Making a Barrel Band/Pivot Plug for a Custom Crosman 1377, Part 1

Since I was bitten by the airgun bug, again, I've looked at all the wonderful modifications people have done to the simple Crosman 1377 pistol with awe.
I figured a good first project would be the conversion of the 1377 to a small carbine.
I ordered a steel breech and 24" barrel from Crosman (you have to call them to order parts), and bought the 1377 at our local BiMart.

The Steel Breech is an inexpensive upgrade.
You just take the pistol apart, and put it back together...
Add a shoulder stock (I bought two for the price of one through the online airgun classified pages)
The only modification to get to this point is to drill the barrel band/pump tube plug (part #1300A006) out to 7/16"
Pushing out the roll pin that retains the barrel band unit.
Just an ugly plastic part. The general idea of my project, overall, is to replace any plastic with metal.
I took some measurements and made some simple drawings. I decided a 3 part assembly would replace the one part unit.
Facing a length of aluminum rod.
Turning the diameter for the plug.
Filed and scotchbrite-ed.
I flipped it around and mounted it true in the 4 jaw chuck, then cut it off to length.
Turning a smaller diameter for the actual barrel band.
Drilling for a #10 screw thread.
Tapping with hand power, using the lathe for alignment.
Picking up the edge, so I can find the center line.
Picking up the end.
Spot drilling for the roll pin that retains it in the pump tube.
Drilling for the roll pin.
I then inserted a drill in the hole and rotated the unit 90 degrees, using the drill to magnify the angular position. While not a perfect technique, it's very quick and gets you spot on, generally.
At this point I had the vise snug but not tight and I pushed the plug all the way into the vise. I milled the slot for the lever arm.
All done, except for deburring. You'll notice the groove around the plug. That's just an aesthetic groove...
Installed in the tube.
One part of three all done.

On to Part 2 of the article.

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