View Full Version : Belly Gun ideas

07-08-2015, 01:00 PM
So some of you know Ive been working on Avenging Angels as groomsmen gifts. Ive got the first one almost done. The barrel has been cut and I'm thinking I may add a lanyard ring tomorrow by notching the grip so I can fit a ring between the grip and the frame. I figure that's a pretty simple 19th century "blacksmith" level modification, much easier than drilling and tapping AND stronger.

My real issue is a sight. As best I can tell many/most didn't have sights as of course they wouldn't need one at card table or contact range; but I suspect some did have a front sight. Ive seen modern versions where a coin (usually a dime) is used but that's just not calling me.

Im sorta tempted to use a gemstone, perhaps a ruby or a serious of three small medium large; but is that to pimpish? What about just one stone? For what its worth I have seen a OLD black powder express rifle with a diamond inserted in the front sight and of course lots of ivory beads; but those were rifles. not sure about a belly gun.

My other "idea" was to try to solder a strip of brass or maybe silver wire the length of the barrel as a sort of arrow pointing to the target. These guns are shooter grade but Im not sure my groomsmen will ever shoot them which is perfectly fine. They are meant to be gifts that I had a hand crafting them from factory to gifts formed with love.

I'll post pics as soon as they are complete

Thoughts? suggestions? Ideas?

07-08-2015, 01:08 PM
As Im typing this it occurred to me that I have a stash of Wild Boar tusks some of the Boars I killed with one of the groomsmen. Im wondering if theres not some way to use them?

07-08-2015, 01:25 PM
1/16 or 1/8 coring bit to cut cylinders out of the tusk. drill hole at front sight point. Polish appropriate length of tusk cylinder on one end to form a "dome" cement in place with only domed portion above barrel Think of it as an XS black power edition.

11-04-2015, 02:26 PM
I know it is an old thread, but was wondering how the gunsmithing projects were coming along....pics?

11-04-2015, 05:34 PM
I know it is an old thread, but was wondering how the gunsmithing projects were coming along....pics?
Yes we need pictures.

11-04-2015, 07:35 PM
Wild boar tusk as a front sight would be perfect.

11-05-2015, 07:52 AM
Had to web search avenging angel and gun, and it brought me to this picture:

And of course, the picture was posted here in 2011 by Edelweiss:

11-05-2015, 10:01 AM
Yep that's the Angel that came to me in the night

11-05-2015, 12:52 PM
Classic...and a great grooms gift. Wish I had thought about it...the high quality straight razors I gave out were a hit, but this tops that easily!