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    I am looking for a long shot here I bet.

    I have an 1871 Mauser converted by the arsenal at St Denis Franceicon for Uruguay. Commonly called Daudeteau or Doviitis. It is beautiful, but like many, the firing pin has been clipped. Anyone have a source for new or used? I would love to get it in working order so the chap who gave it to me could shoot it while he is still able. Thanks much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessebogan View Post
    I would love to get it in working order
    If you can't find an original, try adding a bit with tig or wire feed weld and then sculpt it down to size. Drill bits make good stock for that because of diameter choice and steel content.

    You could also try placing a WTB in the forum here for that purpose...
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    You might also try looking for one from a Steyr Kropatschek rifle as they are based on the same design as the Mauser 71/84.

    Numrich happens to have them in stock: Firing Pin | Gun Parts Corp.

    I can't tell you for sure it's the same but it might be something to work with. Maybe from looking at the picture you can tell if it will work.


    If you can check below the wood line for any holes drilled in the chamber or barrel to deactivate that rifle seeing as the firing pin has been cut. Better safe than sorry. - Bill

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    Many thanks

    I was not aware of that similarity. I placed the order, and will see if it works. Thanks for the tip.

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    Seems like a relatively simple machining job to make one?

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    Probably. Machine work is a skill set I am just beginning to learn. I am in the DC area, and no one here makes anything except bad promises and hot air. Worth the few bucks I spent as my friend is not getting any younger.

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    I received the Steyer firing pin. It is oh so close, but not a drop in. It is longer by about the length of the threads for the cocking piece, and those threads are coarser than the existing threads. I now have a couple of choices I think. Cut the Steyer pin, turn it down slightly and re thread, or cut the remains of the Mauser pin off, drill it and insert a drill rod. I need to find a cooperative machinist here in the DC area, and will maybe do both so I have a spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessebogan View Post
    cut the remains of the Mauser pin off, drill it and insert a drill rod.
    Not quite...just weld it to the end of the existing. Slightly pointed end to slightly pointed end... Use a piece of drill bit and it will be hard enough at the point. Just a tack of wire feed to hold it and then clean it down to flush...
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    I lived back in DC for many years. You need to find a good gunsmith in Virginia or Pennsylvania. Most good guys can weld up the tip or convert the new firing pin for you. Good luck.


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