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Here is my project, this is a Mossberg model 34. This rifle was my uncles, he died in 1945 in Germany, he was in the Army Air Corp, my father has had this rifle ever since. Mossberg produced this model for about 12 months during 1934-1935. A few years back when my father died I found the rifle without the bolt, then luckily found the bolt in another location. The rifle is missing the adjustable rear peep sight. Now this is where it had become a bit of a challenge, I wanted to locate a rear sight before repairing and refinishing the rifle. I didn't see any reason to move forward with the project without a rear sight.

First I checked the bore, I pulled a bore snake through it and the bore is in very good shape. Everything seemed to function so I test fired in the backyard and it does work. That what the CCI CB Longs are good for, very very quiet. So it will just need taken apart cleaned and refinished, I will most likely use Cerakote as I have everything to apply Cerakote including the Cerakote. The stock will need stripped and refinished. Really the rifle doesn't have to be refinished, it does work but what fun is that.

Now the rear sight issue, try to find a rear adjustable peep sight for a rifle that was produced for 1 year 85 years ago. There is 1 threaded hole with a slot on each side in the receiver for the rear sight to attach to the receiver. I searched the web for all of the obsolete gun part dealers, none had a Mossberg #3 plenty had a Mossberg #4. I contacted one guy who didn't have one but gave me the contact info for his source who makes parts as authentic to the original as possible. So I contacted that guy and YES!!! he going to make a rear sight for me, he emailed me a pic of the sight, he has made them before, it looks just like the original Mossberg #3. For $100 shipped to my door I am happy so the project is on. I only wish my father would have let me known what condition the rifle was in, I would have found a sight and refinished it years ago so he could have shot it again, I think the last time he shot the rifle was in the early 50's.





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I stripped the stock and am in the process of refinishing it. I started with the stock as that will take much longer than refinishing the barrel, receiver and bolt.



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I received the rear sight I had made today, it looks and works exactly like the original.

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I am almost done with the stock, probably 2 more coats and it will be finished, I post pics then. I decided to to go with bluing for the barrel,receiver and all steel parts. I will give it a shot, if I don't like the way it comes out I put parts in blast cabinet, strip them and go with Cerakote. I have been stripped all steel parts and working up on the grit, started with 120 then 220 next I will go to 400 then 600 and probably 1000 before bluing.

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I finished the stock wed. just haven't posted a pic until now


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I also finished bluing receiver, barrel and all the steel parts. The bluing actually came out pretty good, now I need a range trip to sight in the rifle.

It looks better than new. You have to be pleased with yourself. Have fun shooting it as well.
 
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Thanks Lomax, it turned pretty good overall, I am happy with the results. Now I am looking for another rescue firearm, I don't own any others in need of repair, restoration or upgrades.
 
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