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Nelson Conversion slide racker?

Post by UtahDave on 1/14/2018, 11:08 am

My old arthritic hands are having a hard time racking my Nelson Conversion with a red dot.  Has anyone seen a slide racker for the Nelson?  With the deep grooves on the back of the bolt it might be possible to 3D print something that would work.  I guess I could machine a racker and drill and tap the bolt to secure it but those grooves look very useful.  

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Re: Nelson Conversion slide racker?

Post by fc60 on 1/14/2018, 11:33 am

Greetings,

My friend has the same ailments as you.

He had me drill and tap a hole on the side of the slide for a shoulder bolt.

The bolt is light enough not to interfere with functioning.

Just be sure to position the hole where is does not interfere with any internal parts.

It does lower the resale value of the conversion having holes added to it.

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Post by TomH_pa on 1/15/2018, 7:56 am

What about just cocking the hammer
before racking the slide?

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Post by jglenn21 on 1/15/2018, 8:13 am

I did the exact thing Dave describes to my wife's H-S 107.. they are very hard to pull back if not cocked especially with dots installed and the rear sight in place..  now she can reach up with her finger and pull the slide back..
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Re: Nelson Conversion slide racker?

Post by UtahDave on 1/15/2018, 8:29 am

I think I will add the shoulder bolt that Dave recommended.  What size threads did you select?  Where did you place the bolt?  No need for me to try to come up with an original design when others have already considered the issues.  No problem for me to put the part in my milling machine vise and drill and tap.  

BTW...I use the Nelson on my Dave Salyer RO and I don't or very rarely cock the hammer to prevent wear in the internals.  

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Post by dronning on 1/15/2018, 8:53 am

What mainspring are you using?  I'd try a 17lb mainspring before I modified the Nelson, if you are running a 21 now it will be a huge improvement.
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Post by Dr.Don on 1/15/2018, 8:54 am

I put a shoulder bolt on a Hi-Standard slide.  Could not keep it from coming loose no matter what kind of Loctite I used.  I wound up making a custom racker, milling the slide, and silver soldering in place.  But I should note there wasn't much room for threads on that slide, i.e. it was not a thick wall.
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Post by jglenn21 on 1/15/2018, 9:04 am

Don

on the one I did, I used a shoulder bolt but added a sleeve over it to rotate a bit as you pulled it.. haven't had any real problems with it using blue locktite ? probably just lucky

Doesn't  really get used much unless you have a miss fire issue.
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Re: Nelson Conversion slide racker?

Post by fc60 on 1/15/2018, 10:17 am

Greetings,

We used this shoulder bolt...

https://www.mcmaster.com/#92012a204/=1b50gau

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