sadly do every time I work on things like this due to the roaming hoards of nefarious reprobate children I have under my roof.

Please note that I asked Mr. Serva at Fusion to pre-fit the ejector, plunger tube and barrel for me. That is not standard on the Commander kit, as far as I know, so be aware of your path before you take that first step.
His prices were VERY reasonable on those critical tasks and will help me along. I think I will try to do some of those myself on the next Commander kit, but this one I am trying to complete as a gift and time grows short...


HERE WE GO!

I'll try to get a bit more specific in the tools and parts here, but I will come back later to fill them out.

The parts: Sweet Fusion Commander frame and slide, Novak tritium adjustable combat sights, assorted parts.







The tools: Punches, needle files, bung wrench, vice, hammer, ginder and sanding disks, India and Arkansas stones, screwdrivers, stoning fixtures, The Manuals, Sight press, etc...






I am still waiting on more parts from various sources, but I though I would start the thread.

I loves me some suspense!


That all being said, I thought I would leave you with a pithy Fusion Haiku::biglaugh:


Commander to be
The acorn becomes the oak
Ten ring tack driver
 

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Right on cant wait to see how this one turns out ..
 

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Is there no stop line on the front strap checkering? It look's like small cut's continue above the checkering.

Usually thats a sign of handcut checkering and not machine cut
my Baers have lite marks like that but on the sides towards the grips
 

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Those do look like they were hand cut in the closeup above.
 

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I will try to get some better shots of them. I think they add a nice touch.

No production line here...


BTW - still waiting on parts from various vendors. Hope to really get started this weekend sometime.
 

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Very cool, how is it proceeding?
 

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I am waiting until I get all the parts together to start, as I want to do an elapsed time on my build process.
 

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This looks like fun
 

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Woo Hoo!

My parts came in today. I get started tonight or tomorrow....
 

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Fitting the Trigger

Tools needed: medium, fine, and ultra fine stones, Break-free (lubricate the stones) a sharpie

Parts needed: frame, trigger

Time Required: 35-45 minutes
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The trigger and the medium stone: I put a drop of break-free on the stone and worked equally both sides of the trigger:




Just starting to fit




The progression, filing a handful of strokes on each side and testing often:






As soon as it got that far, I marked the top and bottom of the trigger with my sharpie and refit. Time to carefully keep filing, one or two strokes at a time:




Boom! It is in.




I decided to do he final polish now, instead of later. I will use the ultra fine Arkansas stone to do the top, bottom, edges, and sharps of the trigger and trigger and trigger channel.






Sweet! I think the fit is just perfect.




Project Elapsed Time: 35 minutes


Stay tuned!:flag:
 

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Fitting the magazine release

Tools needed: ultra fine stones, Break-free (lubricate the stones)

Parts needed: frame, mag release, mag release spring, mag release catch

Time Required:
25-35 minutes

Project Elapsed Time: 1 hour

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The parts:




It does not fit




Using my ultra fines, I start taking metal off the parts that seem to be binding. I am not entirely convinced that this would not be easier with sandpaper. I will try it on the next one...




In she goes...




Putting the mag release together




Remember to put it in about 80% of the way before you turn the catch




SNAP! It will pop itself right into place:




Function check - it works!




Don't forget to oil it all up every time you put it down. That metal is RAW




More to come...
 

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Excellent reports, wurlwynd.
 

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Wurlwynd, I think think I wait more for your progress posts than I did for new episodes of 24. You do a great job with posts and photos. Thanks

Snag
 

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There's nothing like a well fit, stone polished trigger and channel. To me this is a given on any production gun, along with some stoning on the ignition parts.

NIce thread by the way.
 
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